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Her Excellency Tarja Halonen

To Achieve Food Security, We Must Prioritize Women's Rights as Human Rights

Her Excellency Tarja Halonen | September 2, 2015 | Impact
Women comprise the majority of food producers, particularly in low-income countries where families rely on smallholder farms for food and income. The sheer amount of human labor involved in this kind of farming is daunting. And as women do much of this work, in addition to their household and care work, their workdays are typically up to 50 percent longer than men's. And yet women and girls tend to receive a smaller portion of the food produced.
Åsa Skogström Feldt

Can We End Hunger in the Next 15 Years?

Åsa Skogström Feldt | September 2, 2015 | Impact
The second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) calls for ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. This goal -- or rather, goals -- are lofty, especially when taken under the relatively short deadline of 2030. So what does it take to end hunger in 15 years and, can we do it?
Ambassador Tony Hall

Ending Hunger, from Dadaab Refugee Camp to the USA

Ambassador Tony Hall | September 2, 2015 | Impact
Particularly crucial to meeting the goals or SDG 2 is the involvement of civil society in policy processes. Indigenous civil society groups are in-tune to needs of the most vulnerable. Women specifically need more seats at the development table, as they prove to be more disadvantaged than men, but also provide a tremendous opportunity to reach a marginalized population and improve nations' food security situations.
Greg Barrow

Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime

Greg Barrow | September 2, 2015 | Impact
While it is easy to understand the needs of an orphaned child who is fleeing conflict or natural disaster, we still need to broaden our understanding of how to help those who may be living in a country at peace, but whose lives are still blighted by chronic hunger and under-nutrition.
Pioneers for Change

Connecting Las Americas: Discovering good from a motorcycle

Pioneers for Change | September 2, 2015 | Impact
By: Max Wohlgemuth Kitslaar Late February 2015, I left the Chilean coastal city Valparaiso to set out on a 6-month motorcycle journey. My bike: an old timer 1976 Moto Guzzi. My destination: New York City. My mission: document businesses that...
Erin Stein

Why #Beijing20 Matters to Every One of Us and How to Start Taking Action for Gender Equality in Your Everyday Life

Erin Stein | September 1, 2015 | Women
On September 5th and every day afterwards remember that there are no human rights that "they" are denied that "we" enjoy, be that defined by gender or geography. When it comes to humanity, we are them and they are us.
Morena Duwe

Who Develops an Eating Disorder?

Morena Duwe | September 2, 2015 | Impact
Have you ever wondered what leads people to developing an eating disorder? Though many different types of individuals suffer from this illness, there are a number of contributing factors that end up making some more susceptible than others.
Phil Burnett

When Western Intervention Is Not Enough: Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Phil Burnett | September 1, 2015 | College
With over 700,000 Syrians suddenly thrown into the pot, the bubble of Jordanian prosperity could burst. Perhaps forgetting that many were once refugees themselves seeking shelter, Jordanians have grown weary of watching foreign aid dollars be diverted into the hands of needier Syrians.
Kyle Zimmer

How Can We Get Books to the Children Who Need Them Most?

Kyle Zimmer | September 1, 2015 | Impact
As part of a World Economic Forum blog series on Social Entrepreneurs, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship spoke to Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book, which provides millions of new books to children in low-income situations.
Bryan Dooley

Observations From Below: Confessions of a Supercrip and the Dark Side of Inspiration

Bryan Dooley | September 1, 2015 | Healthy Living
On one hand, I like to see myself as a young leader within the disability field, so I like to use what I have to inspire people and hopefully foster change. On the other hand, having to be a constant inspiration can be exhausting and require years of therapy, which is hard to pay for when you inspire for free.
David Mixner

Guinea Liberate

David Mixner | September 1, 2015 | Gay Voices
In order to deflect from its record of torture and lack of any human rights, the government has attempted to make the LGBT community and women scapegoats. These two groups have suffered greatly under the current government and the military.
Beth Murphy

Ominous Signs en Route to a Unique School for Girls in Afghanistan

Beth Murphy | September 1, 2015 | Impact
When I arrived, Razia Jan was at the airport to greet me. She is the founder of the Zabuli School and the the woman I came to film with, celebrating the groundbreaking of her new women's community college. Before saying anything, Razia gave me her signature chuckle, followed by, "God help you."
Johanna Falber

Pity Party Worth Having: How Serving the Homeless Saved Me

Johanna Falber | September 1, 2015 | Impact
The question of homelessness, whether it be a stray animal or person is the same cause for alarm. We don't drive by a stray animal and not stop to help, so why would we not be concerned about a teen eating out of the garbage, or a woman trying to shield her children from the rain?
Alice Lin Fabiano

5 Lessons From the Mobile Health Program That's Reaching Half a Million Moms

Alice Lin Fabiano | September 1, 2015 | Impact
For many women in South Africa like Lerato, a pregnant woman in Mabopane Township in Pretoria, pregnancy brought questions with answers that weren't always easy to come by. In a country with roughly five nurses and midwives for every 1000 people, help during pregnancy for Lerato and others often came from friends or family, if at all.
Katie Ray-Jones

Sports and Dating Abuse. Is There a Connection?

Katie Ray-Jones | September 1, 2015 | Impact
In a time when headlines focus on athletes' off-the-field behavior, many coaches are moving beyond discussing Xs and Os. They're teaming up with dating abuse experts to create opportunities where teens feel comfortable opening up about issues that directly affect them.
Annie Duflo

There Are No Silver Bullets: The Way We Can Achieve 169 Targets

Annie Duflo | September 1, 2015 | Impact
In roughly the last 15 years, the same time period as the MDGs, we've also seen the growth of the biggest advances in the fight against poverty, the power of good science. A year after a microloan program starts in a village, are the people there making more money than a similar village without the program? (Not as expected it turns out). Does giving cash grants which don't have to be repaid improve food security in Kenya? (Yes, significantly).
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Young People on Frontlines of Humanitarian Response

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | September 1, 2015 | Impact
We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.
Cathy Chester

Mourning the Loss and Celebrating the Legacies of Three Gifted Gentlemen

Cathy Chester | September 1, 2015 | Impact
Heaven became three times richer this weekend with the passing of three incredibly gifted men who were each deeply committed to their craft. They illuminated our lives in varied ways with their brilliance and talents, and brightened our world with their legacies.
Bill Konigsberg

Author Hits Road for LGBTQ Youth, the Trevor Project

Bill Konigsberg | September 1, 2015 | Gay Voices
When you're 16 years old, you have absolutely no control over where you live and where you go to school. And if you're LGBTQ, that lack of control is multiplied by a zillion.
Paul Kendrick

How Starbucks' 100k Opportunities Launch Demonstrated a Belief That Young People in Chicago Matter

Paul Kendrick | September 1, 2015 | Impact
A woman who has worked with young people in Chicago her whole career walked into the convention center room at McCormack Place on August 12 and started to cry. Looking around, she couldn't believe something that looked like this was being done for the kids she loves.
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