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Youth Migration, Education in Growing Economies & More

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Tackling Iron Deficiency Amongst World’s Poorest Special new breeds of a drought-hardy grain may help reduce iron deficiency among the world’s poor. Iron deficiency anemia is the world’s most common nutritional disorder. The World Health Organization says half the pregnant Continue reading

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Banda’s Success in Malawi, Help for Sudanese Infants & More

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President Joyce Banda Shows Malawi the Way Joyce Banda is the first female southern African head of state. Following Bingu wa Mutharika’s rule, Banda has been able to bring the country back from a failed economy and has re-established respect Continue reading

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Importance of Midwives, The Burka Avenger & More

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The Importance of Midwives During Conflicts In conflict zones, getting the basics, such as food, water and shelter, is an ongoing struggle. For pregnant women, it is even more difficult. The environment makes complications more likely, as medical centers are Continue reading

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War’s Effect on Children, India Lunch Tragedy & More

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FGM Statistics are on the Decline According to a major new report released yesterday by UNICEF, although 125 million girls and women are still subject to FGM, the numbers are decreasing. Currently, there are 29 countries in Africa where FGM Continue reading

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Aid in South Sudan, Agency for African Women & More

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Afghan Girls Learn to Speak for Themselves In a country notorious for few women’s rights, girls are learning to speak up. In rural villages, steeped in traditions that limit girls to being second-class citizens, women are breaking the barriers by Continue reading

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South Sudan’s Independence, Uganda Gets Creative & More

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South Sudan Marks Two Years of Independence South Sudan has been independent for two years as of today, but there are still many challenges the young nation faces. Aid agencies say that they require US$485 million to help around three Continue reading

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Struggling Against Dowries, Kenya’s Laptop Plan & More

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Girls in South Sudan Urge Families Against Dowries In South Sudan, dowry prices are increasing rapidly and now girls are finding that the high price their families can get from marrying them off encourages parents to accept dowries for younger Continue reading

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School Food Program Advances, Maternal Mortality & More

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  School Feeding Program Underway in The Gambia The Gambia government has requested WFP support in establishing a sustainable, nationally-owned home-grown school feeding program by 2020. Steps towards this have begun, with the Central River Region School Feeding Multi-Sectoral Committee Continue reading

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Anti-FGM Movement Grows, School Delay in Sudan & more

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Zimbabwean Human Rights Lawyer An Inspiration for Women & Girls Beatrice Mtetwa was the first in her extended family (of 50) to attend high school and graduate college. After choosing to study law, she now represents those who were persecuted Continue reading

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Expanding Girls’ Ed in Niger, Ugandan Chess Prodigy & more

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Support for Girls’ Education in Niger Yields Impressive Results Niger’s rate of enrollment for girls rose from 29 percent to 63 percent between 2001 and 2011. This dramatic improvement is the result of the combined efforts of administrative authorities, teachers, Continue reading

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