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Tribute to a Fearless Generous Soul: Kayla Mueller, 26

Friday, February 13th, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
Tribute to a Fearless Generous Soul: Kayla Mueller, 26

Most people would not sacrifice the safety and comfort of their lives to venture to a foreign country and help those who are most in need. Kayla Mueller was not like most people. Her heart beat in sync with those of innocent people undergoing the atrocities of unfair wars around the world. She couldn’t bear allowing that […]

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First figure skater to compete with hijab

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
First figure skater to compete with hijab

Most are familiar with the dazzling leotards, skirts, and costumes in which ice skaters perform. Zahra Lari, an 18-year-old from the United Arab Emirates, is making an addition to her outfit: a hijab. Zahra Lari, an 18-year-old girl from the United Arab Emirates, is the first figure skater from the Gulf region to participate in international […]

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Anita Haidary Fights for Afghani Women’s Rights

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Anita Haidary Fights for Afghani Women’s Rights

Anita Haidary is a 21-year-old woman from Kabul, Afghanistan, who is the founder of an organization called Young Women for Change, fighting for women’s rights in her home country. Anita is passionate about film-making and the power and value it holds among its viewers as well as about understanding the complicated political and social systems […]

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Ending Gender-Based Violence Without Disrupting Tradition

Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
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Khalida Brohi is a 24-year-old entrepreneur and women’s rights activists from Balochistan, a province in Pakistan. She is the founder of Sughar, an organization based out of Balochistan and Sindh aiming to empower tribal women, by developing their skills and providing them income-generating and learning opportunities. The ultimate aim is to enable them to take […]

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High-school student turns banana peels into bio-fuel

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin from Turkey spent two years developing a way to create bio-plastic out of banana peels, as a replacement of the traditional petroleum-based plastics. Petroleum-based plastics harm the environment in countless ways, including by representing 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

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Female Student Activist Imprisoned by Rouhani’s Command

Friday, November 29th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Female Student Activist Imprisoned by Rouhani’s Command

Following his surprise presidential victory in June 2013, Hassan Rouhani promised to bring change and moderation in Iran, make tangible changes in his first 100 days of office, save the economy, and ensure that international sanctions were lifted by ending the nuclear standoff. November 25, 2013 marked the first 100 days of Rouhani’s presidency. While […]

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First Afghan Woman Olympian, competes under great duress

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
First Afghan Woman Olympian, competes under great duress

You would think that if you checked your Facebook page just before your big race in the Olympics that you would find all kinds of encouragement from your fellow countrymen… but what Tahmina Kohistani found was hate messages. As the first ever woman to compete in the Olympics from Afghanistan, she felt terrific pressure to “go […]

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Malala’s powerful speech at UN

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
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In a powerful and moving speech at the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai called on women and girls not to rely on men to provide them education, but to demand it themselves.  She said,“Malala Day is not my day, today is for… every girl who has stood for her rights.”  Showing signs of a nearly complete […]

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Bride, 15, Flees 90 yr-old Husband

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Bride, 15, Flees 90 yr-old Husband

After his 15-year-old bride locked herself in the bedroom on their wedding night and two days later fled to her parents’ home, a 90-year-old Saudi Arabian man has decided to sue her family. The man immediately requested and obtained a divorce from his runaway bride. While insisting that the marriage was legal and correct, the […]

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Empowering and Young Pakistani Women

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Empowering and Young Pakistani Women

Salma Rahim, a master-embellisher from the Dera Jatta village in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, has always wished to escape poverty and inspire women to achieve more in their lives, by helping them develop their skills. After obtaining a vocational training diploma from the International Labor Organization (ILO), she went door-to-door in her women to recruit  women, in […]

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Yasmine El-Mehairy’s SuperMama website

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Yasmine El-Mehairy’s SuperMama website

In 2010, Yasmine El-Mehairy  was looking online for pregnancy advice for her sister-in-law. She soon encountered conflicting opinions and found not expert input that could clarify the contradictions. In reaction to her searches, Yasmine, with the help of Zeinab Samir, with whom she had worked, decided to create a website providing tips and expert advice […]

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Malala Yousafzai will publish a book

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Malala Yousegzai needs support of young people across the globe to receive Nobel Prize

Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on the school bus in October 2012, will publish a book, “I am Malala,” in the fall of 2013. The book recounts the shooting as well as her ceaseless and fearless determination, supported by her family, to stand up […]

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Malala Yousafzai: Youngest Nobel Prize Nominee

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu

Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban riding to school, has become the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. According to Qamar Zaman Kaira, the Pakistani Information Minister, “Malala’s nomination is a great day for all Pakistanis.” He added: “Malala has become […]

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