Skateboarding is Changing Girls’ Lives in Afghanistan

IN THE UNITED STATES, seeing people skateboarding is a pretty common sight.And becoming a skateboarder is as easy as deciding to be the next Tony Hawk,…

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Faiz Mohammed, 40, and Ghulam Haider, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghnanistan on Sept. 11, 2005.  Ghulam said she is sad to be getting engaged as she wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite class was Dari, the local language, before she was made to drop out of school. Married girls are seldom found in school, limiting their economic and social opportunities. Parents sometimes remove their daughters from school to protect them from the possibility of sexual activity outside of wedlock. It is hard to say exactly how many young marriages take place, but according to the Afghan women's ministry and women's NGOs, approximately 57 percent of Afghan girls get married before the legal age of 16. In addition, once the girl's father has agreed to the engagement, she is pulled out of school immediately. Early pregnancies also result in an increase in complications during child birth.

Preventing Child Marriage Is Simpler Than We Think

TODAY, the leading causes of death for 15- to 19-year-old girls worldwide are suicide and childbirth. Let that sink in. The prevalence of deaths from childbirth…

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Faith Versus Feminism: A Resolution to the Conflict?

IF YOU TRY TO TRACE the debate between feminist leaders and prominent religious speakers, you’ll probably come away from your research thinking, “There’s no way…

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Cadet 4th Class Madison Chilton performs a crawl up Spirit Hill on the U.S. Air Force Academy's Terrazzo during Recognition.   Recognition marks the transition of the fourth classmen to upper class status.  It is the ceremonial acknowledgement that the fourth class has successfully met the training requirements expected of it, and is prepared to continue its four-year journey through the Academy.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Navy Might Possibly Accept Female Soldiers in SEALs

LADIES, IT’S TIME TO LACE UP THOSE COMBAT BOOTS. It’s official: the U.S. Navy is planning to open its elite SEAL teams to women. Those…

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FYI: More Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Make People Happier

IT’S SAFE TO SAY that there are as many different sexual preferences and appetites in the world as there are people; I mean, just look…

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Female Viagra: Fixing Problems Birth Control Caused?

COME OCTOBER, women will be able to visit their local pharmacists and fill out a prescription for Addyi, a new drug that claims to increase…

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