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Education, Employment, and Youth Today

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the eleventh edition of its Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an annual update that reviews the status of access to education around the world and highlights the crucial role that education plays in achieving development goals. This year’s report, titled “Teaching and Learning: Equality Achieved for All,” …

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Afghan Women and the Post-2014 Economy

As discussions about post-2014 U.S. presence in Afghanistan continue, so do concerns about the country’s ability to stand on its own. The Afghan people and their government will determine the direction of the country. And as that future is discussed, so is the question of what will happen to 50 percent of country’s population: women. When the Taliban came to …

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World Toilet Day and the Need for Clean Water

The fact that a global water crisis is underway is likely unfathomable to many people living in developed countries, where getting clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But for those living in developing countries, water insecurity is a very real threat. Although more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, only 2.5 percent …

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Is a Start-Up Spring Coming to the Middle East?

The Middle East is seldom associated with the start-up world. When thinking of the region, few imagine entrepreneurs working away, hustling to secure funding and find customers for their fledgling businesses. But that image is increasingly a reality. In a region where unemployment among young people is well into the double-digits, a hunger for job creation and connectedness, coupled with technological …

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Why fighting child marriage matters — to all of us.

Child marriage is not just a human rights violation, but “a threat to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and undermines U.S. development and foreign policy priorities.” That is the argument put forward in a recent report from the Council on Foreign Relations titled “Ending Child Marriage.” and one with which I could not …

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On “Having it all” and Fresh Starts

This week I wrote a slew of stories on people rebuilding their lives and on the search for what “having it all” means to women in the US. On the rebuilding front, I wrote about entrepreneurs in Afghanistan who have forged ahead in the past decade rebuilding their countries and their lives and trying to move Afghanistan toward the future. …

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Supporting Entrepreneurs in Conflict & Post-Confict Zones

I just wrote a paper, with terrific assistance from Ashley Harden and Stephanie Oula, on the power and the promise of entrepreneurs in conflict and post conflict zones. Usually the world tends to aim small and narrow when it comes to pushing small business in countries struggling to shake free of war. But the entrepreneurs themselves keep moving forward. And …

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time to pay tribute to the women who make so much possible. I have just written this piece for The Atlantic about the single mothers I grew up with and who taught me so very much. Similar to the women I had the privilege of meeting when researching “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,” their courage and …

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Getting to Know Entrepreneurs in Liberia

I have spent the last week interviewing entrepreneurs in Liberia. What an inspiration. The business environment is tough — with the usual slew of challenges facing many countries: Power comes and goes, so if you need electricity, you have to fuel a generator. Infrastructure is not in great shape, so transport is expensive. Some banks do loan to small businesses, …

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TEDxWomen: Changemakers Pushing Ahead

At Tedx Women today some incredible change makers stepped into action. Remarkable to see young girls talk about how they are pushing for change and determined to lead.  And to hear from Lebanon’s first female bomb clearing team leader about her work and her family’s view of its importance. And to listen to a talk about how the media is …

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