Development

Op-Ed

Why are So Many Single-Parent Families in Poverty?

Author: Karen Kornbluh
TheAtlantic.com

The United States is the only OECD country without paid maternity leave; a parent's job is not protected if he or she takes a day off to care for a sick child; and the United States still lacks affordable, high quality child care. Karen Kornbluh outlines the need to update the policies and practices that affect American families and discusses the benefits of health care reform for parents and children.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Broken BRICs

Author: Ruchir Sharma

Over the past several years, the most talked-about trend in the global economy has been the so-called rise of the rest, which saw the economies of many developing countries swiftly converging with those of their more developed peers.

See more in Emerging Markets; Brazil

Foreign Affairs Article

It's Hard to Make It in America

Author: Lane Kenworthy

For all the differences between Democrats and Republicans that were laid bare during the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, the parties' standard-bearers, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, do seem to have agreed on one thing: the importance of equal opportunity.

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Audio

Journey Through Transition: Women Leading Change in The Middle East and North Africa

Speakers: Marianne Nagui Hanna Ibrahim and Souad Slaoui
Presider: Isobel Coleman

CFR fellow Isobel Coleman speaks with two women leaders, Marianne Ibrahim from Egypt and Souad Slaoui from Morocco, as they discuss initiatives in their home countries to empower women and girls, improve inter-faith dialogues, and encourage positive policy changes that support human rights and international development.

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Op-Ed

Define Who Is the Enemy

Author: Pir Zubair Shah
New York Times

Pir Zubair Shah says the attack on Malala, the Pakistani girl gunned down by the Taliban, proves the Taliban's resilience and shows the uphill task of fighting them without a firm plan in place.

See more in Pakistan; Terrorism; Women

Article

The Malalas You'll Never Meet

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
cnn.com

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that just as Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl who was gunned down by Taliban shooters, refused to silently abandon her right to education even at the risk of losing her life, courageous women and men fight daily against a worldview that considers girls' schools a call to action in their battle against modernity.

See more in Women; Afghanistan; Pakistan

Op-Ed

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Authors: Isobel Coleman and Freida Pinto
Huffington Post

Freida Pinto and Isobel Coleman say that efforts like International Day of the Girl have helped girls make significant progress in recent years, but more resources, leadership and long-term commitments are still needed to close persistent gender gaps and improve the rights and well-being of millions of girls around the world.

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Audio

Supporting Entrepreneurship: What Works in Developing Economies?

Speakers: Markus Goldstein and Agnes Quisumbing
Introductory Speaker: Mayra Buvinic
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Markus Goldstein from the World Bank and Agnes Quisumbing from the International Food Policy Research Institute reference years of research and field work in an exploration of what we know, and more importantly, what we don't know about what works for women's economic empowerment.

See more in Global; Women; Entrepreneurship