Category: Education

The Women Behind Barbie Savior–“By All Means, Critique Us”

LONDON, KAMPALA AND SPOKANE, WASHINGTON VIA EMAIL—If you haven't seen the Barbie Savior Instagram account yet, it’s time to check it out. The BBC described it as, “a satirical account…

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A South African NGO Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence

DIEPSLOOT, SOUTH AFRICA--For many women and girls, places typically perceived as safe like home, school or places of work and worship, are not a refuge from the violence that infiltrates…

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Her Stories: No Problem Too Big

DENVER--My family is large—I have eight brothers and sisters—and I’m amazed every day by how much I learn from my siblings. When I was in kindergarten, my parents approached my…

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Her Stories: Growing Up Female in a Nairobi Slum

NAIROBI—My name is Emily Onyango and I grew up in Korogocho, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Most of the stories told about slums are…

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Model and Education Advocate Noella Coursaris Musunka Celebrates a Decade of Malaika

NEW YORK-- On an unseasonably warm Wednesday in May, laughter, voices and the raucous strains of African drums spilled from the entrance of an event space abutting the shores of…

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Her Stories: Ode to Third Culture Kids

WARSAW, POLAND--People often ask me where I’m from. And rightly so, I just started university, and non-invasive questions like these help get a conversation going. But when faced with this particular question, instead of breaking the ice, I freeze.

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PCI’s Carrie Hessler-Radelet: Women Are Best Possible Investment

LONDON AND WASHINGTON VIA SKYPE— Public service and development must be in Carrie Hessler-Radelet’s DNA. Not only did she serve as the director of Peace Corps, the overseas volunteer program…

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Teen Twins Prove Age Isn’t a Barrier to Activism

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA EMAIL—Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, 15-year-old Pakistani-born Canadian twins, are your normal teens— with one exception. At the tender age of eight, when many young girls are still…

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Her Stories: The Politics of Aid

LONDON--“Oxfam Are Bandits.” The stark words were daubed on a half-finished housing development surrounded by dirt roads and scrub. I was standing in Lely, on the outskirts of Banda Aceh,…

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Her Stories: Information Everywhere But What Are Students Learning?

DENVER--Fake news is a buzzword right now but its impact is far from fake. I teach at a middle school in Denver, Colorado where students are asked to examine a…

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