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The Struggle for Our Dignity

By: Nebila Abdulmelik, Women Deliver Young Leader

As reports and videos emerged of women being stripped naked in public in both Kenya and Tanzania, activists and citizens of conscience began organizing around a campaign, #MyDressMyChoice which was also trending online. A protest was organized on November 17, in which hundreds of us took to the streets to protest the indignity and the violence that was faced by the women, as well as the affront to personal safety, security and choice. Read more...

Meet The Men Who Are Saying ‘No’ To Violence Against Women

By: Katja Iversen, Women Deliver; Originally posted by HuffingtonPost

Gender-based violence can take many forms and have different names. Rape, domestic violence, female genital cutting, sex selection, child marriage, sexual harassment, trafficking -- the commonality here is that the impact extends far beyond the individual. This is not a woman's problem; it is a societal and a human rights problem, with a multiplier effect on economies, communities and nations that is truly overwhelming. It ruins lives, costs billions of dollars, and is a grave threat to public health.

We can hopefully all agree that challenges of this magnitude require – no, demand – new ways of problem solving. Change is possible, but will require the voices and actions of not just girls and women, but also boys and men. The good news is that this is already happening. Women Deliver, for example, works with young male leaders around the world who are determined to stop violence against girls and women in its tracks. Read more...

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...

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