Just Imagine How Educated Girls Could Save The World

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Tomorrow is international Human Rights Day, making this a good time to reflect on our most basic human rights: food, clean water, shelter, safety. One of the most transformative human rights is education, which we often take for granted in the U.S., but for many, many girls around the globe it’s just a dream they […]

Kakenya Ntaiya Needs Your Votes!

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Kakenya Ntaiya, like most young girls in her Kenyan village, was forced to undergo female genital mutilation at a young age. Many girls in Africa undergo this gruesome centuries-old practice and are then promptly married off. For most, it means the end of not only their childhood, but their education as well. But 14-year-old Kakenya […]

Congo’s Women Turn from Atrocities to Hope

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Part 3 of a series … Rosine is 15 years old and intends to be the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo one day. In fact, she already has an action plan which she reels forth with very little prompting. She tells us that first she knows she must do well in school, […]

Rape Crisis in Congo: Impunity for Men Must Stop

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She was raped by a man claiming to be a pastor.  He was newly arrived in her village, so when that she felt she needed help with her husband and his refusal to provide for her, she went to see the “pastor” to pray. Instead, he robbed her and raped her and then fled the […]

Morsi’s Regime Topples; Women Pay a Price

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As of approximately 3 p.m. EST, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in office. After a week of rapidly intensifying protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egyptian General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi announced, via televised press conference, that Morsi had been deposed and that a “government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country.” General […]

We All Share Responsibility for the Congo

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I have been to the Kivu provinces in eastern Congo many times over the past five years. From outward appearances, it seems that life here has not changed much since my first visit. A never-ending parade of rebel groups continues to kill, rape and enslave civilians as they vie for control of Congo’s vast mineral […]

Tunisia Opens Its First Domestic Violence Shelter

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Sihem Badi, Tunisia’s minister of women’s affairs, admits there’s something wrong, at this date, in talking about the country’s first public shelter for victims of domestic violence. “We’re late,” she says. “Look at Morocco. They have tens of shelters for women. Here it’s the civil society who used to deal with victims and it’s the […]

Of Solar Cookers and Darfuri Women’s Empowerment

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The author, a board member of Jewish World Watch–which fights genocide and mass atrocities worldwide–is currently at the Farchana refugee camp in eastern Chad, home to approximately 25,000 Darfuri refugees. Along with her is Janice Kamenir-Reznik, JWW’s cofounder and president, as they make a site visit to the JWW Solar Cooker Project. When we at […]

Another Woman Reporter Attacked in Cairo

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Egypt has been in relentless flux since last year, but the contempt  shown towards women remains a constant. Sonia Dridi, a correspondent for France 24 TV, was attacked near Cairo’s Tahrir Square last Friday night, reminiscent of the sexual assault CBS correspondent Lara Logan faced in February 2011 while covering the celebrations in Tahrir over […]

Kenyan Parliament Candidate Overcame HIV Stigma to Fight for Women’s Rights

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During Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement in Kenya, a young Inviolata Mmbwavi stood by as the boys planted trees. Girls didn’t plant trees! Her mother thought, as did most Kenyan mothers at the time, that her daughter should be cooking. “You should be in the kitchen, you should be cleaning and scrubbing pots,” Mmbwavi remembers […]