Schoolgirls in Kabul, Afghanistan.
After 20 years in Afghanistan and many promises made, the U.S. does hold responsibility for Afghans’ fate, including their human right to access education.
When women do science, society benefits in myriad ways.
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Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. The biases and perceptions that keep women and girls out of STEM must be tackled.
Mothers iron their daughters’ breasts as a way of preventing early marriage and keeping their daughters in school for longer.
Close to 4 million teenage girls are subjected to breast ironing worldwide. This harmful cultural practice, which is most prevalent in West and Central Africa, needs to stop.
On the sidelines.
Physical education is for every body - as long as it’s male.
School children at the site of the KAT-7 radio telescope in Carnarvon, South Africa.
Astronomy is accessible to anyone with a view of the sky.
Women teachers can be powerful role models for girls.
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
Cultural norms play an important role in determining whether girls will be send to schools.
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Here’s how cultural practices are playing a role in many countries in incentivizing parents to educate their girls.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
Children struggle to learn when they’re hungry.
Ghana’s school feeding programme has reached millions of children in the past 11 years. It does important work, but needs more support to grow and become sustainable.
Professor Amivi Kafui Tete-Benissan (left) teaches cell biology and biochemistry at the University of Lomé, in the capital of Togo.
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Getting more women into science, technology, engineering and maths fields is a process that involves many parts of a society. Several African countries are setting the pace.
Many girls stay away from school when they’re menstruating.
When girls know that they have access to hygienic, safe sanitary products they are less likely to skip school while menstruating.
A young Chibok schoolgirl rescued two years after being abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Abduction, sexual violence, early marriage: a few of the choices facing adolescent girls who ought instead to be in school.
A young girl from Kenya’s Pokot tribe weeps as she’s led away from her home by her future husband’s family.
Education can be a powerful tool to stop the practice of child marriage. It empowers girls, and their success can ultimately boost their communities.
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China’s population policy helped more women into university, creating a generation with higher aspirations.
Many schools in Kenya force girls to wear light-coloured uniforms. These show menstrual stains more easily, which shames the girls into staying away from school.
The inclusion of menstrual hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals marks an important step forward, but to what extent will it address the issue of schoolgirl absenteeism?
Break the taboo.
Donald Trump got menstruation onto the front page of the New York Times. With the taboo broken, it’s a good time to talk about how all girls everywhere can manage their periods safely and privately.
US First Lady Michelle Obama visits a centre in Botswana that supports young people affected by HIV. Botswana has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world.
This study appears to be the first causal evidence that formal education and reduced HIV infection rates go hand in hand.
Girls are more interested in IT when learning is targeted at them.
The way IT is taught in schools means girls are less likely to continue on to further study. When you take the boys out of class and direct teaching to the girls, interest in IT increases.
Girls just wanna have a classroom conducive to learning.
Classrooms are highly complex environments. Maintaining a positive classroom environment, especially in classrooms that include potentially disruptive children with emotional or social problems, is very…