Let Girls Learn program

Getting Girls Access to School Around the World

By Ambassador Cathy Russell Around the world, there’s growing recognition that gender equality matters to our shared future. Instead of asking why women and girls matter, we’re now working on how we can best include them in our work. Over the past year, the United States has made exciting progress on these issues, particularly in

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Adolescent program design

Changing the World with an Adolescent Mindset

Learn how taking risks and designing programs with teens can lead to healthier outcomes.

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor for Youth and Girls, PSI “The idea that feeling confident and feeling misunderstood are mutually exclusive really bugs me.” – Tavi Gevinson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rookie Magazine (founded at age 15). Think back to when you were 15 or 16 years old. Where were you? What were you wearing? What

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Mean Stinks

Tools to Change Girls’ Perceptions

P&G, the company behind brands like Always, Pampers, Pantene, Secret and Venus, believes one of the strongest forces for change in our society comes from within each and every woman. By helping women strengthen their confidence – from adolescence to adulthood – we can empower them to change the world. While only 19% of girls

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4 Stories Not to Miss from International Women’s Day

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI We’re sure you have noticed, but in case you’ve been stuck in meetings all week, this past Tuesday, March 8th, was the International Day of the Women. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. While we have come a long way,

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4 Innovations That Are Reducing the Shame of Menstruation

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI Finally, a women’s cycle has made the news cycle. For roughly 250 million adolescent girls in the world living in poverty, having a period means having to carry a heavy burden of shame. In addition, a shortage of sufficient clean water, toilets and sanitary products in schools can limit their

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Access to Contraception

From St. Louis to Liberia, Myths About Youth and LARCs Persist

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, PSI and Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, PSI As Massa Harris passionately addressed the crowd at the “For Youth, a Healthy Option With LARCs” symposium, she spoke about the difficulties young Liberians face in accessing contraception. “So many things stop young people from accessing family planning,” she said. “Lack of information, lack of

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Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors in Zimbabwe

By Kumbirai Chatora, Director of Social Marketing, PSI Zimbabwe April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise awareness about sexual violence and engage communities on how to prevent it. According to the WHO, an average of 30% of women globally who have been in a relationship report having experienced some form of physical or sexual

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4 Critical Ways to Thwart the Spread of AIDS Among Teens in Africa

Last week, a coalition of leading global health organizations came together last week to launch a new platform aimed at the number one killer of adolescents in Africa: AIDS. “AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is

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When Girls Matter Everything Changes

By Oscar Abello When journalist Holly Gordon started researching the best interventions to solve poverty today, she and her team weren’t looking for a gender-specific or sector-specific solution. But they couldn’t avoid one: girls’ education, which became the clarion call in the documentary Gordon’s organization of the same name ultimately produced, Girl Rising. Gordon, now

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The economic case for contraceptive choice

By Karl Hofmann, president & CEO, PSI The headlines from India last November seemed anachronistic: “Web of Incentives in Fatal Indian Sterilizations” and “Deaths Put Spotlight on Indian Sterilization Camps”. The days of forced sterilisation must be behind us, aren’t they? Isn’t demographic pressure taking care of itself in the 21st century, through economic growth

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Tampax, toilets and shark tanks

Inspired by the ABC reality TV show Shark Tank, PSI’s corporate partnerships team recently conducted its own version of the contest. Teams of PSI staffers presented five ideas to three judges, Sumathi Balasubramanian, senior manager, initiatives for girls and women, PSI; Marcie Cook, senior regional director, Asia and Eastern Europe, PSI; and Adeeb Mahmud, director, FSG. The

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Action to #BringBackOurGirls

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Over 270 Nigerian girls between 15 and 18 years old were kidnapped from their school two weeks ago by Boko Haram militants, a terrorist group whose name translates to “Western education is sinful.” The school’s principal, Hajiya Asabe Ali Kwambula, told the New York Times yesterday that 53 girls managed to escape while 223 are still missing. The girls have reportedly been taken to a terrorist camp deep in the forest, although new reports have come in this week from remote villages that some of the girls have been “auctioned off to Boko Haram members for 2,000 Naira” — about $12 — for forced “marriages” or sex slavery.

Nigerians have been holding mass protests this week calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy every means possible to find the girls. You can join the international call to action to bring back the girls by supporting two petitions that have been building momentum.

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