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Event Recap: ‘Brave Girl Rising’ is Changing the World’s View of Girls’ Potential, One Story at a Time

By Riley Grace Borden, Guest Writer

A crowd of Seattleites of all ages gathered on Friday, March 8, at the SIFF Theater Seattle premiere screening of the latest chapter of Girl Rising’s short film, Brave Girl Rising. The CEO of Girl Rising, Christina Lowery, participated in a panel discussion after the showing, along with the executive director of Global Washington, Kristen Dailey, and the executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Seattle, Nicky Smith. Read More

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World Concern

By Joanne Lu

Salma (far right) presents to her preschool class

Salma (far right) presents to her preschool class (2018). Photo provided by World Concern.

Salma is a preschool teacher in rural Bangladesh. She’s a high-school graduate and plans to continue her education in college. In a country where an estimated 45 percent of girls drop out of secondary school, Salma is a big deal.

But just four years ago, at 14 years of age, Salma was among millions of girls who live in absolute fear of being forced into marriage, likely to an older man. As a girl from a poor family in Bangladesh, which has the fourth highest rate of child marriage in the world, according to UNICEF, and the second highest number of child brides – nearly 4.5 million in 2017 – Salma was staring down the barrel of child marriage. Read More

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Americares Deploys Response Team to Mozambique

Stamford, Conn. – March 21, 2019 – Americares is deploying an emergency response team to Mozambique to assess health needs and coordinate emergency shipments of medicine and relief supplies for Cyclone Idai survivors. Idai made landfall in Mozambique’s coastal city of Beira Thursday evening, flattening homes, destroying roads and causing widespread devastation as it continued its deadly path toward Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Approximately 2.6 million people across southeastern Africa were affected by the cyclone, making it one of the most devastating natural disasters in the region’s history. Reports indicate 90 percent of Beira was damaged or destroyed. According to officials, more than 500 deaths have been confirmed across the three countries and hundreds of people are reported missing. President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique fears the death toll could climb to 1,000 as rescue workers struggle to reach the hardest-hit areas. Read More →

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