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Pregnant women face double threat in Ebola crisis countries

Pregnant women face double threat in Ebola crisis countries

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  Today, I call for urgent funding to meet the reproductive health needs of women and mothers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As these nations fight the devastating impact of Ebol......
Why TB treatment can’t keep up with demand

Why TB treatment can’t keep up with demand

By Mandy Slutsker, the Senior Associate for TB at ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty. Every day, hundreds of people with a deadly disease are being turned away from clinics and hospitals. Without proper treatment, they are ask......
Life in an Ebola-affected country: Musulyn’s Story

Life in an Ebola-affected country: Musulyn’s Story

We asked people living in Liberia and confronting Ebola to tell us about themselves. Today we meet Musulyn “Sweetz” Myers, 21
. What do you do for a living? I am a full-time musician. What you have been doing for the last few weeks? I have been working on an Ebola awareness song with 40 other Liberian…...
How toilets are helping keep girls in school

How toilets are helping keep girls in school

By Stacy Morrison, Editor in Chief and VP, Content Programming at BlogHer, Inc.  I am in Bangalore, India, standing in a dusty but large schoolyard, preparing to be shown the one surprising thing that has increased both the number of girls who attend school and the number of years they stay in school: a private, cement-wall......
I just wanted to go back to school

I just wanted to go back to school

In honor of International Day of the Girl, ONE Campus and ONE Girls & Women is taking the month of October to honor the work of female college students across the country who are leading the fight against extreme global poverty on their campuses and beyond. We have selected three powerful, kickass young women–each c......
How simple tools are improving crops for women farmers

How simple tools are improving crops for women farmers

In honor of World Food Day, five women farmers explain how simple tools improved the quality of their crops. By David Orr, WFP. This post originally appeared on WFP.org. Rural women in developing countries generally work around 16 hours a day. Not only are they responsible for tending their family farms for little to no pro......
Why Development Begins with Women

Why Development Begins with Women

This post from guest author Melinda Gates first appeared on the Impatient Optimists website from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to talk to women and girls all over the world. As different as our lives may seem, I’m always struck by how much…...
We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

This blog post was written by David J. Olson, Global Development Communicator and Advocate for Olson Global Communications. I met Eugene and Dominique at a drop-in center for men who have sex with men (MSM) outside Nairobi, Kenya. Eugene, 23, comes to the center regularly to get condoms, lubricants, and HIV counseling and te......
My parents didn’t get it–But I did it anyway

My parents didn’t get it–But I did it anyway

In honor of International Day of the Girl, ONE Campus Leader Shaila Huq shares her incredible journey to becoming a global anti-poverty activist.  This blog post is the first of a three-part series between ONE Campus and ONE Girls & Women spotlighting female college students across the country who are changing the......
Celebrate a #GIRLHERO for International Day of the Girl

Celebrate a #GIRLHERO for International Day of the Girl

By Melissa Hillebrenner, Director, Girl Up Sometimes, being a girl can be scary. Every day, girls and women around the world experience violence. Did you know that just walking back and forth to school or to get water can put girls at risk? But it’s not all bad news.  Girls everywhere around the world are…...
6 Guys who think girls can change the world

6 Guys who think girls can change the world

By James Nardella, Executive Director of  Lwala Community Alliance Traditionally, men have been on the sidelines in the struggle to advance the rights of girls and women around the world.  That’s why the #HeforShe movement – which calls on men to be activists and allies in addressing the disproportionate hurd......
Actress/Comedian Amy Poehler on the power of girls and women

Actress/Comedian Amy Poehler on the power of girls and women

by Amy Poehler When ONE Girls and Women invited me to curate their page, I knew right off that I wanted to bring awareness of the good things that are happening around the globe for girls and women. At the same time, I want to remind readers of all those who still need the best of our help,…...
Brave Nigerian schoolgirl shares her escape from Boko Haram

Brave Nigerian schoolgirl shares her escape from Boko Haram

Signa Mahung is an intern on ONE’s Strategic Relationships team. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies and will be moving to Brazil to teach English through the Fulbright Program in 2015.  Five months ago, almost 300 girls were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram, ......
Idris Elba: Stopping Ebola in its tracks

Idris Elba: Stopping Ebola in its tracks

By Idris Elba. This post was originally published in The Huffington Post. My father was born in Sierra Leone and my parents married there, so I’ve always felt a connection to that country, but never as strongly as in recent weeks as the Ebola virus has stormed through Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, ravaging communiti......
Interview: Clayton Onyango’s first impressions of the Ebola crisis

Interview: Clayton Onyango’s first impressions of the Ebola crisis

Special thanks to the CDC team for sharing this interview with ONE.  Since the onset of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CDC Kenya staff have been deployed to Liberia as part of the outbreak response team. Clayton Onyango is the Deputy Lab Director at CDC Kenya’s Division of Global Health Protection. He has just…...
Changing tomorrow for women with fistula

Changing tomorrow for women with fistula

by Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation When I entered the hospital room, the first thing I noticed about Naresia was her smile. It came easily, brightening the whole room with a joy that was palpable; her face unlined, with rounded features, looking more like an older girl than a young woman. Next to her bed sat a&hellip......