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Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."

Why Every Girl Should (Literally) Count

Tiffany Taylor | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Tiffany Taylor

Millions of girls across the world today are being fundamentally overlooked in their communities because they are denied the opportunity to be registered at birth.

Somaya Ramesh: 'Things Will Get Worse If the Government Sacrifices Human Rights for Political Interests'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I visited a friend of mine a few days ago and noticed that she was quite tired and depressed. I asked her what was wrong. She told me that her family will not allow her to continue studying. These situations arise too frequently for women in Afghanistan."

Daoud Naji: 'Afghanistan Is Plagued With Repeated Cultural Rupture'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The high rates of illiteracy amongst women have devastating impacts for women's participation. A large proportion of Afghan women are illiterate because of the historical oppression they have endured. The traditional mentality is another barrier to their participation."

Why I Hated The Term Soul Mate (Until Yesterday)

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women
Evelyn Lauer

The notion that there is one soul mate for everyone is ludicrous. If you expand the definition, a soul mate doesn't even have to be romantic. My best friend is a soul mate; my son is a soul mate; a man I knew but never even kissed is a soul mate.

5 Reasons Every Girl Should Have a Dog

Kendra Alvey | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Kendra Alvey

Every girl needs a dog. I'm not saying boys don't need dogs. And I'm not cat bashing, either. Cats are cute. Yeah, I said it. But, I still say every girl needs a dog. Please hold all eye rolls until I've pled my case.

Dr. Jane Goodall's 80th Birthday: Being Smart Is Sexy, and Being Gentle Does Not Make You Weak

Pippa Biddle | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Pippa Biddle

You are an example to all women that being gentle does not make you weak, and that being soft-spoken does not mean that you have nothing to say.

Sediqa Balkhi: 'He Said I Would Die If I Went to School Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are a number of challenges, including a weak and dependent economy created because the promises of the international community have not been upheld, the lack of proper state planning to build infrastructure and the large-scale population exodus to other countries."

Ban the 'Ban Wagon'

Gail Federici | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Gail Federici

There are so many serious issues that face women today. There is a worldwide epidemic of abuse, trafficking, oppression on a grand scale. Being called "bossy," in my opinion, is not one of them.

Hussain Fakhri: 'The Acts We See as 'Violations,' They See as Exercising Their Rights'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are major problems concerning the government, both regarding leadership and its administrative structure. The government is facing massive obstacles. One look at the justice and judicial system is enough to reveal the extent of the catastrophe."

'This Is Not Prostitution -- This Is Child Rape.'

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

As a human rights movement, the anti-trafficking movement must urge for laws, policies, and practices that hold both the trafficker and the buyer accountable for their crimes.

Fawzia Koofi: 'I Am Afraid to See the World and Its Progress From Behind a Chador Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"As women, we ourselves have accepted that men must always be present at high levels of decision-making and decide for us. Traditionally, we have lived in families where the father has had the final say. We have lived in a society where a man has always spoken the final word."

Malek Setiz: 'We Must Move With the Times'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Structural violence has deprived women of opportunities to flourish and participate in society. By this, I mean that violence is intertwined with the structure of the system and the society. It originates from above and is imposed on women."

4 Reasons Parents Buy Into The Culture Of Gender Stereotyping

Lori Day | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

Parents are buying this stuff because they're unsure, they're torn, they're tired, they're confused, and they're feeling bombarded... but be clear, they're not buying this stuff because there is an unmet demand for more gender stereotypes for their children.

An Open Letter to Hannah Horvath About the MFA

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.31.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

These are matters that any MFA applicant should think through, and you may want to look around.

Community: A Focal Point to Inspire Passion for STEM Education in Girls

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

Increased STEM education for girls will help produce the capable, flexible workforce needed to compete in today's marketplace. It will strengthen democracy by preparing all citizens to make informed choices in an increasingly technological world.

Malika Suraya Afghanyar: 'We Want to Work, to Think, to Walk, to Be Present, to Speak'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The biggest challenge is moral corruption. Nearly 90 percent of the people have moral problems."

Awtar Singh Khalsa: 'They Gave the Hindus and Sikhs a place for rubbish disposal as a Place to Live'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Basically, I believe that humanity is important, not religion. If humanity is the base, then religion will prosper by itself."

To Hengama Anwari: '10 Years Is Only a Drop in the Ocean That Is the Process of Changing a Society'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"In order to have a healthy and discrimination-free society, we must first prepare the ground for both women and men to grow and be empowered, and to work collaboratively with each other for societal development. Doing this requires a significant shift and reorientation in prevailing ways of thinking, and the breaking up of traditions."

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Queen Rania of Jordan

What unites them is their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. They're all role models. They are blazing trails. I couldn't be prouder of them. So, the "baton" that I pass to all of you is their stories, their example.

All Dolled Up: Barbie and the Girl Scouts

Anndee Hochman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Women
Anndee Hochman

I doubt the Girl Scouts, despite their noble history of supporting LGBT inclusion and girls' empowerment, is going to back out of this deal. And Mattel's unlikely to yank the sponsorship, especially since publicity -- pro or con -- can only be good for the Barbie brand.

Raise Your Hand, Daughter

Jennifer Handford | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Handford

I'm the entire Ban Bossy campaign and controversy rolled into a mom.

That's Not How You Do That

Posted 03.25.2014 | Comedy

To say almost anything at all about this video from GTForTheWin above is to spoil the viewing experience. So we'll simply say you should click play an...

Why We Hate Hannah Horvath But Love Larry David

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 03.25.2014 | TV

Now that three seasons of “Girls” have passed, it’s safe to say that Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) is one of the most disliked characters on tele...

Leigh Weingus

Everything Fell Apart In The 'Girls' Finale

HuffingtonPost.com | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.25.2014 | TV

Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the season finale of "Girls" Season 3 titled "Two Plane Rides." Remember the "Girls" Season 2 finale?...