Hellen recounts the challenges she faces at school, including sexual advances by students and teachers alike, as well as intense and often oppressive peer pressure by her friends to seek out relationships with older men.
Of the six million children around the world with potentially treatable heart defects and no access to care, approximately 6,000 live in Uganda. How great would it be if together, we could put 6,000 candles on a metaphorical cake to brighten the lives of these kids?!
Pregnant women tend to be forced out of their jobs or fired because their employers refuse to make minor accommodations that would enable them to continue working. This discrimination is shameful and does real harm to women and their families at a time when they badly need wages.
Necessity dictated that I learn rapidly, so I was taught by an operating assistant. Using a small generator to provide light and suction, ether for anesthesia and nursing aids, I was able to carry out many life-saving C- sections, often in the dead of night.
With smart, targeted policies, local governments and international aid organizations can help women build the networks they need -- and ensure women are empowered. Only then can a nation be peaceful and prosperous.
Most people in the U. S. today have never had any direct contact with the disease and most doctors have never seen a case. That success means it's easy to have a relaxed attitude about protecting ourselves. We're now seeing the result of that relaxed attitude
I received a text message from a friend today that he's headed to the beach next week; an unexceptional piece of information, except for the fact that last August "going to the beach" was the furthest thing from my his mind.
I knew I was at a high risk. I had a plan: I could go up on the anti-depressants I took. I could attend postpartum support groups and get a therapist. I was prepared. Except, you can't really be prepared.
The family planning community should be willing to take some reasonable risks when it comes to acknowledging the pleasure motivation in birth control. We know that sexy advertising works to sell pretty much everything else. Why not family planning, one of the most empowering and powerful forces for good and pleasure in the world?
This author is among those fortunate to report that after a double mastectomy and a second recurrence of breast cancer, my aunt, is again cancer free.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to a close. And I am grateful. Every year it brings a sea of pink and this year was no different. But has anything meaningful changed from last year? Have we made progress?
These women may have come from all corners of the globe and speak different languages, but one trait unifies them: They all want to create more opportunities for women and girls through sports.
Breastfeeding isn't just good for babies; it boasts many health advantages for moms, too. One benefit, especially noteworthy during October for Breastfeeding Awareness Month, is the reduced risk of breast cancer in breastfeeding moms.
Some people think Islam bans girls' education and limits women's duty in society to the noble position of motherhood on the sidelines. That is wrong.
Jimena Asturias, 13 -- Jalapa, Guatemala Jimena is a brave 13-year old girl leader from Guatemala. Over the past year Jimena has worked with ...
The woman is the pillar of the family and, by extension, is the cornerstone of society. However, she receives little support and recognition, and in addition to educating and training future citizens, we now demand many other things from her as well.
Nothing inspires me more than a young girl who has strength, confidence and a healthy self-image. Which is why I'm so proud of New York City for launching its new NYC Girls Project, a public awareness campaign designed to remind girls, ages 7 to 12, that self-esteem isn't built by slipping into a pair of designer jeans or cool shoes, but by celebrating who they are inside.
The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.
World Polio Day, which we recognize on October 24, is a reminder that even though this disease is gone from the United States, it must not be forgotten. Diseases like polio and measles continue to cripple and kill children in other parts of the world.
When I think back at the child I was when I earned my own driver's license and the pride I felt of being able to drive to school, the store or just around the neighborhood, it makes the injustice of the adults, mothers, and professionals in Saudi Arabia who are refused a license all the more insufferable.