How to Fight Child Marriage in Nepal

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
How to Fight Child Marriage in Nepal

A 2014 UNICEF report emphasized that Nepal is still among the top ten countries in the world, where child marriage is practiced. A staggering forty-one percent of girls marry before turning eighteen, while ten percent wed by the age of fifteen. Early weddings cause considerable hardships for girls, many of whom drop out of school and face domestic & sexual […]

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The Young French Female F. Scott Fitzgerald

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Ravneet Kaur Sandhu
The Young French Female F. Scott Fitzgerald

In 1954, a novella written by an eighteen-year-old took the French literary world by storm. Called “Bonjour Tristesse” (French: “Hello Sadness”), the ‘amoral’ story of a schoolgirl’s summer romance with an older university student, brought the author, Francoise Sagan, scandalous success. A best-selling novel, “Bonjour Tristesse” made Sagan independently wealthy. While the title was taken […]

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Called a “Slut”…Her Unslut Project Fights Back

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Hannah Fragapane
Called a “Slut”…Her Unslut Project Fights Back

After being sexually bullied as a child, Emily Lindin decided to take action and become a light at the end of the tunnel for so many women with experiences like hers. At age 11, Emily Lindin was sexually bullied and held the tainted reputation of “school slut” for several years. After an incident with her […]

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Down syndrome Doesn’t Stop Her from Modeling

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Down syndrome Doesn’t Stop Her from Modeling

Karrie Brown fell in love with Wet Seal clothes at the age of 15. Karrie, who has Down syndrome, thought the clothes were cute, comfy, and itch-free, and she started dreaming of the day when she could become a model for her favorite clothing store. Relentless in her vision, Karrie managed to turn her dream […]

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Young Writer Changing Afghanistan for Women

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Young Writer Changing Afghanistan for Women

Noorjahan Akbar is a 22-year-old Afghani woman, who is the co-founder of Young Women for Change (YWC). The organization, started in 2011, was dedicated to advocating for rights of Afghan women at a national and international level and mobilizing men and women to speak up for the human rights of women. While working for the […]

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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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‘Feminism’ is not a Dirty Word

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Jenna Bellassai
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“So. I’m a teenager and I wrote a book. And not just any book. A book about feminism. What kind of obviously pretentious and generally ridiculous teen does that?” This excerpt comes directly from the first page of Julie Zeilinger’s book, A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word.  From girls’ anxiety […]

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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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One of Tunisia’s Most Promising Female Leaders

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
One of Tunisia’s Most Promising Female Leaders

Aya Chebbi is a 26-year-old Tunisian blogger and activist, whose blog, Proudly Tunisian, translates her passion to serve, inspire and strive for human rights, peace and social justice. She was recently declared one of Africa’s 28 most promising women leaders by the Moremi Initiative’s Leadership Development (MILEAD). Aya started blogging during Tunisia 2011 Revolution, when […]

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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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Alexandra Brodsky to Yale: “Take sexual violence seriously”

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 by Jordan Doll
Alexandra Brodsky to Yale: “Take sexual violence seriously”

Alexandra Brodsky, a recent graduate of Yale University, is taking a stand against sexual violence. Sexual assault is frighteningly common in the US, especially on college and university campuses. The data indicates that one in four US college women have survived rape or attempted rape. Still, estimates suggest less than 5% of these assaults are reported […]

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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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Why we had a woman presidential debate moderator; Three teens force first woman in 20 years

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Amy Campbell

The past presidential election was one of excitement and intensity, some of which stemmed from the presidential debates throughout October. The debate of note was the second one- a “town hall” styled debate that took place at Hofstra University on October 16, where, for the first Presidential debate in 20 years, a woman was chosen […]

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Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

In 2009, then 14-year-old Laetitia Mukungu started in her grandparents’ village the Women’s Rabbit Association (WRA), a cooperative organization that farms rabbits to help local women led decent lives and pay for their children’s educational needs. The rabbits are sold to Kenyan restaurants for meat. The teenager’s decision to start the business was directly linked with […]

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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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. . . So What’s the Matter with the Way I Look?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Amy Campbell
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                                                                                                      For 9th Grade Version […]

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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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Bringing Change to Rural Indian Households

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Bringing Change to Rural Indian Households

Neha  Juneja, a  27 year-old Indian entrepreneur, is the co-founder and CEO of Greenway Grameen Infra, a company, whose first product, the Smart Stove, has the potential to revolutionize the cooking process and bring a fundamental change in rural households. The Smart Stove burns biomass with incredible efficiency, while cutting smoke emissions by 80 percent […]

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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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‘Nirbhaya,’ Young Delhi Gang Rape Victim

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
‘Nirbhaya,’ Young Delhi Gang Rape Victim

                                                                               Also click here for short video of  Young Women fighting back The United States (U.S.) First […]

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From Arranged Marriage to Millionaire

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
From Arranged Marriage to Millionaire

After fleeing from Calcutta, India, to the United States to escape an arranged marriage at the age of 17, Chanda Zaveri, now 49, returns to her hometown as a self-made millionaire. She was so determined to avoid becoming like “most Marwari girls of my age” that she preferred to trust an American tourist couple from Boston two […]

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