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Women and Girls

My New Year's Resolution: Stop the Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Trafficking Survivors

Yasmin Vafa | Posted 01.05.2017 | Impact
Yasmin Vafa

For lawmakers and advocates in Washington, D.C., this New Year marks the beginning of a new Administration, a new Congress, and an opportunity to refl...

Warren Buffett's Son Pledges $90 Million To Support Girls And Women Of Color

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact

Young women of color face particularly tough barriers to success in school, work and life. Now one foundation is working with them to break them down....

Where Are the Girls?

Let Girls Lead | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

While women's empowerment is crucial, girls' empowerment is also one of the most promising strategies we have to achieve sustainable development. Ensuring that girls are healthy, educated, and enabled to speak out for their own rights is key to creating a better world - for girls, their families, communities, and countries.

Catalyzing a Pathway to Women's Empowerment

Åsa Skogström Feldt | Posted 03.11.2016 | Women
Åsa Skogström Feldt

Indeed, women and girls make up more than half the world's population and are often more deeply impacted than men and boys by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare and global economic crises.

Education and Health: Keys to Reducing HIV among Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 02.18.2017 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

An epidemic sweeping across southern and eastern Africa reminds me of a hard truth in public health: diseases thrive in places where there is inequity and lack of opportunity. That epidemic -- HIV among adolescent girls and young women -- is threatening to roll back many gains made in the fight against HIV in the past 15 years.

An End of Year Toast to Girls and Women - a Force to be Reckoned With

Katja Iversen | Posted 12.17.2016 | Impact
Katja Iversen

What lies ahead is even more exciting. The acknowledgment that investments in girls and women are not only important, but the bedrock for sustainable development and progress for all, has never been higher. There is an enormous momentum right now.

To Defeat HIV -- We Must Do More for Women and Girls

Clara Banya | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Clara Banya

There is nothing wrong with having HIV. I tell people that I love myself and that I am not less because of HIV. And as an HIV advocate, I help other women living with HIV deal with the disease, and make sure they know that it is not the end of the world.

Documentary Teaches Indian Police The Reality Of Reporting Rape

The Huffington Post | Margaret Bangs | Posted 12.04.2015 | Impact

In India, the attitude that "it's better not to report rape" runs rampant. But Indian filmmaker Vibha Bakshi decided to hold authorities accountable ...

Women and Toilets. A Tale of Two Worlds.

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.17.2016 | 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 09.15.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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 09.04.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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 08.25.2016 | 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 07.22.2016 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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.