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Girls' Rights

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

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 06.18.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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.

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

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.17.2015 | 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.