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Jan 15

Moments of Voice for Malala
Malala Yousufzai, a fifteen year old Pakistani blogger, has been using her voice ...

Nov 27

Information and Communication Technology
A new article in The Guardian explores how information and communication technology can be used to empower girls worldwide. ...

Oct 2

Half the Sky
AUDACIA participants will be interested to see this new piece of work from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn ...

Aug 17

10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. ...

August 3

DFID Girls’ Education Challenge
DFID, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, is sponsoring a Girls’ Education Challenge. ...

Marcia Gillespie and Dr. Nahid Toubia join advisory council

Marcia Ann Gillespie is a trailblazer in the magazine industry and a leader in the women’s movement. She is a former editor-in-chief of two groundbreaking magazines, Essence (1971-1980) and Ms. (1993-2001) and was also the President of Liberty Media for Women, the company she co-founded that took ownership of Ms. in 1998. Marcia Gillespie has written extensively about issues relating to the African American community and about women, particularly Black women; several of her articles and essays are required reading in women’s studies classes and can be found in anthologies and collections. She is the co-author of Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration (Doubleday 2008). Currently the Director of Special Projects at Essence Ms. Gillespie is also a professor at SUNY Old Westbury College where she teaches writing for media.


Dr. Nahid Toubia became the first female surgeon in Sudan in 1981. Recently, she worked as an Associate for Women’s Reproductive Health at the Population Council in New York City, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Public Health. She is the founder and President of RAINBO, the Research Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity of Women. She is also a member of several scientific and advisory committees of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNDP, and Vice-Chair of the advisory committee of the Women’s Rights Watch Project of Human Rights Watch, where she previously served on the Board of Directors.