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The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in 40 years is painting a grim scene: Dried up wells, wilted crops and cattle dying by the thousands. In a resource-abundant region that should be boasting with life, this drought — and the hunger crisis it’s created — are plaguing communities. Children, especially girls, are paying the highest price. View photo story

Urmila’s journey toward a career wasn’t as straightforward as she hoped. She moved to a city seeking more job opportunities, but since she didn’t have much professional experience, she was often turned away. But Urmila didn’t give up. She kept looking for safe and reliable work, and eventually heard about an initiative that helps young women become teachers — a program run in collaboration with Plan International. More information

The #GirlDad movement — it started in tribute to Kobe Bryant, honoring his words about being a father to four daughters. “Girls are the best,” Bryant said in a 2018 interview with ESPN. “I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.” Fathers everywhere have proudly claimed that same love for their girls. They recognize that the potential of their daughters is the same as that of their sons. And because of that, they’re making serious strides toward gender equality. Here are five “girl dads” from around the world who are doing amazing things for their daughters — and for girls everywhere. Learn more

One week out of school doesn’t seem like a lot. For some students, that might even seem like a much-needed break from the demands of homework and exams. But what about one week every month? Felicia in Mozambique doesn't have much of a choice when she gets their periods. Pads and underwear can be expensive, and stress families that are already stretched thin trying to provide other necessities, like food. Learn more

Andrea, a young advocate from El Salvador, is using activism to make her voice heard — and it’s brought her all the way to the U.S. government, working to make global change for gender equality. More information.

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The #GirlDad movement — it started in tribute to Kobe Bryant, honoring his words about being a father to four daughters. “Girls are the best,” Bryant said in a 2018 interview with ESPN. “I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.” Fathers everywhere have proudly claimed that same love for their girls. They recognize that the potential of their daughters is the same as that of their sons. And because of that, they’re making serious strides toward gender equality. Here are five “girl dads” from around the world who are doing amazing things for their daughters — and for girls everywhere. Learn more

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Heloilson and his daughter, Thayssa, pose by a soccer field in Brazil.
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