While driving back from Neshaya Secondary School in Makwa, Zimbabwe, I sat, staring out into the African sky at the rural homesteads that were loosely arranged throughout the land, built from logs, mud and thatch.
Not only are Syrian girls as young as 15 with refugee status being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.
Many parents and community leaders cling fiercely to the traditional belief that it's a waste of money to pay school fees for a daughter since her destiny is to marry, bear multiple children, and manage the home.
Listed here is a roadmap of high priority policies across all sectors of society for achieving an America without HIV/AIDS for women.
In my recent trip to Brazil, I had the opportunity to learn about Bolsa Familia -- one of the most popular cash-transfer schemes in Latin America.
From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities.
Women like Nitya, Devi, Anjali and Deepa deserve better. They deserve safe public spaces where they can attend school, ride the bus or report incidents to the police without fear they will be stigmatized or ignored.
Like the Jews before them, Egypt's indigenous "Sunday People" may well find themselves without their ancient homeland. There is no Israel for persecuted Christians -- no safe haven to which they can flee.
In the politics of disposability, people -- and sometimes entire social groups -- are considered valueless. They have increasingly become invisible, unknowable and expendable without any discernible rights
To sit with these girls and young women is to be convinced that a better world is indeed possible -- if they get the education they quite literally crave.
This is a no brainer public policy; there is no reason that the United States of America should not ratify this treaty as the world leader on national security and a defender of human rights.
When Ugandan teenager Jackline Kemigisha was sexually abused at the age of 15 and infected with HIV, the health professional who diagnosed her disclosed her status to her family without Jackline's consent. The results were extreme.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has wiped out a generation leaving one in three children orphans and without the love and care of parents to guide them through the early days of their lives.
Many people talk about "deadbeat dads" and "missing fathers." Who are these men and why are they not involved in their children's lives?
Each year, 1-in-5 women, equivalent to over one million births in Nigeria--are completely alone when they deliver their children, whether for logistical or cultural reasons.
I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.
As we celebrate the Day of the African Child this week, we hold in our hearts the brave Nigerian schoolgirls -- those in captivity, those who have escaped, the thousands whose fearless assertion of their right to an education has put them now at such risk.
With an initial $10 million from the Nigerian government and another $10 million from the Nigerian business community, we are launching a Safe Schools Initiative. It is designed to secure worldwide support for a basic right - that children should be able to go to school without fear.
Young people around the world are responding in a defiant manner: mobilizing for education in a way that has never before been seen and calling for world leaders to respond urgently to the global education crisis.
In this district, roughly 700 kilometers northeast of Karachi, more than half of all women give birth at home, and 42 out of every 1,000 newborns do not survive their first 28 days of life.