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Girls: A New Political Force in the UK and Abroad

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Thousands of girls - represented by Girlguiding - have entered the political fray, many for the first time. In Girls Matter, they make eight demands of politicians to put girls' interests at the heart of what they do across government. As an act of collective lobbying by a group of young women, it is unprecedented.

Write to Learn

Stephen_Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

Monday's news that Asia had received top marks in the 2014 global education index was received warmly right across Asia, and by many of us in the development community too.

Only By Working Together Can We Make Sure the Voices of Street Children Are Heard

David Schofield | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
David Schofield

There are many millions of children living or working on the streets. They are found in every continent and every country. But whether they live in Mumbai, Manchester or Mexico City, they can face many of the same daily risks and lack of opportunities often going unseen and unheard.

How We Can Lift 2.7 Billion People Out of Poverty

Lord Boateng | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Boateng

A remarkable revolution is taking place in finance, not in the City, but under the shade of large communal trees in villages across Africa and the developing world. It's a savings revolution, and one with the potential to pump $157 billion into the global economy, and particularly developing nations, if the 2.7bn adults worldwide who are 'unbanked' participate in savings-led microfinance programmes.

Child Protection Needed to Prevent Second Philippines Storm

Janis Ridsdel | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK
Janis Ridsdel

Nearly 780,000 villagers are now living in the ruins of their homes or in evacuation centres - more than the population of Leeds. The current level of assistance is nothing compared to the needs despite scores of Filipino citizens volunteering their time and personal resources, adding to the response by government, UN and non-governmental agencies.

Roll Up, Roll Up for World Leaders' Balancing Act

Marie Staunton | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Politics
Marie Staunton

The High Level Panel meeting in London today has to perform a high wire act. In full public view they are balancing the interests of governments, private sector and civil society to get agreement on a new set of development goals for the world.

Meeting my Sponsored Child in Colombia: An Unforgettable Experience

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Miriam Stoppard

Meeting Mariana, who told me with great self-confidence that she wanted to be a doctor, I realised her care has to be continuous. I have to be there for her for the long haul, even after I'm gone.

World Health Summit: Let's Put Adolescent Health on the Global Agenda

Leon Ward | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Leon Ward

The young generation has the potential to accelerate sustainable development. They will shape their country's economic prospects; they are able to act as agents of social change in their communities; they can contribute positively to the environment in which they live.

Because I Am A Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK

Sarah Brown will join a host of successful women from across the UK at the London Eye as they celebrate the United Nation’s first International Day ...

Invest in Girls

Marcia Cross | Posted 30.12.2012 | Home
Marcia Cross

A life without education leaves these girls even more vulnerable and with no real choices. It also limits the potential of her family, community, and country. In July, I traveled with Plan to India to witness firsthand the transformative power of education in the lives of girls and their families. I visited with mothers and children in a slum in Hyderabad and attended a Lambada tribal women's gathering in Andhra Pradesh. The women I met all said the same thing: entire families and communities are changed when girls go to school.

The First International Day of the Girl - 11 October 2012

Cherry Healey | Posted 10.12.2012 | Home
Cherry Healey

The aim of this day is to raise awareness to the fact that millions of girls around the world are denied the access to education.

Remembering a Lost Generation - Because I Am a Girl

Nigel Chapman | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Globally, one in three girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, discrimination and violence. Every day, young girls are missing out on school, forced into marriage and subjected to violence.

A Suitable Match: The Zambian Feminists Who Are Standing Up for Girl Power

Jane Labous | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

It was in the middle of an east African afternoon, beneath a mango tree shaded from the hazy sun, that I met Gladys Phiri, 32, history teacher, single mother and, it soon became apparent, cheerfully outspoken feminist here in a country where, as elsewhere in Africa, the rules are dictated by men, for men.

Ending Female Genital Mutilation: A Three-Step Process

Marie Staunton | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Marie Staunton

All health staff should be trained on FGM and schools need to raise awareness amongst staff and students. Only then will we get legal action. Just like the first cases of domestic violence decades ago, successful prosecutions for FGM depend upon awareness and understanding of the danger by neighbours, relatives, teachers, health professionals and police.

A Perfect Storm in Mali

Marie Staunton | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK
Marie Staunton

Here in Mali, families are trapped in a perfect storm - the consequences of climate change and political regime change. Drought has led to a dreadful harvest and rocketing prices, whilst the departure of Gaddafi has led to migrating mercenaries, laden with arms.

Equal Pay for Women - 60 Years on

Marie Staunton | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK
Marie Staunton

I was born the month that parliament voted equal pay for women. Even now the Equality and Human Rights Act (EHRC) estimates that my daughters may earn £361,000 less than men over their working life. But there is hope for my granddaughters.

Why Are British Women Struggling To Save?

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK

Women on low incomes in Britain are nearly half as likely to save money as women in Ghana, new figures show. According to research from Barclays, C...

Choices Restricted to Men in New Ad - But Will They Make a Stand for Equality?

Prue Watson | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK
Prue Watson

As a women, do you feel like you have choices taken away from you that men can freely see, hear, taste or smell? The answer is probably no, but when it comes to the big things - pay, housework and child care, rape - you probably think the answer is entirely different. And these do actually affect our everyday lives. 

Making an Impact

Carla Buzasi | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Carla Buzasi

I'm delighted today to announce the launch of HuffPost UK Impact - our new page dedicated to issues, charities and making a difference.

Let's Not Forget the Needs of Girls Abroad

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Dr Miriam Stoppard

Girl power is thriving and can have a transformational effect on communities by reducing poverty and championing human rights. But we need men and boys on board, as well as women, to help shift the barriers that girls face every day.

How Plan UK can Help East Africa's Drought Victims

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Dr Miriam Stoppard

Sarah Mace, who works in Plan's Disaster Management Unit looking after East Africa, has recently been out to Kenya. She says that you can feel the impact of the drought everywhere. In some areas in East Africa, it hasn't rained for three years.