I served as a community health volunteer in Swaziland from 2012 to 2014, finishing in August. I had my share of long, dull days, and I had a few extremely busy ones. But much of my time went to a girls-empowerment program.
You may think that charging poor people to go to school is a vicious idea that should have been left behind in the 19th century but the Democratic Republic of Congo will need an extra $500 million simply to complete the abolition of school fees.
Twenty-five years after ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Somalia and the South Sudan are taking steps to join 193 other countries around the world that have ratified the treaty.
The year 2014 will stand out to us for a multitude of reasons. For me, what resonates the most is the highs and lows we experienced in our efforts to create gender equality in education worldwide.
The holidays came early this year for the global health community, with news that malaria deaths globally are at an all-time low. According to the World Health Organization's annual World Malaria Report, mortality rates from the disease have fallen dramatically to 584,000 annually -- including a 58 percent decline in child deaths in Africa.
Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.
One minute, one camera, and one boy... is all it took to convey the tragedy of millions of childhoods lost to conflict in the Middle East.
It is not just data. Sometimes our definitions fall short. Take, for example, the way we view income and labor. It simply doesn't cover enough of the work that women, and in particular poor women, are doing -- especially in their own households and the vast "informal" economy in which most of the world's poorest people work.
There’s no better time than the holidays to remind children to be thankful and to give back to others in need. However, that is not always easy duri...
For most parents, the holidays are a time filled with family, friends and happiness. While this is also true for mothers like us who have children with extreme medical needs, we have a special holiday wish -- that our children could experience and celebrate the season without debilitating pain for just one day.
My father was born in a village in India...and only 3 of his 11 siblings survived beyond five years of life.
Why is this still such a problem? While there are regions of the world in which poverty may prevent people from going to school, why is the deficiency felt so much more powerfully in one gender -- why would it not be equal?
When I think about what ’home’ means to me, I think about David. Upon arriving at one of our SOS Children’s Villages in Nicaragua, I saw 15-...
When I began living in the plains of Nepal in 1987, villagers visited almost daily to ask for advice on health problems. I was studying to be a doctor but not in medicine. I was working toward my PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University.
No girl anywhere dreams of living with HIV. It's time we come together to prevent HIV and accelerate our efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation -- and enable girls everywhere to live their dreams.
The omission of an explicit reference to key rights and standards related to gender equality is a missed opportunity, particularly given that we have successfully negotiated for them in UN conferences before.
So long as social norms diminish the importance of the girl child, discourage the education of girls, and force girls to marry before reaching adulthood, girls will never realize their full potential.
Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.
As we approach the 20-year anniversary of Beijing, discrimination and violence against women, and the stereotypes that confine them into narrowly fixed roles must end. Women have the right to make their own decisions about their lives and their bodies.
In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.