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Girls' Rights

Boys Need Feminism, Too

Dana Dela Cruz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Teen
Dana Dela Cruz

Women have generally faced more institutionalized oppression and, thus, it may seem that advocacy for women's rights is the only focus. However, men will benefit from feminism as well.

Reminding The World That Every Girl Counts

Sarah Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sarah Gordon

Every year, approximately 51 million children under the age of five are not registered at birth, a disproportionate number of whom are girls. The Girls Count Act is a statement that the United States will proactively support every child's right to receive legal and social benefits through registration at birth.

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.

Malala and the Case for Higher Education

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

It has been rare, certainly in recent times, that someone from my home country, Pakistan, has become a household name for courage, dignity and passion for a worthy cause. Yet Malala Yousafzai has done exactly that.

'She Could Be Your Daughter' #DayOfTheGirl

Jamira Burley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jamira Burley

The Day of the Girl is a way for everyone to do their part and demand more, so that no classroom door is ever closed on a girl, so that no girl is married off before her 15th birthday and so that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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.

Fathers Embrace International Day of the Girl Child

Michael Kaufman Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Michael Kaufman Ph.D.

As two men who advocate for women -- and as fathers of girls -- we hoped Malala would become the youngest Nobel Laureate. But we'll take the consolation prize: Today is the UN day recognizes half of our children: The International Day of the Girl Child.

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.

The Unfinished Cairo Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health for All

Tarja Halonen | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Tarja Halonen

Nearly 20 years after 179 nations committed to protect the reproductive health and rights of women and girls at the UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, we have the chance to ask, "Has life really changed for women and girls?" The answer is decidedly mixed.

The Future Is Hers

Gordon Brown | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

If the debate in the West is why women can't have everything, the debate in the developing world is still why so many women don't have anything.

My Hope for 2030: A World Without Child Marriage

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

The harmful effects of child marriage are not limited to the girls themselves. When a girl is married, she is deprived of the opportunities -- educational, social and economic -- that would allow her to help lift her family and her community out of poverty.

Four Essential Steps To End Female Genital Mutilation

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 02.07.2013 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

On this International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, we must stand steadfast in our collective duty to make ending FGM a reality for girls who continue to be at risk.

Girl Rising: A Better Life Begins in School

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

If one thing was made clear by the scale of the recent anti-child slavery demonstration of 200,000 young people in the Burmese capital Rangoon, it is that regimes can repress for a time but they cannot maintain their repression indefinitely. The marches show that while children may disappear one by one into slavery, sold off by relatives or neighbours, becoming in effect invisible people - the victims' cries for help cannot be silenced forever, and eventually the truth will out.

Girl Rising: Adult Complacency Is Over

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

The protests about violence against women remind us that too many men in 2013 still treat women as their chattels, to be exploited and brutalized. But they also illustrate that those who violate rights are being challenged head-on by women.

Girl Rising: From Demure to Defiant

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

The rights of girls is moving to the top of the global issues agenda because young women are saying with rising resolve that they will no longer accept the rules and conventions imposed upon them by a male-dominated adult population.

Malala's Impact: When Girls Are Treated Like Adults

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

By virtue of their gender, girls are both poignant symbols and easy targets. Their potential is exploited and limited, in different ways, in nearly all societies.

Malala and the First International Day of the Girl

Robert Walker | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Robert Walker

Leaders from around the world today will talk about the vital importance of girls' right to education, but all the words in the world will not speak louder than the grim tragedy that has befallen Malala, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban.

How to Celebrate the International Day of the Girl? Join Malala

Christy Macy | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Christy Macy

Malala Yousafzai, growing up in a small town in northern Pakistan, had started fighting for her rights -- and the rights of other girls in her community -- when she was 11 years old.

A Promise to Girls

Desmond Tutu | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

Today is the first-ever International Day of the Girl. This is a day to celebrate the fact that it is girls who will change the world; that the empowerment of girls holds the key to development and security for families, communities and societies worldwide.

International Day of the Girl: Why Science & Math Programs Matter

Camille Crittenden | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Camille Crittenden

Few efforts could better serve the "interests of society" than strengthening programs for girls to explore the full range of subjects available to them.

Opportunities to Support Marginalised Groups in Thailand Must Be Seized

Matt Crook | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Matt Crook

As we near the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a great need to ensure the rights of women and girls are at the forefront of the minds of everyone, from government to civil society.

The Most Dangerous Place in the World to Be a Girl

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.23.2012 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

UN statistics revealed that females in India are nearly twice as likely as males to die before the age of five. Experts said the figures reflect widespread discrimination against girls, ranging from neglect, malnutrition, and denial of medical treatment.

Teens Everywhere Can Take Action

Sofia Stafford | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Sofia Stafford

We each have a small section on a large canvas to paint, and, as teens and as human beings, it is hard for us to see more than our little square of the canvas. My experience at CGI showed me the WHOLE canvas.