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NIGERIA: Girls Are Not Used Bread

"Of what benefit is a message that makes a woman feel worthless?"

When sex education shames girls instead of empowering them, it's time for a new narrative. Read More »

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CAMEROON: Let’s Celebrate Our Daughters!

Pressured to produce male heirs, Precious Meshi Nkeih fights back by cherishing her little girls. Read More »

"If bearing only girls is a crime, then let me be the culprit!"

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IRAQ: Try Jogging a Mile in My Shoes

Note to harassers: It's not what she wears that needs to change. Read More »

"The solution is not for women to stop doing what we do. The solution is that we make our communities places that accept us for being ourselves."

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MEXICO: Women with Disabilities Assert Their Sexuality

These women don't care if they scandalize their mothers by wearing bright underwear and talking about sex. Read More »

"A lot of Mexican moms would rather hear their daughters cursing than talking about their sexuality."

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Halting the Beasts of Syria

As Hummingbird watches horrors and crimes against humanity tearing apart her homeland, another crime is unfolding: silence from the international community Read More »

"These are not the actions of terrorists or armed gangs. This is called extermination."

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DRC: A Woman’s Revolutionist Mind

After soldiers targeted her daughter, Neema contemplates a radical and miraculous response: love. Read More »

"Why have I been afraid to speak about love and forgiveness?"

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DR CONGO: Fighting Evil from Inside Hell

In one of the world’s worst regions to be a woman, radio personality Chouchou Namegabe is inspiring a revolution of strength and healing. She speaks with local World Pulse correspondent BlueSky on what it will take for women to break the silence on Congo's rape epidemic. Read More »

“I remember when we didn’t have a word for rape in Swahili.”

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NIGERIA: Think Outside the Oil

Dependence on oil wealth has led to violence, corruption, and widespread poverty in Nigeria. Simi Lawoyin hopes to shift investment to another of Nigeria's natural resources: its youth. Read More »

"Enterprise must become a weapon with which we fight, a tool with which we rebuild our nation, and a bridge with which we connect with the world."

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BRAZIL: Time to Break the Silence on Abortion

When her father was excommunicated from the Catholic Church for performing a potentially life-saving abortion on a 9-year-old girl, Thais Moraes recognized the need to open up discussion on abortion in Brazil. Read More »

"The archbishop affirmed that rape was a dreadful sin. But abortion, he said, was even worse."

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AFGHANISTAN: Saffron in the Opium Fields

Opium produced in Afghanistan for international markets has wreaked havoc at home. Marvah Shakib explores how a common kitchen spice could provide one possible solution. Read More »

“[Opium] is the only means of survival for thousands of women-headed households."

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