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Dr. Monique Derr has worked as a humanitarian and human rights activist for over ten years. She has a rich background working in non-profit as a project and accounts manager, fundraiser, community outreach and campaign manager, trainer, and director. Her activism has taken her to Kenya and Guatemala, where she conducted field research and focused on educational development. She is a professional performer and journalist; working as a television panelist on a nationally syndicated parenting news talk show. She is a PhD candidate in Human Science with a specialization in transformative social change, and works as an adjunct professor. Most importantly, she is a mother.

Moms, Pills, and Addiction: Changing the Conversation

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I felt like my organs were being crushed. I was so nauseous I could hardly breathe.  I tried to relax, to rest, but I couldn’t stop shaking. My jaw chattered uncontrollably, my hands quivered, my muscles and bones hurt in ways I never knew they could, and I was too weak to even hold my phone. I crawled into an …

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When I was the one in danger, they saved me: LET THEM IN

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I am going to just be candid with you. My head is swirling, my heart is aching, and I just don’t even know where to start. I want to say something that delivers such a punch, that you instantly care and read. I want to shake you and beg you to listen to my story. Frankly, I am too fatigued …

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Once Upon A Time, We Changed The World

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            Once upon a time, there was a princess who dreamed of fighting inequality and injustice throughout her kingdom. She did not know how, only that she must. So, one day, she put on her armor, mounted her horse, and rode off into the sunset to begin her quest. Stories.  We grew up hearing them, reading them, and imagining ourselves living …

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10 reasons why girls and women are essential to ending extreme poverty

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ONE’s new report, Poverty is Sexist: Why Girls and Women Must be at the Heart of the Fight to End Extreme Poverty, addresses the fact that girls and women are prevented from reaching their full potential socially, economically and legally – especially in the developing world. Read about it here.

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