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Empowering women through micro-business education in Uganda

Empowering women through micro-business education in Uganda

Alli Sarazen is a junior copywriter for BeadforLife. Think for a moment about the first time someone recognized a spark in you—a purpose and drive you hadn’t yet seen yourself. At BeadforLife, we believe every woman deserves to experience that moment, see that spark, and feel the pride that comes from transforming her ow......
Girl-powered summit gives voice to young women around the world

Girl-powered summit gives voice to young women around the world

Cynthia Sularz, a Junior in the Diplomacy and International Relations Department of Seton Hall University, represented the United States at the 2014 G(irls)20 Summit in Sydney, Australia this summer. While there she took part in a series of workshop, participated in an international summit, and wrote a communiqué with her ......
Beatrice Jedy-Agba: A human trafficking hero

Beatrice Jedy-Agba: A human trafficking hero

Beatrice Jedy-Agba was appointed Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in 2011.  NAPTIP is responsible for enhancing the effectiveness of law enforcement, preventing root causes, and providing victim protection.  The Agency has nin......
Essay: What it’s REALLY like fighting Ebola in Liberia

Essay: What it’s REALLY like fighting Ebola in Liberia

By Captain Jordan Tappero, MD, MPH, Director – Division of Global Health Protection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During my time in Liberia, I have tried not to provide much detail to my family about the day-to-day work we are doing. I don’t want to cause alarm or propagate fear; conditions in Monrovia can......
South Africa’s townships: A poem of determination

South Africa’s townships: A poem of determination

Our guest blogger today is William Richards, a ONE Youth Ambassador from the UK. This past July, I spent my summer vacation in South Africa doing some volunteering and sightseeing. My school organized the trip, and while it was enjoyable to see the sights (Table Mountain and Robben Island were incredible) the most interestin......
GirlUp delegates bring passion for girls’ equality to Congress

GirlUp delegates bring passion for girls’ equality to Congress

Erin Cooper is a fourteen year old ninth grader. This past June, she attended the annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  We are all bombarded with images and stories of people changing the world for good – about ordinary people making a difference – but despite this, I think most of us tend…...
Invest in women farmers to end world hunger

Invest in women farmers to end world hunger

Brooke Edwards writes on Heifer’s Global Communications team, helping tell stories of triumph over hunger and poverty to inspire a new generation of Heifer supporters.  What does it look like when a woman has everything she needs to give her family a dignified life? Being able to provide for yourself and your family shoul......
Photo Essay: 5 Girls who said NO to child marriage in West Bengal

Photo Essay: 5 Girls who said NO to child marriage in West Bengal

By Melany Grout, Landesa The Girls Project, a partnership between the government of West Bengal and Landesa, aims to keep girls in school and reduce their vulnerability to child marriage. More than 40,000 girls are currently participating in the project, learning about their rights to own and inherit land and receiving trai......
What’s better: The idea of changing the world, or actually doing it?

What’s better: The idea of changing the world, or actually doing it?

Dan Teefey is the Senior Pastor at Riverside Covenant Church in West Lafayette, IN. He recently returned from a mission trip to Ecuador.  In Eugene Cho’s forthcoming book, Overrated, he asks a powerful question:“Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?” The book is not ......
Students make a difference at a hospital in Nicaragua

Students make a difference at a hospital in Nicaragua

Maya Mills is in the 8th grade at Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory School in San Francisco, CA. In June 2014, she traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer for Operation Rainbow with her mother, Dr. Karen Makely, who donates her time and talent to perform surgeries for the organization. This piece was reposted with permission from......
10 lessons learned on the impact of secure land rights

10 lessons learned on the impact of secure land rights

Roy Prosterman is the founder and President Emeritus of Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest women and men. Got land rights? If you live in North America or Europe, the answer is probably: yes. If you live in the developing world, the answer is more likely:&hellip......
Teach a woman to fish

Teach a woman to fish

Ritu Sharma is the Co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. She is also the author of the book,  Teach......
Disease detectives respond to the Ebola outbreak

Disease detectives respond to the Ebola outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) disease detectives are the real-life scientists and health professionals who fight disease outbreaks worldwide. Kelsey, a disease detective working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, recently traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak.
The Data Revolution: Orwellian nightmare or boon to people power?

The Data Revolution: Orwellian nightmare or boon to people power?

This post was originally published on post2015.org. ‘Algorithmic regulation’ – a new term coined by Silicon Valley tech pioneer Timothy O’Reilly is an equally fascinating and terrifying notion. O’Reilly, (who also coined the term ‘Web 2.0’) describes the way in which the so-called ‘internet of things’ – th......