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October 09, 2013

Why are we so thrilled about the Girl Declaration? Why should you sign the declaration too?

So often dry titles and updates abound in international development. Not so this year, in 2013.

This year sees the debut of the first, on-of-a-kind, truly novel and groundbreaking "Girl Declaration." This is a vibrant, almost singing, declaration of what is possible and what is demanded by girls who refuse to be left behind. 25 veteran international organizations talked with 508 girls living in poverty in 14 countries to create this unique declaration. For the first time, policymakers and girls worked together to put their 'hopes, dreams and needs' on the agenda in the form of the "Girl Declaration":

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September 25, 2013

If the price of freedom is selfless hyper -vigilance, 29 yr old Linkan Subudhi from India deserves the medal of valor.

Arranged marriages are a practice as old as many cultures, with global statistics indicating that up to 55% of all marriages are arranged in some fashion or another. The ‘divorce’ rates are equally as surprising with only a mere 6% ever ending their arranged marriages legally.

EWECprogress | UNGA | maternal health | Every Woman Every Child
September 24, 2013

As the Social Good Summit and the UN General Assembly meet in New York this week, we pause to reflect on this (precious) moment in time.

The good news? Maternal mortality is decreasing (by 50% since 1990), child mortality is decreasing, and newborn health is on the agenda. It is not just good news, it's amazing news: "the global average annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality accelerated from 1.2 per cent a year for the period 1990-1995 to 3.9 per cent for 2005-2012." (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank 2013). Child mortality is falling, at a faster and faster rate. Some countries, like Ethiopia, met the MDG target early.

India | Delhi rape | menstruation |
September 13, 2013

Today as the verdict in the trial of the 4 accused attackers in the infamous Delhi bus rape trial is handed down, we take a moment to think about the role of shame in holding women back. It was actually the words of the victim's mother that struck us. She said on the radio that this trial had moved India slightly, just slightly. Whereas before a family of a woman who had been raped might quickly hush her, worried about protecting the name of the family, worried about shame-- now families seem slightly more empowered to report the crimes. Shame around what HAPPENS to a girl, is a deeply held cultural issue in many many countries including our own. Shame prevents justice.

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September 04, 2013

Greetings from Team Maternova! We wanted to pass on a bit of information to you about a scam being perpetrated on humanitarian groups like ours. Thankfully, we did not fall for it, but if we had we'd have lost thousands of dollars. This is what will happen:

  1. You'll receive an inquiry for a large amount of one of your higher priced items. In our case it was a $200 device. The person's name is Mr. John Henson - obviously he was going for the 'most American' sounding name he could. You'll also notice his diction in his emails will vary wildly.
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