One girl at a time, the Kaya Girls Center is working to combat child marriage, which impacts 61 percent of rural girls in the country, says Ritu Sharma in “Teach a Woman to Fish.” In this excerpt, the members try to help a 13-year-old in a red shirt.
As she looks forward to the U.S. presidential inauguration Ritu Sharma finds herself thinking about girls of color around the world. When she was growing up the princess-like aura of presidential daughters was limited by race. No longer.
From Sri Lanka to the United States, 2006 begins with women around the world still enduring the effects of last year’s natural disasters. Ritu Sharma says investing in poor women is essential to the recovery and reconstruction process.
As International Women’s Day approaches this weekend, a foreign policy expert examines the failure of U.S. foreign policy to focus development aid on women and children and calls for stronger laws requiring women benefit from U.S. largesse.