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Girls' Rights

#Bring Back Our Girls -- A Year Later

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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.

This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Ray Umashankar has given up quite a lot to make the world a better place for Indian girls and women, but the 73-year-old wouldn't have it any other wa...

Thousands Of Indian Schools Implement Gender Classes To Fight Inequality

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Some boys in India are questioning why their girl classmates have much more housework than they do. And according to some, those questions could le...

This Teen Helped Implement Girls' Rights Policies, Even After Mayor Laughed Off Her Ideas

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact

Emelin may text, chew gum and snap pics on her cell phone, but she isn't your everyday 15-year-old. She helped secure funding for girls' education ...

When You Buy Sanitary Pads From This Company, You'll Give A Girl In Need A Month's Supply

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact

In some developing regions of the world, a girl having her period isn't simply a monthly occurrence -- it's a barrier to accessing education. Becau...

No, Science Isn't 'A Boy Thing.' And These Genius Girls Prove It

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

Science isn't just for one gender -- just ask the girls in Microsoft's new ad. Despite their young ages, they all have impressive scientific accom...

New Obama Plan Aims To Get Tens Of Millions Of Girls In School Worldwide

Associated Press | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying every girl "has value," President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help tens of millions ...

Ending Child Marriage In Malawi: A Roadmap To Sustainable Change

Let Girls Lead | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Malawi outlawed child marriage last week. Following more than five years of undaunted advocacy by Malawian girls, their allies and civil society leaders, the country's Parliament tabled and passed the "Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Bill," increasing the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years.

Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram Accept Scholarships, Defy Kidnappers By Going Back To School

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact

To Asabe and Ruth, attending school isn't a chore -- it's an act of bravery. The two Nigerian sisters were among the more than 300 schoolgirls who...

Program Instills Leadership In Teenage Girls In Myanmar, Where Their Opinions Are Often Unheard

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.13.2015 | Good News

An organization is inspiring girls to dream big and challenge traditional gender roles. In Myanmar, the Girl Determined organization holds weekly ...

Champions For Change: Meet The Champions Series

Champions for Change | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Champions for Change

Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, and yet tens of thousands of women and children die there each year due to lack of maternity care, preventable disease and poor health infrastructure, among other causes. This series brings a diversity of perspectives from around Nigeria to the table to discuss this critical moment in Nigeria's history and how Nigerians can work together to build a healthy future for all.

Men Break Down Watching Footage Of Female Genital Mutilation, Vow To Speak Out Against Practice

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact

Sometimes it takes a glimpse into a dark reality in order to spark positive change. In a video produced by advocacy group Safe Hands for Mothers, y...

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.

5 Ways We're Making Progress In Curbing Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact

While the work is far from over, the world has made some strides in prioritizing women's rights and safety this year. International Day for the El...

GlobalGirl Media Network Puts Girls at the Center of the Story

Tabby Biddle | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Tabby Biddle

Through their journalism training academies, GlobalGirl Media empowers girls ages 14 - 22 in under-served and marginalized areas around the world to write, edit and produce their own blogs and videos, enabling them to get behind the lens to share their perspective.

Nelson Mandela's Widow Offers Simply Perfect View On Gender Rights

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact

Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela's widow, took to the stage at Clinton Global Initiative to speak out on behalf of women and girls worldwide. Machel,...

Effective Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.

First Instagram Documentary Lets Girls Rally Against Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

What's being called the first Insta-documentary is galvanizing international efforts against some of the darkest human rights abuses girls face every ...

I've Come A Long Way Since Writing One Very Misguided Letter

Reghan Conrey | Posted 08.27.2014 | Teen
Reghan Conrey

The majority of today's youth is grossly uninformed and misinformed regarding the subject of feminism. Issues surrounding the gender gap are lost somewhere between college applications and countless hours of Netflix.

I Refuse To Let My Mom's Sacrifices For Me Go Wasted

Tanya Devani | Posted 08.25.2014 | Teen
Tanya Devani

Instead of a porcelain piggy bank most American kids have, my mom and her friends made small pots out of clay to store the coins they saved. While her friends would buy candy for themselves with their money, my mom would save up her own coins to buy a novel from a small bookstore.

Boys Need Feminism, Too

Dana Dela Cruz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Teen
Dana Dela Cruz

Women have generally faced more institutionalized oppression and, thus, it may seem that advocacy for women's rights is the only focus. However, men will benefit from feminism as well.

Reminding The World That Every Girl Counts

Sarah Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sarah Gordon

Every year, approximately 51 million children under the age of five are not registered at birth, a disproportionate number of whom are girls. The Girls Count Act is a statement that the United States will proactively support every child's right to receive legal and social benefits through registration at birth.

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.

Malala and the Case for Higher Education

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

It has been rare, certainly in recent times, that someone from my home country, Pakistan, has become a household name for courage, dignity and passion for a worthy cause. Yet Malala Yousafzai has done exactly that.