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Stirring the Fire is excited to announce that our founder Phil Borges will be a guest speaker next month at the ChickChat Half the Sky: Changemakers event.  This will be an inspirational evening that brings women and girls together to empower and uplift each other through the stories of local non-profits who are true Changemakers […]






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Multimedia storytelling empowers individuals and organizations; When used correctly it can inspire entire movements, bring communities together, raise awareness about social justice issues and give nonprofits a vital tool to amplify their message. It’s for these very reasons and due to the overwhelming response for our social documentary internships that Stirring the Fire would like to […]






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Editor’s Note:  Guest Contributor, Eve Aronson is a freelance journalist and analyst. As a correspondent for IHA (Ihlas) News Agency, Eve covers the intimate and true story of a woman who was able to overcome and escape the world of sex trafficking.  Today’s blog will conclude a two-part post.  Feature interviews will include the President of Free the Slaves, and […]






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Editor’s Note:  Guest Contributor, Eve Aronson is a freelance journalist and analyst. As a correspondent for IHA (Ihlas) News Agency, Eve covers the intimate and true story of a woman who was able to overcome and escape the world of sex trafficking.  Today’s blog will begin a two-part post.  Feature interviews will include the President of Free the Slaves, and the Executive […]






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As a result of World Pulse’s Voices of Our Future program, Correspondent Shekina’s shocking account of breast ironing in Cameroon has been covered by CNN and became their #1 story on Wednesday evening.  A violent attempt to prevent the sexual development of adolescent girls, breast ironing is said to effect 1 in 4 girls in […]






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The New Republic of South Sudan

The new Republic of South Sudan is the UN’s 193rd country and Africa’s 54th. While there is ample reason to rejoice the birth of this, the world’s newest nation, there is also cause for concern. As I contemplate the South’s secession, I find my thoughts returning to my current job as Legal Advocate for domestic […]






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The movement for women’s and girls’ empowerment requires commitment from all of us, including men.  Men’s participation in this movement is increasing around the world creating solid and sustainable efforts toward gender equality. Men are also powerful allies in the movement.  Take for instance former President Jimmy Carter, founder with wife Rosalynn, of The Carter […]






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In support of “The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” Stirring the Fire is participating in Seattle Against Slavery’s “No One Should Be Forced Campaign”. Following a recent FBI report that Washington state led the nation in the number
 of child prostitutes that were recovered as part of a nationwide crackdown on child traffickers […]






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UN Releases Updated Women Statistics

How is the global movement to empower women and girls advancing?  The United Nations Statistics Division recently released The World’s Women 2010 which shows that progress towards gender equality has been made in some areas, such as school enrollment, health and economic participation. At the same time the report shows that much more needs to […]






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New Advances to Empower Girls

Recently many organizations announced new campaigns and commitments to empower girls. The Clinton Global Initiative had their annual meeting Sept 21st-23rd.  Empowering girls and women is one of their action areas.  It is so promising to see such an influential group of people gathering and discussing gender issues, including Isobel Colemen, Madeleine K. Albright, Wangari […]






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