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History shows that all-boy classrooms might actually benefit girls

May 31, 2011

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May 31, 2011In recent years, the apparent decline in boys’ academic success rates has troubled politicians, researchers, and educators. It has been described as an educational crisis and a failure of the traditional school setting. The decline has spurred scores of potential solutions to the problem, including the adoption of same-sex classrooms as a way […]

Talking about the taboo: Women’s menstrual practices and sanitation in Africa

May 29, 2011

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May 28, 2011University of Maryland researcher Vivian Hoffmann has studied poverty, migration, and economic development in Africa and elsewhere, and she has first-hand experience with issues facing women in the developing world. Now, through a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she will lead a team of researchers in a project […]

Kandahar women risk paying the ultimate price in pursuit of higher learning

May 29, 2011

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By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Canadian-funded textbooks and computers aren’t overly expensive — certainly not compared to the price Afghan women risk having to pay for using them. The sort of mundane learning most westerners have long taken for granted carries a persistent and very real threat for female students […]

Families sue Ugandan government over women’s deaths in childbirth

May 29, 2011

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The families of two women who died following obstructed labour begin an historic legal action today, in a bid to force the Ugandan government to tackle the shortages of doctors and midwives, drug stock-outs and absence of emergency transport that kill 16 women a day. Pregnant women wait to enter the maternity ward of the […]

Our Bodies, Their Battleground

May 28, 2011

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Our bodies, their battleground IRIN | Film | Gender Issues | Our Bodies, Their Battleground

Female Saudi doctor appeals to top court for right to choose a husband

May 28, 2011

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A Saudi man walks past women in a crafts tent at a fair in Riyadh. Women face a host of strictures.Hassan Ammar/Newscom/File Samia fled to a women’s shelter rather than be forced by her male relatives to marry a less educated cousin. Her case illustrates women’s growing fight against Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system. By Caryle […]

Violence against women rises in El Salvador

May 28, 2011

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Some analysts say that ‘femicides’ increase with the chaos of organized crime, though motives in El Salvador and the rest of Central America and Mexico remain unclear. Add captionAminta Molina participates in an anti-violence campaign by the Feminist Collective for Local Development in Suchitoto, El Salvador. The sign she allowed the group to paint outside […]