How Far Will Her Success Ripple Out to Others?

Girls often are prevented from attaining their full potential in traditional societies because educating daughters is not a priority. School fees and concerns about girls’ safety at school also hinder their education. But overwhelming evidence that educated girls benefit society and international focus on universal education are gradually overcoming these barriers. Why Educating Girls Matters Few investments pay off ... Read More»

Let Girls Learn

Excerpts of op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on . First Lady Michelle Obama: Let Girls Learn Addressing the global crisis in girls’ education requires not just investment, but challenging cultural beliefs and practices. Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all — no reading, ... Read More»

Are Sports Just For Fun? Not For These Women

Author:  S. Dollard On the move: Diasporas connect the world Girls’ participation in sports helps them to excel not only as athletes, but in life. According to the United Nations, girls and women who participate in sports are more likely to do a number of things: Attend school and participate in society. Work with people from different backgrounds, promoting tolerance. Challenge gender stereotypes and ... Read More»

Excerpts From Presidential Proclamation – Women’s Equality Day 2015

On August 26, 1920, after years of agitating to break down the barriers that stood between them and the ballot box, American women won the right to vote. On the front lines of pickets and protests, champions from every corner of our country banded together to expand this fundamental freedom to women and forge a path ... Read More»

Congratulations to the Two of the Bravest Women Making History in the United States! “Valor Knows No Gender”

For the first time in U.S. history, two women have crossed rivers, scaled walls, and jumped over a gender barrier to make it through the U.S. Army’s toughest training program known as Ranger School. Both are in their 20s and are lieutenants. They’ll now wear the Ranger tab on their uniforms Nearly four months ago, ... Read More»

Statement of President Barack Obama Commemorating International Women’s Day

As half the planet, women make immeasurable contributions to our world. They are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – the list is endless. Without them, economies would collapse, political systems would deteriorate, and families and communities would fall apart. Yet in too many places, women are treated as second-class citizens. ... Read More»

Sowing Seeds of Empowerment: Small Loans to Afghan Women Growers

The Ghoryan Women’s Saffron Association is an organization born out of desperation. Bordering Iran in Afghanistan’s arid Herat province, Ghoryan is a place where fields yield little and men struggle to find work. Saffron — the world’s most expensive spice — has grown here for centuries, but Ghoryan’s saffron farmers, at least 700, have long ... Read More»

USAID Honors Survivors and Heroes of Gender-Based Violence

32-year-old Nadia Bano is from the Punjab area of Pakistan. Nadia had been a happily married woman with three children. But everything changed when her brother refused to marry Nadia’s sister-in-law, causing her-in-laws to throw acid on her face due to their frustration and anger. Her face was severely burnt, and she lost one of ... Read More»
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