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Women and Girls

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.

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

Queen Rania al Abdullah | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Queen Rania al Abdullah

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.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

Women Who Inspire: Maternal Health In Karamoja

Diane Fender | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In rural villages, urban centers, hospitals and communities around the world women, and girls are leaders, visionaries and investors on the front lines of change. Though their stories are often untold, throughout history women and girls have shaped the fabric of societies.

A Simple Dress That Transformed a Life

Renee Stearns | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Renee Stearns

As I returned home from visiting these young women, I was determined never to forget their beautiful faces, their tragic stories. And yet, as I stand in line for the door-buster special at my local big box store on Black Friday, it's easy for me to be carried away by the excitement of the season, to let my holiday gift list get in the way of remembering these extraordinary girls.

A Dollar a Day

Ritu Sharma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Since I started my Dollar-a-Day trips, women around the world have opened their homes to me. They've offered me a place to sleep. They've allowed me to work alongside them in the fields and sit at their tables and talk with their families over dinner.But most importantly, they've taught me important lessons about generosity, perseverance and community.

World Toilet Day: Governments, Civil Society And Business Must Work Together to Tackle Sanitation For Women's Health

Jean-Laurent Ingles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Laurent Ingles

Sanitation and hygiene are motors which drive health, social and economic development around the world. An environment that lacks sanitation and clean water is an environment where achieving other development goals is an impossible dream.

Family Planning: 3 Barriers Only Women Understand

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ash Rogers Opening access to Family Planning is the most powerful tool the world has for increasing child survival, decreasing ma...

For Women to Be Seen and Heard

Lila Igram | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Why is it that women and girls around the world so often lack the opportunity to be seen and heard? What is it about being born a girl that instantly places you in a category of second class citizenship? Who has the power to lift this unfair marginalization of women and girls?

Making Women And Girls A Priority At The UN General Assembly

Betsy McCallon | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.

Smarter Foreign Policy: Put Women in the Center

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

We need more Hilary Clintons as Secretary of State to break cultural barriers on the global arena and change perceptions. But, we also need more people advocating for women in foreign policy and women's issues.

Innovation in Africa: What Young African Women Entrepreneurs Have to Say

Mary Olushoga | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

As we think about innovation in Africa, let us listen to the voices of young innovators because their voice matters.

Celebrating Extraordinary Men This Father's Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

As Father's Day approaches, I want to pay tribute to all the fathers who share the hopes and dreams of their wives and daughters and, in so doing, help drive development.

Family Planning 101: Delaying Marriage and Motherhood in India's Heartland

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Uttar Pradesh, India - Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to lea...

Ten Urgent Reasons Why We Must Do More For Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 08.03.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

There are way more than ten reasons, honestly, that we need to do more to empower women and girls, around the world. But the ten tweets below are an e...

A Life More Enlightened: Giving Girls a Second Chance in Egypt

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Allie McGonagle Glinski Beni Suef, Egypt - The lives of many adolescent girls living in Upper Egypt resemble those of young children in perpetuity...

Changing the Course for Child Brides in Ethiopia

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Gillian Gaynair Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember ...

Empowered Women Make Nations Strong

Melinda Gates | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

If women everywhere had the power to determine their futures, the world would be forever transformed.

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Violence against women is the most prevalent and the most hidden injustice in our world today. It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better.

Will Malala's Heroism Turn The Tide For Women And Girls?

Christine Horansky | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Christine Horansky

Malala's bravery has put a human face to the struggles and aspirations of young women who live in difficult, dangerous parts of the world where they must face down overwhelming odds every day.

From Seattle to Senegal -- Increasing the Number of Women IT Professionals

William Brindley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
William Brindley

The dearth of women in Information Technology (IT) is a problem that spans geographic and cultural divides. This problem is also a huge opportunity.

7 Ways We're Holding Girls Back

LearnVest | Posted 08.26.2012 | Parents
LearnVest

Research hasn't quite pinpointed why women don't make as much as men. But maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with ideas that have been subtly ingrained in us since we were very young.

The League of Extraordinary Women

Alicia Keys | Posted 08.20.2012 | Women
Alicia Keys

I've always believed women have an incredible power to be catalysts of change for other women of the world. It is our job to fight for the issues that matter most to us, and realize how much of an impact we can have when forces unite.

The Taliban Is Aggressively Back in Action -- Are We Turning Our Back on the Women and Girls?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Greta Van Susteren

As we begin to leave Afghanistan, are we fooling ourselves about what we are leaving behind or what we have promised the people of Afghanistan? Especially the women and girls?

Another Blow Against Women -- House Appropriations Committee Votes to Defund UNFPA

Valerie DeFillipo | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Valerie DeFillipo

Reproductive rights are human rights, but apparently not in the minds of House Appropriators.