Today girls face greatest impacts under global conflict

Today girls face greatest impacts under global conflict

“Conflict can take away everything. But it can never take away your knowledge,” – Young refugee and education activist To help raise awareness on challenges that children affected and uprooted by conflict face in accessing school, UNICEF has been working with Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee and education activist. Human Rights News – United […]

Zambia’s government steps up to the plate to help its girls

Zambia’s government steps up to the plate to help its girls

Lillian Banda – WNN Improve It (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: The Zambian Government has vowed to eliminate early marriages and violence against children. Ministry of Gender and Child Development Permanent Secretary Anne Sinyangwe told the Third Committee of the United Nations, which was discussing the ‘Promotion and protection of the rights of children” on […]

The [Korea] girls are back in town

The [Korea] girls are back in town

New Internationalists – Tuesday, 15 October 2013 (originally published Oct 2013) Oh-Han is an advocate for women’s rights in South Korea. The 53-year-old recalls the pouches of traditional medicine you could easily get, not so long ago, that were supposed to help you conceive a son or abort a girl. But all that has changed, she […]

I dream someday of a day where FGM does not exist

I dream someday of a day where FGM does not exist

Madina Bocoum Daff – WNN Improve It (WNN/PI) Bamako, MALI, WESTERN AFRICA: “Woman has to suffer, woman has to endure”. We grew up listening to these words of my mother almost every day. She told us often “you have to keep your mouth shut whatever be the circumstance because you are a woman.” It was […]

South Sudan government should protect girls from early marriage

South Sudan government should protect girls from early marriage

Human Rights Watch  – WNN Improve It (WNN/HRW) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: The government of South Sudan should increase efforts to protect girls from child marriage, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on the eve of International Women’s Day. The country’s widespread child marriage exacerbates South Sudan’s pronounced gender gaps in school enrollment, contributes […]

Global teen girls face ‘double-danger’ under sexual intimidation

Global teen girls face ‘double-danger’ under sexual intimidation

Davinder Kumar – WNN Improve It (WNN/PI) San Salvador, EL SALVADOR, AMERICAS: In Marcela’s community, back home on the outskirts of San Salvador, girls dread going to school once they become adolescents. They are routinely harassed by boys in their classes and many are coerced into abusive sexual relations. The consequences are particularly devastating for […]

Rehabilitation & healing continues for Malala Yousafzai after hospital stay

Rehabilitation & healing continues for Malala Yousafzai after hospital stay

WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Birmingham, ENGLAND, U.K.: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has been discharged from the British hospital where she was treated after being shot by the Taliban for her work in promoting girls’ education. A video released on January 4 by the hospital in Birmingham showed the 15-year-old walking out of her hospital room while […]