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December 23, 2015

Education
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafza speaks during a news conference following her address at the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York She Made Herself Malala

I had the honor of meeting Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and her father this past summer, during their visit to the United States. Malala became an internationally-known activist, after…

October 10, 2014

Asia
Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai poses for pictures at the United Nations in New York, New York, August 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Carlo Allegri). Malala’s Nobel Prize Highlights Girls’ Education

This morning’s awarding of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, along with children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi of India, comes at an important moment. Ms. Yousafzai, …

December 16, 2014

Wars and Conflict
Schoolchildren cross a road as they move away from a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Paksitan, December 16, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Khuram Parvez). Despite Pakistan School Attack, Malala’s Dream “Will Never Be Defeated”

This morning, Pakistani Taliban militants armed with guns and explosives stormed a school in Peshawar. After an eight-hour battle with security forces, over 140 students and teachers were dead. This …

October 10, 2014

Asia
Malala Malala's Nobel Prize Highlights Girls' Education

This morning’s awarding of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, along with children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi of India, comes at an important moment. Ms. Yousafzai, …

December 16, 2014

Asia
Peshawar-2014-12-16-2 Despite Pakistan School Attack, Malala’s Dream “Will Never Be Defeated”

This morning, Pakistani Taliban militants armed with guns and explosives stormed a school in Peshawar. After an eight-hour battle with security forces, over 140 students and teachers were dead. This …

November 12, 2015

Education
Schoolgirls balance on a wall in Kabul Like Malala’s Struggle in Pakistan, the Fight Continues for Girls’ Education in Neighboring Afghanistan

A little over a year ago, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize along with another children’s rights activist. Yousafzai was awarded the prize, at age seventeen, making her the youn…

October 10, 2017

Gender
Girl child International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. The focus of this year’s internationally recognized day is "EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after crises," aimed at highlighting how conflict …

September 19, 2017

Myanmar
A placard with the picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of crimes against humanity, is seen at a rally near the Myanmar embassy during a protest against the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims minority by the Myanmar government, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2017. Aung San Suu Kyi: Notably Absent from the Opening of the UN General Assembly

As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened for debate today, the world is once again reminded that leadership around the globe is overwhelmingly male. As of March 8 (International Women’s D…

March 8, 2017

Japan
Japan: Women of Influence

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. This comes five days after Japan’s Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, the day in which the nation celebrates the bright future of its young daughters. On this s…

October 11, 2016

Asia
nepal-girls-wedding_rtr241r3 International Day of the Girl Child

Today, October 11, 2016, is the International Day of the Girl Child. The focus of this year’s internationally recognized day is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.” The theme r…