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Laura N. Henderson
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Laura is the Director of Education at Women Thrive Worldwide, and her current work focuses on enabling voices of global south civil society organizations to directly influence the post-2015 development agenda related to education. Her career has taken her to 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As a strong gender equity advocate, Laura was one of a few gender experts that collectively met with the Obama Transition Team in January 2009 to make several gender integration related recommendations, most of which were adopted. Laura served as a Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission for Women, and as a member of the Executive Committee of InterAction’s Board of Directors. Prior to Women Thrive Worldwide, Laura spent well over a decade accomplishing transformational change while in senior leadership positions with WWF, ChildFund International and CARE. As a Peace Corps Volunteer/Cooperatives Extension Agent in Togo, she advocated for women’s empowerment, enabling women to hold senior leadership positions within the agricultural cooperatives with which she worked. Laura earned her Masters in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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A Gamechanger: Nobel Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 2:53 PM

"Child labor perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth and other social problems." -- Kailash Satyarthi

On October 10th, I was woken up by my phone ringing at 6:50 a.m. A colleague was calling to ask a question about the Nobel Peace Prize winners, Indian child labor activist Kailash Satyarthi and...

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Nigerian Schoolgirls Face Boko Haram and National Education Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:39 PM

What schoolgirls have experienced in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State over the last few weeks is tragic and heartbreaking, and it only compounds the education and learning crisis that Nigeria already faces.

The latest news is that eight schoolgirls were kidnapped just this week in northern Nigeria. This attack comes...

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Let Other Children Follow in Lupita's Footsteps

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Lupita Nyong'o was a smashing success at this year's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Not only did she win an Oscar for best supporting actress in Twelve Years a Slave, but her words touched the hearts and souls of so many who listened to her. As she accepted her Oscar,...

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Listen Up World Leaders! Parents Have Something to Say

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:12 AM

As soon as we get home each weekday evening, I check in with my daughter, who is in the 8th grade, about how her day was and ask if she has any questions about her homework. She excels at English and math, but sometimes needs a bit of encouragement when...

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We Need More Women's Voices Influencing Our Future Global Goals

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Thirteen years ago, at the September 2000 United Nations Millennium Summit, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders pledged to work together over the next 15 years to cut hunger and poverty in half, achieve universal primary education, eliminate gender inequalities, and protect the environment.

Out of...

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