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Malala Just Asked the President of Nigeria to Declare a State of Emergency For Education
Alice Jowett

Malala Yousafzai has called for a state of emergency for education to be declared in Nigeria. On Monday, Malala – the 20-year-old Nobel Prize winner – met with the acting president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the importance of investing in children’s education in the region. The human rights activist is visiting the West African country as part of her #GirlPowerTrip.

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Girl Scouts Add a New Leadership Goal — Cybersecurity
Joe McCarthy

Girl Scouts will soon be adding new cookies to their collection — your Internet history. The youth organization known for Thin Mints and Samoas is teaming up with Palo Alto Networks to bring cybersecurity education to potentially millions of girls. This partnership is a way to break down gender barriers in the technology world, fill a much-needed employment gap in the cybersecurity industry, and get youth members ready for an increasingly digitized future.

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girls with equality poster
What will it take to educate all the world’s girls?
Alice Albright

Since 2000, the number of girls not attending school has plunged by 40% from more than 200 million worldwide. That’s pretty good progress. But with 130 million girls still not in school and millions more who go to school but don’t learn the basics, there’s still a lot more work to do.As the ONE report notes, the success of the girls’ education revolution over the next 15 years will depend on the extent to which developing countries and wealthier donor countries commit the resources needed to implement quality sector plans and proven approaches.The Education Commission has called on donor countries to mobilize a step change in their financing for global education. The Commission’s recommendations includes helping GPE increase its fund to $2 billion a year by 2020 and $4 billion a year by 2030.

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Mariam Mohammed and her six-month old son sit in front of their hut on the outskirts of Wajir town, June 8, 2017.
This Hotline Is Tackling Violence Against Girls in Drought-Hit Kenya
Sarah Hazlehurst

Abdi Buhad is part of a group of women and men – drawn from community members, police officers, journalists, health workers, and non-governmental organisations, among others – who last year set up a gender support desk and hotline in Wajir for victims of violence. Once a girl calls the toll-free number, the group alerts a local colleague or police officer, who investigates the accusation while providing the victim with moral and medical support.If the allegation is found to be substantiated and the victim is willing to come forward, the gender desk helps her bring the case to court.

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Suubi (Hope) Health Center was opened in 2014 in the village of Budondo, Luuka District in Eastern Uganda.
In Uganda, It Took a Village to Change Maternal Healthcare
Hannah Clyne

Suubi (Hope) Health Center was opened in 2014 in the village of Budondo, Luuka District in Eastern Uganda. It was the culmination of many years of work by a local family who believe that their community deserves the best maternal health care. Before any buildings were built, the Mukisa family had already trained a group of community health workers, now known as ‘The Suubi Women’ and worked for years with them spreading positive health messages in the local area by way of participatory theatre.

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Meet India’s Martial Arts-Trained Female Police Force
Cristina Maza

Lada Kumari, 28, was riding around the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on her motorbike when she saw a fight break out near the city’s Central Park. “I stopped my bike and broke up the fight,” Kumari says. “The girl went home and the boys stopped fighting.”
Kumari is one of 52 Jaipur policewomen who make up the city’s first all-female squad, launched in early May. The women are trained in martial arts and patrol the city of 3 million inhabitants in pairs. Their aim is to stop the harassment of women.

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12 Girls Created a Solar-Powered Tent to Tackle Homelessness
Joe McCarthy

They didn’t know how to sew. They didn’t know how to code. They didn’t know how to solder. And they had never used a 3-D printer before. But 12 girls at San Fernando High School taught themselves all these skills — and more — to create a solar-powered tent for homeless people.

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