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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.

From a Fatherless Daughter: Dads, You're Doing it Right

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

If we weren't so distracted by the "outstanding" as some kind of bizarre yardstick of self-worth measurement, we would appreciate and relish the real, the small and the imperfect.

What Women Want... the Big R

Lauren Galley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Women
Lauren Galley

In today's society women are more independent whether it be having a career, being a single parent or obtaining a higher education. The shift towards equality allows women to take charge of their life decisions as they pave their way towards the future.

Don't Blame Girls for Their Own Sexualization

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 08.03.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

The problem is not only women copying the standard, but the media itself. The media doesn't create these standards from thin air, but perpetuates them by sensationalizing them in the same way they do with celebrities or news story.

How to (Really) Get Girls Into Coding

Lydia Loizides | Posted 08.03.2014 | Technology
Lydia Loizides

No matter how hard we try, we have yet to overcome the realities of what computer science, and STEM in general, means to the majority of young girls in their everyday lives: nothing.

28 Things I Want Girls to Know...

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

I want all girls to know that knowing how to restore themselves, how to take the time to do things that bring joy, solace -- reading for pleasure, yoga, knitting, baking, running, taking a bubble bath -- is time well spent.

Democratizing Muslim Girls' Education

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Nushin Arbabzadah

Boko Haram's kidnapping of Muslim school girls in Nigeria has turned the education of Muslim girls into an internationally debated question. I come from Afghanistan, the first country where Muslim girls' education was turned into a global cause célèbre in 2001.

6 Things Every Young Woman Should Know

Alexandra Harra | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

Not every transition into womanhood should be as tumultuous as mine. There are six lessons every woman-to-be must learn in order to bypass those accidents of adolescents and truly step into her own glorious self.

End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women's Rights

Kriti Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Kriti Sharma

A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.

Girls Run the World By Writing It

Jill Di Donato | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

n a media culture that often dictates, demeans and disenfranchises girls and women, that pits us against one another, infantilizes or downright ignores our imprints on culture, the power of women telling stories should not be underestimated.

60 Little Tips That Can Change a Girl's Life

Lexi Herrick | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Wear slippers when you have to drive in heels. Wear slippers when you're traveling. Wear slippers at all moments that it's even slightly acceptable to wear slippers.

Proud Dad Of Two Geek Girls Talks... Of Boys and Princesses

John Marcotte | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
John Marcotte

Boys need to learn that watching a movie about princesses does not necessarily mean you want to be a princess. Putting yourself in a woman's shoes does not make you less of a man. It makes you more of a person.

There's An App For That

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.27.2014 | TV

Who doesn't love apps? They make our lives easier and there's one for every need. Recognize the tune, but can't name that catchy commercial jingle? Th...

Welcoming All Girls in the Maker Movement: Let's Make it Happen

Techbridge Girls | Posted 07.25.2014 | Education
Techbridge Girls

I have been attending this Maker Faire for years. It is amazing to see how popular the event has become, drawing over 100,000 this year. But, I saw little of the ethnic diversity that we celebrate in the San Francisco Bay Area. African-American and Hispanic families were few and far between.

mFistula: A Mobile-Based Film and Advocacy Initiative to Help End Obstetric Fistula

Lisa Russell | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Regardless of the location, there are countless fistula stories about women who live in extremely remote areas or are too poor to afford the transportation to a facility where free services are available. They are left living their entire lives in physical and social discomfort.

Rising Voices of Women and Girls of Nigeria

Cynthia Obioma Ezeani | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Cynthia Obioma Ezeani

We must keep and maintain this engine of the new face of Nigerian female activism, which is gaining traction with the nationwide protests and initiatives to find the abducted Chibok girls. This campaign must continue to run strong so that younger women may see and know that it is not a sacrilege to recognize injustice and speak against it.

'Community' Fans, Rejoice

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.22.2014 | TV

She may have graduated from NBC, but now one "Community" alum is going for her PhD in HBO. TVLine reports that Gillian Jacobs is set to star in a r...

32 Things That Only Your Best Friends Understand

Lexi Herrick | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

The fact that life can and does pull you a million miles away from each other, but your friendship doesn't wither. Distance only makes the time you do have together more special.

Shame, School and Our Girls

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Katie Mgongolwa

Investing in women is not a luxury; it is important for human rights, for progress, for a country's success.

Adela Mohseni: 'Any People Who Are Not Aware of Their Rights Will Not Live in Peace'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I don't think there is a civil society in Afghanistan. There are many people from overseas who are working in Afghanistan, but they will leave as soon as there is some turbulence."

The Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls and What We Must Teach Our Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have a confession. I have been up all night feeling sickened. I am sickened with worry about the plight of the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their school-Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria.

9 Examples Of What It Means To Be 'Such a Girl'

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

There is no one thing that makes someone a girl, and more importantly, you could not think of a less insulting insult than to call someone a girl. Many girls like flowers. Many boys like hockey. I like flowers and I like hockey. Don't define people and their traits by their gender, define them by how helpful or hurtful they are.

Aziz Rafiee: 'We Have Not Yet Diagnosed the Pathology of the Problems That Infect Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The most important factor is the conservatism that prevails with respect to social issues. Lack of education and economic poverty are other factors. Women are consistently used as a means of labor in families."

Role Models Matter -- and So Does Training

Techbridge Girls | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Techbridge Girls

Fewer than 60 percent of girls have met a woman in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) career. Maybe that is part of the reason why women represent only 14 percent of the engineering workforce. If there were more role models, how many more girls might be inspired to pursue a passion in engineering or start up a tech company?

Mohammad Ismail Qassemyar: 'Poverty and Unemployment Have Paralyzed the Lives of Most Afghans'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The key to our success, as testified by history, is our national unity. We must protect our Islamic unity and brotherhood and adhere to it."