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Buddhist Nunneries as Safe Havens in Myanmar

The United Nations’ humanitarian relief agency says the number of people displaced within strife-torn Myanmar has for the first time exceeded 1 million, with well over half of those losing their homes. The military junta destroys a village, with the villagers forced to flee, leaving

Decriminalization of Sex Work is a Human Rights Issue

Written by Preston Mitchum, Policy Research Analyst, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) Decriminalization is a social justice issue for women and girls around the world. Laws that criminalize trans-diverse populations, sexual minorities, drug users, and sex workers increase stigma and drive the HIV

12 Ways to Give Back for Women and Girls

I love holiday traditions. Not only that, but the holidays are one of my favorite times of year. My family gathers and we spend time together. During this season, friends, faith leaders and mentors have challenged me to stop and be present. In the United States, Christmas is

17 Ways to Support Grassroots Change Led By Women and Girls

Last week, I joined thousands of world leaders, activists, civil society members, young people, organizational leaders, and yes – even the Pope – for the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in New York City. This is my third year attending

From MDGs to SDGs: Stepping into the World We Want

In Africa, there is a common phrase that says, “When the drummers change their beat, the dancers must change their steps.” In September, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to be adopted by Heads of States at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This

The Integration Hypothesis: Let’s Empower Women and Girls

The challenges women and girls experience around the world are interlinked and multi-dimensional. Addressing and developing effective solutions to empower women, girls and communities requires a coordinated global and local response. Last month, Girls’ Globe had the opportunity to be a part of FHI 360’s Integration Hypothesis event

Celebrate Women and Water this March

At 19 years old, my French professor asked me if I believed in female solidarity, strengthening the core of women’s empowerment by supporting other females. At the time, the concept didn’t mean much to me. As I grew more aware of the issues women face

Marching for Change in Rural Lesotho

In late November, two groups of highly stigmatized and often voiceless members of Basotho society marched for change. On Nov. 26, a group of over 100 shepherds took to the streets of Butha Buthe, a rural district in Lesotho, to speak out about gender based

Better By Half

What can a room full of New York City journalists, communications managers and public relations professionals do to improve maternal health in Malawi? This. Last Monday, I had the opportunity to attend Better By Half, a discussion among Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush and Katie Couric. This

We Want Commitment and Action: #ShowYourSelfie for Youth!

Today, a day before the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, the Action Summit took place, giving global citizens the possibility to engage in conversations around some of the most important development priorities: sanitation, education, global health and women and girls. I

Grace Hopper: A Role Model for Girls in Tech

Grace Hopper was a Math Professor at Vassar whose life changed when Pearl Harbor was attacked, marking the US’ entrance into WWII. At the time, the US military did not have enough soldiers to fight the war. So the Navy created the Women’s Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service

So Let’s Talk About Menstruation…

Written by Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy, Irise International Advisor Since joining Irise International as an advisor, I have spent a lot of time thinking about pads, pantiliners and tampons. Whilst I welcome my ‘monthlies’ as a sign that my plumbing is in order (always a good thing),

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