Month: August 2012

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Early Marriage: Opportunity Lost Among Women

10 million Each year, an estimated 10 million girls are married around the world before they turn 18. This is about 1 in 3 girls in the developing world. Nearly 25,000 young girls are married each day. Imagine your 12-year old sister getting married. In many developing countries, it has become “tradition.” For many young girls, this is the first barrier they encounter in trying to get an education, stay healthy, escape poverty, and/or choose when to have their first child. Each girl and woman must have the opportunity to make choices for herself and realize her potential. Child marriage is not only a human rights issue. It is a development issue. Child marriage perpetuates poverty. On August 8 of this year, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, made a personal commitment to end child marriage. “The United States will intensify our diplomacy and development work to end child marriage, and it’s a personal commitment of mine as well as a great value that South Africa, the United States, and so many people around the world share.” …

Beyonce I WAS HERE

I WAS HERE – Make your mark

The I WAS HERE campaign for the World Humanitarian Day is a great inspiration to us at Girls’ Globe. It is an inspiration to everyone, not only all the people working with or advocating for the rights and health of girls and women around the world. See this amazing performance in the UN General Assembly Hall by Beyoncé, and be encouraged and inspired to act, just like we have been! How will you make your mark? Check out the I WAS HERE website and place a pin on the map with what you have done to make a difference for somebody in this world. DO SOMETHING GOOD, SOMEWHERE FOR SOMEONE ELSE Are you working with women’s issues and would like to be featured on Girls’ Globe? Send us an email, connect to us on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear your story!

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Maternal Deaths – New Status Report

Maternal Mortality is declining. This is what evidence shows in a new report released by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank. “Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2010” states that the estimated amount of maternal deaths have decreased 47 % over two decades. The global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has declined from 400 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births to 210 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births during the same time period. The study also looks into the reproductive health indicators, such as unmet need for contraception, use of contraception, antenatal care, and deliveries by skilled birth attendants. Globally, all of these indicators show a positive trend. However, as we have seen in other recent reports, these figures vary within regions and within countries. Although there has been a huge decrease, with impressive figures, the development is not equal. Still over 56 % of the deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 29 % in Southern Asia. 11 countries show no progress in improving maternal health in the countries. Out of these 11 countries, Zimbabwe, …

Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani fights with Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica during their women's +78kg elimination round of 32 judo matchat the London 2012 Olympic Games

Women in the Olympics

Can you believe the 2012 Summer Olympics are over? Neither can we. We love the Olympics! This year was huge for girls and women. For the first time in the history of the Olympics, every team had a female athlete. Amazing. In the U.S., China, and Japan, more women received medals than men. It has been a major boost for gender equality across the globe. Did you see all of the incredible, inspiring women competing in this year’s games? Wojdan Shaherkani The first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympics in Judo; she was given permission to wear her headscarf during competition Habiba Ghribi The first woman from Tunisia to win a medal in the Olympics; spurred debate about modesty and her right to wear “revealing” clothing (a tank top and running briefs) Rebecca Soni Three-time Olympic medalist for swimming and a Girl Up champion; advocating for the world’s most marginalized girls This is just to name a few of the many inspiring women. As a result of women’s involvement in this year’s Olympics, …