#BringBackOurGirls – Why Girls Education Matters…

Four weeks ago Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Chibok on 14 April. An estimated 200 heavily armed militants arrived at night in 20 vehicles to steal supplies and kidnap the students. Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the … Continue reading #BringBackOurGirls – Why Girls Education Matters…

On Purity and Value

I've recently started reading Jessica Valenti's book 'The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women'. The book is simultaneously fascinating and infuriating. It argues that America's intense focus on chastity and purity is damaging to young women. Through analysis of the controversial abstinence-only curriculum and 'purity balls' to the opposite end … Continue reading On Purity and Value

“I was not put on this earth to be invisible…” – The Girl Declaration

For days, months - even years - the girl development community has worked to put girls on the agenda. To make them a priority. To make the world understand that girls are the most powerful force for change on the planet. Girls were left out of the original Millennium Development Goals. The Girl Declaration has … Continue reading “I was not put on this earth to be invisible…” – The Girl Declaration