The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.
These simple recommendations to eat a plant-based diet, be physically active each day, and avoid alcohol can help our girls avoid breast cancer in later life.
Just imagine if we, speaking from the western world, go to bed hungry only for one or two nights. Would we be able to be as effective and as productive at work as always?
Imagine being pregnant while having a chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, depression or asthma, or being diagnosed with an illness while pregnant. Amazingly, your doctor may not know exactly what treatments or drugs, or what dose, will work best for you. This is a reality faced by American women every day.
The inconvenient truth is that highways that carry the materials and goods we all depend on also transport the high impact diseases that are decimating African communities and economies.
The loss of a mother or father is traumatic in the extreme -- yet, for these children, the tragedy is being compounded by social isolation. At a time when they so desperately need compassion and care, many are being shunned and ostracized for fear of contamination. Surely, we can summon the courage, compassion and commitment to do better.
Hunger has forced generations into a cycle of poverty, and for children today the long-term impact will impair their ability to stay in school and seek employment. Reducing food insecurity has to be a priority for governments and the international community.
A parent who doesn't feed his/her hungry child is judged harshly -- and children come to understand that being fed regularly is their birth right, their entitlement. This is not the case for those living in poverty and with food insecurity.
The statistics often feel overwhelming especially when it's something as immense as ending global poverty and creating gender equality. But this is where we start; we start with one person, in one community -- and we're changing the world.
As World Food Day focuses attention on global hunger, we find ourselves at a crossroads of opportunity and risk.
Less than one in 10 women were using sanitary napkins. They were expensive and women could not afford them, and they also did not know the adverse health consequences of what they used instead, sometimes sand, sawdust, leaves and even ash and mud.
For most of the world, advances in providing real educational opportunities are more recent, the work of visionaries who understood that Peace rested in guaranteeing every person some basic rights contingent only in their humanity.
Volunteers underwent intensive training to learn about the disease and their roles during the campaign. UN Women helped design the trainings, along with UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO.
When it comes to taking care of my child, I get to be the expert. That being said, I still have a lot to learn. What I know for sure is this: when ...
Cross-posted from UN Women Radio host Justice Clarke and his guests sit in a semi-circular United Nations radio studio for a live discussion of ...
We shouldn't require a horrific epidemic like Ebola to remind us why we observe Global Handwashing Day today. But it seems, alas, many in the world can use a reminder about the importance of good hygiene.
That famous old observation -- "Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it" -- has reminded me of the ongoing discussions about protecting children from violence.
The World Health Organization defines FGM as any of a range of procedures (four major types) that "intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
After Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize, international papers and websites observed a strange phenomenon in Pakistan: Some people were not happy that Malala had won the Nobel. But they do not represent Pakistan.
Malala is truly a voice of the voiceless; millions of girls and women without access to education in both the development world, and yes, even in the West. However, there are those among the voiceless who have dared to give themselves a voice.