Win-win: Educating girls helps everyone

If girls can't get an education, they are not the only ones losing out, first lady Michelle Obama said, announcing new U.S.-U.K. programs to help.
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These African-American women helped in World War I

Learn about the African-American women who, during World War I and its aftermath, supported black American soldiers stationed in France.

The Girl Effect Accelerator: Startups and mentors partner for positive change

The Girl Effect Accelerator seeks to mentor budding female entrepreneurs and help them present their ideas to potential investors.
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A drive for women’s empowerment

Hira Batool Rizvi co-founded She`Kab, Pakistan’s first shared taxi service for women, which provides safe, affordable and reliable transportation to work.

It’s time to end FGM/C

More than 125 million women and girls are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation/cutting, also known as FGM/C. Most were age 15...

Michelle Obama tells girls to be the leaders of tomorrow

During a 2015 visit to Cambodia, first lady Michelle Obama urged female students to finish their education and become role models in their communities.
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Women’s rights are human rights

International agreements have helped protect women's human rights, but in many countries women and girls are still denied basic freedoms.
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Violence against women and girls harms everyone

Violence against women and girls is a serious problem worldwide, but it is preventable through effective laws that protect them.
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Message to men: Standing up for women is your issue too

When “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson spoke at the United Nations to promote the #HeForShe campaign, her message to men and boys was simple....