Girls Education

#GirlHero: The Story of Basemera From Uganda

Payal Dalal | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

As world leaders shepherd in a new era of international development with the UN's Global Goals, Basemera, a young girl in rural Uganda dreams about her future and that of her friends and family...

Gender Targeted Outreach Should be a Priority for Today's Universities

Michael Sutherland | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Sutherland

As Admissions Tutor at Corpus Christi College, I was disheartened to find that last year, the percentage of female applicants for Computer Science and Engineering across the University were a paltry 12% and 20% respectively.

#Girl Hero: The Story of a Determined Girl in Myanmar

Payal Dalal | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

In recent months, education in Myanmar has dominated headlines. A new law to reform Myanmar's outdated education system was introduced to train students to be critical thinkers and law abiding citizens. But the law has also faced significant criticism, because it undermines the autonomy of universities and fails to recognise the formation of student and teacher unions.

Unleashing Girls' Power: An Interview With Kennedy Odede

Rose Taylor | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.

'Frozen' the Movie - THAT Dress Change... I Can't 'Let It Go'

A. Dassu | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

In this day and age where covering up and modesty are looked upon as something inappropriate, the people that do choose to wear clothes that cover their bodies fully are looked on as being different, strange even. What if we stopped stereotyping?

#girlhero: The Story of a Girl Fighting for Education

Payal Dalal | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

The grades of the some of the students have improved and, despite the challenge of talking to boys about their violent behaviour, Evelyn's persistence has changed the attitudes and actions of many of the boys she speaks to.

Call to Action: Girl Geeks, Make Yourselves Known

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Females account for between 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at universities in the UK. I had heard the numbers, but they had failed to capture just what it would feel like to find yourself in a large lecture room filled with 150 students, only 20 of whom were female.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

This Nobel Prize Is an Award for Youth

Tanya Barron | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Today, history is made. Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, standing shoulder to shoulder with illustrious Laureates past Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Mother Theresa.

We Cannot Abandon Afghanistan

Laurie Lee | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Laurie Lee

Today's London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan, with violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans it is a vital moment to remind the world not to abandon Afghanistan.

Why Being a Girl and Disabled Means Double Discrimination

Tanya Barron | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Britain's greatest Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson wrote in her autobiography: "For me, disability has not been about overcoming things." Now a Parliamentarian and campaigner in the House of Lords, the 16-time Paralympic medal winner credited her success to a loving and supportive upbringing...

It's Time to 'Walk the Walk' for Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Growing numbers of people are becoming aware - and becoming angry - of injustices that are based simply on sex, both in the UK and worldwide. Along with high profile celebrity interventions, social media campaigns driven by young people are bringing these issues to the fore, while on issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, taboos that have long remained intact are being broken. Girls' and women's rights are on the radar of politicians, too.

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?

Two People Were Awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, but the Internet Is Only Buzzing Over One of Them

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Despite the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to two people this year, the Internet still seems to be solely focused on Malala's achievement, whilst almost completely ignoring the fact that Kailash has done a lot of impressive work himself (evidently so, if he's been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for it).

Improving Representation of Women in Science and Engineering

Barbara Stocking | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Tech
Barbara Stocking

I am passionate about equality in the workplace. It is frustrating that many barriers still exist for young women graduating today. It is unfair for the talented women missing out on rewarding careers, and it is detrimental to the UK economy.

The Evolution of an Issue - Live from the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative

Payal Dalal | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

2014 marks my tenth year attending the CGI. When former US President William J. Clinton first launched the initiative back in 2005, it broke down many of the silos that existed within the development community. Policy makers, academics, and private sector leaders began to have honest discussions. Relationships began, and partnerships emerged.

The Economic Pitfall of Child Marriage

Payal Dalal | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

The lesson here is that child marriage does not "only" affect fourteen million girls a year; the consequences are far reaching. Early and forced child marriage not only violates the universal declaration of human rights, but it also prevents us from having an inclusive and prosperous global economy. Something that even the most conservative economist or demanding shareholder can agree is bad news, indeed.

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.