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Vivian Onano
Vivian is a recent graduate of Carthage College. She has a vision and dream to help create an inclusive world for all.

Entries by Vivian Onano

Young People at the Centre of Sustainable Development Goals

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:50 PM

In early February, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) hosted the annual Youth Forum to discuss what it will take to transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and youth involvement in the process. During the two days conference that brought together...

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Never Too Young to Affect Change!

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:52 AM


Recently, I was amazed to receive an invitation from a 13 year old boy to speak at his fundraiser. This brilliant young boy, Max Bryant, decided to organize a local event in his community to raise awareness on Girls Education globally. The thought...

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Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:59 PM

On October 11th, civil societies and governments joined hands to commemorate the annual International Day of the Girl. The theme for #IDG2014 was "empowering adolescent girls: ending the cycle of violence." The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women first described "gender violence" in 1993 as...

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Water and Education Equals Freedom for Young Girls

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:28 PM

When I watched the film Girl Rising, I noticed a common trait in all the girls: DETERMINATION. Determination helped unlock the potential of these 10 young and brave girls who had been raised in dire poverty. It was because of this trait that girls like Amina were able...

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Speak Up! Education Alone Is Not Enough

(5) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Everyone says, "Empower a woman, and she brings the whole village with her." But when the girls in the village marry instead of going to high school and have their first baby before girls in the U.S. have their first date (ages 12-14), how do you break the cycle of...

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The Power of Educating a Girl

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:10 AM

The other day I was watching a documentary from Half the Sky Movement about the girls from Kibera School for Girls and I could not stop radiating beams of joy. Seeing young girls so confident with themselves as they received an education sent me back down memory lane....

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