When I met 12-year old Vida, she was shyly showing off her straight-A report card to patients at Ghana’s Tema Hospital.
Just three weeks later, she had passed away.
Vida had contracted AIDS from her HIV-positive mom. Her death made the work we all do – to make sure no more children are born with HIV – feel even more urgent. It reminded us of the incredible progress we’ve made, but how far we still have to go to help unleash the full potential of girls.
That’s why I’m so excited to share with you our new Girls and Women initiative. It’s a page dedicated to the poverty-fighting issues you and I care about, their impact on girls and women, and all the ways we can make a difference.
So what will you find when you take a look? An exhaustive list of our partners and their work. Stories to read and share. Ways to volunteer. Actions. Mom bloggers. All in one easy to find place.
And every month, this page will feature a different curator – a woman with unique stories to share. Phiona Mutesi is kicking this off. She’s a young Ugandan chess player. And trust me – she’s one to look out for.
Check back often – we’ll have new stories and actions throughout the month. And help us spread the word. Let’s show just how much amazing work is being done with girls and women around the world.