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Malala Yousafzai: A 'Normal,' Yet Powerful Girl. Malala Yousafzai speaks to NPR's Michel Martin while on tour for her new book, I Am Malala.

Malala Yousafzai: A 'Normal,' Yet Powerful Girl

Abbey Oldham/NPR hide caption toggle caption Abbey Oldham/NPR Malala Yousafzai speaks to NPR's Michel Martin while on tour for her new book, I Am Malala. "I think Malala is an average girl," Ziauddin Yousafzai says about the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who captured the world's attention after being shot by the Taliban, "but there's something extraordinary about her. " A teacher himself, Yousafzai inspired his daughter's fight to be educated. Yousafzai has this advice for parents of girls around the world: "Trust your daughters, they are faithful. A year after being shot, Malala is clear about her goal. Perhaps she has learned from her father's experience. Yousafzai felt the injustice even more when Malala was born. Malala says that the shooting has taken away her fear. Profile: Malala Yousafzai. Image copyright Reuters Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai wrote an anonymous diary about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan.

Profile: Malala Yousafzai

She was shot in the head by militants for daring to go to school. In 2014 she became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Fund. Khaled Hosseini, M.D. Your English is virtually unaccented and perfectly fluent, and you write in English.

Khaled Hosseini, M.D.

Where did that fluency come from? Khaled Hosseini: I think part of it is youth. Farsi was my first language. I learned French when I was eleven, and we lived in France for about four years, so that became my second language. And then we moved to the States, and I was 15 at that time, so I began to pick up English. As a teenager in America, you really have to learn the idiom, you have to learn the slang fast so you can fit in, right? Women's rights in Afghanistan. Women and Girls in Afghanistan — Razia's Ray of Hope. For nearly three decades, the people of Afghanistan have been subjected to a succession of brutal wars, from the Soviet occupation (1979–1989) to a period of tribal civil wars (1990–1996) and the oppressive rule of the Taliban (1996–2001).

Women and Girls in Afghanistan — Razia's Ray of Hope

These conflicts have left Afghanistan’s infrastructure and economy devastated, making it one of the poorest countries in the world. Prior to the Soviet occupation and Taliban takeover, Afghanistan was a relatively liberal country with a progressive outlook on women’s rights. Afghan women comprised 50% of government workers, 70% of schoolteachers, and 40% of doctors in Kabul. However, the effects of war and the Taliban regime quickly effaced the rights of women in public life and relegated them solely to the domestic domain.

Women and girls have often been the worst victims of conflict. Sports. Long-distance running. Eight Ways Teachers Can Advocate for Social Justice. A MiddleWeb Blog This is not the piece I planned for the inaugural post on this blog.

Eight Ways Teachers Can Advocate for Social Justice

I wanted to write about creating a culture of joy in our classrooms. I still do. I still will. Later. In our work as teachers, there are times when we have to put our plans aside and dive into that teachable moment. This new MiddleWeb blog is called “Heart of the School.” Diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl. Private schools in Pakistan's troubled north-western Swat district have been ordered to close in a Taleban edict banning girls' education.

Diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl

Militants seeking to impose their austere interpretation of Sharia law have destroyed about 150 schools in the past year. Five more were blown up despite a government pledge to safeguard education, it was reported on Monday. Here a seventh grade schoolgirl from Swat chronicles how the ban has affected her and her classmates. The diary first appeared on BBC Urdu online. The night was filled with the noise of artillery fire and I woke up three times.

Today is 15 January, the last day before the Taleban's edict comes into effect, and my friend was discussing homework as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Malala Yousafzai, 16, and Her Miraculous Story of Surviving Being Shot by the Taliban. I am Malala. Women and Sport. The Gender Equality Debate; Women in Sport. I am a big believer in gender equality and passionate about equal rights, equal pay and equal recognition, not only when it comes to our female athletes, but for women in general.

The Gender Equality Debate; Women in Sport

Women in sport – What’s with the gap? Imagine that your favourite AFL star had a twin sister...

Women in sport – What’s with the gap?

Let’s assume that they had exactly the same upbringing, worked just as hard, were just as super-fit and made exactly the same sacrifices to be their best. She would find out fairly quickly that her opportunities to have a professional career in pretty much any sport she starred in would be far fewer than his – not because of her abilities – purely because of her gender. There’s no doubt there are biological differences between males and females that have an effect on average times and strength. But sport is about more than speed and strength – if we were only interested in seeing the ‘fastest’ and ‘strongest’, we would race humans against cheetahs and watch them wrestling gorillas. 2016 Gender Balance In Global Sport Report. Low Female Sports Coverage In Media Due To Gender Bias. A balanced media? Not when it comes to gender.

Opinion Updated.

A balanced media? Not when it comes to gender

Unhealthy sport sponsorship continues to target kids : theconversation. In the final month of the countdown to the Olympic Games, our sports stars are probably not eating and drinking the Games sponsors’ foods.

Unhealthy sport sponsorship continues to target kids : theconversation

Again, as in previous Olympics, the Olympic Games sponsors are Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadburys, whose foods and drinks are not good choices for athletes due to their lack of nutrition and high levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats. Unhealthy sponsorship of sport filters all the way down through sport from the elite level to Saturday morning kids’ clubs. Clearinghouse : Ethical Sponsorship and Advertising in Sport. Introduction Sponsorship, in most cases, is not meant to be philanthropy; it is a mutually beneficial business arrangement. In the competitive sponsorship environment of sport, a company wishing to align their brand with a sport does so to gain a host of economic, public relations and product placement advantages.

Sponsors also hope to leverage their association with an athlete, team, league, or the sport itself to gain public trust, acceptance, or alignment with the perceived image a sport has created or acquired. In return, sports receive financial benefit for their association with a company, product or campaign. Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.