As a child growing up in Northern Ireland, Aoife faced both the pain of living in a conflict zone and the pain of being sexually abused at the hands of her father. She has found solace and healing in the art of meditation. Read More »
"The joy I feel now is the same size as the terror I felt as a child. It is vast and deep."
In Cameroon, women iron the breasts of their daughters in an attempt to delay sexual development. One organization has begun turning the tide against this violent practice. Nakinti reports. Read More »
"I have watched as women wept at their ignorance, never having imagined that the practice was in fact putting them at great risk."
Educator and World Pulse community member Isaac Aggrey urges men to reject cultural norms that equate manhood with power and dominance. Only then, he says, can women enjoy a world free of violence. Read More »
"We will not be boxed into masculinity by seductive promises of power or intimidating threats of violence."
In her letter to UN Women executive director Michelle Bachelet, Nigerian women’s rights advocate Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale decries practices that rob girls and women around the world of equal opportunities. Read More »
"My womb can only carry daughters and I would never trade them for any boys."
Zimbabwean writer Fungai Machirori makes the case that gender development isn't just for the poor. She challenges new UN Women executive director Michelle Bachelet to support leadership opportunities for women at all income levels. Read More »
"By nurturing positive examples of women in the developing world, we debunk negative stereotypes and give women and girls hope that they too may rise up one day to assume positions of authority."