Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happy Human Rights Day!

December 10 is Human Rights Day. The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) has alerted us that Girl Rising will be hosting a Twitter Chat from 12-1:30pm EST, titled Girls Rights as Human Rights: A Conversation About Empowering girls and Organizing for Change." They will be utilizing the hashtags #HumanRightsDay and #GirlRising. Be sure to tune in! More info on Girl Rising is available here: http://www.girlrising.com/
From the UNGEI blog, there is a post from Equality Now on how they are working to end violence against girls in schools in Zambia, which you can check out here: http://blog.ungei.org/?p=495 Here is also a blog post about a program in Cameroon to encourage girls to stay in school through the organization Women Thrive Worldwide: http://blog.ungei.org/?p=478
A bit of a mature topic, there was recently a study done by Emory University and UNICEF addressing a sensitive issue young women face when trying to attend school in Freetown, Sierra Leone: menstruation. In the US, we might not appreciate how women are able to discretely go through menstruation, thanks to resources and education. In Freetown, the study found that girls often are teased at school during this time, do not have the adequate resources to handle with menstrual flow, and they often miss school during this time. More information on the research can be found here:&nbsp

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