“Women hold up half the sky,” reads an old Chinese saying. Indeed, women have traditionally been the world’s farmers, child bearers, and caretakers – the backbone of families and societies. And yet, women continue to suffer from gender discrimination in much of the world. This second-class citizenship is detrimental first and foremost to the well-being of women themselves, and is also a major obstacle to advancing economic development, reducing poverty and achieving environmentally sustainable societies.
Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi and a Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, recently spoke about her toolkit From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa. Her toolkit’s foundation rests on income, girl’s education, maternal health and HIV/AIDS, and leadership. These four pillars support her main mission of creating equality and parity for women.
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There has always been conversation about the high rates of teen pregnancies in black and Latino households. And although we are seeing a steady decline in the rates at which all teen populations in the US have unwanted pregnancies, these rates still remain highest among Latino youth.
Of the nearly one billion adults who cannot read, 70 percent of them are women. Many societies around the world do not place an emphasis on educating girls or even allow girls to go to school. No education and being unable to read severely limits a girl’s future economic and employment opportunities. The activity, Lessons for Life is a great way to show middle school students that equal education is key for a country’s future development, in more ways than one.
We recently highlighted on our blog the National Geographic article, “Feeding Nine Billion,” and proposed that the article would have benefited by outlining a “sixth step” for feeding the world: slowing population growth. That’s why we were happy to see Lisa Palmer’s article in Slate Magazine a few weeks later, which hits the nail right on the head.
February 20th is the World Day of Social Justice, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Today we recognize the need for social justice and support efforts to improve human well-being in an ever growing world. But before we can take part in this work, it is helpful to explore what is involved in the term social justice.
Whether it's Saudi women protesting for the right to drive cars or a Pakistani girl (Malala) speaking out for girls' education in the face of brutal violence, we regularly see examples of gender inequality in the world's headlines. In fact, in every country, there is some disparity between the opportunities afforded men and women. Since 2006, this disparity has been calculated by the World Economic Forum. In their just-released Global Gender Gap Report 2013, they provide scores and and rankings for 136 countries.