Girls Education

The Brazilian Girls Who Took My Breath Away

Angela Singh | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Angela Singh

I want to know what she'd say to other girls in the same situation. She turns to look straight down the camera, to address all of those girls and women who've suffered violence, and says: "To all the girls and women who have suffered like I have, please speak up! Don't let anyone get away with it. Talk to someone you trust, who believes in you - and someone you know can make a difference. Let's show society we don't have to stay quiet."

Girls Seek Refuge Amongst the Dead After Ebola

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

It's 3pm in central Monrovia, Liberia. Crowds of noisy, staggering men congregate around the outside of a collapsing, rotten three story building in the drizzling rain.

Educate a Girl, And #SheWill Change the World

Amy Agnew | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Amy Agnew

It's so easy to take an education for granted. An education isn't just about learning to read and write - an education opens an entire world of possibilities. It opens up your mind, it unlocks your imagination and it empowers you to make choices that determine your own path in life.

More Than Just Punctuation Marks: Why Periods Really Matter

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Gruer

In low income countries, many women and girls don't have access to affordable and hygienic feminine products; instead they are forced to use improvised materials like rags or leaves, which are not only uncomfortable but can also lead to infection or embarrassing leaks.

Single-Sex or Co-Educational - Which Offers the Best Preparation for 'Real Life'?

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Eve Jardine-Young

Decisions about education are some of the most important choices that parents and children have to make. There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all so...

To Raise Girls' Interest in STEM, Overcome These Three Beliefs

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Tech
Cassandra Lee Yieng

As an arts aficionada taking STEM subjects - in my case mathematics and information engineering, and computer science later this year - I've noticed several beliefs that people who tend to avoid STEM hold. By changing these beliefs, I'm sure more girls will find STEM relevant and worth putting effort into.

Time to Bring the Invisible Girl Into the Spotlight

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

The Commission on the Status of Women kicks off this week in New York and the movement for girls' rights is growing ever more impatient for progress. ...

The Internet Says Engineering Isn't for Girls

Lily France | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lily France

Until the images we give to the media and young people are different and more inclusive, perceptions of engineering will not change and girls with a passion for engineering may never actually join the industry.

#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 11.06.2016 | 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.