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Kenyan Girls Use ‘Talking Box’ to Write What’s Wrong

May 28, 2012

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By Rose OdengoWeNews correspondent Monday, May 28, 2012 Some schoolgirls in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, are writing down their problems and submitting them to a message box. Schools are using the information to alleviate everything from molestation to family financial pressures. NAIROBI, Kenya (WOMENSENEWS)–It is 2:30 p.m. in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. Under a vengefully […]

Trapped after being forced to say ‘I do’

May 28, 2012

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May 28, 2012 Punitive measures against girls forced into child marriages should not find a place in government policies, programmes and practices Child brides are not criminals. They cannot be compared to children accused of committing crimes. Anyone who hears a story of a girl forced into marriage before she turned 18 will tell you […]

Gender and Inequality: How the U.S. Stacks Up Against Other OECD Countries

May 24, 2012

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released the 2012 Better Life Index with two new and striking additions this year. For the first time, each of 11 categories that are used to measure well-being will be compared against gender and socioeconomic inequality, giving a fuller picture of the quality of life […]

Rural education offers Morocco’s women promise of a quiet revolution

May 21, 2012

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Women in remote parts of Morocco are benefiting from a literacy scheme that also teaches civil rights, numeracy and beekeeping Posted by Santorri Chamley Monday 21 May 2012 Fatima Kadmire (left), one of the beneficiaries of the literacy programme for women in Beni Zuli. Photograph: Santorri Chamley In a tiny classroom at the Maison de […]

The Brothel Next Door

May 15, 2012

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Turkey is cracking down on the sex trade. What’s next? BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN | MAY 14, 2012 Under the shade of a tree at an Istanbul cafe, Suzan, a voluptuous woman in her 50s with dyed blond hair and a warm, generous smile, describes how she went from teenage bride to full-time sex worker. […]

The State of The World’s Mothers

May 12, 2012

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by Suzi ParraschMay 11, 2012 As the mother of two teenagers, my greatest concern tonight is what to put on the dinner table, chicken or fish, pasta or pizza? A world away, in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, 32 year old Alemeneshe, pictured here breastfeeding her one year old son Ayalres, has far graver things to worry […]

Women’s rights in Mali ‘set back 50 years’ by new ‘Family Code’ law

May 1, 2012

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Opposition to legislation dashes equality hopes in West African country’s strongly patriarchal society Soumaila T Diarra Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 1 May 2012 Village voice … Binta Samake: ‘We are different from men; we don’t have the power of decision’. Photograph: Andrew Esiebo/Panos Farima Samake, a widow living in the village of Gwelekoro in the south […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies

April 27, 2012

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China’s men far outnumber women. So why is it so hard to find a good husband? BY CHRISTINA LARSON | MAY/JUNE 2012 The Spicy Love Doctor was running late. A well-heeled crowd one recent Sunday afternoon had packed into the second-floor lounge of Beijing’s Trends Building — home to the publishing offices of several glossy […]

Child marriages blight Bangladesh

April 25, 2012

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By Angus CrawfordBBC News Oli, bottom right, is trying to educate parents about the perils of child marriage Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th birthday, even though 18 is the minimum age allowed by law. Why? “It is the […]

Education as a platform for economic participation: thinking beyond 2015

April 23, 2012

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Be mindful of the post-2015 agenda. This was Amina Az-Zubair’s closing message of her keynote address at the recent World Bank Colloquium, Getting to Equal in Education: Addressing Multiple Sources of Disadvantage to Achieve Learning. With much of the focus on the 2015 deadline of the MDGs, Az-Zubair raised an important and often overlooked point: […]

Millennium Goals Mock Nepal’s Slave Girls

April 21, 2012

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By Naresh Newar These former slave girls face extreme poverty. Credit:Naresh Newar/IPS DANG, Nepal , Apr 20, 2012 (IPS) – Five years after Nepal abolished Kamalari, a system of girl slavery, thousands of young women are still awaiting promised rehabilitation and support from the new democratic republic. Some 11,000 ‘liberated’ Kamalari girls, many of them […]

Face it, there’s no skirting the rise of the new breadwinners

April 13, 2012

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April 14, 2012 Taking big steps forward … the dynamics are shifting towards women contributing more in the workplace. They are women, watch them soar, writes Mathew Murphy in New York, of the female force behind economic recovery . Julia Gillard is one. So too is Sarah Palin. Gail Kelly has grown to become one […]

Death by gender

April 12, 2012

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Patralekha Chatterjee Apr 12, 2012 A battered, bitten and burnt baby battled for her life in Bengaluru. Sounds like a crass tongue-twister but was a real life horror story which unfolded layer by layer over the past week. As I write, news has just come in: the battle is over. Three-month-old Afreen, who was struggling […]

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality

April 11, 2012

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Nake M. Kamrany and Catherine RobinsonPosted: 04/11/2012 Egregious gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality. Only four out of over 135 nations have achieved gender equality including Costa Rica, Cuba, Sweden, and Norway. Yemen was scored the lowest across all dimensions. Measures of […]

Girls’ and women’s education: UNESCO’s barefoot partner

April 6, 2012

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The Barefoot College, in Tilonia, India, which has trained 300 African grandmothers as solar engineers and thus electrified over 1000 villages, has become the first civil society partner to join UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Barefoot College has been described as the only school in the world open only to people […]

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sexual violence forcing girls out of school

April 6, 2012

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Photo: Ana Santos/ IRINThe threat of sexual violence prevents girls in PNG from attending school PORT MORESBY, 6 April 2012 (IRIN) – In the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) sexual violence against young girls, and the shame and stigma that follows, is forcing many out of school and others into early marriage. A […]

Color-coded confessions: Background shades of the marriage process

March 22, 2012

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Reblogged from altmuslimah By Shazia Kamal, March 22, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> “He is educated, Mashallah …a lawyer, and the age difference is just right. I talked to his mother, too. She was absolutely delightful, she agreed with me on everything! She is sending his picture through the e-mail right now.” Barely […]

Indian girl trapped in life of cigarette rolling

March 22, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist By RAVI NESSMANAssociated Press A pack of Bidi cigarettes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) DHULIYAN, India — Sagira Ansari sits on a dusty sack outside her uneven brick home in this poor town in eastern India, her legs folded beneath her. She cracks her knuckles, then rubs charcoal ash between her palms. With the […]

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

March 10, 2012

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Published on Thu, 2012-03-08 ■ Mongolia narrowed the gap putting legislation into force■ Brazil reached a low score in political empowerment, although the president is a woman■ Social Watch Italy: “The economic crisis could represent an opportunity to change” The achievements made by women all over the world towards equity in education are still very […]

The Spectacular Triumph of Working Women Around the World

March 8, 2012

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Mar 7 2012 An appreciation of how far women have come in the world economy — and how far they still have to go, even in the U.S. Reuters Growth is complicated. But there are a few easy rules. One such decree is that you cannot expect to have a fully functioning economy if you […]

Donor policies fail to bring real and sustained change for women

March 5, 2012

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For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams Posted by Andrea Cornwall Monday 5 March 2012 Women vote in Iran’s parliamentary elections at a mosque in southern Tehran. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters The empowerment of […]

WORLD ATLAS of gender equality in education

March 4, 2012

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WORLD ATLAS of gender equality in education

Saritha Prabhu: Contraception issue really about control of women

March 4, 2012

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Mar. 4, 2012 When religious men seek control over women, they try to do it by invoking God’s name and authority. OK, that’s a sweeping statement, so let me explain. I’m referring to the recent tempest over contraception and Catholic-run institutions. At the lowest level, the issue was about contraception and “morning-after” pills. But at […]

Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman

March 4, 2012

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An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day unearths some surprising results… Sarah Morrison Sunday 04 March 2012 When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. A British […]

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

February 18, 2012

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By JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISEPublished: February 17, 2012 LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. […]

Girls Gone Hyper

February 15, 2012

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FEBRUARY 14, 2012By JAMES TARANTO A feminist and a social conservative try to play Cupid. “For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men,” Bill Bennett declared in a recent CNN.com column. But the good news about women is accompanied by bad news about men, which […]

The M.R.S. and the Ph.D.

February 12, 2012

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By STEPHANIE COONTZPublished: February 11, 2012 TODAY women earn almost 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees and more than half of master’s and Ph.D.’s. Many people believe that, while this may be good for women as income earners, it bodes ill for their marital prospects. Andrea Kalfas As Kate Bolick wrote in a much-discussed article […]

GENDER EQUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT

February 10, 2012

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GENDER EQUALITY ANDDEVELOPMENT

UNICEF Funding Falls Short Leaving Millions of Children at Risk

February 4, 2012

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By Bari Bates UNICEF’s funding shortfall could leave millions of children like these searching for a living in garbage. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS BRUSSELS, Feb 3 , 2012 (IPS) – If the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had 1.28 billion dollars it could help 97 million people around the world. It could relieve five million drought-affected […]

UNICEF Funding Falls Short Leaving Millions of Children at Risk

February 4, 2012

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By Bari Bates UNICEF’s funding shortfall could leave millions of children like these searching for a living in garbage. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS BRUSSELS, Feb 3 , 2012 (IPS) – If the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had 1.28 billion dollars it could help 97 million people around the world. It could relieve five million drought-affected […]

Incarcerating youth: An American injustice

January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Eva McEnrue We teach our youth the “golden rules:” To treat others the way they would like be treated, to share, to tell the truth and to forgive. For the 2,600 people serving a life without parole sentence in a U.S. adult prison for crimes they committed while under age 18, according […]

Incarcerating youth: An American injustice

January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Eva McEnrue We teach our youth the “golden rules:” To treat others the way they would like be treated, to share, to tell the truth and to forgive. For the 2,600 people serving a life without parole sentence in a U.S. adult prison for crimes they committed while under age 18, according […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Gender equity: Doing the math

January 24, 2012

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As boys and girls become more equal in math skills, everyone benefits. By Rosalind Barnett and Caryl RiversJanuary 24, 2012 Teacher Maria Duarte goes over fractions and division with her fourth grade math class at Los Angeles Elementary School. (Los Angeles Times / June 17, 2011) Do boys lose out when girls start to do […]

Gender affirmative action doesn’t have negative consequences

January 13, 2012

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by Zen VuongJan 12, 2012 Zen Vuong/MEDILLResearcher and economist Lori Beaman shows the impact of increasing numbers of female politicians in India. India’s affirmative action law changed life for a generation of women, mandating that one-third of village councilor positions must be reserved for women. By comparison, the United States has a smaller percentage of […]

PAKISTAN: Mutilated for venturing outdoors

January 13, 2012

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PESHAWAR, 11 January 2012 (IRIN) – In Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, very few girls go to school due to threats by the Taliban. Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINTaliban threats are making life miserable for many girls and women in remote areas of Pakistan “When I hired a tutor so my two […]

Single-sex schools are more likely to produce high-flying career girls

January 8, 2012

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Jamie Doward The Observer, Sunday 8 January 2012 Girls educated within an all-female environment, such as these at Townley Grammar School, are more likely to take risks. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian If you want your daughter to be a high-flying businesswoman or banker, send her to a single-sex school. This is the startling […]

America’s growing educational gender gap

January 6, 2012

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We’re storing up trouble as young women are gaining new skills, while their male counterparts settle for lower-paid jobs Victoria Bekiempis guardian.co.uk, Thursday 5 January 2012 Graduates in the school of medicine at the Harvard University Commencement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Corbis Many Americans have come to think that poor academic performance, lack of […]

America’s growing educational gender gap

January 6, 2012

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We’re storing up trouble as young women are gaining new skills, while their male counterparts settle for lower-paid jobs Victoria Bekiempis guardian.co.uk, Thursday 5 January 2012 Graduates in the school of medicine at the Harvard University Commencement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Corbis Many Americans have come to think that poor academic performance, lack of […]

PAKISTAN Girls Defuse This Taliban Bomb

January 4, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Children come back to a school destroyed in Bajuar Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region in northern Pakistan.  Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS. PESHAWAR, Jan 4, 2012 (IPS) – Suicide bombing is down, bomb attacks are fewer, but the Taliban are keeping up attacks on girls’ schools. In retaliation, a growing number […]

PAKISTAN Girls Defuse This Taliban Bomb

January 4, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Children come back to a school destroyed in Bajuar Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region in northern Pakistan.  Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS. PESHAWAR, Jan 4, 2012 (IPS) – Suicide bombing is down, bomb attacks are fewer, but the Taliban are keeping up attacks on girls’ schools. In retaliation, a growing number […]

State of the world: Global gender gap narrows

January 1, 2012

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Women’s lot rises as the gender gap narrows worldwide. By Peter Grier, Staff writer / December 26, 2011 South African teenage girls are seen in a Soweto leadership class in this 2009 file photo.Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor Washington Ten years ago, life was still hard for the women of Ijuhanyondo village in Tanzania. […]

State of the world: Global gender gap narrows

January 1, 2012

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Women’s lot rises as the gender gap narrows worldwide. By Peter Grier, Staff writer / December 26, 2011 South African teenage girls are seen in a Soweto leadership class in this 2009 file photo.Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor Washington Ten years ago, life was still hard for the women of Ijuhanyondo village in Tanzania. […]

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

September 14, 2011

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13 September 2011 – A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older. “While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and […]

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

September 14, 2011

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13 September 2011 – A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older. “While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

MIDEAST Not School Time Yet for Bedouin Girls

September 12, 2011

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By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours ABU TULUL, Negev Desert, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – For mother of five Shimaa al-Aasam, providing her children with the opportunity to complete their education despite a severe lack of classrooms in their Bedouin community is of prime importance. “It’s a tragedy. Learning is the most important thing in the world,” al-Aasam, […]