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Fab Female Friday: Elizabeth Nyamayaro, The Woman Behind HeForShe

Emma Watson had us all standing up and cheering as she gave an impassioned speech on gender equality last September, and urged men around the world to stand up for the empowerment of women.  Just last week in Davos, she stood up again at the launch of Impact 10x10x10 to mobilize governments, universities, and corporations to join the movement. Long before she took to the podium though, there was another woman busily creating the blueprint for what has now become known as the HeforShe movement.

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2015 will be a year for girls

2000 was an important year for many people. Many of my classmates were born, the New York Yankees won the World Series, and then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan introduced the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 

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December In My Village

December is a dangerous time for young Maasai girls. During this month, they are home from school for the holidays and at higher risk of undergoing FGM and forced early marriage.

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10 Facts You Should know about Violence against Girls

Empowering adolescent girls has a crucial role to play in ending gender-based violence. In many ways, adolescent girls and young women are more vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence than adult women.

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But first, let me take an #UNselfie

‘Tis the season for coats and scarves, holiday sales, and...selfies?  

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Fab Female Friday: Rana Abdelhamid, Master of the Karate Kick!

A senior at Middlebury College majoring in International Politics and Economics, Rana Abdelhamid is not your average college student.  A Truman Scholar and Pickering Fellow, Rana was recently honored at the 2014 Global Leadership Dinner hosted by the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA. 

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Donate Your Birthday and Change the World!

A girl named Annie is improving the lives of girls around the world, simply by turning 16 years old. 

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Mo’ne Davis Striking Out Stereotypes: Fab Female Friday

A 13-year-old girl from Philadelphia has entirely changed the meaning behind the phrase “throw like a girl.” 

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A powerful force with a powerful voice: #GIRLHERO Munira Khalif

It is a challenging – not to mention scary – task to stand in front of people and demand their attention. Now, imagine trying to do that in front of a conference hall filled with hundreds of youth leaders – oh, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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