20 Nov Make One Day Count

Several years ago, for reasons I didn't understand at the time, I accepted an invitation to attend the first-ever rural African Women's Conference. I rearranged my entire schedule and traveled halfway around the world to meet with hundreds of women who came from all over...

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09 Oct International Day of the Girl Child

On October 11, the entire world will be reminded that girls can be powerful agents of change.  That’s because this is the International Day of the Girl Child — a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate girls, and promote gender equality and the...

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03 Oct She Died on Her Wedding Night

A few weeks ago I read about Rawan, the 8-year-old girl in Yemen who was forced to marry a 40-year-old man. She died on her wedding night as a result of injuries sustained from forced intercourse. I am outraged!   Because I have seen the horror of...

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10 Sep Water for Naomi

Meet Naomi Chemutai.  Naomi used to have to spend hours a day walking to fetch water from the nearest river – water that could make her sick at any time. Every morning and evening Naomi , her aunt and four cousins would walk the rough...

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19 Aug Make “back-to-school” life-changing!

It’s that time of the year again when parents are lining the aisles of Office Depot to buy their children school supplies.  It’s been estimated that parent’s pay on average $90 to get their children set up for the first day of school. Imagine, being able...

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17 Aug Now, her whole family is Unstoppable!

Naameka Tangus is a Kipsigis woman in the rural community of Emori Joi in the Masaai Mara region of Kenya. Traditionally, tensions exist between the Kipsigis people, who are subsistence farmers, and the Maasai, who are herders and hunters. Trespassing on their land is not...

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