Tagline : IMPOWR is a new collaborative online database of information on gender-equality law reform efforts around the world.

Description
The International Models Project for Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) is an
innovative initiative to establish a global collaborative research
database on women's rights under law. It promises to play a unique role
in supporting the worldwide implementation of the principles underlying
the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW).

IMPOWR aims to:

--Provide original, editable,
searchable and comparable content summarizing current gender equality
law as well as the legal reform and enforcement efforts taking place in
over 185 countries on 40 specific topics.

--Serve as a hub of
links to numerous other databases, providing a uniquely comprehensive
and navigable research tool for primary and secondary source materials
on laws, legal resources, law reform projects, reports and assessments
of gender equality under the law around the world.

--Showcase
expert analyses of gender equality legal issues and provide models of
law reform through original articles and presentations.


--Link stakeholders, policy makers, legislators, jurists, financial
institutions, NGOs, non-profits, research institutions, project
directors, law enforcement professionals, social workers, news
organizations, legal experts, law schools, law students and volunteers
around the globe to a powerfully informed community focused on promoting
gender equality and development.
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The Lost Girls of Nigeria

"Close to 300 schoolgirls between the ages of 15-18 were kidnapped two weeks...
The Lost Girls of Nigeria

"Close to 300 schoolgirls between the ages of 15-18 were kidnapped two weeks ago in the dead of night, from their beds, and from their school in Nigeria. The radical organization Boko Haram, whose name means, "Western education is sinful," appears to be the likely suspect. Some of the girls escaped and the tales they tell are every family's worst nightmare.

Many of the "Lost Girls" are being sold as wives to the organization's members for $12 USD, girls taken over the borders of neighboring countries and disappearing to who knows where. When this was happening, the Nigerian government seemed to not react, and the rest of the world seemed to be riveted to their TVs waiting to see if a selfish, bigoted man who owns a professional basketball team in the U.S. was going to get his team taken away from him. . .

For the last year, I have been working to increase awareness in the United States on the global issue of neglect and abuse and health problems that plague pubescence girls -- globally. We know that if girls don't receive the right kind of support to stay in school, have positive self-esteem about themselves and their bodies, when they turn 12 (when puberty begins), they will not succeed. Education in all forms is a must for girls, as it affects their ability to fight issues associated with health (HIV, sexually transmitted disease), early childhood pregnancies, youth prostitution, female genital mutilation and in many countries, honor deaths. Without education there are so many barriers girls in the global arena face from cultures that place educating girls on the bottom rung, or not at all. It's not a priority.

The fact is, that educating girls educates the world. It's the mothers who teach their children right and wrong, who nurture intelligence and self-esteem, are role models for their boys, and reaffirm to girls that they too, can achieve their dreams. Lacking an education about their bodies and self-worth increases the likelihood that the cycle of poverty and abuse of girls will continue." -Fraser & Johnson, HuffPost

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We upon the Nigerian government to expend whatever resources are necessary to find and #BringBackOurGirls!

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CONGRATULATIONS SOMAYYA JABARTI,  First Female Editor-in-Chief of a Saudi National Newspaper!

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SHEROE - Marie Catherine Colvin (January 12, 1956 – February 22, 2012) was an award-winning American...
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Aesha, Three Years Later - I can't think of a better, more inspiring story to share on this day. It ...
Aesha, three years later: ‘I’m a very lucky girl’
Video on msnbc.com: NBC’s Ann Curry sits down with Aesha, the young Afghan woman whose mutilated face became the symbol for brutality against women in Afghanistan. Today, she has a new life, and a new nose.
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