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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......
A Dad’s take on the #HeforShe movement

A Dad’s take on the #HeforShe movement

Doug French is a writer, speaker and single dad who co-founded the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual conference about the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. He shared his thoughts with us on the United Nations’ #HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality.  As a single, co-parenting, work......
ONE Members in Detroit hold first meet-up

ONE Members in Detroit hold first meet-up

London Bell is a ONE member and Congressional District Leader (CDL) from Detroit, MI. Last Monday, we had our ONE Campaign meet-up in Detroit at the Cass Café in midtown.  There were nine of us, including our new Regional Director Shawn Phetteplace. It was a great evening of getting to know one another and discussing the......
Two worlds, one problem: Educating women on good nutrition

Two worlds, one problem: Educating women on good nutrition

Agatha Achindu is Chief Yummy Officer, Yummy Spoonfuls Organic Baby Food and a Food and Nutrition Educator. Through a mist of faraway memories, I walk between the garden rows.  Large green leaves brush my bare legs, and the black earth is soft beneath my toes. Bees are buzzing in the clear, hot sun, sipping nectar from&hell......
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......