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Women and Girls

Safer Cities: India's Women and Girls Can't Wait

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

Women like Nitya, Devi, Anjali and Deepa deserve better. They deserve safe public spaces where they can attend school, ride the bus or report incidents to the police without fear they will be stigmatized or ignored.

When is Enough, Enough? India's Women and Girls Must Be Safe to Live Their Lives

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

New Delhi women and girls surveyed by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) told us that they feared walking on the street, visiting the market, even waiting on a bus.

Are We Afraid to Educate Girls Beyond Secondary School?

Barbara Bylenga | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Barbara Bylenga

Although tragic, the schoolgirl kidnapping by Boko Haram is also compelling because it allows the world to see the fear of educated women.

Women Around the World Are Finding New Ways to Seek Justice

Mariane Pearl | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Mariane Pearl

Their transformative power is tied to the fact that when these brave women seek justice, they don't seek revenge. There lies women's potential for greatness and our source of tangible hope.

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

Ann Shoket | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa Are Dropping Out of School Because of Menstruation Taboo

Nelly Lukale | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Nelly Lukale

Many girls in sub-Saharan Africa end up missing considerable amount of school, or at worst even dropping out, due to humiliation and stigma related to menstruation.

A Tribute to My Mother, Who Taught Me to Succeed Against the Odds

Angelique Kidjo | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Angelique Kidjo

For this Mother's Day, I want to pay tribute to my mom Yvonne. She still has a great influence on my life.

The World's Mothers Deserve Better

Emma Saloranta | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Emma Saloranta

On this Mother's Day, let's decide to strive for a world where every woman can take control of their own body and fertility, experience a safe pregnancy and childbirth, and bring into this world a child who wanted, loved and treated equally.

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.

The Power Of Story

Denise Dunning | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Stories are powerful. Storytelling and film mobilize communities to transform gender norms, fight discrimination and promote equality -- breaking down barriers that damage both girls and boys.

Women And Girls Are The Power And Potential For Positive Change

Pat Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

We see so many girls and women making huge positive changes in their communities. When doors are closed to women, those societies and the world are losing.

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.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

Women Who Inspire: Maternal Health In Karamoja

Diane Fender | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In rural villages, urban centers, hospitals and communities around the world women, and girls are leaders, visionaries and investors on the front lines of change. Though their stories are often untold, throughout history women and girls have shaped the fabric of societies.

A Simple Dress That Transformed a Life

Renee Stearns | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Renee Stearns

As I returned home from visiting these young women, I was determined never to forget their beautiful faces, their tragic stories. And yet, as I stand in line for the door-buster special at my local big box store on Black Friday, it's easy for me to be carried away by the excitement of the season, to let my holiday gift list get in the way of remembering these extraordinary girls.

A Dollar a Day

Ritu Sharma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Since I started my Dollar-a-Day trips, women around the world have opened their homes to me. They've offered me a place to sleep. They've allowed me to work alongside them in the fields and sit at their tables and talk with their families over dinner.But most importantly, they've taught me important lessons about generosity, perseverance and community.

World Toilet Day: Governments, Civil Society And Business Must Work Together to Tackle Sanitation For Women's Health

Jean-Laurent Ingles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Laurent Ingles

Sanitation and hygiene are motors which drive health, social and economic development around the world. An environment that lacks sanitation and clean water is an environment where achieving other development goals is an impossible dream.

Family Planning: 3 Barriers Only Women Understand

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ash Rogers Opening access to Family Planning is the most powerful tool the world has for increasing child survival, decreasing ma...

For Women to Be Seen and Heard

Lila Igram | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Why is it that women and girls around the world so often lack the opportunity to be seen and heard? What is it about being born a girl that instantly places you in a category of second class citizenship? Who has the power to lift this unfair marginalization of women and girls?

Making Women And Girls A Priority At The UN General Assembly

Betsy McCallon | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.

Smarter Foreign Policy: Put Women in the Center

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

We need more Hilary Clintons as Secretary of State to break cultural barriers on the global arena and change perceptions. But, we also need more people advocating for women in foreign policy and women's issues.

Innovation in Africa: What Young African Women Entrepreneurs Have to Say

Mary Olushoga | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

As we think about innovation in Africa, let us listen to the voices of young innovators because their voice matters.

Celebrating Extraordinary Men This Father's Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

As Father's Day approaches, I want to pay tribute to all the fathers who share the hopes and dreams of their wives and daughters and, in so doing, help drive development.

Family Planning 101: Delaying Marriage and Motherhood in India's Heartland

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Uttar Pradesh, India - Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to lea...

Ten Urgent Reasons Why We Must Do More For Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 08.03.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

There are way more than ten reasons, honestly, that we need to do more to empower women and girls, around the world. But the ten tweets below are an e...