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This Chibok Mother Just Spoke in Washington DC, And You'll Be Devastated By Her Story

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Kristin Wright

Mary, the mother of one of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls, speaks in Washington DC on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Photo: Katherine Ruddy, Standwithnige...

Bring Back #BringBackOurGirls

Celia Buckman | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Celia Buckman

Shortly after their abduction in 2014, these girls were forgotten. About 50 of them escaped the terrorist group. But the large majority are still missing. After a few weeks of intense media coverage, the story evaporated from headlines, as it did from government interest.

Hope Endures On Mother's Day for the Chibok Girls

R. Evon Idahosa | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
R. Evon Idahosa

There are certain experiences in life that are transformative. My time with Rebecca Samuel, one of the mothers of the 276 Chibok Girls of Nigeria who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014, was one such experience.

Convertible Justice: the Inequitable Currency of Human Life and its Impact on the Missing Chibok Girls of Nigeria.

R. Evon Idahosa | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
R. Evon Idahosa

As we clock the second year anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, how can we explain the lack of internation...

Weekend Roundup: Chernobyl Remains a Warning Against a New Nuclear Arms Race

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. More than an accident, it was the beginning of the meltdown of the Soviet Union and defrosting of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev has written that Chernobyl "was an historic turning point" and "perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later." The secretive, cover-up culture of the Soviet state, he recalls, kept timely information from getting to the top so a quick response could be formulated. "The Chernobyl disaster, more than anything else," says Gorbachev, "opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue. It made absolutely clear how important it was to continue the policy of glasnost."(continued)

How to Empower the Next Generation of Girls? With Girls.

BRAC | Posted 04.27.2016 | Impact

Developing countries are struggling to scale quality education for girls and ensure safe spaces where they can learn. Girls like Sa'a and Maria are proof of what girls can do for themselves and others when given the chance. Join us to reach more girls worldwide and let's make sure every girl has the opportunity to reach her full potential.

Weekend Roundup: Why the World Is Not Falling Apart as Much as You May Think

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Undeniably, the world is splintering. Geopolitical blocs are forming once again, the nuclear arms race is reigniting and religious war rages. Globalization is in retreat as publics across the planet suspect trade agreements, politicians talk about building walls and refugees are turned away. Yet, as Parag Khanna, author of the new book, "Connectography," writes this week from Singapore, "the same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together." (continued)

#SaveUSChildren Too

Robert J. Benz | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

It's important to remember that each life and each future of every child, whether they're in Nigeria or New Jersey, is equally precious. As Americans, however, one would hope that we have more power to affect change at home than we might have in affecting a situation starring an unhinged group of terrorists 9,000 miles away.

Weekend Roundup: As the West Bickers, the East Builds a New Silk Road

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

While the passions of internal discord have stalled the once-confident global march of the West, the East, led by China, is looking ahead with a decades-long strategy to revive the ancient Silk Road through Eurasia as the core of the world's economy and civilization. As Oxford historian Peter Frankopan, author of "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World," writes: "The age of the West is all but at an end when it comes to taking the lead and planning for the future." (continued)

Why We Need to Do More Than Bring Back the Chibok Girls

Eva Smets | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Eva Smets

April 14 marked the second anniversary of the abduction of 276 female students by Boko Haram in Nigeria. While the #BringBackOurGirls campaign mobilized support for the girls globally, not all abduction cases have received the same attention as this particular tragedy.

The World Should Be Ashamed of the Failure to #BringBackOurGirls

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

Two years on, and their parents still wake up each morning not knowing whether their daughters are alive or dead, married or single or violated as slaves. They surely deserve more than a forlorn hope. The girls are now a symbol of our apparent weakness to protect young lives.

Two Years After #BringBackOurGirls, Boko Haram Is Still Attacking Schools

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact

Today marks two years since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria. Since then, millions more children have been a...

#BringBackOurGirls Two Years Later: A Nigerian Teacher Speaks

Randal Mason | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Randal Mason

#BringBackOurGirls captured the world's attention two years ago. And then time passed. And the world's attention wavered. But in Nigeria, educators like Habiba Mohammed refuse to give up the fight for girls' education.

The Stigmas Girls Face When They Return Home After Captivity

Kim Samuel | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
Kim Samuel

After months in which they were held in captivity as forced labor and sexual slaves, now, they are shunned, mistrusted, and scorned by the communities to which they've returned.

Deadly Suicide Blasts Rock Nigerian Town Where Schoolgirls Were Kidnapped

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.27.2016 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in the north...

Why Every World Economic Forum Attendee Should Help #BringBackOurGirls

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Powerful, wealthy, influential, and worldly, yet out of touch are just a few adjectives many critics use to describe the business leaders and politicians who attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos.

A Time Without Judges

Trey Lyon | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

We are at a crisis in our country whenever a trained adult with authorization to use deadly force deploys it on a 12 year old with impunity. Wherever the fault lies, the only way any hope in the police force or the governing process can be restored is for wholesale condemnation of the officer's actions.

Teen Girl Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 5 In Nigeria

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.25.2015 | World

DAMATURU, Nigeria, Aug 25 (Reuters) - A teenage suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to her body in the northeastern Nigerian city of...

Education, Energy, and Engagement - Celebrating Youth

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.11.2016 | Education
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have long known the potential power of youth.This year, International Youth Day focuses on civic engagement and ways that youth can take part in civil society, to shape their future.

An Aging United Nations in 2015. But How About a New United Nations in 2020?

Tad Daley | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Tad Daley

What kind of United Nations would we invent if we were designing it from scratch today?

Rescued Nigerian Girls Should Help Us Understand Criticism of 'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoons

Joshua Adams | Posted 05.26.2016 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

If satire is meant to shame society into bettering itself, can satire be shamed by society into bettering itself? What is it to be gained by making depictions of rape victims fair game?

Is Awareness Enough?: A Report From the UN DPI/NGO Conference

Max Mauerman | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Max Mauerman

As a social science student and a writer, I'm sensitive to the vanity and self-destructive tendency of many "international awareness" campaigns, especially when they are based around social media.

When Girls Lead The Charge

Françoise Girard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

To be sure, we have a long way to go to achieve true gender equality. Yet as I work side by side with young feminist activists from all over the world, I am inspired, energized, and yes even optimistic about the future for which this new generation of young women is fighting so hard.

Julia Craven

Capitol Hill Lawmakers Meet The 'Malala Of Africa' | Julia Craven | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago, a girl named Saa jumped from a truck in Nigeria, not knowing if she would survive the landing. Saa was one of the hundr...

#Bring Back Our Girls -- A Year Later

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

April 15th marks one year ago that Boko Haram brutally abducted 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria, as they studied for their spring exams. Our girls who have not been brought back, who are now simply disappeared, cannot be lost to us.