Month: May 2013

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Women Deliver Presidential Session: Investing in Girls

Today’s presidential session featured a high profile panel of women committed to improving the lives of girls globally: Maria Eitel, President and CEO Nike Foundation; Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA; Reeta Roy, President and CEO, the MasterCard Foundation and; Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General These women provided insight into the importance of focusing on girls, and the ways in which  investing in girls benefits entire communities and countries. Although these organizations work in different parts of the world, the themes are crosscutting and nothing short of collaboration on the issue will bring about effective and lasting change. Check out some of the points raised in the session highlighting why we should celebrate girls and spread the word about the importance of investing in their futures: The girls of today are going to be the women of 2030. We need to listen to them because they will determine the agenda.  The opportunity to invest in the young girls’ education is nothing short of shifting her trajectory. The needs of girls aged …

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LULU: RATING HIM A 6 WON’T MAKE YOU A 10

It didn’t take time for it to make news in the men’s locker rooms after a group of sweaty, tired football players pulled out their i-phones and yelped—“what the f**k!” It traveled faster than just some who’s-that-hot-chick thing that forms the usual mode of conversation at post-practice sessions among hefty male athletes who “just need to relieve themselves of some dangerous testosterone.” “Hey Higgins that’s you,” cried Ralph, pushing aside a towel and making his way to a big, muscly guy who was recruited to the university a year ago for his innate ability to throw a ball. “You’re an impressive 8.6.” Who cares if Rihanna’s ass just got bigger on screen and Amanda Bynes just passed a racist remark? A dude who considers himself an alpha-male, a “chick-magnet” and “the big guy” just got rated on an application by a bunch of giggly, gossipy college girls who were once arm-candy and bed-warmers for our big football star. Slowly, and poisonously, like a hydrogen gas leakage, it seeped out of the men’s locker rooms into …

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Girls’ Globe chats with Sarah Hendriks from Plan International

Girls’ Globe had the pleasure to do a quick interview with Sarah Hendriks, global gender equality adviser for Plan International and the head of programs for Plan’s “Because I am a Girl”-campaign. Sarah talked to Girls’ Globe about her thoughts on the Women Deliver conference and the importance of these types of gatherings, shared with us what the Because I am a Girl-campaign is all about, and gave great tips about how anyone and everyone can do their part to contribute to gender equality and promote girls’ and women’s rights through smaller and bigger actions in our everyday lives! Check out what Sarah had to say, and also take a look at all the great work Plan is doing for girls and women around the world! Any time you bring like-minded people from across the world together, I think you have the potential for magic to happen in terms of people really exploring what works. – Sarah Hendriks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxcz2VPEwRA&feature=em-upload_owner

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The Girl Effect Uproots Poverty

The Girl Effect, in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation, will launch its Girl Declaration on the International Day of the Girl, October, 13th 2013. The Declaration serves as a call to action for the Post-2015 Agenda to increase its emphasis on adolescent girls living in poverty. In contrast to many other documents, the Girl Declaration highlights voices and stories from adolescent girls in the developing world rather than from organizations and government officials. The Declaration consists of five recommended goals from the girls’ point of view: Re-orient health systems to work for adolescent girls Give adolescent girls equitable, quality education and learning Eradicate child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices Build and protect adolescent girls’ economic assets Prevent and respond to all forms of violence against adolescent girls Additionally, the Declaration includes five principles of success: Invest early and at key stages Make adolescent girls visible Budget for adolescent girls Design for adolescent girls Eradicate harmful social norms The Nike Foundation’s Girl Effect and the UN Foundation presented The Girl Tree at Women Deliver to …

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Women Deliver: It’s Time!

Girls’ Globe was founded in November 2011 and since then we have grown from a one-person blog to a global network of passionate advocates for women and girls. We now have the possibility to join the Women Deliver 2013 conference and actively participate to learn more about the front-line issues facing women and girls and what we can do to continue our work to help empower women and girls around the world. At Women Deliver the Girls’ Globe bloggers are meeting each other for the first time face to face! Check out this short video blog: Girls’ Globe is thrilled to be contributing to the live coverage of the Women Deliver 2013 conference, partnering with Women Deliver and fhi360. Here is a recap of the Girls’ Globe bloggers pre-conference participation in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, May 27th, 2013! Get the webapp to not miss any events. Join the discussion and contribute to the crowd-sourced coverage by using #WDlive. Sign up to the daily delivery summing up each conference day. Not in KL? Follow the live stream and you welcome to contribute your voice to the discussions. A big …

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Women Deliver Site Visit: The National Family Planning Board

“Women have the strength and tenacity to overcome adversity and go on to live successful and happy lives.” -Napsiah Omar, Chair of The National Family Planning Board These were the first few words spoken at the National Family Planning Board site visit to kick off Women Deliver today. As we learned about the board’s project initiatives, youth centers and family clinics, Omar’s words rang true. The National Family Planning Board was established in 1966 and since then maternal and infant mortality rates have decreased significantly. After chatting with Anjli Doshi-Gandi  we were fortunate to take a tour of the fertility clinic and family planning office. The highlight of the morning was visiting the board’s Kafe Teen Center. The Center is a place for youth to congregate- computers are on site for study purposes as well as a plethora of books and games which allow youth to build community with their peers. The center is warm and inviting with a home-like atmosphere. Beyond this the center also offers access to medical professionals including counselors and doctors which provide youth with a …

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Rumah Solehah is giving HIV-positive women a new lease on life

Post by Camaro West and Emma Saloranta  Today, we had the pleasure of attending a field visit organized by Women Deliver and sponsored by Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and the Ministry of Health. We visited Rumah Solehah, a support and medical center for women and children living with HIV/AIDS. The organization works under the umbrella of the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia, and provides a variety of medical and psycho-social services to infected and affected women and children. Rumah Solehah was founded in 1998, and employs six staff members as well as volunteers. The organization works with a variety of infected groups, including sex workers and drug users; women infected by their spouses; and infected mothers and children who are either infected or affected by HIV. They run two separate homes, one for women, which has facilities to host five women at a time, and another for children which has space for up to ten children. The approach of Rumah Solehah is multi-pronged, and targets both the physical and emotional well-being …

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Meet Kiran Bedi, the first Indian Woman Police Service officer

We asked the girls in our organization which woman inspires them most. Menuka, our Women LEAD Fellow, said that Kiran Bedi inspires her. Kiran Bedi is the first Indian woman Police Service officer, Asian tennis champion, lawyer, doctorate, author and one of India’s most accomplished women. She retired from the Indian Police Service in December 2007, after taking voluntary retirement. Recently, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. Earlier, she served as the Police Adviser in the Unit. She has also founded two NGOs in India: Navjyoti for welfare and preventive policing in 1987 and the India Vision Foundation for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare in 1994. She is one of the winners of the 2011 Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar. She is one of the most renowned police officers in India, putting their wholehearted effort into serving society.   When I first read her biography, I was really impressed by her personality, her closeness with her mother and her daring. She was the host …

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To Control or Not Control: China’s One-Child Policy vs. the Philippines’ Booming Population

We live in a world where two extremes exist. Women in China, specifically those who are of low-income background or live in rural demographics, are subject to China’s brutal one-child policy instituted forcefully since 1979. On the other hand, women of poverty in the Philippines lack access to contraception, contributing to the exponential population growth of a nation whose resources fail to accomodate for its booming population. In spite of the stark difference between China’s stringent family-size limitation and the Philippines’s lack thereof, women in both countries are subject to the same injustices: lack of reproductive rights, the performance of thousands of unsafe abortions, high rates of female suicide, and immense poverty. What is most important in the press for women’s reproductive rights is not government control or lack thereof, but rather the ability for each government to provide adequate and accessible resources and knowledge for women to foster their reproductive rights. One-Child Policy in China China’s one-child policy was instituted mainly in part to control its population. Currently, the population of China is 1.34 …

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First International Day to End Fistula: Launch of New Girls’ Globe Channel

Today is the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Girls’ Globe is a proud partner of the Campaign to End Fistula, a global campaign and network of organizations working with prevention and treatment of Obstetric fistula and rehabilitation of women who have endured the injury. To mark the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign to End Fistula, and to show our support to accelerate the progress that is being made, Girls’ Globe is launching The End Fistula Channel. What is Obstetric Fistula? Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal, that is the result of prolonged labor, due to the lack of access to skilled maternal health services and emergency obstetric care at the time of birth. Obstetric fistula is a devastating child birth injury, which leaves the woman with chronic incontinence and in most cases a stillborn baby. What is The End Fistula Channel? The End Fistula Channel is a channel on Girls’ Globe to raise awareness of Obstetric fistula, share information about the needs to end fistula and the progress that is …