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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 […]

Sexual Exploitation in Post-Earthquake Haiti

January 13, 2012

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January 12, 2012 Two years ago on January 12, an earthquake devastated Haiti. The drastic increase in sexual violence in displacement camps has been well-documented since the disaster. But another face of the epidemic has emerged as a pressing issue: the sexual exploitation of displaced women and girls. Lack of economic opportunity and the loss […]

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 […]

Group in Nepal Takes Pride in Kidnapping Brides

January 11, 2012

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By Lochana SharmaWeNews correspondentTuesday, January 10, 2012 Among an indigenous group in Nepal’s western region, the human rights violation of kidnapping women and girls for marriage is still a matter of masculine pride. Stealing a bride is more honorable than eloping, one husband says. MUSTANG, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS) — Mendok Gurung, 19, says a group of […]

Stop Wartime Sexual Violence

January 11, 2012

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Tell the UN to address the ever-growing problem of sexual crimes during civil unrest.Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site We all know war is destructive, that it can leave nations and people alike crippled for years to come, both physically and metaphorically. But the unrest associated with war can also have unseen implications. Sexual violence […]

Million Names Million Voices: Break the Silence to End Violence against Women & Girls

January 11, 2012

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Pakistan is saying NO to violence against women and breaking the silence with its One Million Signature campaign! UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Rights, the End Violence against Women Alliance in Pakistan and UN partners, launched the “One Million Signature Campaign” during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. […]

Mexican women fight exploitation

January 9, 2012

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Listen / Download Girl on the street A growing number of women are facing exploitation on the streets of Mexico City one of the world’s largest cities that’s according to organizations in the Central American country that are working to protect women from prostitution and homelessness. More and more young people, especially women, are ending […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Two Oklahoma victims of sex trade finally heal years later

September 10, 2011

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Friends, acquaintances, even relatives lure or force victims to toil in the human trafficking industry. Oklahomans once caught up in the industry speak out. BY SONYA COLBERG scolberg@opubco.com 3 Published: September 10, 2011 Jeannetta Taylor McCrery escaped the sex trafficking trade that she was caught up in as a teenager. Provided As many as 1.2 […]

Two Oklahoma victims of sex trade finally heal years later

September 10, 2011

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Friends, acquaintances, even relatives lure or force victims to toil in the human trafficking industry. Oklahomans once caught up in the industry speak out. BY SONYA COLBERG scolberg@opubco.com 3 Published: September 10, 2011 Jeannetta Taylor McCrery escaped the sex trafficking trade that she was caught up in as a teenager. Provided As many as 1.2 […]

The anorexia clinic for girls as young as SIX

September 10, 2011

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By Beth HaleLast updated at 9:59 AM on 9th September 2011 A haunting dispatch from inside the hospital that saves children from starving themselves to death… before they’ve even reached their teens Slumped semi-conscious on the sofa, Megan Archer summoned up what little strength she had left and fixed the paramedic attempting to hand her […]

The anorexia clinic for girls as young as SIX

September 10, 2011

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By Beth HaleLast updated at 9:59 AM on 9th September 2011 A haunting dispatch from inside the hospital that saves children from starving themselves to death… before they’ve even reached their teens Slumped semi-conscious on the sofa, Megan Archer summoned up what little strength she had left and fixed the paramedic attempting to hand her […]

Kuwait’s Ban on “High School Girls” a Mistake

September 5, 2011

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September 5th, 2011Samya Ramadan is over, and this is normally the time for loads of critical commentaries on soap operas featured on Arab television during the holy month. Several Ramadan dramas like “Al Hassan Wal Hussein” (on the roots of Sunni-Shi’ite tensions) and “In the Presence of the Absence” (on the late renowned Palestinian poet […]

Kuwait’s Ban on “High School Girls” a Mistake

September 5, 2011

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September 5th, 2011Samya Ramadan is over, and this is normally the time for loads of critical commentaries on soap operas featured on Arab television during the holy month. Several Ramadan dramas like “Al Hassan Wal Hussein” (on the roots of Sunni-Shi’ite tensions) and “In the Presence of the Absence” (on the late renowned Palestinian poet […]

New documentary film to stop violence against women and girls

September 3, 2011

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31 August 2011 Credit: Sonke Gender Justice A new documentary film following the lives of four people in Africa aims at challenging patriarchy, end men’s violence against women and promote gender equality. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage, the film titled A Way to Justice: Engaging Men for Women’s Rights and Gender Transformation focuses […]

New documentary film to stop violence against women and girls

September 3, 2011

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31 August 2011 Credit: Sonke Gender Justice A new documentary film following the lives of four people in Africa aims at challenging patriarchy, end men’s violence against women and promote gender equality. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage, the film titled A Way to Justice: Engaging Men for Women’s Rights and Gender Transformation focuses […]

Muslim Daughter in India Breaks Home-Bound Custom

September 2, 2011

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By Anjali SinghWeNews correspondent Friday, September 2, 2011 Muslim girls and women in northern India have the lowest levels of education and are the least likely to leave home to work. When one 19-year-old pushed her way into the paid work force she had to brave the fury of her younger brother. LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, […]

Muslim Daughter in India Breaks Home-Bound Custom

September 2, 2011

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By Anjali SinghWeNews correspondent Friday, September 2, 2011 Muslim girls and women in northern India have the lowest levels of education and are the least likely to leave home to work. When one 19-year-old pushed her way into the paid work force she had to brave the fury of her younger brother. LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, […]

GCSE results: Gender gap widens in record-breaking year

August 25, 2011

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25 August 2011 Girls have increased their lead over boys in top-grade in GCSEs, in another record-breaking year of results.The performance gap between boys and girls has now reached its the widest ever – 6.7 percentage points – at the top grades of A* and A. More exam entries overall were given the A and […]

GCSE results: Gender gap widens in record-breaking year

August 25, 2011

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25 August 2011 Girls have increased their lead over boys in top-grade in GCSEs, in another record-breaking year of results.The performance gap between boys and girls has now reached its the widest ever – 6.7 percentage points – at the top grades of A* and A. More exam entries overall were given the A and […]

Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

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By Iqbal TamimiWeNews correspondentMonday, August 22, 2011 What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family’s story suggests, are women who’ve gone through just that themselves. AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)–Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian […]

Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

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By Iqbal TamimiWeNews correspondentMonday, August 22, 2011 What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family’s story suggests, are women who’ve gone through just that themselves. AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)–Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian […]

Violence against women “stops development”

August 14, 2011

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Aug 12, 2011by Isobel Leybold-Johnson in Zurich, swissinfo.ch A rape victim shields her face in DRC, where it still carries a strong social stigma (Keystone) Fighting against violence against women – especially rape and sexual abuse – will aid development in countries that need it the most, a conference in Zurich has heard. The meeting, […]

Violence against women “stops development”

August 14, 2011

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Aug 12, 2011by Isobel Leybold-Johnson in Zurich, swissinfo.ch A rape victim shields her face in DRC, where it still carries a strong social stigma (Keystone) Fighting against violence against women – especially rape and sexual abuse – will aid development in countries that need it the most, a conference in Zurich has heard. The meeting, […]

JAMAICA Impunity Cloaks Abuse of Young Girls

August 6, 2011

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By Zadie Neufville KINGSTON, Aug 2, 2011 (IPS) – When a jury acquitted a Jamaican-born American pastor of carnal abuse charges in June, outraged islanders were forced to recognise that cultural norms seem to be promoting the sexual abuse of young girls. Just over two years ago, in June 2009, Paul Lewis was arrested and […]

JAMAICA Impunity Cloaks Abuse of Young Girls

August 6, 2011

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By Zadie Neufville KINGSTON, Aug 2, 2011 (IPS) – When a jury acquitted a Jamaican-born American pastor of carnal abuse charges in June, outraged islanders were forced to recognise that cultural norms seem to be promoting the sexual abuse of young girls. Just over two years ago, in June 2009, Paul Lewis was arrested and […]

Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty

August 2, 2011

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01 Aug 2011 18:18Source: trustlaw // Lisa Anderson Newly-wed Krishna, 11, lifts her veil during her wedding ceremony with 13-year-old Kishan Gopal in a village near Kota in the north-western state of Rajasthan, May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (TrustLaw) – Child marriage is a global scourge that steals the innocence […]

Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty

August 2, 2011

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01 Aug 2011 18:18Source: trustlaw // Lisa Anderson Newly-wed Krishna, 11, lifts her veil during her wedding ceremony with 13-year-old Kishan Gopal in a village near Kota in the north-western state of Rajasthan, May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (TrustLaw) – Child marriage is a global scourge that steals the innocence […]

Kenya: Government funds free sanitary pads for schoolgirls

July 30, 2011

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It is the norm in Kenya for girls to miss school when they are menstruating due to the lack of sanitary pads. But a new gender-responsive approach to budgeting could change this Miriam Gathigah for IPS, part of the Guardian development network guardian.co.uk, Friday 29 July 2011 If used efficiently, the funding will reduce absenteeism […]

Kenya: Government funds free sanitary pads for schoolgirls

July 30, 2011

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It is the norm in Kenya for girls to miss school when they are menstruating due to the lack of sanitary pads. But a new gender-responsive approach to budgeting could change this Miriam Gathigah for IPS, part of the Guardian development network guardian.co.uk, Friday 29 July 2011 If used efficiently, the funding will reduce absenteeism […]

Education in Pakistan – one year after the monsoon floods

July 28, 2011

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By Rudina Vojvoda © UNICEF/PAKA2010-00441/Marta RamonedaA girl at a UNICEF-supported school in a relief camp for people affected by the floods in Sukkur, Pakistan. NEW YORK, USA, 27 July 2011 – The floods that hit Pakistan one year ago are considered to be the worst in its history. Triggered by the annual monsoon rains, the […]

Education in Pakistan – one year after the monsoon floods

July 28, 2011

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By Rudina Vojvoda © UNICEF/PAKA2010-00441/Marta RamonedaA girl at a UNICEF-supported school in a relief camp for people affected by the floods in Sukkur, Pakistan. NEW YORK, USA, 27 July 2011 – The floods that hit Pakistan one year ago are considered to be the worst in its history. Triggered by the annual monsoon rains, the […]

India’s missing women

July 23, 2011

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Research has cast fresh light on the massive and increasingly alarming phenomenon of sex selection in IndiaPosted byMadeleine Bunting Friday 22 July 2011 A ‘save the girl child’ poster at a Delhi hospital. The political and social repercussions of sex selection remain to be seen. Photograph: Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images Half a million girls a year […]

India’s missing women

July 23, 2011

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Research has cast fresh light on the massive and increasingly alarming phenomenon of sex selection in IndiaPosted byMadeleine Bunting Friday 22 July 2011 A ‘save the girl child’ poster at a Delhi hospital. The political and social repercussions of sex selection remain to be seen. Photograph: Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images Half a million girls a year […]

Safe Medicine? More, Younger Girls Starting on Birth Control

July 23, 2011

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — The number of teenage girls on the birth control pill has jumped 50 percent in the past decade in the U.S. alone, according to a study released this March by Thomson Reuters. Today, one in five American girls between the ages of 13 and 18 — two-and-a-half million teens in all […]

Safe Medicine? More, Younger Girls Starting on Birth Control

July 23, 2011

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — The number of teenage girls on the birth control pill has jumped 50 percent in the past decade in the U.S. alone, according to a study released this March by Thomson Reuters. Today, one in five American girls between the ages of 13 and 18 — two-and-a-half million teens in all […]

Baby 7 Billion: Let India’s girls be born

July 22, 2011

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10 Jul 2011 22:07Source: member // Plan International According to India’s 2011 Census, there are now 7 million more boys than girls aged 0 to 6 years and the gap is growing. PLAN INTERNATIONAL / DAVINDER KUMAR INDIA must urgently tackle its ‘vanishing’ girl population as the nation awaits the birth of the world’s 7 […]

Teen girls face heaviest risk from climate impacts

July 22, 2011

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Eight-year-old Samani, taking refuge with her family after being displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, drinks her morning tea outside a makeshift shelter in Sukkur, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, on July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro By Soumya Karlamangla LONDON (AlertNet) – At the intersection of two of the world’s most vulnerable groups – […]

Teen girls face heaviest risk from climate impacts

July 22, 2011

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Eight-year-old Samani, taking refuge with her family after being displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, drinks her morning tea outside a makeshift shelter in Sukkur, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, on July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro By Soumya Karlamangla LONDON (AlertNet) – At the intersection of two of the world’s most vulnerable groups – […]

Killing of infants on the rise in Pakistan

July 22, 2011

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By Reza Sayah, CNNJuly 20, 2011 Pakistan tragedy: The killing of newborn girls Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) — At a morgue in Pakistan’s largest city, five linen pouches — each the size of a loaf of bread — line the shelf of a walk-in freezer. Wrapped inside each small sack is the corpse of an infant. […]

Killing of infants on the rise in Pakistan

July 22, 2011

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By Reza Sayah, CNNJuly 20, 2011 Pakistan tragedy: The killing of newborn girls Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) — At a morgue in Pakistan’s largest city, five linen pouches — each the size of a loaf of bread — line the shelf of a walk-in freezer. Wrapped inside each small sack is the corpse of an infant. […]

Poll Ranks India Among Most Dangerous Countries for Women, Cites Rising Rates of Female Feticide

July 11, 2011

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A 2011 poll has named India the fourth most dangerous country in the world for women, thanks in part to rising female feticide and infanticide rates. Despite religious and legal restrictions, even well-educated, wealthy women say they feel social and economic pressures to bear sons and abort daughters. by Seema Chowdhury 07/11/2011 by United Nations […]

Missing: 163 Million Women

July 7, 2011

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Flickr/tochis Ever wonder what happens when societies favor boys over girls? By Mara Hvistendahl | Tue Jul. 5, 2011 3:00 AM PDT Editors’ note: Science magazine correspondent Mara Hvistendahl was a college student in China when she first saw an elementary school classroom where boys seriously outnumbered girls. Returning to China as a journalist several […]

Sons and daughters

May 5, 2011

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Apr 4th 2011, 14:23 by The Economist online Where have India’s baby girls gone? NEW data from the 2011 Indian census show that there are now 914 girls aged 0-6 years old for every 1,000 boys of the same age, or 75.8m girls and 82.9m boys. A cultural preference for sons and the increasing availability […]