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The oldest discrimination in the world

May 9, 2012

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Analysis by Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent Tuesday, May 08, 2012 THERE is little new about gendercide, other than the 21st century ability to provide a scientific-sounding label, and modern technology’s ability to replace routine killings of baby girls with gender-specific abortions. Generally, this crime is held at a safe distance from our consciousness, pigeon-holed in […]

A Real Girl, 14, Takes a Stand Against the Flawless Faces in Magazines

May 4, 2012

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By JIM DWYERPublished: May 3, 2012 In Julia Bluhm’s ballet class, girls arrived and often declared that they were having a fat day. Or that their skin was pimply or blemished. Or that they looked disgusting. When she hears complaints in her middle school, where she is in the eighth grade, Julia said, she has […]

Pinterest’s gender trouble

May 2, 2012

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 As a host of male-centered “pinning” sites arrive, can the female-centric phenomenon continue its success?By Mary Elizabeth Williams It’s one of the biggest online success stories of the decade, attracting a staggering 10 million monthly uniques faster than any site in history. But what makes the rise of the image-sharing Pinterest […]

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 […]

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 […]