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Girls’ Education: Creating More Gender Wars than Tech-Execs Mayer and Sandberg

March 11, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

Remarks by tech-execs Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, have sparked a firestorm, resulting in renewed and passionate debates about women in the workplace. But for millions of women and girls around the world, just talking about entering school can lead to gender wars or worse. Think Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl from Pakistan, who was recently shot by the Taliban for speaking out for girls’ education.

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What’s the #Hashtag? Messages and Media Training Matter

February 12, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

Social media has revolutionized media outreach and advocacy in ways most of us never could have imagined. We now have new, exciting and ever-changing ways to reach, engage and mobilize everyone from moguls to famous musicians to moms.

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Demographic Shift with Devastating Results: The Impact of Urbanization on Children in Africa

January 8, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

Development policies in Africa are ignoring the dual demographic realities of urbanization and the youth “bulge” which are resulting in an increasing number of children living in poverty in urban slums with devastating impacts. Already about 200 million children live in Africa’s urban areas, and an increasing number are left vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and disease as populations move from rural to urban areas with little or no access to basic services.

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Aurora Massacre and Now Newtown: Let There Be Light

December 15, 2012 · Dianne Sherman ·

According to the Brady Campaign, in one year, guns murdered 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States. Gun outlets in this country outnumber McDonald’s fast food joints 9 to 1. Now that’s just outrageous.

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Mobile MAMA: Reaching Moms and Babies in Need with Basic Health Info

October 17, 2012 · Dianne Sherman ·

More than 1 billion women in low- and middle-income countries own a mobile phone. Imagine the power and promise of delivering credible and timely basic health information via mobile phones to help end preventable deaths to moms and babies around the world. The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) is already reaching moms in 35 countries and counting…. And the program just won top honors by Fast Company magazine in its 2012 Innovation By Design Awards competition.

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