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Women and Girls

Women and Toilets. A Tale of Two Worlds.

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

The indignity of a missing or dysfunctional toilet has health and personal safety consequences for girls and women, especially during their periods.

Action Needed to Curb Corruption Crimes Against Women and Girls

Frank Vogl | Posted 09.15.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Substantial media attention has been given to the plight of women and girls as it relates to slavery and trafficking internationally. Here too it is corruption that is a critical factor. This massive crime succeeds in part as gangsters bribe border officials, police and other public servants.

What We Can Achieve When Women Raise Their Voices

Bineta Diop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Bineta Diop

With an estimated seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, it has also become easier to reach almost every household on earth with important information to influence their lifestyle and their choices. The pursuit of the SDGs will no longer stay the purview of the polity or parliaments but is in all of our hands. We must use our access to technology as a tool to shape our common journey.

What Zimbabwe's 'Mother's Groups' Can Teach Us All

Ellen Chigwanda | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Ellen Chigwanda

Here in Zimbabwe, "time poverty" is a significant and often-overlooked barrier to girls' education. Too many girls don't have time to play with other girls or to do the things that children should be doing because they have so many other responsibilities.

Rural Women Worldwide Are on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Yifat Susskind | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Yifat Susskind

Imagine a world where all women and girls are free to participate fully in their communities, to become innovators and to lend their leadership to solve our shared global crises. That is the vision of countless women's rights activists worldwide.

‘Education for All' Means Prioritizing the Children Furthest Left Behind

Josephine Bourne | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Josephine Bourne

We need education systems that target our efforts on the most vulnerable children or we will further exacerbate existing inequalities by leaving them behind -- inequalities that will undermine education's contribution to healthier and more peaceful societies.

Education and Health: the Spandrels to Build a Gender Equal World

Graca Machel | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Graca Machel

Education and health. Intertwining education and health can ensure girls can not only survive, but thrive and reach their full potential. Separately, education and health are important for every girl. Linked together, they could change the world.

The 2030 Agenda Is a Win for Women and Girls

Dawn Laguens | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Dawn Laguens

Put simply, the 2030 Agenda is a win for women and girls. Now, we need real action to turn its promise into a reality.

What Are Social Norms, And How Can Understanding Them Help Us Prevent Gender-Based Violence?

Leigh Stefanik | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Leigh Stefanik

The same social rules that keep us from cutting in line at the bank can help us prevent gender-based violence.

Girls and Women's Rights Advocates Will Continue to Hold World Leaders Accountable

Let Girls Lead | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

The thing that will tell us whether we are really standing on the verge of a transformative path to progress - is whether leaders who met in Addis Ababa will follow up on their promises with political and financial commitments. We are worried.

We Must Stand Up for Out-of-School Girls

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Women's equality -- as any woman anywhere will tell you -- will never be achieved as long as girls are subject to the threats, abuse and marginalization that still happens in many places around the world.

Delivering Programs To Answer International Women's Day Call To 'Make It Happen'

Lisa Marie Nickerson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Nickerson

In order to build a better world, it's important to ensure that women are visible agents of change.

10 Resolutions for 2015

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

All three meanings of "resolution" are wonderfully attractive to me -- and timely for this brand new year.

Without Government Action, Burden Will Remain on Women to Fight Back Against Violence

Ravi Verma | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Ravi Verma

The viral videos provide just one snapshot of the reality faced by India's women and girls, but the real causes and consequences of this ever-present violence have remained absent from the conversation.

Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General's Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women

Lyric Thompson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Lyric Thompson

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.

We Must Not Forget Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights For All

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Together, let's make this the "century of women" that the Secretary-General has called for -- but let's not forget about girls.

We Can and Will Eliminate Violence Against Women

Christine Hart | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Christine Hart

We don't always talk about gender-based violence in our conversations with family and friends, but it is pervasive in every culture and in every country on earth.

It's Young Girls and Women on the Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis

Chernor Bah | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Chernor Bah

Despite being primary care givers, girls typically have less education and even lesser access to scientifically based information.

Pathways to Power for Girls Worldwide

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Buffett

We've seen what is most difficult to measure and most fundamental to change: the power a girl holds within herself. That power burns bright in amazingly brave girls as they challenge convention and open whole new horizons of change.

How to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Using Technology and Crowdfunding

Diane M. Francis | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Diane M. Francis

Two important innovations would be to create a world crisis map and to create a crowd-funding site dedicating to financing worthy projects, individuals and organizations in the space of ending violence against women and girls.

Envisioning a World Where Youth Voices Matter

Diane Fender | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In order for true change to occur, youth should be included in global conversations, and policy and decision-making processes.

After the Girl Summit: How Can We Hold the Attention of 900 Million People?

Kara Brown | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Kara Brown

He questioned why a woman who had been cut would let her own daughter suffer the same fate, so we talked about societal pressures on women and girls. This small exchange was the cherry on top of a motivating few days at the world's first girls' rights summit in London.

In Border Crisis, Remember the Women and Children Running for Their Lives

Mary Ellsberg | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Mary Ellsberg

Amidst the horrific gang violence in these nations, the wives, girlfriends and mothers of gang members are targets for violence and revenge killing by rival gangs.

Menstrual Hygiene Must Become a Matter of Public Concern in Zimbabwe

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

The neglect of menstruation and its implications for the dignity, health and safety of women is increasingly well documented and urgently needs attention.

Safer Cities: India's Women and Girls Can't Wait

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

Women like Nitya, Devi, Anjali and Deepa deserve better. They deserve safe public spaces where they can attend school, ride the bus or report incidents to the police without fear they will be stigmatized or ignored.