No girl should be married as a child. No child should be a slave. No girl should be gang-raped. Let's make it a reality for these children to pursue their dreams, and stop being abused. Educate yourselves about these issues, and take a stand.
When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Girls can't do this alone though.
No matter where you focus your attention, the issues affecting women and girls are vital to the well-being of our world. There are bold, resilient and powerful women right here in Chicago who are confronting these issues head on with innovative or proven solutions.
You can support solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things.
I didn't have to win a trip abroad, get the internship or have much experience in this field to make my mark. Anyone can paint, and the more that do, the brighter the picture, the deeper our impact, the better our world can be.
I had never heard of issues like sex trafficking and obstetric fistulas, let alone how prevalent they are. I couldn't believe that so many girls and women suffered and the rest of us let it continue.
One of the countless benefits I have received from yoga is feeling empowered to raise awareness about and money for communities that are suffering around the world.
In India, education is not a civil right but rather a privilege that young children dream and wish to be a part of.
I know many people who have risen to greatness without suffering, but few of those exhibit the level of selfless altruism that I was exposed to in meeting the women and girls of Half the Sky.
Women in developing countries are finally starting to dream big. At young ages, they can dream of being entrepreneurs, politicians, business owners, community leaders.
My mind turns to Afghanistan -- a country where bombs go off and have been going off intermittently for the past 50 years. I imagine my father risking torn limbs and shards for my education. I imagine how it would feel to live in constant and pernicious fear.
This nine-month-old child was precisely the size of her newborn brother. This infant's small head peaking out of the blanket showed signs of despair; sunken, glassy eyes shot right to my heart.
On Mothers' Day 2011, we mothers gave birth to the Mothers' Day Movement. By moving the apostrophe, we have pledged to make Mother's Day more meaningful by asking family, friends, and donors to rethink their giving priorities.
For six months I traveled through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. I was curious about what it was like to be a woman in all of these places. I began to realize how deeply rooted these gender issues are.
The question we are often asked about our project is "Why a comic book?" We hope that approaching the problem in this more open-ended way will lead to discussions of the deeper issues at play.