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Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown is the president of Theirworld and executive chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education

Entries by Sarah Brown

Double Shift Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Today is the first day back at school in Lebanon. Here, as all over the world, pupils are excited and a little nervous about meeting their new teachers and classmates. But there is a crucial difference in these schools -- today thousands of Syrian refugee children step back into the...

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The 59 Million Children the MDGs Did Not Reach

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 9:39 AM

We must always look back before we attempt to move forward. At the start of the millennium, the United Nations set the goal of achieving universal primary education for all children between six and 14 years old by the year 2015.

In the year 2000, there were 100 million children...

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Prioritising Education - A New Chance for the Children of Nepal

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:54 AM

The story of the impact of the Nepal earthquake continues to unfold and deepen. There is death, fear and devastation. But there are also heroes, rescues, generosity and intense moments of hope as a few of those feared lost are miraculously found amid the rubble.

The world...

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The Lessons of Rana Plaza: Tackling a Silent Crisis That Begins in Childhood

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Two years ago, when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people, it became the largest disaster in the history of the garment industry. This woke up companies and people around the world to how their clothes are made and the absurdly long hours, lack...

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As We Mark International Women's Day 2015, Girls Stand #UpForSchool

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 10:05 AM

In one month the world will commemorate a sad anniversary. It will be a year since 219 girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, northern Nigeria, and taken into the dense forest never to be seen again despite global efforts to rescue them.

Even now parents cannot be sure...

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Better Education and Girls' Rights in Pakistan Start Now

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 10:28 AM

Amid the sadness and sorrows of a summer where children's rights have been ignored, neglected, and trampled upon in the world's conflict zones, there is a glimmer of hope.

In the Pakistan province of Sindh, child marriage has been outlawed with the most extensive legislation yet to dissuade patriarchs from...

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Rising #UpForSchool

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 9:40 PM

The ripples that world leaders felt at last year's UN global education meetings when for the first time a young person had a seat - and a voice - at every ministerial discussion table will be stronger this year.

There is a growing education emergency and young people are getting...

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The Countdown Starts Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 8:13 AM

An important landmark in the battle for children's rights will be marked today by the United Nations Secretary-General and celebrities ranging from Shakira to Lang Lang, all marking the 500-Day point of the #EducationCountdown to reach the Millennium Development Goals of universal education.

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Mark International Women's Day by Getting Girls in School

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Much of the focus for International Women's Day 2014 is on girls' education.

Increasingly the attention on girls and women at the heart of social and economic development means that how girls are educated and what skills women bring to the workplace come to the fore.

I have just returned...

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To Achieve Good Health We Need Good Education

(8) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM

In 2008 I was privileged to work at the heart of a movement driven by many thousands of people to reduce maternal deaths and reverse two decades of blocked progress. With the maternal mortality campaign convened by the White Ribbon Alliance we highlighted how, by reducing the threat of death...

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When Will They Ever Learn?

(42) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Last autumn, when we saw the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai being flown to receive emergency care at Britain's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, there was every reason to fear she might not live to see her 16th birthday. When the Taliban gunman targeted her on her way home from school, for her...

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Girls Out of School and Into Wedlock

(68) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Pregnancy and childbirth is still the leading cause of death for teenage girls in the poorest corners of the world, and despite all the progress in reducing maternal mortality by 47 percent we have yet to save these young, vulnerable lives.

One of the biggest issues to resolve is child...

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The Teacher Who Inspired Me: Education Is the Key

(63) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 6:23 PM

Each day a leading business figure looks back at their student days, and explains why it's vital to find a place in school for the 61 million children in the world who currently must go without.

I have often said that you can't define a woman by just...

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Education Is the Cure

(77) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 10:00 PM

This week's international celebration of women is a vivid illustration of just how much the position of women in some countries around the world has improved over the past hundred years. But it also serves as a poignant reminder of how much work remains to be done in countries where...

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The White Ribbon Alliance in China

(10) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 6:00 PM

The following is a speech delivered at the Women's Health Conference in Bejing, Tuesday 13 December 2011

I am delighted to be here in Beijing to address this important group on the issue of women's health.

I have enjoyed many visits to China over a number of years both officially...

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Give The Gift Of Life

(71) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 9:09 AM

It's the deeply moving story of a young woman, poor and travelling by donkey, heavily pregnant and urgently looking for a safe place to give birth.

All she can find is a stable. Fortunately a beautiful, healthy child is born -- a birth that people have celebrated for the past...

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Athlete's Foot: Natural Remedies To Treat Foot Fungus

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Athlete's foot can be painful. But, luckily, it's also easy to fix. It's caused by a fungus called Trichophyton, which is part of the ringworm family. This fungus thrives in warm, moist environments like gym showers, changeroom floors, yoga studios, swimming pools... and your socks. Your body contracts athlete's foot...

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A Celebration of Progress for Women and a Pledge to Do More

(4) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 2:35 PM

This week, world leaders convene at the United Nations General Assembly to review progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals as the 2015 deadline looms.

Maternal and newborn health is at the heart of their promise to reduce global poverty. What we need now is more health workers to save...

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Best Stretches After A Run

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 11:43 AM

After a run, the best stretches to do are static stretches. A static stretch is when you place your body in a certain position and hold the stretch for 30 seconds or longer. Stretching after your run will improve flexibility and recovery.

Here are five essential stretches to do...

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3 Steps To A Flat(ter) Belly: An Expert Shows You How

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 6:16 PM

Although we hear endlessly about the desire for washboard abs, in reality, we're not meant to have an absolutely flat abdominal area (so don't go sucking in your belly all day).

There are actually three keys to keeping the abdominal area (relatively) flat:

1. Overall reduction of body fat

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