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Girls Health

How Girls Think About Themselves Is Shifting, but There's More to Be Done

Ann Shoket | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Ann Shoket

In fact, it is not enough for young American women to embrace their own GIRL POWER; they feel that girls everywhere deserve the right to make healthy decisions about their bodies and minds.

WISER: The Girl Effect in Action

Sofia Stafford | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Sofia Stafford

Meet Mercy. She is a spunky, determined 17-year-old with a twinkle in her eye. Mercy has many passions, goals and hopes for her future, just like most girls her age. She is an aspiring engineer and change maker in her community of Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

For Many Girls, The Key To Education Is Sanitary Napkins

Maureen Shaw | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Maureen Shaw

While we're trying to perfect the art of fishing a tampon out of a backpack unnoticed, there are millions of girls around the world who don't have access to pads. And that's not even the worst of it: Because of a lack of sanitation and resources, many girls miss large swaths of school or drop out altogether once they start menstruating.

Always Start With The Girl

Maria Eitel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Whether dancing with a giggling group of girls in rural India, or across from an embarrassed, Hawaiian-shirt clad legion of middle school boys in a gym, I know that my mom is there for me, and all girls, by inspiring creative solutions through honest dialogue.

How Helping Teen Mothers Changed My Life

Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez

At first I didn't understand the mothers' unbridled enthusiasm for a piñata. But then it hit me -- these teenagers hadn't had the chance to be little girls, because they became mothers too soon.

The Not-So-Humble Backpack: Equipping Girls for Greatness

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

At the Global Fund for Children, we believe that the metaphor of the backpack -- a symbol of learning, mobility and independence -- and its contents could help girls control, and indeed transform, their own destinies.

Put Young Girls At The­ Center Of Development

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

It's time to make a radical shift, to start seeing girls not as vulnerable or as a liability, but as potential leaders. It's time to see girls for who they are: the driving force of their generation, one poised to bring real social change.

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Yen To | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Yen To

A woman's position within Kenyan society is quickly revealed on street level, in the boardroom and at home.

Let Every Woman's Voice Ring

Frida Giannini | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Frida Giannini

By promoting and funding progress in the areas of education, health and justice, we can change the prospects for girls and women, and those girls and women can change the world.

Davos 2013: A Jumping-Off Point for Young Leaders to Address Girls' and Women's Health

Kate Roberts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Kate Roberts

Today, 75 percent of HIV infections among 15- to 24-year-olds in Sub-Saharan Africa alone are young women, and up to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before the age of 18. The network of young leaders in the World Economic Forum can be instrumental in changing that.

The Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2012

Marshall Stowell | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Marshall Stowell

In the year-end issue of Impact, we announce the top 10 global health milestones of 2012. We asked some of the world's most renowned leaders in global health to comment on why these moments made the list. What we heard was insightful and, in many cases, encouraging.

Why Do Girls Drop Out Of School? It's All About What Happens In The Girls' Room

Susan Davis | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women
Susan Davis

More people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women's Day on March eighth, let's not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.

How Mothers Unintentionally Harm Their Daughters' Self-Confidence

Joyce McFadden | Posted 08.23.2011 | Women
Joyce McFadden

Although we don't mean to, we mothers often model for our daughters our own insecurities and the way we ourselves succumb to ridiculous standards of beauty.

Say What? Talking with Teens about Sex

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

Talking about "it" at home is crucial because kids who dialogue with their parents about sex, may well be less likely to "do it" before they're ready.

Families Use Social Media To Respond To Gardasil Side Effects

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

As parents sought to navigate a situation where their healthy daughters had become sick and, in the worse case scenario - died, they turned to the Internet for answers.

Onward and Upward - Girls' Issues Make an Impact at TEDIndia and in Ethiopia

Maria Eitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Maria Eitel

TEDIndia was further proof that girls are clearly getting on governments' and organizations' agendas.