Girls Education

Time to Get It Right for Girls

Tanya Barron | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

In more than two decades in the charity sector, I've been involved in a lot of campaigns about a lot of different issues. I've spent my professional life fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable children in the world and in that time we've take many strides forward in improving healthcare, sanitation and education systems. But it's rare that I've felt so optimistic about the potential for change as I do about the chance we have in the coming months and years to get it right for the world's girls.

How a School Bus Service Is Keeping Girls Safe in Rural India

Katie McQue | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie McQue

Afsana is 16 and has just heard she has passed grade nine of her secondary school. This is cause for celebration because she is the first female from the Indian village of Mehluka to achieve this level of education.

Criminalising Forced Marriage Is a Start, Not an End

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

If we can reduce the instances of forced marriage overseas, I believe the trend will be reflected here. But it will take time: and that's why, while we welcome the move to criminalise the practice on home turf, we must recognise that ending it is something that will happen over years, not overnight.

International Day of the Girl: A Call to Action

B.J. Epstein | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

Females make up half of the world's population and yet simply aren't able to live free lives that are equal in rights and responsibilities to men's lives. Women aren't paid as much as men. Women don't have complete control over their own bodies. Women don't have as much access to education...

International Day of The Girl Child

Beth Saward | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Saward

Education is something that most of us in the UK take for granted. We go to nursery as toddlers, move through primary and secondary education before deciding whether college and university are for us. Most of us even grumble about it, complaining about homework, early mornings, the lack of free time. But if we didn't have this opportunity, our lives would be completely different.

Women on Top - Should the EU Be Imposing Gender Quotas and Mis-Representation of Debate in Media

Janice Atkinson | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

Stuart Wheeler clarified what he said. He doesn't have a sexist bone in his body - his wife and four daughters, all of whom I have met, would break his bones if he had. He said: "I pointed out that in certain areas, women did not do as well as men, and then I cited poker, bridge and chess.

Two Weeks on and Striking More Than One Chord: Malala - A Fearless Return to Back-to-Basics Feminism

Onjali Rauf | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics
Onjali Rauf

On par with the infamous speeches made by her own stated heroes, from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Malala voiced with all the courage and conviction of an emerging world leader the simple, harsh truths that millions of women and girls throughout the centuries have died - and continue to die - to make heard...

Standing With the 'Other Malalas'

Nigel Chapman | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Malala's story struck a chord with millions of people - including me - and the young campaigner has become a beacon of inspiration to millions. This is an extraordinary, brave young woman who, when faced with death, refused to give up and refused to be silenced.

A Gift to Last a Lifetime

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ana Tzarev

Of all the offerings man can give, there is none greater than the gift of joy. In my art and in my actions, I aspire to create positivity and send it throughout the world, where it may find its way to hearts in need. It is for this reason that I am so proud to announce my latest outreach operation, Ana's Children.

Malala Makes First Donation From New Education Charity

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl brought to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, has announced the first donation from her n...

The Secret to Success? Being Prepared to Fail

Helen Fraser CBE | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Fraser CBE

For me International Women's Day is an opportunity to remember some of the incredible women who have helped us win the rights we enjoy today here in the UK. Progress has been slow but this world is unrecognisable to us today, and it is hard to imagine the courage and passion of countless people that it has taken to change this status quo.

Zambia: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

My first visit since arriving in Zambia was to a UK aid adolescent girls empowerment programme in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the capital, Lusaka. This initiative is supporting more than 1,500 of the most vulnerable girls, providing safe spaces and mentoring to help build their confidence and life skills.

Meeting my Sponsored Child in Colombia: An Unforgettable Experience

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Miriam Stoppard

Meeting Mariana, who told me with great self-confidence that she wanted to be a doctor, I realised her care has to be continuous. I have to be there for her for the long haul, even after I'm gone.

Half of Secondary Schools Don't Have Girls Studying A Level Physics

Aaron Porter | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Porter

One problem is that women still think of engineering as dull and male-centric. There is a pervasive image of grease, hard hats and building sites. But our research shows that girls are prepared to engage with engineering given the right motivation. They are also interested in the relatively high salaries that can be achieved in the sector, and why not?

Worlds Apart - GCSEs and Girls Education

Marie Staunton | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Marie Staunton

Tomorrow, August 23rd, British girls are likely to yet again outperform boys in GCSE results. So why as I travel around the world am I so often told that girls are either not as bright or not as interested in school as boys? Perhaps because while girls are outperforming girls in the "Global North", in Latin America and in the Caribbean, the opposite is true in many developing countries.

African Girl Power: How 36 Girl Footballers are Scoring All the Goals in Togo

Jane Labous | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jane Labous

At the 2012 Olympics in London, only two African women's teams will feature among the 12 nations competing. Last year, a plucky women's team from the diminutive Central African nation of Equatorial Guinea hit world headlines during the women's football World Cup in Germany.

Political Instability is Hampering Girls' Opportunities in Nepal

Emma Reynolds | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics
Emma Reynolds

A week is a long time in Nepalese politics. Nepal is one of the world's poorest countries and despite a relatively small population of 30 million people, there are over 100 ethnic groups, nearly as many languages and 60 castes.

A Test of Relevance - Why the Commonwealth Must end Early and Forced Marriage

Adam Short | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK Politics
Adam Short

The Commonwealth stands on the brink of change. Put simply, the 54 leaders of the Commonwealth gathering in Perth, Australia, this weekend will decide the association's fate, at least for the next decade.