25,000 young girls are forcibly married every day. That’s 10 million girls every year. EVERY. YEAR. Kids that young should be playing pretend wedding. Not ACTUALLY getting married.
The first half of the video is depressingly depressing, so if you want to skip that, jump straight to 1:27 to hear all the ways ending the tradition of child brides will benefit women and all the ways empowering women will help improve society for everyone.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-women-have-equal-rights-its-amazing-how-many-other-problems-are-resolved
Ziauddin Yousafzai’s daughter Malala was shot by the Taliban in 2012 after she had just boarded a bus to school. Today, Malala is recognized around the world as a global leader for women’s rights … at the age of 16.
Ziauddin explains in his TED talk how he was determined to raise his daughter to be strong, confident, and passionate. He stresses that the plight of millions of women could be changed if both men and women think differently and break against the norms of family and society.
His message gives an inspiring lesson for all of us — fathers, mothers, men, women — to hear.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/malalas-father-explains-that-his-daughter-is-so-strong-because-he-didnt-clip-her-wings
Every once in a while, you’ll see a statistic that shocks you out of your seat. This is one of those statistics.
I know not every man in Egypt is a predator, but this seems like a woefully underreported problem. Take 60 seconds and see what it’s like to be a woman in Egypt.
Trigger warning: Depiction of sexual violence.
Share this if you think more people should know about this stat.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/men-you-may-never-be-in-a-womans-body-but-this-film-puts-you-there-for-65-seconds-3
When George Takei was only 5, he and his family were imprisoned in an American internment camp. While it might seem that World War II would challenge his faith in America, hear George talk about what he learned from that experience, his parents, and a segregated Japanese-American army battalion.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/what-being-imprisoned-taught-george-takei-about-america
Here’s why it doesn’t make her a spoiled brat: At age nine, this girl was already well ahead of her years. Instead of thinking about princesses, she was thinking about how to help other people. Watch and learn about the legacy she left after her tragic death, and if you’re inspired, click the link below to follow in her footsteps.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/all-she-wanted-for-her-9th-birthday-was-300
Riding motorcycles, chasing ambulances, and dodging death threats? No, it’s not the plot of a new crime thriller — it’s the real story of a fearless few in search of a story few others would try to tell.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/guess-where-the-most-dangerous-place-in-the-world-is-to-be-a-journalist
They’re not mythical characters from old movies or the stereotypes portrayed in modern media. Rich in culture and history, the Roma (gypsies) are the fastest growing demographic in Europe. All they’re asking is to have the same rights as everyone else. Right now, it’s not even close.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/my-big-fat-gypsy-stereotype-is-over-say-hello-to-the-real-gypsies
Do you know what’s cool? Skating. Do you know what’s even more ace? Kids skating in their community and changing their lives without even realizing it.
Oh, and to the haters asking, “Errmm, what does skateboarding do to empower youth,” how about the fact that it encourages confidence, community involvement, talent, and leadership. See it now?
Read more: http://upworthy.com/these-badass-kid-skaters-in-ethiopia-are-awesome
65 million girls should be in school, but they’re not — and it’s not because Ferris Bueller gave them amazing tips on playing hooky. They’re absent from class every single day, and they’re not the ones to blame for it.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/65-million-girls-arent-where-they-should-be-where-the-heck-are-they
I’ve gotten into the habit of checking labels while I’m out shopping. But besides the ingredients and where something was made, I feel like there should be a little extra info about this.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/um-can-we-please-have-an-anti-this-aisle-at-grocery-stores