#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is a group of people campaigning for it to include boys because they feel that all-girls education is “discriminatory, outdated and unfair.”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.  

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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.  

Image: Photo by Mark Kucharski on Unsplash