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The Harm in Child Marriage

I have written about the detrimental effects of child marriage as I am a strong advocate against forced child marriage. I believe that child marriage interlinks with other gender inequality issues such as maternal health and lack of access to education for girls. According to the organization, Girls Not Brides,…

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Meet a Safe Motherhood Ambassador

Meet Birhan Gabrihat. Birhan is a 46 year old, divorced Safe Motherhood Ambassador (SMA) in Ethiopia. She graduated with Healing Hands of Joy’s fifth class. She has four children, the three youngest live with her. Birhan suffered from fistula with the birth of her last child, 5 years ago, and…

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Snapshot of Strong Women, Strong World

Did you know that World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative was part of a larger World Vision effort? The For Every Child (FEC) Campaign was launched in 2010 as an aggressive, faith-stretching five-year plan to create sustainable change in some of the most challenged communities in the world. The…

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Celebrating Mothers Everywhere

Mother’s Day. What a special day to honor mommas around the world. Today we are sharing the stories of five Amazing Mothers. Let their stories inspire you today. – Sabina in Bolivia, who is raising guinea pigs with her daughter – Katungu in the Congo, who adopted an abandoned baby…

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“A Walk to Beautiful” Film Screening TODAY

Good maternity care has far reaching effects for families, communities and even the wider economy. Today is International Day of the Midwife, a day set aside to highlight the importance of midwives, and the contribution midwives make to the health of their nations. To commemorate this day, we’re hosting an…

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Afghanistan: Bringing health to rural communities using mobile technology

Contributed by Narges Ghafary, World Vision Afghanistan In Herat, Afghanistan, most mothers still prefer to deliver their babies at home. Women feel uncomfortable receiving care from men at health facilities (educated female medical professionals are scarce). Additionally, health facilities are difficult to reach during the winter season. However, most families…

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Niger: Women and Water

by Kathy Treat, co-chair of Strong Women, Strong World My recent trip to Niger was unlike any other trip I have taken. I find myself explaining it by calling it “simple.” The needs are so basic and fundamental that they need little explanation. There is not a lot of context…

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Separate Bathrooms

With the passing of Earth Day this week I started to reflect on how fortunate I am to have easy access to water and sanitation. Even though these are things we often take for granted, many people do not have access to clean water, sanitation or proper sanitation facilities. Gender…

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Changing Society, One Family At A Time

Changing negative cultural stereotypes about men’s and women’s roles is at the heart of strengthening families in El Salvador. After attending a Channels of Hope-Gender workshop for pastors and their spouses, Pastor José Evelio Chavez of the Church of God in Sesori and his wife Norma enthusiastically described how the…

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Partnering to Combat Gender-Based Violence

The police force in the Solomon Islands is integrating Channels of Hope-Gender into its training materials, and partnering with World Vision and local churches to combat gender-based violence. The high prevalence of gender-based violence is a growing concern in the Solomon Islands, with about 64 percent of women ages 15…

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