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App Could Help Officials Prosecute Rapists In Developing World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

A new app is aiming to crack down on rapists in a country where the crime is far too common. MediCapt will serve as a vital tool in collecting evi...

12 Young Entrepreneurs Who Make Me Feel Optimistic About Nigeria's Future

Mary Olushoga | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

Despite the growing concern for Nigeria's future due to terrorism or the lack of conscientious leaders, I am optimistic.

An Open Letter to Lupita Nyong'o

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

There are hundreds of little Lupitas across the globe that now believe they can achieve their dreams because of your presence as an astounding role model. This Oscar win is more than just another accolade; it symbolizes a change that women of color have been waiting for.

YIKES! You'll Never Believe What This Woman Did For A Beautiful Smile...

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's a new page in the ever-growing book of bizarre beauty procedures. Joining the list of treatments like extreme butt implants and Japan's "bagel...

Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Francine LeFrak | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Today we can focus on the demanding global issues of our time, like the fact that only 30 percent of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school and one in seven girls in developing countries are married off before the age of 15.

WATCH: Olivia Wilde Dances To The 'Vagina Song,' And You Can Too

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Lisa Belkin

"Most of these women have been circumcised, have been raped, been beaten, have been abused. They have not been raised to embrace their sexuality and their feminine power, so the fact that they can gather and celebrate that is amazing."

Safeguarding Pregnant Women With Essential Supplies Produces a Positive Ripple Effect

Catharine Taylor | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Catharine Taylor

Healthy mothers have a powerful ripple effect. To save a mother is to save a family. And to save a family is to lay the foundation for stronger communities and more stable nations.

Saving Our Future: Remember the Black Infant Mortality Crisis

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 09.11.2012 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

But a critical issue that is getting lost in the fray is the continuing black infant and maternal mortality crisis. African-American women have the nation's highest rates of infant mortality--more than two times the rate of white women.

What About Including Women in Africa's Transformation?

Kristine Pearson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
Kristine Pearson

South Africa's minister of finance delivered heartfelt remarks, reminding us that there are a billion lives that need to benefit from Africa's transformation. Little did I realize how swiftly and significantly Minister Gordhan's words would touch me.

Mother's Day Challenges for Us All

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 07.11.2012 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

It will take a world -- a world of mothers, most likely -- rich ones, poor ones, all of them empowered, all speaking the truth -- to raise a universe of daughters and sons who know to treat each other with care and with respect.

Series on Women Changing the World: Betty Makoni, Zimbabwe

Elly Pradervand | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Elly Pradervand

Betty was six-years-old when a local shopkeeper raped her. Silenced by her mother, she didn't dare to speak out about the night she was locked in a dark room and held at knifepoint.

Birthing Justice: The Link to Humanity -- Gift Economies

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

West African gifting is based on the interrelated values that all humanity is linked and that one's well-being is only as strong as that of one's neighbor. Profit and exchange are trumped by a commitment to care for community.

The 8 Cent Solution to Improving Women's Health in Africa

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

For too long we have allowed millions of girls and women to suffer from female genital schistosomaisis. We may now be at the beginning of the end of this disease.

African Women: A Celebration of Achievements

Atim Oton | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

As an African woman, I declare: The Nobel Prize got it right, it celebrated three African Women. African Women are doing the work in the trenches. We often forget the doers and usually acknowledges the talkers.

Letter From Uganda: Given the Tools to Fight Poverty, Africa's Women Tend to Win

Susan Davis | Posted 12.25.2011 | Women
Susan Davis

When we invest in girls and women, we end up with healthier families, a more flexible workforce, lower HIV rates and a more stable society.

On Behalf of Walking Africa -- I Personally Thank You

Clarissa Burt | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

I am thrilled, ecstatic, and elated. This is a momentous step forward for women not just in Africa and Yemen but for women around the world.

Curtis M. Wong

Empowering Women In Post-Conflict Societies | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact

When asked about her personal and professional inspirations, Gretchen Steidle Wallace names neither an A-list celebrity nor a political figure but, ra...

More Than a Symbol

Clarissa Burt | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

For now the world waits to see if African women will be given the opportunity they so richly deserve, the opportunity to be finally be heard.

Walking Africa

Clarissa Burt | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

The CIPSI and ChiAma L'Africa propose to launch an international campaign that results in the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize 2011 to African women as a whole -- a collective Nobel.

Spice Of Life: Nutmeg, 'Viagra For Women,' Heats Things Up In Africa

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Some refer to it as the “magic spice,” or “cheap high,” while others call it “Viagra for women.” Even packages of ground nutmeg, sold in D...

Why Women Are the Key to Ending Hunger

Vivian Glyck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Can the solution to hunger be attributed to one sex over the other? Is it really that cut and dry? If so, how do we maximize our efforts to support the findings?

Fighting For Girls' Rights With God's Help: A Conversation With Aicha Ech-Channa

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Winner of the $1 million Opus Prize in 2009, Aicha Ech-Channa has worked for five decades to help unmarried women with children in Casablanca, Morocco.

Sierra Leone Youth Call for an End to Female Genital Mutilation

Chi Mgbako | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chi Mgbako

In Sierra Leone, I witnessed hundreds of students in sweltering lecture halls highlight female genital mutilation's consequences. The workshops were a clarion call to end the practice.

International Donors Must Fund Breakthrough Female-Controlled HIV Prevention Gel

Chi Mgbako | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chi Mgbako

If funding does not materialize, an unprecedented opportunity to reduce HIV infection rates among women will be lost.

Africa's Women Turn 50

Chi Mgbako | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chi Mgbako

To strengthen women's educational and economic status, African governments must address deeply entrenched gender biases in the system and increase women's access to land, credit, potable water, agricultural farm inputs, and markets.