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Women And Girls Are The Power And Potential For Positive Change

Pat Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

We see so many girls and women making huge positive changes in their communities. When doors are closed to women, those societies and the world are losing.

Girl Up Teen Advisors Surprise Their Moms In The Most Beautiful Way

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

Girl Up is dedicated to improving the lives of girls around the world and empowering them to give their hearts to make this world a better place. We asked our Teen Advisors about their mothers.. and then filmed the answers with their mothers watching.

The Best Way To REALLY Protect Your Kids

Kate Carr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Kate Carr

Parents should not have to choose between keeping their kids safe and inspiring their kids to explore, discover and take chances. There's plenty of room in the world for both.

Mothers Give Possibility And Hope

Monique Coleman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Monique Coleman

It is embedded in the fabric of so many mothers to instill this idea that anything is possible for their children, by being willing to do everything they can to get those kids on the right path.

Motherhood Is A Woman's Greatest Challenge

Angélica Fuentes | Posted 04.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Angélica Fuentes

The birth of our children is a miracle of love that transforms us, our daily routine, thoughts, hierarchies and interests. Despite all of this, I wanted to be the same woman as I had always been. I could only begin to guess that this challenge would bring me the greatest learning of my life.

Community Action To Save And Improve The Lives Of Mothers And Their Children

Fatima Shahryar | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Fatima Shahryar

Life seemed to have lost its meaning for Zareena Bibi. Her babies died, one after the other, very soon after they were born. Her family had become distant, and she too became convinced that God was unhappy with her. Access to a doctor changed Zareena's life.

Bring Every Good Thing To Our Children

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good in the world.

Always Start With The Girl

Maria Eitel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Whether dancing with a giggling group of girls in rural India, or across from an embarrassed, Hawaiian-shirt clad legion of middle school boys in a gym, I know that my mom is there for me, and all girls, by inspiring creative solutions through honest dialogue.

Changing The Game For Female Farmers

Dr. Beatrice Sakwa | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Beatrice Sakwa

If you saw Aqwalina's lush farm today, you would be shocked to learn that it was basically barren just a couple of years ago. But when her abusive husband abandoned the family, she turned a challenging situation into a new opportunity.

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Queen Rania of Jordan

What unites them is their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. They're all role models. They are blazing trails. I couldn't be prouder of them. So, the "baton" that I pass to all of you is their stories, their example.

A Common Theme Of Our Best Days Ever

Nicole Wickenhauser | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Nicole Wickenhauser

Often times, we can't anticipate the happiest days of our lives. Sometimes they will burst upon us like a surprise present, and other times we barely recognize when we are in the throes of one.

Why Moms Matter

Aaron Sherinian | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Aaron Sherinian

Even with more than 8,000 miles, an ocean and harsh daily realities dividing them, Felisa and Nyanwour have more in common than you would realize.

The Gift Of Love In The Form Of A Smile

Scarlett Steer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Scarlett Steer

The moment when a mother sees her newborn baby for the first time is a joyous, special occasion. However, sometimes there are instances when that special moment is followed by uncertainty and pain. As a volunteer for Operation Smile, I have experienced the joy and the heartbreak that comes with this type of work.

The Benefits Of Community For Infant Health

Linda Pfeiffer | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Linda Pfeiffer

When a mother dies in poor communities, her older children often leave school to care for the younger children, making it nearly impossible for the next generation to escape the cycle of poverty. The fact that all of this is preventable is tragic--but it also means there is hope.

Motherhood In A Forgotten Country

Amelia Brandt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Amelia Brandt

While motherhood is one of life's greatest joys, it can also lead to tragedy. It is vital that we redouble our efforts to make child bearing and rearing safer. As a global community, we all need to join together to determine what else we can be doing to make sure that women are able to see their children grow up.

Women Leaders And The Chain Reaction

Rosario Pérez | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Rosario Pérez

At Pro Mujer, we witness transformations on a daily basis. For women who have never been given the opportunity, one vote of confidence can be the spark that starts a chain reaction. Stories of heavy doors, assumed forever closed, are slowly opening.

Bringing Health And Joy To Children At Sea

Catherine Murphy | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

I live in a special community. Although I don't have children of my own, I get to experience the joy of being surrounded by them all the time. Kids fill my days with fun, laughter and imagination. Unfortunately, they sometimes bring screams, cries and messes as well.

Delivering A Healthy Baby After Losing a Child

Emely Rodríguez González | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Emely Rodríguez González

Six months into my pregnancy, I was taken to the hospital to induce birth. After hours of anguish and pain, my baby was stillborn. Because she was born after the 25-week mark, we had to register and bury her. To this day, I have not fully recovered.

Where Girls Don't Count

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

What if you didn't know when your birthday was? What if your government didn't know you existed? What if you weren't counted at all? Counting means a lot of things but mostly "I count" means "I matter."

Providing Safe Water, One Photo at a Time

Karin Krchnak | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Karin Krchnak

Of all the water on Earth, just 3 percent of it is fresh--and most of it is frozen in glaciers or as permanent snow. Just 1 percent of the world's water provides all drinking water, is used for sanitation and health, delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, and provides energy.

The Power Of A Text Message

Sharon D'Agostino | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Sharon D'Agostino

The moment that the four women entered the meeting room where I had been waiting, I could feel my heart warm. For these mothers, the SMS messages calmed their fears.

Giving Back The Power Of Storytelling Through Film

Molly Melching | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

Community voices really are the key to empowering development. Through participant-produced filmmaking, their priorities and solutions can be brought directly to the forefront.

Education Can Be The Best Medicine Of All

Dr. Dianne Jean-Francois | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Dianne Jean-Francois

Ever since I was a young girl, I've wanted to help Haiti. During my time at medical school in Haiti, and when studying for my master's degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University, I knew I wanted to return to my country and help residents get the healthcare they needed. And, as a mother of two, I recognize children's healthcare as exceptionally important.

The Secret Power That All Moms Have

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Around the world, governments, NGOs and community-based organizations struggle to provide for orphaned and vulnerable children. Food, shelter and medical care are fundamental to survival. But what do children need to thrive?

The 2 Things That Could Keep Premature Babies Alive

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse

More than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old. Here's how you can help.