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Women and Girls

Without Government Action, Burden Will Remain on Women to Fight Back Against Violence

Ravi Verma | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Ravi Verma

The viral videos provide just one snapshot of the reality faced by India's women and girls, but the real causes and consequences of this ever-present violence have remained absent from the conversation.

Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General's Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women

Lyric Thompson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Lyric Thompson

The omission of an explicit reference to key rights and standards related to gender equality is a missed opportunity, particularly given that we have successfully negotiated for them in UN conferences before.

We Must Not Forget Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights For All

Katja Iversen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Together, let's make this the "century of women" that the Secretary-General has called for -- but let's not forget about girls.

We Can and Will Eliminate Violence Against Women

Christine Hart | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Christine Hart

We don't always talk about gender-based violence in our conversations with family and friends, but it is pervasive in every culture and in every country on earth.

It's Young Girls and Women on the Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis

Chernor Bah | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Chernor Bah

Despite being primary care givers, girls typically have less education and even lesser access to scientifically based information.

Pathways to Power for Girls Worldwide

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Buffett

We've seen what is most difficult to measure and most fundamental to change: the power a girl holds within herself. That power burns bright in amazingly brave girls as they challenge convention and open whole new horizons of change.

How to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Using Technology and Crowdfunding

Diane M. Francis | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Diane M. Francis

Two important innovations would be to create a world crisis map and to create a crowd-funding site dedicating to financing worthy projects, individuals and organizations in the space of ending violence against women and girls.

Envisioning a World Where Youth Voices Matter

Diane Fender | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In order for true change to occur, youth should be included in global conversations, and policy and decision-making processes.

After the Girl Summit: How Can We Hold the Attention of 900 Million People?

Kara Brown | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Kara Brown

He questioned why a woman who had been cut would let her own daughter suffer the same fate, so we talked about societal pressures on women and girls. This small exchange was the cherry on top of a motivating few days at the world's first girls' rights summit in London.

In Border Crisis, Remember the Women and Children Running for Their Lives

Mary Ellsberg | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Mary Ellsberg

Amidst the horrific gang violence in these nations, the wives, girlfriends and mothers of gang members are targets for violence and revenge killing by rival gangs.

Menstrual Hygiene Must Become a Matter of Public Concern in Zimbabwe

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

The neglect of menstruation and its implications for the dignity, health and safety of women is increasingly well documented and urgently needs attention.

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

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 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.

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

Nelly Lukale | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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.