We All Are the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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Nigeria’s radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram can be looked at through many lenses.  They are active in the most populous country in Africa.  They are waging terrorist war on Africa’s newly minted largest economy, blowing up bus terminals and killing innocents. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is sitting on the largest oil patch in Africa; […]

Women Journalists Shot in Afghanistan as Elections Get Underway

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Two women journalists were shot in Afghanistan Friday—one fatally—while reporting on preparations for the country’s upcoming election. Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer, and Kathy Gannon, an AP reporter who covered the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls doggedly, were observing election workers in the eastern city of Khost when an Afghan policeman approached, […]

Indian Women Reclaim Buses for International Women’s Day

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When I spent a week in Delhi, India, to attend an international conference on women’s safety, I saw many public buses around the city as I walked or rode in auto-rickshaws. Each of the crowded buses was almost entirely full of men. It was so rare to see women on a bus that if I […]

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 […]

24 Years On: Never Forgetting the Montreal Massacre

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I live with 14 women I have never met. Each holiday season, I grade final exams, choose my Christmas tree, shovel my driveway and wrap my gifts, all the while remembering what happened on December 6, 1989. On that day in Montreal, 14 young women were in school studying to be engineers. They were doing […]

Why the U.S. Is Investing in Afghan Girls’ Education

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At Georgetown University today, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush all gave support to “Advancing Afghan Women.” Here are some of Kerry’s remarks: … We all know that creating opportunities for women is not just the right thing to do. It’s also a strategic […]

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 […]

Forgotten in the Fallout: Women and Fukushima

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Fukushima. It was a hot day in July, and I was standing in the middle of the road adjusting my camera in view of the Daichii reactor No. 2 when my friend Sonny delivered the news. International wires were buzzing with talk of Fukushima as the Japanese government revealed knowledge of a disaster far worse […]

No Woman, No Drive

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It’s not news to most that Saudi Arabia is notorious for taking basic human rights away from its female population. It currently forbids them from traveling abroad, opening a bank account and even from working without permission from a male relative. Another way the Saudi government attempts to keep women locked in the Stone Age […]

On This International Day of the Girl, Remember Afghanistan

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As Nicholas Kristof stated, “Talent is universal; opportunity is not.” On every corner of the earth, there are millions of talented children who are denied getting an education due to war, poverty, harmful traditions and lack of resources.  I was one of those children. I could not go to school for five years. I know […]