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Girls' Rights

How I Survived the Saddest Day of My Life

Vivian Glyck | Posted 01.02.2017 | Parents
Vivian Glyck

It was a hot July day, 12 ½ years ago, right before the Fourth of July. I was eager to spend the weekend with my little boy and husband. But at that...

What International Day Of The Girl Means To Me

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 10.11.2016 | Women
Ola Ojewumi

On this International Day of the Girl we celebrate women and girls all over the world and work towards how we as women can set a better example of leadership.

Is the United States Doing Enough to End Child Marriage?

Lyric Thompson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Lyric Thompson

Friday was International Day of the Girl Child, established in 2012 to honor and observe the rights of girls everywhere, who represent the hope and future of their families, communities and nations, yet face countless rights violations such as violence and harassment, female genital mutilation and child marriage, which claims 15 million girls each year in the developing world.

Letting Girls Be Children – Not Mothers

Emma Saloranta | Posted 10.10.2016 | Impact
Emma Saloranta

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on 11 October each year. Around the world NGOs, civil society groups, UN agencies, government bodies and i...

Decriminalizing Prostitution In South Africa: A Recipe to Extinguish the Legacy of Sara Baartman

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Prostitution, one of the most brutal forms of male-perpetrated sexual abuse, is illegal in South Africa. While corrupt police are known to arrest and brutalize the women for loitering, buyers of sexual acts are rarely arrested.

Put Children - Especially Girls - High on the Global Agenda

Lindsay Stark | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Lindsay Stark

This year, one billion children around the world will experience a form of violence and around 200 million children will not meet their developmental ...

At The United State Of Women We Raise Our Voice For Girls

Yasmin Vafa | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Yasmin Vafa

There's no better time to raise our voices for the rights of women and girls in the United States than now. That is why we are elated to join thousands of other women and girls' advocates at the historic United State of Women Summit on June 14.

Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.

This Earth Day We Must Start Talking About Desertification

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.23.2017 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Reforestation is one of the primary weapons we have against climate change and -- crucially -- against ever-expanding desertification, a scourge that affects two thirds of the world's countries and about one billion people.

Norwu, Rise Up Girl Leader, Loses Right to Speak at UN

Let Girls Lead | Posted 03.19.2017 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

This week, the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) commenced in New York City to focus on the linkages between ...

How to Protect 200 Million Girls From FGM

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.05.2017 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

On Saturday 6th February, the world will mark the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Girls' Rights Are Human Rights

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the declaration, we face the hard truth that we are falling far short of protecting human rights around the world. In no area is this clearer than the failure to protect far too many young girls.

Proof That When Girls Come Together There's Nothing They Can't Do

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

Girls are powerful. The passage of the Girls Count Act is an important reminder that when girls seek to empower one another, anything is possible!

6 Crazy Smart Life Lessons From A High School Sophomore

Genevieve Roth | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Roth

Of all of the incredible work I get to do at Glamour -- the Women of the Year Awards, putting heroes like First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover -- this is the stuff that fires me up most. Why? Because this next generation of girls has really got something.

Picturing A Future Where Beauty Is Defined By Doing Good

Nigel Barker | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Nigel Barker

You ask any father, anywhere, from any religion, any culture, and they'll speak as if they love their daughters more than anything -- girls hold a special place in their fathers' hearts. Yet in all cultures, that changes when it comes to positions of power, and family, and role in society.

Speaking Up For Girls' Rights On The Day Of The African Child

Graca Machel | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Graca Machel

Today, as Africa simultaneously commemorates the Day of the African Child and the 25th anniversary of the Charter, we have a rare opportunity to reflect on both progress and challenges in responding to child marriages in Africa.

By 2030, Every Girl Should Have The Right To Become A Mother When She's Ready

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

The world must take action where governments and communities have failed our girls. They deserve to live and not to die in childbirth. They deserve to thrive and live healthy lives. Above all, we must protect these girls so that they live a life free of violence, abuse and stigma and can raise healthy children.

#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.

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

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.17.2015 | 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 10.21.2015 | 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 09.17.2015 | 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.