Ensuring women have access to basic health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health care, have rarely been met in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the best of pre-Ebola circumstances, and are now even more critically important.
People are beginning to realize that toilets and sanitation are critical to making sure that we protect hard-won gains and keep up the momentum in all of the more traditionally attractive areas of development.
In order for US women to have access to midwives who are educated and able to provide high-quality, high-value care, a workforce transformation must take place. We need a government willing to invest in women.
It's time that the world supports girls. It's the smart thing to do for our societies -- and fundamentally, it's the just thing to do for girls and for all of us. Human rights belong to everyone -- girls and boys, women and men.
Every child is their own person, with their own complications, and the job of a mother is a very impossible but very sacred one. It is my job, and I would like to suggest the job of each of us, to love them, to create a better world for them, no matter what.
Honoring human rights at home will allow us to promote them abroad; we should be leading by example, enacting sound, evidence-based policies that enable all women to live free of health, social, and economic insecurities.
We've seen what is most difficult to measure and most fundamental to change: the power a girl holds within herself. That power burns bright in amazingly brave girls as they challenge convention and open whole new horizons of change.
By working with schools, local optometrists, community partners, and a network of sight leaders, Education In Sight bridges the gap between students and comprehensive, quality eye care by bringing the care directly to students in the schools.
Over the last decade the Grand Challenges family of programs has fostered innovation and partnership to address some of the world's most difficult global health and development challenges for the poor and marginalized.
One of Sunday morning's headlines in the NY Times was "Ebola's Cultural Casualty: Hugs in Hands-on Liberia." As a parent and a child advocate I cannot imagine the position so many parents have been put in due to this deadly outbreak.
You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.
It is about cultivating a love of reading, writing and learning. It is about finding new layers of meaning in our lives through the stories we read, and the stories we tell about our experiences.
At five years old, Eric's tiny body already tells a story of poverty and lost opportunity. He is six inches shorter than he should be for his age. Because he is stunted, experts say his chances of growing up healthy, learning at full potential and getting a job have been greatly diminished.
Let Girls Lead is thrilled to continue our celebration of International Day of the Girl 2014 with this new entry to our blog series written by amazing...
Making education fully compulsory and policing it is the next stage in the battle for girls rights around the globe.
This morning's headline on CNN was sad and shocking, but not at all unexpected: "Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola abandoned, stigmatized." ...
It is time for a different strategy. The annual explosion of "brightly colored consumer goods" is not cutting it.
With 70 percent of maternal and child deaths now concentrated in just 15 countries, health investments that include sanitation, education, contraception, infrastructure and women's incomes can potentially double their impact on lives saved.
Our system is broken. We are failing to build a post-2015 development agenda that integrates the voices, values and priorities of the majority of the world's population. Far too few of our resources are being invested in deserving grassroots leaders and civic organizations.
Support choice whenever possible. Empower women. Listen. Learn. Don't be part of the problem. Don't tell her her birth isn't important or that she is stupid or selfish for caring about it. Be part of the solution.