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For Girls, Success Starts with Safe Schools

By: Katja Iversen, Women Deliver; Originally posted by Thomson Reuters Foundation

When I think back to my schooldays, the memories are mostly bright and fond: learning, laughter, friends and play – and the occasional quarrel and teenage tension that come with being a child and growing up.

Most people remember their schooldays fondly, but for too many children the reality is very different. We see bullying; we see fighting; we see sexual assaults. Every year, millions of children, particularly girls, experience physical and/or sexual violence at or on their way to school. Sadly, it is most often teachers, peers, neighbors, and even friends who are the perpetrators. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Girls on the Run for a Better World

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

Running will always be yours,” my Cross Country coach told me back in high school. “Anytime, anywhere you are, you can lace up your shoes and go.” In my own life, I’ve seen firsthand how running on a cross country team transformed me from a quiet, insecure girl to one with confidence, purpose, and a sense of peace. Running helped me to manage stress, and left me feeling proud of what I could accomplish with just my own two feet. Read more...

Girl Effect Accelerator Mentors Social Enterprises

Many start-up social enterprises with promising solutions to improve the lives of girls and women fail because they lack strategic planning, mentorships for staff, exposure or capital investments. The Girl Effect Accelerator is now working to solve these problems and help already proven social ventures scale impact to reach more girls and women worldwide. 

Through a partnership between the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute, the world’s first accelerator was launched at the beginning of November in San Francisco, training the first cohort of 10 social ventures. The accelerator aligned the 10 ventures with first-class mentorship, strategic financing, and access to a global network of support with the objective of rapidly scaling up the benefits these ventures can bring to girls in poverty. Read more...

A Word’s Worth: How Storytelling Can Help the World Achieve Gender Equity

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

Earlier this week, a small group of journalists, global health advocates, and young people gathered for a conversation between Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush and Katie Couric on how to increase awareness and galvanize action to make society a more just and equitable place for girls and women.

The launch of “Better By Half”— a new online platform to share stories of women serving as agents of change in the world—was the impetus for the conversation. The meeting also served as an opportunity for the public to weigh-in on Gates’ September announcement that gender will now sit at the center of the Foundation’s development work. Read more...

Reimagine the Future – The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

Here, a couple of days after the release of UNFPA’s State of the World’s Population, The Power of 1.8 Billion, and on today's release of UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children: Reimagining the Future – the latter celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – Women Deliver calls for an increased focus on the rights of children and particularly the rights of young people. Read more...

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