I just got back from Ethiopia where 1 in 5 girls is married by the age of 15. For just a $40 donation, you can you can change this statistic. While I was there, I was able to catch up with Tigist — an incredible girl with an inspiring story who we first introduced you to last year.
Everyone loves to get a letter from someone special. And nothing is more special than a new friend from far away who cares about your health and your happiness. I watched this happen as I saw some very special letters brighten the hopes of girls in the Liberian village of Careysburg last week.
I’m here in Liberia with Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in the only African country that has a female President. Still recovering from its civil war, Liberia is full of opportunity and the determination to build back its country. It starts with the women.
Happy 2011! As the New Year rolls in, and everyone is setting their goals and resolutions for the year, we decided to join in and set some goals of our own!
Today is World AIDS Day. Did you know that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 make up 40 percent of new HIV infections globally?
This week, we are talking about the issue of violence against girls and what Girl Up is doing to help make a difference. Some of the most at-risk girls are forced into marriage or relationships when they are still young children.
I grew up in the U.S., in a small house with a backyard and a dog, in a safe neighborhood (as a kid, I thought it was kind of boring) in Tampa, Florida. I knew the basic rules about safety — don’t talk to strangers, never get in a car with someone you don’t know, look both ways before you cross the street, and as I got older, there were of course all sorts of rules about boys.
I’ve spent more time away from home than at home lately, but I’m so fortunate to have the chance to meet some incredible people on my trips to Africa to meet with our UN, government, and NGO partners.
I’ve just returned from my first trip to Liberia. It’s a beautiful country – palm trees and coastline and lush, green jungles – but a terrible civil war ended only six years ago, killing thousands and destroying roads, schools, hospitals, and lives.