Books not Bullets: A birthday request from Malala

Books not Bullets: A birthday request from Malala

Malala Day (Malala’s birthday) is this Sunday, July 12th. She is turning 18 and she is done with wishes. Instead of the birthday greetings, cake, balloons, gifts, parties, new clothes, special songs or any other celebratory birthday rituals practiced around the world, Malala wants action. Specifically, Malala wants…
Nigeria is on its way to being polio-free

Nigeria is on its way to being polio-free

Today marks a great milestone in global health: Nigeria has been polio-free for one year! This is the longest Nigeria has ever gone without a case. To put this milestone in context, back in 1988, polio was widespread around the world, paralyzing more than 1,000 children every day.…
The Luxury Resort Island Where Residents Don’t Have Running Water

The Luxury Resort Island Where Residents Don’t Have Running Water

A version of this article, by Jennifer Swann, a culture and lifestyle reporter covering the intersection of pop culture and social justice, originally appeared on TakePart.  To the thousands of European and American tourists who flock to it on vacation, the village of Matemwe Beach looks like a tropical paradise:…
Cindy McCain calls for an end to human trafficking. Now.

Cindy McCain calls for an end to human trafficking. Now.

By Cindy McCain Cindy McCain is the July, 2015 curator of ONE Girls and Women. Throughout the month she will be sharing stories about several humanitarian causes. Her first topic of focus is human trafficking. It’s been a big week for the fight against human trafficking in America. …
Photo Essay: Radiant Women of Rwanda

Photo Essay: Radiant Women of Rwanda

This blog was brought to us by our partner, Indego Africa – a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers female artisans in Rwanda. As the old adage goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words. And while it might be a cliché, we have to admit that images have a…
The legacy of Live Aid: The day rock and roll changed the world

The legacy of Live Aid: The day rock and roll changed the world

On this day, 30 years ago, Prince Charles and Princess Diana kicked off Live Aid, the worldwide rock concert organized by Irish rocker Bob Geldof to raise money for African famine relief. Taking in place in both London and Philadelphia, the record-breaking charity event was televised in 110 countries, 40…
Photos: Children of Africa

Photos: Children of Africa

This is a photo series from photographer, Darren Ornitz. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY and working as a freelancer for Reuters, his work has been published in the New York Times, Travel + Escape, Afar, and by various other publications and NGO’s. 116 million girls aged 15…
Breakdancing to empower girls

Breakdancing to empower girls

Last month First Lady Michelle Obama gave an inspirational speech about the new Let Girls Learn initiative, a powerful collaboration between the US Government and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. As the First Lady put it, “globally, there are 62 million young…
50,000 images that will change how you see Africa forever

50,000 images that will change how you see Africa forever

For the past week, Twitter has been addictive for those with wanderlust or simply curiosity about the world due to the trending hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou. Do a quick Google search and you will see why the visual venture went viral: stunning photography of vibrant and varied landscapes, joyful glimpses…
10 things you didn’t know about extreme poverty

10 things you didn’t know about extreme poverty

UNICEF just released their most recent report and it's all about kids. In the context of the upcoming announcement of new Sustainable Development Goals, the report looks at the progress made on the Millennium Development Goals, and discusses what we should do next in the fight against extreme poverty. As we…
11 quotes to inspire you everyday

11 quotes to inspire you everyday

We can always use someone to look us in the eyes and to tell us we can do it! This past May, one lucky group of college graduates listened to the incredible Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as their commencement speaker. The author of three powerful novels and recipient of…
Obama’s Africa Trip and the New “Normal”

Obama’s Africa Trip and the New “Normal”

When President Obama arrives in Kenya on Friday morning, he will take another important step in an evolution of U.S. policy toward the African continent. Aid has for too long been the center of American foreign policy toward Africa and, as the challenges and opportunities on the continent…