Fifty percent of children in Guatemala suffer from chronic malnutrition, the fourth highest rate in the world, condemning them to a life of learning challenges and putting them at high risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. We are planting the seeds for a movement to ensure that every child in Guatemala has the opportunity to graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. Will you join us?
Could you live on just one dollar a day? That is what four friends set out to discover when they traveled to Guatemala together in 2010 with nothing but $1 a day to subsist on for 56 days.
Ornithologists may have discovered a rare species of owl in Oman. But there's an even rarer breed of higher education exhilaration in this tiny nation, an excitement that is igniting a flame of hope and possibility in a world that so desperately needs it.
The women of Keur Moussa, like millions of women around the world, are on the front lines of efforts to achieve food security and better nutrition for their families and communities. When their needs are met -- including their needs for family planning -- this year's World Food Day theme will be within closer reach.
Presently, two-thirds of the world's illiterate population is female. This startling statistics paints a dim portrait of the effects of the gender education gap as a barrier to destroying global economic deprivation.
There is a universal principle of childhood physics that we all remember well: the joy of spinning in circles. Perhaps it was spinning while locking hands with a playmate, in a teacup at Disney World, dancing in pirouettes, or simply turning in place -- it was a thrill to send our surroundings into a kaleidoscopic blur. This was followed by a dizzy fit of giggles until our internal compasses caught up, and the world came back into focus.
The future health and well-being of the Earth and its inhabitants is largely in the hands of rural women. Our job is to make sure they have the tools and training they need.
It has been rare, certainly in recent times, that someone from my home country, Pakistan, has become a household name for courage, dignity and passion for a worthy cause. Yet Malala Yousafzai has done exactly that.
Let Girls Lead is building a global movement to empower girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, storytelling and strategic partnerships.
When we educate girls on their health, they feel empowered to take responsibility for their choices, to hold their wellbeing in high regard, to stay in school and to become productive adults, and to involve their parents and caregivers in meaningful dialogue.
Last night in Washington, a group of leaders gathered to talk about something that really matters. Not political gossip, but children. The 18,000 young children who die each day of things we know how to prevent.
They are great in number, these girls; they belong to an exploding population of youth worldwide -- the largest in history. And these girls are bubbling with untapped potential that will continue to be squashed unless we put them at the center of global development efforts in the coming decade.
It's time to make a radical shift, to start seeing girls not as vulnerable or as a liability, but as potential leaders. It's time to see girls for who they are: the driving force of their generation, one poised to bring real social change.
As we mark the second International Day of the Girl on October 11, I'm calling for a similar recognition of the power and potential of girls, enlisting them in our mission to bring safe, sustainable sanitation to the billions who live without it.
Malala Yousafzai has brought an incredible amount of attention to the power of adolescent girls. As we celebrate Malala's courage, it is important to remember the 250 million girls around the world who lack safe access to education, healthcare or basic needs like food and shelter.
In the 21st century, no woman should die bringing new life into the world. With just over 800 days remaining to the MDGs deadline, we must combine our efforts to tackle the causes of maternal death and prevent unintended pregnancies.
Bold, brave, smart, sporty and she speaks out against injustice (including unfair bedtimes). That's my nine-year-old daughter. On International Day of the Girl Child, our hope is that all girls will have the freedom to speak out.
As International Day of the Girl Child approaches, I think of the obstacles that stand in the way of girls and their education. But I also imagine things the way they should be: with them attending university, speaking boldly and confidently, and being valued by all of us for the full spectrum of who they are.
I was the fourth baby my mother delivered, but only the second that survived.
All in all, one thing was clear to me about the Social Good Summit -- its narrative was built around the belief that technology and innovation will greatly improve our world and it was inspiring.