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Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

16 Days Of Activism: Combating the Global Scourge of Child Marriage

Ravishly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Ravishly

Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.

Jessica Prois

Global Movement Against Child Marriage Grows Stronger

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact

Marcia Almeida was a child bride at the age of 16 in Mozambique, where more than half of all girls marry before they are 18. MAPUTO, Mozambique ...

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.

Why Volunteer?

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

Today, on International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers all over the world to improving our communities, whether those efforts are focused locally, nationally, or globally. 62 million Americans volunteered last year, that's close to 25 percent of the population over the age of 12!

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

How Ebola Impedes Women's Empowerment in West Africa

Megan Foo | Posted 11.20.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

It is patently clear that Ebola is injurious not just to women's physical health, but to their education, safety and economic well-being.

The Legal Loopholes That Perpetuate Child Marriage

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Between today and this time next year, around 15 million girls under the age of 18 will be married -- joining the ranks of another 700 million former child brides around the world, including 250 million who were married before the age of 15.

Understand Human Nature, Protect Human Rights

Luna Atamian | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Luna Atamian

"Compassionate empathy" is what the advocates for any cause want to ignite in their supporters. That's also the biggest challenge in advocacy: taking supporters from just caring about a cause to actually doing something about it.

Children's Right to Education: Where Does the World Stand?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In Mexico, one out of every two teenagers won't finish high school. In India, only a third of students get their high school diploma. Even in the U.S., around 5500 high schoolers will drop out before the end of the day.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls Are a Smart Investment

Catherine Russell | Posted 12.13.2014 | DC
Catherine Russell

On Friday, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized Malala Yousafzai for her fearless advocacy on behalf of girl's education. Her award is a cause for celebration -- but it is also a call for action, especially as we paused this October 11 to recognize the annual International Day of the Girl.

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.

International Day of the Girl: Afghanistan Through the Eyes of the Girl.

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

In this crucial period of political transition and troop withdrawal at the end of the year, it is imperative that young Afghan girls are empowered with the skills, knowledge and courage to stand up to violence perpetrated against them.

This Norwegian Preteen Is 'Marrying' A 37-Year-Old For One Important Reason

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact

Thea is 12 years old. She's a seventh-grader at her school in Norway, and she loves riding horses and listening to One Direction. According to her blo...

Better Education and Girls' Rights in Pakistan Start Now

Sarah Brown | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Sarah Brown

Making education fully compulsory and policing it is the next stage in the battle for girls rights around the globe.

U.N. Week -- Style Over Substance

Denise Dunning | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Our system is broken. We are failing to build a post-2015 development agenda that integrates the voices, values and priorities of the majority of the world's population. Far too few of our resources are being invested in deserving grassroots leaders and civic organizations.

We Can't Have A Post-2015 Agenda Without Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

When the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 is pregnancy and childbirth; when two-thirds of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among adolescent girls; and when 200 million women want to use family planning methods but lack access, the young girls and women of the world do not have a promiscuity problem -- they have a human rights problem.

Nelson Mandela's Widow Offers Simply Perfect View On Gender Rights

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact

Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela's widow, took to the stage at Clinton Global Initiative to speak out on behalf of women and girls worldwide. Machel,...

Difret: Building a Culture of Courage

Mehret Mandefro | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Mehret Mandefro

The Difret engagement campaign asks one simple question: what can you do as an ordinary individual to help build a culture of courage that supports and protects women and girls?

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.

Why Should We Invest in Girls' Education?

Megan Foo | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Megan Foo

If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family -- and a whole nation."

Here's How African Nations Are Making Progress With Democracy, Human Rights, More

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact

In an unprecedented move this week, President Obama played host to nearly 50 leaders from Africa -- a continent which is home to six of the 10 fastes...

Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Patrick Davies

Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.

Child Marriage Won't End Until We Start Documenting What Actually Works: Advocates

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

By Agnes Odhiambo, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--When she was 12, Chimwemwe, from a rural village in southern Malawi, married a 17-year-old boy. She...