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Aug 12, 2015

We Did It!

Making the Inclusion of Girls in the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals a Reality

 From July 26 to 31, I had the pleasure of attending the Post 2015 Inter Governmental Negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It was an incredible experience in which I was able to witness first-hand the shaping of the future world in the next fifteen years’ time.

I endeavour to provide a comprehensive review of the procedures and processes that occurred prior to, during and after my sojourn to …

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Jul 27, 2015

This week we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to give us a rundown of what they’d say if they had one minute to speak to a UN official about the inclusion of girls in the post 2015 development agenda. 

There are lots of issues to be raised but the one I would speak about is the education of the girl child and the prohibition of early child marriage. Both are interlinked. If you want to empower the girl child then allow her to fulfill her pote

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Jul 6, 2015

This week we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to share their thoughts on how media portrayals of girls and women in their countries affects how their communities view the role of girls. Check out what they said!

In Ramadan, numerous new Egyptian tv shows and series are released. Sadly, the image of the Egyptian women in these shows is a huge lie. I watched a few episodes of some shows and I was really shocked. Violence against women is portrayed as nothing but normal. Young school

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Jun 16, 2015

This week we asked the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to weigh in on Nigeria’s new law against female genital mutilation/cutting.  Here’s what they said!

I do believe that law is the cornerstone of all societies today. No matter how good one’s intentions are, it won’t mean anything unless a citizen can find solace in the law if their rights have been infringed. Therefore, I think that it is a leap forward for Nigeria to pass an Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) law.

However, through experiences with perception and reality, one …

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May 30, 2015

At the age of 10, 11, 12 young girls go through a very serious stage of their lives, they turn from young girls into mature girls with more responsibilities according their health and behavior.

The menstrual hygiene process is different for every girl and woman. It is very specific, because it relates with the organism of the person, with the health situation and mostly with the inner feelings and emotions. When this stage of life comes to a young girl she doesn’t know what she has to do and …

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May 1, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me tell you how important it is to be independent and self-reliant in a society where you’ll be criticized and undermined just because you belong to the ‘weaker‘, ‘overly sentimental‘ and ‘mercurial‘ gender. Where you’ll be categorized by your mere looks and figure. If you possess that face, that body, that type of hair and the ability to comply to the ‘superior’ gender’s demands then yes you might even be popular. However, chubby, extrovert and independent girls won’t be

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Apr 22, 2015

In honor of Earth Day, we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to tell us about linkages between the environmental and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in their countries!

If girls aren’t treated equally, if we’re continued to be put down, then so is the whole human race. And if the whole of humanity is fractured and suffering, how are we meant to help the planet? – Allison, 19, United States

Globally, people are consuming huge amounts of resources every day. Although many people and …

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Apr 6, 2015

Health is a basic human right and a key factor in the Girl Declaration. Also, April 7 is World Health Day! So this week we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to tell us about health in their home countries, especially sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The most important thing, I think, is that everyone gets a proper health education. In Bulgaria we have biology classes and we are talking about youth’s health, but it’s not that much. If there are se classes included in the …

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Mar 30, 2015

This week we asked the Girl Engagement Advisory Board “Why is it important to include the voices of girls in events like CSW, where governments make big decisions about international development priorities?”Here’s what they said!

I think it is important to include voices of girls in events like CSW because girls bring a reality check. This means they offer ideas and solutions from their own context. They also bring perspective that is missing. It is documented or noted that investing in girls education and other areas has impacts that …

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Mar 14, 2015

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This past week I have had the immense privilege of attending the Council on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN in New York (Cue the Frank Sinatra “New York New York”). The conference has been centered on women (duh), and girls; and with the 20-year check in since the famed Beijing CSW in 1995. This years conference was a critical step and assessment of where the world stands on its work with women.

The Beijing CSW gained its fame from the Millennium Goals, which were developed at …

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Mar 13, 2015

This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is taking place. We asked the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to weigh in on what message they would share with world leaders during the CSW. Here’s what they said!

I’m here at the CSW and what I want to tell leaders and delegates and everyone is that while these sessions, panels, speakers are amazing! They’re inspirational, educating and just phenomenal, but they’re just not enough. We’re hear creating policy (hopefully) and change but we’re talking amongst people who …

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Mar 7, 2015

Too often, young people’s voices aren’t respected or included in decision-making processes that affect them. That’s why Advocates for Youth (Advocates) is proud to support the Girl Engagement Advisory Board (GEAB), a team of adolescent girls aged 15-19 from Cameroon, Bulgaria, the United States, Kenya, Pakistan, Madagascar, Jamaica, Nigeria, Egypt, and Nepal. GEAB members engage in advocacy efforts to advance adolescent girls’ rights internationally and to inform, guide and advise Advocates’ efforts to elevate and secure prioritization of adolescent girls’ rights in the global post-2015 development agenda. This week

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Mar 3, 2015

Too often, young people’s voices aren’t respected or included in decision-making processes that affect them.  That’s why Advocates for Youth (Advocates) is proud to support the Girl Engagement Advisory Board (GEAB), a team of adolescent girls aged 15-19 from Cameroon, Bulgaria, the United States, Kenya, Pakistan, Madagascar, Jamaica, Nigeria, Egypt, and Nepal. GEAB members engage in advocacy efforts to advance adolescent girls’ rights internationally and to inform, guide and advise Advocates’ efforts to elevate and secure prioritization of adolescent girls’ rights in the global post-2015 development agenda.   This week

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Dec 11, 2014

December 10, International Human Rights Day is marked all over the world. We talk about every people’s right regardless their caste, ethnicity, gender on this day. Likewise here I am talking about the rights of Sexual and reproductive health in Nepal. I am facilitating a training in Nagarkot, Nepal with 10 young activists of Youth Activists Leadership Council (YALC) of YUWA. It is a 5 days residential training and today is the third day.

YALC basically advocates for the issues of SRHR in national and international level. We have …

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Dec 10, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Ursula, YUWA, a youth-led partner …

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Dec 10, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Caren, Member of the Girl

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Dec 10, 2014

As I reflect over the contents of this blog, I cannot help but to think  about what  human rights day really means  for each and everyone of us. interestingly, this year’s slogan says “ Human Rights 365”, which encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day and thus celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together …

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Dec 8, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Patricia, Member of the Girl

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Dec 7, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Muna K.C., Member of the

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Dec 6, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Elizabeth, Member of the Girl

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Dec 5, 2014

If it were a Wednesday today instead of a Friday, my Woman Crush would be Dr. Tamara A. Henry. Dr. Henry is, hands down, one of the best professors I’ve had at the GWU’s School of Public Health in D.C. I was in her Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion class this past semester and it was really interesting to learn about and apply the social and behavioral theories that lay the foundation for the creation of public health programs. Dr. Henry’s charisma, vast knowledge on anything and …

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Dec 1, 2014

 

In June of 2013, a very nervous and headstrong girl boarded a plan in Atlanta, Georgia on her way to Nairobi, Kenya [pictured to the right: myself with two girls in Nairobi]. She had graduated from high school two weeks before and fancied herself something of an adventurer-meets-human-rights-worker-meets, but was really more of a girl who wanted to make a difference in global health. As that girl over a year later I can attest that my work with HIV prevention and testing in Kenya has changed my life …

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Nov 30, 2014

“Taking Mum’s hand, I whispered “Are we really safe, here?”  ― Alwyn Evans, Walk in My Shoes

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit

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Nov 29, 2014

Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

by Preslava, Member of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on

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Nov 28, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Mai, Member of the Girl …

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Nov 27, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

 by Hamna, member of the Girl …

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Nov 26, 2014

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Christal, Member of the Girl …

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Nov 25, 2014

Join Advocates for Youth in speaking out!

Today is the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and the first day of 2014’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, that runs through December 10 (International Human Rights Day). During the 16 Days of Action, Advocates for Youth and our allies highlight violence against women as a human rights issue and call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. This year, the theme of …

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Nov 3, 2014

We are all feminist!
People fight for every girls right,–whether in secret
or not. We have once said no to those people who,
one way or another have adjusted the beauty of the
“Girl Child.”
Life made things easy, but our new story-telling,
and blueprint-art, shaped the way things used to
be. It is quite beautiful to say we have tried our best
to influence most of the affairs of girls living in
rural areas–“to put a smile on gaunt faces.”
Today, there’s a task on each of us …

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