Mallory, 19, decided to act for women empowerment after reading "Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". She created World Apart Movement to gather funds to assist Middle Eastern women in overcoming education barriers. She decided to create iPhone cases and sell them. Half of the proceeds go to the Afghan Institute of Learning to help girls and women to access education in Afghanistan. Check out their Tumblr and Etsy shop.
From page to screen to college campuses across the country, the team behind the “Half the Sky” movement is further broadcasting its call to action through the Campus Ambassador Program, aimed at raising awareness of international women’s issues among young people. www.thirteen.org/...
Verily Magazine has a no-Photoshop policy. The fashion and lifestyle magazine aimed at women 18-35 is changing the game for mainstream women’s magazines, which often deliver narrow messages and fail to reflect what women actually look like. Read more: www.huffingtonpos...
All women are real women. Too often the critique of modern beauty standards devolves into a tragic us v. them: curvy v. skinny, flat v. big-chested. In our insisting that non-skinny women should be valued, we often decide that skinny women should be valued less. This is tragic, and distracts from the real problem: that women are constantly being told what to look like. Fight that war.
There's encouraging progress for women as Afghans head to the polls on Saturday. For the first time ever, a woman, Habiba Sarobi, is running for vice president on a leading national ticket, and another 300 women are running for provincial seats around the country. “It’s an exciting and terrifying point, because the international presence has actually empowered the women here, and when they leave, some of those women will be concerned,” says Mariam Wardak, who is working on Sarobi's campaign.
Uber, an app that allows you to book cars online, has just launched in Saudi Arabia -- a country where women are not allowed to drive -- and is touting its services as empowering to women. Though it remains out of reach for women who live in remote areas or lack internet access or credit cards, some women are already benefiting from it. Reem Taibah said saves women from the social stigma that’s still attached to hailing a cab on the streets. “I think it’s really good,” Taibah said.