Boko Haram's kidnapping of Muslim school girls in Nigeria has turned the education of Muslim girls into an internationally debated question. I come from Afghanistan, the first country where Muslim girls' education was turned into a global cause célèbre in 2001.
Disasters can strike at any place, and any time. But, as Save the Children uncovered in its 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report, the devastation they leave in their wake impacts some more than others: Women and children are at the greatest risk and are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster than men.
A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.
Feeding our children nutritious meals and teaching them that eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains and being physically active can help prevent many diseases should be the nation's goal.
To say this has been a global health accomplishment of epic proportions would not be an overstatement.
Smart collaboration is about working together to improve health outcomes for vulnerable, underserved and marginalized women and children in resource-poor environments. Although uniting in coalition toward collective action is not always easy, it allows us to learn from each other and leverage our strengths to improve the lives of women and children globally.
What if, together, we can see to it puberty is a wonderful passage into all of the possibilities of adulthood, instead of a life sentence into insecurity, shame and isolation for young women?
Regardless of the location, there are countless fistula stories about women who live in extremely remote areas or are too poor to afford the transportation to a facility where free services are available. They are left living their entire lives in physical and social discomfort.
The day a baby is born should be joyful. Mothers should be filled with anticipation, envisioning an exciting future with their child. However, too many women on my ward see their baby's day of birth as the beginning of a life filled with pain, shame and isolation.
We must keep and maintain this engine of the new face of Nigerian female activism, which is gaining traction with the nationwide protests and initiatives to find the abducted Chibok girls. This campaign must continue to run strong so that younger women may see and know that it is not a sacrilege to recognize injustice and speak against it.
Young people use mobile phones and social media in order to communicate and obtain information. They also use it to meet and date other young people, and sometimes to "hook up" for casual sex. For those of us tasked with influencing the health behavior of young people, the challenges are clear.
These actresses find depth and strength and power that surprise even themselves when they begin not so much delivering Eve Ensler's words, but channeling them.
An end to the conflict would allow people to move around in greater safety, to sow in what remains of the planting season, and to take better care of themselves in the coming months. It would also allow for UN and humanitarian agencies to better deliver relief to people most in need wherever they are.
So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.
Investing in women is not a luxury; it is important for human rights, for progress, for a country's success.
Credit: Nigel Barker One ordinary day this spring, in one of the countries supported by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPA...
At WomanCare Global, we empower women to choose whether and when they'll have children. We want to ensure that every aspect of the supply chain has been audited and addressed.
Going to school shouldn't have to be an act of bravery. Girls -- and boys -- should be able to attend schools free from discrimination, intimidation or threats to their safety. As Pakistani advocate
At least 200 million women want to avoid pregnancy yet lack access to modern contraception. What would it take to shrink this number to zero? A mere $8.1 billion -- or about 1 percent of what Americans spent during the 2013 holidays.
National Women's Health Week is an opportunity to consider the far-reaching impact of sexual violence on health and the importance of prevention.