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Getting girls in school, period.

By: Brittany Tatum; Originally posted on Global Citizen

The call to get more girls in school, and keep them there, has not been a quiet one. Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to twelve year-old Kenyan activist Eunice Akoth have been on the front end of the battle to get more girls in school. Even with the progress in recent years, girls still continue to suffer severe disadvantages and face many barriers in education systems, particularly in the developing world. Read More...

In Iran, a Women’s Soccer Revolution

By: Bill Spindle; Originally Posted on The Wall Street Journal 

Women, and women’s sports, still face stiff winds of resistance in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hard-liners supported by the highest echelons of government oppose women even watching the country’s most popular sport, much less playing it in public. But quietly, there is something of a women’s soccer revolution going on here. And one of its leaders, of all people, is an Iranian-American. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: How Reusable Sanitary Pads are Empowering Women in Uganda

By: Brittany Tatum Women Deliver 

Imagine you are a young girl or woman, who has begun to menstruate and the only thing you had available to you in the realm of sanitary products were pieces of foam, toilet paper, or banana fibers. For some girls and women that’s a reality they face every month. They face embarrassment and vulnerability to infections, all because they can’t access or afford proper menstrual hygiene management (MHM).  This becomes an even larger problem when young girls miss school because of their periods. A study done in Uganda in 2013 showed that over 60 percent of girls skip school during their period. That’s where organizations like AFRIpads come into play. Read More...

The UN: “Unlimited Negotiation”?

By: Edith Esinam Asamani, Women Deliver Young Leader and Dance4Life Ghana

Does the building with almost 200 colourful flags by the East River in New York City sound familiar to you? Well, if it does, you deserve to know that this building became even more popular these past few weeks as the new global blueprint for sustainable development was finalized.

Walking into the United Nations in the final week of the intergovernmental negotiations for the Post-2015 framework - the sustainable development agenda – conjured mixed feelings for me. I now call it the July 27-31 feelings. On one hand, I knew failure was not an option. Our Member States must listen to us. Read More...

Collaboration is a “Win-Win” for Girls and Women

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Girls and women are at the heart of sustainable development, and now more than ever, commitments need to be made to improve their lives. But making a positive impact for girls and women isn’t a one person job; it takes thousands of commitments and actions to change lives. Working to make that a reality is the Win-Win Coalition - a new global network of companies, foundations, organizations, and individuals working together to empower women and advance their rights. Read More...

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