Today — my 19th birthday — I’m in Kenya visiting Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp.
Every year on my birthday I travel to meet girls who are struggling to go to school — to stand with them and to make sure the world hears their stories.
Today in Dadaab I met Rahma Hussein Noor, a 19 year-old who has struggled more than most of us can imagine just to go to school.
Rahma came to Dadaab at age 13, having never set foot in a classroom. She worked hard to catch up with her classmates and, in a few years, graduated primary school.
Rahma then enrolled in a secondary school in Dadaab. But when her family returned to Somalia last year, Rahma could not find another school to attend.
After two months, her father said her education was over and decided to marry her to a man over 50 years old whom Rahma had never met.
Rahma snuck out of her house and took an eight day bus ride back to the refugee camp…all to continue her education.
Rahma is not alone. Many girls from Syria, Burundi, Afghanistan, Pakistan and all around the world have lost so much and are then forced to fight for a right they already have — the right to go to school.
Last year, the world agreed to provide 12 years of education for every boy and girl. Yet, nearly one year after making the commitment, where do we stand?
We are facing a global refugee crisis and more and more girls like Rahma are at risk of losing their chance to go to school — and their dreams for a better future.
We cannot allow girls like Rahma to fight alone. It’s time to do right by girls — #YesAllGirls.
Today, on my 19th birthday, I’m asking you to stand with me and keep fightng for girls around the world who are denied an education. Will you make a gift today to ensure girls — #YesAllGirls — get the education we promised them?
Nothing would make me prouder on my birthday than knowing we are in this together.
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First I must admit that I never ever watched “Friends.” Not even a single solitary episode. Second, I considered Lisa Kudrow the sole intellect in the cast mostly because of her Vassar pedigree. But Jennifer Aniston has a few things to say and says them very well here.
I might not have posted this at all since celebs being pissed off at paparazzi is nothing new and maybe especially for reasons Aniston cites … until I saw this in the footer beneath the story.
… and then you have to say WTF????!!!! And Aniston is 100% right! Picking on a little baby who did not ask to be born into a royal family and, as far as I can tell, is just a delightful little baby girl!
This from Skimm today:
WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE GUY NEXT TO YOU ON THE SUBWAY IS MANSPREADING…
You’re in my space. That’s what Iraqi troops are getting ready to say to ISIS. Yesterday, the Pentagon said it’s sending another 560 US troops to Iraq to prep for a battle to retake Mosul. But, just like the 4,000+ that are already there, these won’t be combat troops. They’re just helping out behind the scenes on things like engineering and intel. Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city. When ISIS took it over in 2014, it was the ‘oh sh*t’ moment that made the world sit up and pay attention to the group. Mosul has been ISIS’s HQ in Iraq ever since. But Iraqi troops have been moving in on the group’s territory, with the US-led coalition playing Robin to their Batman. Now, Mosul is the last major city ISIS has control over. The problem? As the group loses territory, it has focused more on lashing out with terrorist attacks in Iraq and around the world. So these days, any major wins also come with a side of caution.
Manspreading is not the best idea.
I remember this morning like it was yesterday. Actually I remember the night. I remember Geraldine Ferraro coming out on the stage, and I thought my heart would burst. I remember sitting up so straight driving to work the next morning. It was like I had grown inches.
ON THIS DAY
On July 12, 1984, the Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.
And yes, the whole world changed.