Girl basketball players in Saudi Arabia need sneakers, a net, and courage JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In Saudi Arabia, there are many restrictions on what a woman can and cannot do. Now, a group of women and girls in the kingdom are pushing back by playing basketball. Women's basketball is becoming popular in the Middle East's largest country. Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Was Drawn to Politics by Dad Correction Appended: Oct. 17, 2012 Malala Yousafzai is only 14 years old, but she has always come off as preternaturally mature, able — even at 11 — to talk about serious issues like education and terrorism and her native Pakistan’s troubled relations with India. The attempt on her life and the ensuing medical emergency have made her a hero to a greater audience. But in the patriarchal and conservative Muslim world she grew up in, a pioneer like Malala would not have been possible without another hero: her father.
The Obamas want the U.S. to help educate more girls around the world WASHINGTON — Today, more than 60 million girls around the world are not in school. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced this week a new program that will try to help these girls get an education. The program is called Let Girls Learn. It will join another program started last year by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Education, Nutrition, Protection Apes have rights too, court rules A court in Argentina has decided that an ape has the same rights as a human. It is the first time a court has ruled that. Human rights were granted to a female orangutan. She lives at the Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina. The ruling will change the life of the orangutan forever. It also may help to set other animals free.
Girls Denied Education Worldwide Where are all the girls?I am the first child of my parents. I have a small brother at home. If the first child were a son, my parents might be happy and would be confident as their future is assured by having a son. But I am a daughter. First lady in Asia: "Change the world," help 62 million girls go to school TOKYO — About 62 million girls around the world are not in school. Calling this an "injustice," Michelle Obama and Japan's first lady promised to work together to help girls get an education. The American first lady was on a visit to Japan and Cambodia.
How One Student Got Her School District to Ban Glue Traps Thanks to Abby Reiman, a passionate young animal advocate and 11th-grade student, the public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, will no longer have glue traps on their campuses! In case you weren’t already aware, glue traps are inhumane “pest control” devices that consist of a board coated with a sticky adhesive designed to ensnare any small animal who wanders onto its surface. The victims of these devices aren’t limited to mice and rats—birds, frogs, insects, and even kittens are easily caught in these torture traps.
Because I am a Girl - Girls’ education Every girl has a right to an education, but close to 62 million girls around the world are not in school, and even more struggle to remain where they belong – in the classroom. Every day, girls are taken out of school, married far too young, and subjected to violence in school. And yet, it’s proven that with an education, girls can lift themselves – and everyone around them – out of poverty. The facts on education for girls For every extra year a girl stays in school, her income can increase by 15 to 25%There is a 20% increase in child survival when household income is in a mother’s handsIf 10% more girls attend school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3%When a girl receives more education, she is 6X less likely to be married as a child and will have 2.2 fewer, yet healthier children who are more likely to go to school themselvesEach extra year of a mother’s schooling cuts infant mortality by between 5 and 10% The facts are clear.
Malala Yousafzai - Biography - Women's Rights Activist, Children's Activist As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Synopsis Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. Abby Reiman Just Made Virginia Safer for Animals Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools will no longer have “torture trays” hidden in the dark shadows of classrooms, thanks to rockin’ animal activist and high school junior Abby Reiman! Abby on left. :P After Abby learned the truth about glue traps—that they ensnare small animals, who experience slow agonizing deaths and are thrown away with the trash—she immediately investigated to find out if there were any traps lurking around her school.
New freedoms of Afghan women under threat KABUL, Afghanistan — Shahgol Shah was just 11 when her family married her to a man she didn't choose. She never went to school, and spent her life raising seven children. Today, Shah, who is 50, still obeys an Afghan custom that forbids women to leave home without a male relative. In public, she wears a burka, the long cloak covering her entire body worn by some Muslims for modesty. Her face is hidden by a shawl. “That’s our tradition,” Shah says. The 10 Countries Where Life is Worse for Women - Worst Countries For Women Just like in the United States, where some states rise above others when it comes to women, while some countries are leading the way for treatment of women, others lag way behind. Whether it's in the realm of education, economics, or abuse, these countries have some serious strides to make. India India's vast size and strongly rooted history in patriarchy means that conditions for women vary quite a bit from one end to the other. Equal rights exist for women according to the Indian constitution, but difficulties for Indian women are still plentiful—68 percent of women in the world's second largest nation suffer from some sort of domestic violence, and it continues to grow.
Voting to give bears a fair chance NEW YORK — It's been a big news year for bears, especially in Maine. Voters there face a question on Nov. 4 that has troubled other states with large numbers of bears. Maine wants to keep its bear population low. Malala Receives Europe's Biggest Human Rights Prize "Sakharov" ~ Malala Yousafzai The news is that, Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban in the head has received another yet the biggest European human rights prize called "Sakharov" which is one of the major prizes got by many other international personalities such as South Africa's Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma, while Malala is the first Pakistani who got this prize. She is the youngest person who got this prize. The European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, presented the award to the 16-year-old activist who already got many awards in the past.