If passed, a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last Friday would ensure that the United States provides the commitment, resources, and leadership necessary to provide all children around the globe with a quality basic education.
In a nutshell, the Education for All Act (HR 4481):
This Saturday is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. All around the world, millions of girls continue to undergo female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM), which endangers their lives, creates devastating long-term health complications, and violates their basic human rights.
The terrorist attack that hit Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou this past Friday and killed 30 people is the latest in a long list of similar attacks that have shaken the African continent these past months.
This year policymakers, activists, and citizens around the globe begin work toward achieving the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. In doing that, we are poised to make a big step forward toward gender equality.
“One young woman from rural Zimbabwe took a five-hour bus ride, then another six-hour bus ride, then another seven-hour bus ride — a two-day journey — just to get her interview.” – President Barack Obama