11 Oct 2017

Every 11 October, the UN marks International Day of the Girl Child to shed light on issues facing the 1.1 billion girls around the world and to help them overcome these challenges. The theme this year, “EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises” points to the need for continual vigilance in ensuring the well-being of girls everywhere.

A report by UNICEF states that a quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 has experienced some form of physical violence. The same report used comparable data from 18 coun...

8 Mar 2017

International Women's Day is a time in which citizens, governments and institutions are encouraged to reaffirm their commitment to gender equality and celebrate the accomplishments made throughout history for women's rights. This year's theme, "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030," is a specific call to action for women's equality in every kind of workplace, everywhere in the world.

Despite more possibilities for women in the world of work through technological advan...

19 Sep 2014

Around the world in over 29 countries, it is estimated by the United Nations that 125 million women and girls have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies FGM/C as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” WHO indicates there are four major types of FGM/C and they are as follows:

  1. Clitoridectomy: partial or total...

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