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Africa's Girl Power

The New York Times

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

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A guide to Reinvestigating Rape: Old Evidence, New Answers

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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In Cleveland, as in much of the United States, rape remains muffled by stigma and cloaked with such secrecy that discussions about it often are relegated to courtrooms. Activists are now campaigning for more widespread testing of rape kits to actively tackle the problem.

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Female Veterans pose homeless challenge for VA

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

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Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power

The New York Times

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Sexual assault, rape, and sexism are social problems that young women face and many feel powerless to create change. Non-profit organizations such as SPARK and WAM have trained teenage girls to be advocates for themselves. Online campaigns and social media have also made teenage girls feel empow...

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Grameen Bank and the Public Good

The New York Times

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The Bangladesh government seeks to take control of the Grameen Bank, the world’s biggest microlender and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for offering small loans to poor village women. The seizure threatens the bank’s independence, the millions of impoverished villagers who own the loans, and the...

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How football moved the goalposts for girls in rural India

The Guardian

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Girls in India are sometimes forced into the prospects of child marriage, prostitution, or slave labor; alternatively, families often teach girls to be wives and mothers. To empower girls to make their own choices, Yuwa, an NGO based in India, introduces girls to sports for social development. Y...

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Once forced to study in secret, this Indian professor inspires a generation of female students

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Rama Arora defied tradition and secretly pursued her PhD as a young woman in India, succeeding at becoming the first female professor at a women's college. Now she is inspiring more Indian girls to further their educatione, so they can help bring about greater equality in society.

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In Egypt, Sowing Seeds of Gender Equality

The New York Times

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Muslim women in Egypt are expected to marry young and to stay close to home, and if they do not, they can be subjected to abuse or heavy criticism by men in the household. Save the Children’s Choices program offers educational workshop sessions for boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, which help them e...

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In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress

The New York Times

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For decades, migrant workers in Florida have been employed under dreadful conditions, picking produce without breaks under extreme temperatures and women being sexually harassed. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has demanded that growers increase wages, mandate rest breaks, and prohibit sexual...

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India's Golden Chance

Virginia Quarterly Review

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Pathfinder International is a global organization that educates the poor in more than twenty countries on matters of reproductive health. In India, where many girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood, this education could be a key step toward freedom and equality.

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