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#MeTooK12 + More
Combatting Sexual Assault and Harassment Through Education
Educators and educational researchers are beginning to identify comprehensive sex education in schools for teens and younger children as the most effective way to recognize harassment and the precursors of sexual assault. The #MeTooK12 especially highlights the need for kids to learn from a very young age the importance of treating one another with respect and understanding what a healthy relationship looks like. Some schools have adopted an Abstinence-Only Curriculum, which has ironically resulted in earlier ages of first intercourse, more teen births, and more abortions. Teens need to be given concrete skills to recognize and respond to sexual harassment and coercion, as telling girls to “just say no” is not enough.
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Croatian Female Entrepreneur: Ivana Nikolić Popović
Ivana Nikolić Popović is an academic painter, a former EU Entrepreneurship Ambassador, and creativity activist who has successfully run her own company for 20 years. Her goal is to raise awareness of the importance of culture within communities, as well as illuminate Croatia to the economic potential of creative industries. With a country still vastly implementing industrial practices of the 20th century, her plan for the poor Croatian business climate is to promote creativity and foster lateral thinking.
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All-Girls Education: Minimizing or Maximizing Gender Inequality?
Notre Dame High School, a Catholic establishment founded by nuns in 1897, is Scotland’s last remaining single-sex state school. However, the school roll is not at capacity, and there is a group of people campaigning for it to include boys because they feel that all-girls education is “discriminatory, outdated and unfair.” Many of the girls at Notre Dame high school firmly their single-sex education, saying that their all-girls schools allow them to take science classes without feeling intimidated, boost their confidence, and helps girls maintain more positive attitudes towards body image. In the context of the current #MeToo campaign and the gender pay gap, there is substantial disagreement as to whether single-sex or co-educational schools are best for girls.
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David Letterman and the History of Women in Comedy
Nell Scovell, a former writer for Late Nite with David Letterman, discusses the conversation between Tina Fey and Letterman on his Netflix series, Our Next Guest Needs No Introduction, in which Letterman mentions the lack of female writers on his previous show and displays ignorance as to why the issue exists. Scovell joined Late Nite with David Letterman in its ninth season, as only the second female writer.
From Zero Literacy to Zero Girl Dropouts
The census report for a village in Jaipur, India, that recorded zero literacy for women in 2011 has now seen zero girl dropouts in its primary school in the 2017-18 academic year. Other government schools, such as in Jatpur and Dadar, have at least 50% girls enrolled for the 2017-12018 school year, whereas girls comprised only 20% of these schools in 2012. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign by the government of India has helped construction of separate washrooms and drinking water facilities in all schools, creating a sense of security among parents and girls.
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Ghana Workshop for Female Entrepreneurs
Stanbic Bank Ghana and Vodafone, a British multinational telecommunications conglomerate, are holding an entrepreneurship workshop for businesswomen in Ghana. Female entrepreneurs will attend the two-day workshop and learn first-rate business management practices while mastering strategies to overcome the challenges faced by businesswomen in African society.
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.