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The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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...

First Instagram Documentary Lets Girls Rally Against Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

What's being called the first Insta-documentary is galvanizing international efforts against some of the darkest human rights abuses girls face every ...

Force or Choice? American Muslim Marriages (PHOTOS)

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

American Muslims from across the country share their stories of love and marriage as a matter of choice -- as it should be. They are reflective of the more mainstream American-Muslim experience while also representing a model to be emulated by others.

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

Birth Registration: The Missing Link of Child Protection

Celia Buckman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Teen
Celia Buckman

It's really a simple concept. Every child, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, should be acknowledged by their governments of their existence.

A Month After 276 Nigerian Girls Were Kidnapped, Now Is Time to Act

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

These young girls are still being held captive, their condition is unknown, they are at extreme risk of being sexually abused and trafficked and the leaders of Boko Haram have threatened to sell them as slaves and into child marriages.

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.

Crimes Against Women: Jimmy Carter's Call to Action

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Lynsi Freitag

The 39th President of the United States identifies some of the most deplorable and widespread acts of gender-based violence -- something he calls "the most serious challenge facing us now" -- while taking special issue with the religious persecution of women.

Iraqi Bill Would Allow Marriage For Girls As Young As 9

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

When Iraqis head to the polls on April 30, they will have the option of voting for a party that endorses a proposed new law that allows marital rape a...

Teaching Filmmaking to Burmese Refugee Students Was an Eye-opening Experience

Lila Igram | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

We achieve success at Connecther.org when our stakeholders achieve success. Azmina Karim, a young woman from Bangladesh who is passionate about uplifting the voices of women and girls in her country, is one such stakeholder.

Museum of Intolerance

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

As a museum that espouses the values of tolerance, should you, the Museum of Tolerance, be promoting such an Islamophobic film?