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The World's Most Wasted Resource

Up For School | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Up For School

Why would we waste so much human talent? And yet, that is exactly what we do now when it comes to girls and women in countless rural communities and sprawling cities around the world.

Michelle Obama Reminds Girls Not To Take Their Education For Granted

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

In honor of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl on Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama discussed her passion for promoting girls' edu...

There's No More Valuable Investment Than in a Girl's Education

Up For School | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Up For School

Like many women today, I wear several different hats. I was the African girl child and now am an African woman, mother to the African girl child whose plight and potential I consider my own.

Kenyan Schoolgirls Dread Their Periods. Simple Changes Could Help.

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.10.2015 | World

Many girls in the developing world feel they are forced to skip school while they are menstruating. They don’t have proper sanitary wear or don&...

Cross-sector Collaboration to Empower Girls

Judy Vredenburgh | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Judy Vredenburgh

The charge to educate girls is amplifying. Girls Inc. is proud to partner with The White House's Let Girls Learn initiative to help adolescent girls around the globe complete their education.

It's Time for Girls' Education

Up For School | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Up For School

It does seem like girls' education is having a moment. The powerful voices from New York were joined by millions around the world -- including many companies. From Dallas to Delhi, private sector actors are standing up to take action in this space.

Girl Talk

Jessica Federer | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Jessica Federer

Get ready for some serious girl talk, because this month, you won't be able to avoid it. The documentary about heroic young Malala comes out this weekend, Tuesday is international girls day, and October is breast cancer awareness month.

Education Shines Hope for Girls in Kenya's Largest Slum

Up For School | Posted 10.11.2015 | Education
Up For School

By Kennedy Odede, Founder & CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a non-profit grassroots organisation combating extreme poverty and gender...

It's Time We Starting Listening to Adolescent Girls

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

In Kenya, as in many places around the world, a girls' journey into adolescence is a challenging time. She faces significant pressures and expectations.

Michelle Obama Dropped Some Wisdom Every Young Girl Should Hear

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women

Some lucky students had the opportunity to listen to Michelle Obama talk about education last week, and she certainly didn't disappoint. At Glamour&rs...

No More Excuses: Evidence and Action on Education

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.27.2015 | Education
Kolleen Bouchane

The goal to get all children everywhere access to at least a basic education was supposed to be achieved this year, yet now the deadline has been pushed out to 2030, and numbers of out-of-school children are on the rise.

Michelle Obama Unveils Campaign Focusing On Girls' Education

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls around the world at the Global Citizen Fest...

What Zimbabwe's 'Mother's Groups' Can Teach Us All

Ellen Chigwanda | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Ellen Chigwanda

Here in Zimbabwe, "time poverty" is a significant and often-overlooked barrier to girls' education. Too many girls don't have time to play with other girls or to do the things that children should be doing because they have so many other responsibilities.

The 59 Million Children the MDGs Did Not Reach

Sarah Brown | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Sarah Brown

An educated society is one that is able to address poverty and inequality. It gives people the tools with which to provide for themselves and their families, it creates economic growth and improves health.

‘Education for All' Means Prioritizing the Children Furthest Left Behind

Josephine Bourne | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Josephine Bourne

We need education systems that target our efforts on the most vulnerable children or we will further exacerbate existing inequalities by leaving them behind -- inequalities that will undermine education's contribution to healthier and more peaceful societies.

In India, Teachers Like Pooja Are Making Sure No Students Fall Behind

Wendy Kopp | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

These leaders show just how much it will take to make a meaningful difference for the most-marginalized children. Success will require more than single interventions like giving children tablets, or providing teachers with better curriculums -- these steps may be part of the solution, but they are just one piece of what must be a holistic approach.

Faced With Past Mistakes in Education, It's Time for the World to Get It Right

Camilla Croso | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Camilla Croso

If the world is to have a chance of achieving this ambitious education goal, we know that domestic and donor funding needs to be in place; that it is state systems -- not private systems -- which ensure equitable access to quality education; that there is no quality education without trained teachers; and that targeted interventions to support the most disadvantaged across our societies are vital to ensure no-one is left behind.

It Takes a Village

Jessica Markowitz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Good News
Jessica Markowitz

I will never forget brushing my fingers across my great uncle Adam's arm, where his number was tattooed permanently, and feeling his pain as I looked in his eyes. "Never again," he told me.

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

Beth Murphy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Impact
Beth Murphy

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."

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...

Girls Aren't Good At Math

Apryl DeLancey | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology
Apryl DeLancey

I had the idea that when I went to college, I would major in math. I did well another couple of years. However, in the 7th grade I had a dull older professor who perpetuated the "girls can't do math" myth. Once I had questions, it was decided that I couldn't "do math." I didn't "get it" immediately because I'm a girl. End of math career.

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.

4 Organizations Changing the Global Narrative for Women

Sarah Hillware | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Sarah Hillware

While gender inequality is a complex issue, many of the unseen barriers girls and women face can be solved with simple, cost-effective solutions. I have been incredibly lucky to meet some innovative women leaders and entrepreneurs working to bring about change for women and girls.

Here's How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide

Graca Machel | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Graca Machel

MAPUTO -- It is estimated that some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys. So we must act decisively.

They Shot the Wrong Girl Says Malala's Favorite Author, Khaled Hosseini

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Alison van Diggelen

On Friday, she joined her favorite author, Khaled Hosseini (of Kite Runner fame) at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, for a hard hitting conversation about Islam, violence and her dream of one day becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.