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.
On June 16, 2014, more than 200 gender experts, funders, policymakers and development organizations will convene for the inaugural Gender 360 Summit in Washington D.C.
On this Father's Day, and every day for that matter, we must engage boys and men as partners in the eradication of gender-based violence, once and for all. The cycle of violence begins with men -- men who would say "no more, not ever."
Diarrhoeal diseases linked to fecal contamination kill 1,400 children a day. Another 162 million children worldwide are stunted -- they are undersized and may have developmental delays -- with the lack of adequate sanitation, water and hygiene being a contributing factor.
New Delhi women and girls surveyed by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) told us that they feared walking on the street, visiting the market, even waiting on a bus.
Healing is vital, but healing without education or justice will not be enough to change the global epidemic of sexual violence and rape in the world today, both in and out of war zones. We need continuing educational efforts to change individual, social and cultural views that condone sexual violence against women and children.
The struggle that girls face in securing an education is not a girl or woman problem -- it is a father's and brother's issue too. Therefore, as we celebrate Father's Day in the U.S. on June 15, I call on my fellow fathers to join me to commit to ensuring that our daughters have access to a quality and safe education.