Half the Sky
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More than 3,000 Yazidi women and children have been captured by Islamic State militants and are reportedly being trafficked for sex. One young woman who escaped told BBC News she saw girls as young as nine being sold. The Yazidis are asking for support to bring back their girls and have drawn up lists of those they're searching for. "They took all our girls. It's all we care about. The world must help us," said one woman whose two daughters are missing.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Today, organizations such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Futures Without Violence, Men Stopping Violence, Magdalene House of Charleston and Save the Children are working to end abuse against women and children. What groups are you supporting this month?
One year ago, 23-year-old Joldeen Mirembe didn't know how to design a website or build an app. Today, thanks to GirlGeekKampala, an organization founded by a trio of women frustrated by the structural and cultural barriers holding women in Uganda back form careers in STEM, Joldeen can build websites and eagerly attends classes held on weekends. “The fact that you keep having girls that push you to believe that this is possible... I think that makes it an amazing experience," says Joldeen.
Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban one year ago for speaking out about her right -- and the right of every child -- to an education. The Taliban failed to silence her; on the contrary, she spoke at the United Nations on her 16th birthday and yesterday her book, I Am Malala, was released. Show your support for universal education and her Malala Fund to support girls like her so that they can also realize their full potential. Explain why you stand with Malala and use the hashtag #IamMalala.
As world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this week, we urge them to keep the Millennium Development Goals top of mind. We'll be sharing information about the MDGs this week, including how women factor into the picture. #MDG 1 looks at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and the current gap in male versus female employment.
"I want to grow up in a world where girls are safe from violence. Where girls are not for sale." Girls Are Not For Sale is celebrating its 15th anniversary of helping young women escape commercial sexual exploitation. Watch the video for their new campaign, A World for Girls, and tell us your vision for the future.