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Deworming Campaign to Benefit 700,000 Schoolchildren in Haiti

This month the Haitian government will launch a national deworming campaign for schoolchildren, in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the Ministry of National Education, and the Foundation for Development and the...
by Shannon Schmidt


Free Education Program in Somalia Halted Amid Teacher Strikes

This past September, Somalia launched its Go 2 School Initiative, designed to provide a free education to  one million children in Somalia, where only four out of every ten children currently attend school and, of those attend...
by Shannon Schmidt


Laos To Develop Sex Education Curriculum To Reduce Teen Pregnancies

Somchit Inthamith, Lao Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, has called for Laos to address high levels of teen pregnancy through sex education.  This would be a joint health and education initiative aimed at encouraging...
by Amanda Lubit



Philippines Ranks As One of the Top Five Countries for Gender Equality

The Philippines is one of the best places in the world to be a woman, reported the Global Gender Gap Report 2013. The country ranked fifth in the world and number one in Asia, moving up three notches from its previous ranking i...
by Rachel Pozivenec


11-Year Old Yemeni Girl Speaks Out against Child Marriage

Nada Al-Ahdal is a Yemeni girl who fled an arranged marriage when she was ten years old. Now eleven, she made an appearance on Lebanese television to discuss the issue of child marriage opposite a Muslim cleric. When talking ab...
by Amanda Lubit


Activists Urge an End to Child Marriage in Nigeria

According to a recent report released by the Ford Foundation, Nigeria has the highest rates of child marriage of all West African countries. Throughout West Africa, nearly 5 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are alrea...
by Amanda Lubit



National Outcry Over Virginity Test Proposal In Indonesia

Local and national outrage has been stirred over a proposal by Indonesian health officials to require female high school students to undergo mandatory virginity tests to discourage premarital sex and prostitution. Muhammad Rasy...
by Rachel Pozivenec


5,000 New Schools To Be Opened in Bihar, India

The government of Bihar, India, intends to open 5,000 new schools in the state in an attempt to tackle problems that can be resolved through girls’ education. Bihar females face a plethora of problems, such as child marri...
by Nina Thurau


Pakistan’s Burka Avenger to Fight for Girls’ Right to Education

Pakistan’s newest animated series will star the Burka Avenger, a compassionate teacher who combats gangsters trying to close down the girls’ school in which she works.  The show portrays this avenger as a burka-wearing nin...
by Aanchal Narang