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Girl Effect

An interview between a Rwandan Mother and her Ni Nyampinga Daughter

Nadia Umutoni | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
Nadia Umutoni

#TalkToMe: An interview between a Rwandan mother and daughter shows that when girls are given an education, strong role models and the license to purs...

The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit in New York is an amazing opportunity that the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have been honoured to accept for the fourth year in a row.

For Kenyan Girls, It's More Than Pens, Pencils & Backpacks

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

My 9-year-old daughter goes back to school this week as a brand new fourth grader. In preparation, we were mailed a list of school supplies to bring and found the usual suspects: markers, notebooks, binders, pencils...

Education, Energy, and Engagement - Celebrating Youth

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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.

Rethinking Why to Prioritize Girls' Education

Kathryn Moeller | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Kathryn Moeller

While the individuals and institutions promoting this idea genuinely care about girls, it has unintended consequences. Girls' education should be promoted because girls matter in and of themselves, rather than because of their potential value as instruments of development change.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.

Always Start With The Girl

Maria Eitel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Whether dancing with a giggling group of girls in rural India, or across from an embarrassed, Hawaiian-shirt clad legion of middle school boys in a gym, I know that my mom is there for me, and all girls, by inspiring creative solutions through honest dialogue.

The Not-So-Humble Backpack: Equipping Girls for Greatness

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

At the Global Fund for Children, we believe that the metaphor of the backpack -- a symbol of learning, mobility and independence -- and its contents could help girls control, and indeed transform, their own destinies.

The Right to Be a Girl: Moving From Rhetoric to Reality

Purnima Mane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Purnima Mane

The rallying cry for girls' education, ending early marriage and pregnancies, and preventing gender-based violence is resonating with a more global and diverse audience than ever before.

Want To Change The World? Give Girls A Chance

John Kluge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Kluge

As we mark the second International Day of the Girl on October 11, I'm calling for a similar recognition of the power and potential of girls, enlisting them in our mission to bring safe, sustainable sanitation to the billions who live without it.

Why the Girl Effect Matters to This Guy

Greg Woodburn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

Personal examples and research show that everyone benefits when girls receive quality education. At the individual level, a girl's wages can increase as much as 20 percent with each additional year of primary education she receives.

Flat Bellies, Big Voices: How Crowdfunding is Changing Lives

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.11.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Girl Effect This post was originally published on January 3rd, 2013 at girleffect.org. "In our community, you couldn't find a flat...

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Freida Pinto | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Freida Pinto

Resources, leadership and long-term commitments are necessary to close persistent gender gaps and improve the rights and well-being of millions of girls around the world.

International Day of the Girl: Doing Right by Girls Everywhere

Maria Eitel | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Maria Eitel

The question is how we really reach the 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty today. Our starting point has always been and will continue to be girls themselves. We all need to ask ourselves what we know and truly understand about adolescent girls, or indeed what we think we know.

Back to School

Greg Woodburn | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

I am leading my non-profit organization Give Running full-time. Like the first day of school, it is intimidating but more so exhilarating.

Hillary's Women's Rights Problem

Vishnu Sridharan | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Vishnu Sridharan

By stating in no uncertain terms that women deserve equal treatment because of their inalienable, integral and indivisible rights, Clinton will solidify her record as one of the most influential advocates for gender equality the world has ever seen.

Why Giving Matters: How 15 Dollars Can Educate a Girl for a Year

Michaela Haas | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Americans will spend over $465 billion dollars on holiday shopping this season. Giving the gift of hope to the world's least fortunate will not only change a life, but will provide something that money couldn't buy: happiness.

From Prostitution to... First Grade

Josh Tetrick | Posted 01.18.2012 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

When we invest in girls -- we all win. Our communities are stronger. Our families are healthier. And our collective future is brighter.

Women Own 1% of the World's Property -- Occupy That

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.04.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

How much poorer do we want women to get in the world? It's really hard to imagine. Despite the successes of feminists during the past century, even in the U.S. we have a persistent and growing feminization of poverty.

A World of 7 Billion: Cause for Scare or Celebration?

Susan Davis | Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact
Susan Davis

Let us not forget that a rising population of 7 billion means a greater pool from which genius and innovation can emerge.

Unleashing The Power of The "Girl Effect"

Michaela Haas | Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Many of us in the charitable community have already heard about the Girl Effect, a ground-breaking campaign launched by the Nike Foundation. But a recap never hurts, so here are some compelling stats to set the stage.

A Tie-Dye Cupcake Can Change the World

Tammy Tibbetts | Posted 10.28.2011 | Impact
Tammy Tibbetts

When Lindsay Brown, a junior at the University of Notre Dame, decided to host a bake sale in her dorm last year to fundraise for girls' education at the Kopila Valley Children's School, she had no idea that she was launching a movement.

Pedaling Back to School: How Bicycles Bridge the Gap in Education Access For Girls in Rural Asia

Michaela Haas | Posted 10.26.2011 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Hundreds of thousands of kids in India and Cambodia will be oblivious to the start of the academic year as they begin another day at work.

Smarter Girls Make for Smarter Futures

Vivian Glyck | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

It doesn't take long to see that there are few better ways to change the course of the world than to get girls into school and to keep them there. Fur...