15 November 2018: Underage, Under Pressure.

Every year, 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married off to men they have never met against their will. The circumstances differ, but the outcome is nearly always the same: these girls are deprived of a formal education; there is no safe environment for them to call ‘home’. These unhappy, much too young girl-brides usually endure years of suffering without any chance of escaping their enforced fate. This, contrary to popular belief, is not solely a problem of countries like Africa and Asia. In North America, for example, it is not beyond the realms of possibility to see a girl forced...

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Letter from the Editor: XXIII

Dear Reader, When we  talk and write about ‘girls’, it is fair to assume that we are usually referring to every female under the age of eighteen. However, beneath this assumption lies an underling – and harrowing– truth: many of these girls are forced to function as ‘adults’, often from as young as twelve years old. This is due to the strict rules of the societies in which they live. Though this is not always obvious, what we are left with is an example of girlhood that is poised between two contradictory points– an alarming juxtaposition of child and woman, out of which emerges a girl who...

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15 January 2018: The wind of change ruffles the veils.

There is something happening in the Middle East and Arabic countries. Towards the end of 2017, serious reforms were introduced in Saudi Arabia. Women will be allowed to drive, and they are now permitted to attend sports and other festivities in stadiums. With the news of women being arrested for taking the wheel only months ago, this is a huge step forward. In late December, it was announced that after 39 years women in Tehran who do not wear the hijab, as required by strict dress codes, will no longer be arrested. While this is also a good step, it is clear if it will be fully implemented...

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Letter from the Editor XXI

Dear Reader, There’s change in the air, and the wind is blowing from the East. Saudi Arabia faces major changes in women’s rights, Iran is heading for turbulent times, and recent events are forcing people in Pakistan to the streets. And there is so much more news from girls around the world that contributes to the mosaic of their everyday lives—we invite you to get to know future NASA scientists, South African activists, Indian initiatives for girl’s rights and plenty more. We hope you find them interesting and entertaining and become part of their story by sharing. With strength and hope,...

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15 December 2017: Is Hijabi Barbie the plastic promise?

Dear reader, Perhaps Mattel had a different kind of discussion in mind when they released the newest ‘Shero Barbie’ – a hijab-wearing Barbie, made in the image of Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Mattel surely expected people, especially women, to praise the inclusive approach, the recognition that hijabi Muslim women are a part of everyday life, and so is their fashion. However, now several women are coming forward, Muslim and non-Muslim, to criticise the most recent addition to the Barbie girl gang. If a hijab wearing woman is glorified for her decision to wear the veil, is she...

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Letter from the Editor XIX

  Dear reader, This month’s issue is still influenced by #metoo—the movement has just been named “Person of the Year” by TIME Magazine. Their subtle, clever and artistic move on the cover is a strong message to us all: there are many more women out there who, voluntarily or not, remain unnamed and unseen. At Girl News, we try to make girls and their stories more visible, and we hope that you amplify our effort by sharing them. Whether it is to shed light on continued abuse in Myanmar and Nigeria, young girls joining the ever growing female STEM group, or the discussion about the new...

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15 November 2017: Kick Ass, Princess!

  “I’m not anti-princess […], but –“ Lisa M. Dinella states during the first few sentences of her article. That’s not as bad as many other sentences that start with “I’m not (xxx), but –”. Still, she makes a clear point of why it’s a good sign that superhero costumes finally become more popular this Halloween than princess costumes. While I can’t really identify with any of the Disney Girls, I think that’s going in the wrong direction. Dinella’s conclusion is as simple as it’s deceiving—because princesses are associated with typically female, therefore weaker or less powerful traits,...

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Letter from the Editor XVII

Dear Reader, Last issue focused on #metoo, a powerful and necessary hashtag to share a common ground and story. While we won’t be silenced (media coverage will help us here) and must keep on making noise for it, a #themtoo hashtag would be as justified. So many girls and women still don’t have access to the most basic infrastructure, let alone internet. While this is slowly changing, let’s not forget that their stories are just as important, and should be heard – only then is it one voice that we’re raising, and not only that of those with a twitter account. Please help us by sharing this...

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15 October 2017: Make Every Day Girl’s Day

“Educating Girls is key to tackling global poverty” – a Guardian headline from last week’s issue. Frankly, yes, educating girls will eventually empower them. It could possibly be the road to a better life, full of their own skills and choices. And it may even change the world. So far, so theory. There are more than enough campaigns and a lot of media coverage for better girl’s education. But I haven’t come across too much publicity for educating the world about girls. Even if we have well-trained young ladies from Alaska to Zanzibar chasing after their dreams, there are still way too many...

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Letter from the Editor XV

Dear Reader, Over the past week, the world has been celebrating International Day of the Girl, and many groups, activists and celebrities focused on girl projects. The media followed along, so for several days before and after, the public seemed to take a bit more notice of what matters for girls. But it’s important to pay attention every day, every week. For example, how Syrian Girl Scouts still keep on doing what they love, how Indian female students challenge society, how Yazidi girls fled their ISIS punishers and find their way back into life. There is so much that we must not forget, so...

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