Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review of “Shackled Sisters” by Aisha A. Elahi

The women discuss painful struggles between the Western world they live in and the confining, yet familiar communities they grew up in. The most poignant stories in Shackled Sisters are the ones where the woman sharing her story grapples with her connections to the Western world…[read]

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Interview with Oliver Percovich Founder and Executive Director of Skateistan

Girls taking an exam, Skateistan

Afghanistan is a war-torn country where only 13% of females are literate. When I first started skating the streets of Kabul in 2007 and realized girls were joining in, I had the idea of using the skateboard as a tool for education and opportunities. [read]

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Great Impact of Nepal's Devastation

On 16 May, (left-right) Nita Tamang, 12, Salina Shrestha, 10, and Kusum Shrestha, 12, stand outside their school, Rajkuleshwor Lower Secondary School, in Bhimeshwar Municipality, Dolakha District, the epicentre of the 12 May earthquake. Photo credit: UNICEF

Yearly, more than 20,000 women and girls in Nepal are being trafficked to be sold into the sex trade and domestic servitude. Reports state that globally women comprise 49% of trafficked persons while girls make up 21%. Yet it is not uncommon to locate girls as young as seven being prostituted and sold. [read]

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Interview with Global Women's Rights Activist and Artist Zainab Khan

Photo courtesy of Zainab Khan

Global change begins with local impact, and I became involved with national and international organizations all working in various dimensions and arenas, but aimed towards a common, shared goal: reducing gender disparity and eliminating violence against women. [read]

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Interview with Kiley Lane Parker, Director of Raising Ms. President

Courtesy of Kiley Lane Parker - Raising Ms. President

We’ve had girls and women say they are going to run for office. We've had teachers show the film in their classrooms and put it into their own curriculum, and we've had fathers say they think differently about how they speak to their daughters. [read]

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Interview with Jen Gurecki, CEO of Coalition Snow

Photo courtesy of Coalition Snow

Women are rightfully angered by the pay gap in the U.S., and that’s not going to change until we have more women executives calling the shots. We didn't start Coalition to only make a better ski – we started Coalition to move the needle. [read]