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This Teen Helped Implement Girls' Rights Policies, Even After Mayor Laughed Off Her Ideas

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact

Emelin may text, chew gum and snap pics on her cell phone, but she isn't your everyday 15-year-old. She helped secure funding for girls' education ...

Ending Child Marriage In Malawi: A Roadmap To Sustainable Change

Let Girls Lead | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Malawi outlawed child marriage last week. Following more than five years of undaunted advocacy by Malawian girls, their allies and civil society leaders, the country's Parliament tabled and passed the "Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Bill," increasing the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years.

West Africans Want You To Know That They're Human Beings, Not A Virus

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact

More than 4,500 people have died from Ebola, but people from West Africa say that some of the biggest threats they face have nothing to do with the ep...

I Am a Liberian. I Am Not a Virus.

Let Girls Lead | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

I want people to understand that we are more than the latest breaking news. We are not "those Africans." We are not pitiful media images, statistics or projections. We are mothers, fathers, children, scholars, artists, doctors, and survivors. We are people.

Under Quarantine: Ebola's Impact on Women and Girls in Liberia

Emily Teitsworth | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Emily Teitsworth

As in many public health emergencies, adolescent girls and young women are among the most marginalized and at-risk population during this crisis. In the face of this national disaster, the Let Girls Lead (LGL) network of organizations in Liberia is working to save families from Ebola.

The World's Biggest Problem: Young People

Denise Dunning | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

If you believe the news, the world's biggest problem is young people. There are currently over 1.8 billion young people in the world, with 88 percent of all adolescents living in poor countries (UNICEF 2012). Too many of these young men and women are uneducated, unemployed, and unable to access basic health services and information.

The Power Of Story

Denise Dunning | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Stories are powerful. Storytelling and film mobilize communities to transform gender norms, fight discrimination and promote equality -- breaking down barriers that damage both girls and boys.

'PODER': A Story Of Girls Overcoming

Denise Dunning | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

'PODER' is the engaging story of Elba and Emelin, two indigenous Guatemalan girls who overcame poverty and discrimination to transform a community of over 26,000 people, and their nation of 14 million.

The World's Greatest Return On Investment

Denise Dunning | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

The world's 600 million girls are our greatest return on investment. The time has come for our dollars to follow our research and our rhetoric. As a global community, we can no longer afford to look away.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Jari Taylor, Chicago

Let Girls Lead | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

This week's Global Girls Conversation Video Contest submission comes from 15 year old Jari Taylor. Jari lives in Chicago and sees the brutal reality of the streets on a daily basis. She hears the gunshots echoing across her community at night.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Grace Mwase, Malawi

Let Girls Lead | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Harmful cultural practices are still of grave concern for many girls around the world. Let Girls Lead highlights a powerful video by Grace Mwase who is raising her voice to one of the most harmful traditional practices still present in Malawi.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Jasmine Barbers

Let Girls Lead | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Jasmine Babers, 18 Rock Island, U.S.A. Over 50 videos have been submitted from girl leaders around the world to Let Girls Lead's Global Girl...

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Hellen Kasiya

Let Girls Lead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

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.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Nafkot Aschenaki

Let Girls Lead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Millions of girls around the world are unable to go to school. Fortunately for Nafkot Aschenaki, this was not the case. At the age of 24, Nafkot graduated from her local university in Ethiopia with a law degree.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Riya Singh, Bay Area Girl Leader

Let Girls Lead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Riya Singh is a girl leader based in San Francisco who is committed to supporting girls' leadership around the world. Riya has worked as a teen advisor for GirlUp, where she raises funds and support for girls in developing countries.

Let Girls Lead Launches Video Contest

Let Girls Lead | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Shennel Henries is a girl leader from Monrovia, Liberia who is 14 years old. Shennel is leading a campaign for girls' rights in Liberia, where she is developing the Manifesto for the Development and Empowerment of the Liberian Girl Child.

Let Girls Lead

Let Girls Lead | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

According to the UN, there are 600 million adolescent girls around the world who live in poverty, are unable to complete school or see a doctor when they need one, and are victims of violence and exploitation. But they don't have to be.