Half the Sky: Gender Inequality
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Women should be focus of energy expansion plans, says UN

Women should be focus of energy expansion plans, says UN | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Fiona Harvey: Access to energy alone is not enough to combat poverty, says UN report, it needs to be allied with microfinance and education programmes (Women should be focus of energy expansion plans, says UN

Via Flora Moon
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This appears on my page because it shows how women are now becoming a priority on a global scale. It shows how people are recognizing the important of women in these societies, and how they are a gateway to improving the overall health of a society. People that could benefit from reading this are people who do not recognize the importance of women in society. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also has a section on UN foreign aid and the effect of increasing the status of women worldwide.

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Indonesia : Women Farmers of the World head to their IV International Assembly

Within the setting of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, women farmers from Asia, Europe, America and Africa will hold the IV International Women's Assembly on 6 and 7 June, using the slogan Sowing the seeds of action and hope, for feminism and food sovereignty!

Since its birth, Via Campesina has sought to encourage women's participation in all levels of action, requests for power, and representation, as a way of recognising the importance of women in the process of the movement's political construction, and as a way of eradicating all types of gender discrimination.

 


Via Firoze Manji
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This appears on my page because it shows the importance of women standing up for themselves and their rights, intead of waiting for others to. People that could benefit from reading this article are women in similar conditions because it motivates women to stand up for their rights. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also writes about how the women also have to take action to change their futures.

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Goodbye My Chechnya | Photographer: Diana Markosian

Goodbye My Chechnya | Photographer: Diana Markosian | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it

For young girls in Chechnya the most innocent acts could mean breaking the rules.A Chechen girl caught smoking is cause for arrest; while rumors of a couple having sex before marriage can result in an honor killing.

The few girls who dare to rebel become targets in the eyes of Chechen authorities.After nearly two decades of vicious war and 70 years of Soviet rule, during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through Islamic revival. The Chechen government is building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women. This photo essay chronicles the lives of young Muslim girls who witnessed the horrors of two wars and are now coming of age in a republic that is rapidly redefining itself as a Muslim state. - Diana Markosian


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This appears on my page because it shows the troubles of women in countries like Chechnya and how hard every day life is for them. People that could benefit from reading this are women in countries that may take their rights and freedoms for granted, because it provides the perspective of women who are forced to live in these restricting conditions. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also illustrates how easy it is for women in these societies to make perceived transgressions in the eyes of the men.

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The Russian republic of Chechnya has been undergoing an Islamic revival. Having existed under Soviet rule for 70 years before getting caught up in a war with the Russian Federation that lasted almost two decades, the tiny state has turned to Islam in what looks to be an attempt to maintain some semblance of identity and drive a wedge between itself and the land of Putin. The Chechen government is building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women. It might be miles away from Islamabad, but Chechnya's gone Islamamad.

For young women in particular, this has led to a change in what they can expect to do with their lives. Smoking, for instance, is definitely a good reason to spend a night in jail, while premarital sex must seem less attractive when the president of your country has given his public approval to any family who feels like carrying out an honor killing.

Photographer Diana Markosian spent some time in the area getting to know a group of Muslim girls who grew up during the wars, chronicling their coming of age in a region that is rapidly redefining itself as an Islamic state.

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A Donkey Ambulance for Women in Labor in Afghanistan

A Donkey Ambulance for Women in Labor in Afghanistan | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Screenshot: HealthProm Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and a high concentration of donkeys.

Via Thomas Faltin
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This article appears on my page because it highlights how gender inequality has led to maternal mortality and how it can be reduced by providing adequate transportation to the hospital for women in labor. People that would benefit from  reading this article includes people who wish to donate to such charitable organizations, and also, women in these third-world countries where maternal mortality is high so they could know that such resources are available to them. This relates to Half the Sky because it shows a possible solution to reducing maternal mortality, which is mentioned several times throughout the book.

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Aspen Evans's curator insight, April 28, 2014 2:31 PM

I choose this article because the title seemed very odd. This relates to "Half the Sky" because it discuses how women have to ride donkey's to get to the hospital when they are having their babies so they just have them at home and that way no one even knows if they existed. 

 

This relates to movement. 

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Don't Blame Islam For Gul Meena's Attempted Honor Killing

Don't Blame Islam For Gul Meena's Attempted Honor Killing | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Gul Meena was attacked and almost killed by her brother in an "honor killing." But this is not about Islam, it's about the global story of female oppression.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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This article is on my page because it diverts the blame for these brutal beating and honor killings from the religion of Islam to female oppression as a whole. It shows that the religion isn't the problem, it's the whole culture of discrimination against women. People that could benefit from reading this are people who blame Islam or the Quran, because  it offers a different aspect of these brutalities. This relates to Half the Sky becuase Kristof and WuDunn also say in the book that it is the entire way of thinking that women are lesser than men that is contributing to the oppression of women in these countries rather than the actual religion of the men inflicting it.

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Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 5, 2013 10:03 PM

This article briefly tells the story of a woman named Gul Meena, who was married to a 60 year old man when very young. She was severely abused by him, and when she returned to her family, she was abused by them as well. When she tried to escape, she was attacked and almost killed by her brother. While this seems like a story that would make headlines everywhere, as one knows from "Half the Sky," this is not an uncommon occurrance. It is shocking that this happens quite often all over the world. Another point that this article brings up is that religions, like the widely stereotyped and misinterpreted Islam, should not be blamed for these things, because they happen worldwide. Such abuse, both mental and physical, are also not unique to developing countries. In America, there was a case when a preacher made a raped woman "apologize" for "sinning" by getting pregnant. 

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WinSenga Update/Bulletin 22.0 – Uganda rallies to combat maternal deaths

WinSenga Update/Bulletin 22.0 – Uganda rallies to combat maternal deaths | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
From Figo.com website. A group of organisations in Uganda have vowed to improve the country's maternal mortality rates through the implementation of a new programme. The Coalition to Stop Maternal ...

Via Ugtrendz
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This appears on my page because it shows how maternal mortality is being recognized as a global issue and countries are working to decrease the deaths of mothers. People that could benefit from reading this are people in countries that also have high levels of maternal mortality, because it shows how this helps the society as a whole. This relates to Half the Sky because Kristof and WuDunn also write about how different countries are trying to drive down the number of maternal deaths per year.

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New study confirms that gender equity and development go hand-in ...

“A careful look at the data reveals that societies with greater gender equality achieve higher levels of social and economic rights fulfillment for all members,” observed Lawson-Remer in an article published at the Development ...

Via Marc Gomez-Crisostomo
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This appears on my page because it shows how a country cannot develop if they are not allowing their women to contribute. If a country oppresses women, they are only inhibiting their own development. People that could benefit from reading this are people that do not believe that women can contribute to society, becuase this illustrates precise data that disproves bigotry such as that. This relates to Half the Sky because one of the main themes of the book is that countries can only progress if the women in the country are progressing as well.

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Aspen Evans's curator insight, April 28, 2014 2:04 PM

I choose this article because it directly relates to "Half the Sky." It relates because it shows that empowering women can lead to better education systems for girls. When women are in political systems the government improves tremendously. 

 

This article relates to place. 

Robert Slone's curator insight, September 25, 2014 7:03 AM

Gender inequality and education are the most powerful tools a society can have. It can take time and effort but educating women will pay huge dividends.

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Gender income gap continues to widen - People's Daily Online

Gender income gap continues to widen - People's Daily Online | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it

People's Daily Online Gender income gap continues to widen People's Daily Online Although China has made remarkable progress in narrowing gender inequality, challenges including the income gap between men and women remain, said top officials from...


Via bobbygw
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This appears on my page because this shows that even in some of the more developed countries such as China, gender discrimination still exists in the work-place. People that could benefit from reading this are women who are in the work-force, because they could be being discriminated against and not even know it. This relates to Half the Sky because although the book talks about gender discrimination in under-developed countries, it doesn't cover too much about developed countries.

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WOMEN: The Ripple Effect: Women Powering Work Through Microfinance And Entrepreneurship

WOMEN: The Ripple Effect: Women Powering Work Through Microfinance And Entrepreneurship | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it

Ten years after she quit her job at the World Bank to establish the Kashf Foundation, Roshaneh Zafar has proven her critics wrong by showing that women-centered and women-managed microfinance programs in Pakistan can flourish and succeed.


Via The Ashoka Community
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This article appears on my page becuase it recognizes the importance of groups such as these that are encouraging women throughout the world to go into small business ownership. If women have careers, they are less likely to be dependent on their husbands, which promotes independence. This also delays child-birth, which reduces maternal mortality. Poeple who should read this are women in these countries so they can know that things like this are available, and also so they can know the effects of beinning a career. This relates to Half the Sky because it shows the direct effect of women in third-world countries entering the work-force. Half the Sky also refers to such organizations and how it can empower women throughout the world.

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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:27 AM

Because microfinance is fast-tracked compared to other social sector projects, we see women start earning an extra $10, $20, or $30, and things begin to change in the household. Another reason we do microfinance is because of the ripple effect: you change one woman, she's going to change ten more.

Sirila Padi's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:17 PM

This article appears on my page because it displays the fact that microfinancing can easily be used to recognize women who are not letting the bad thigns get to them. There is so much bad out there on women, yet no women are good and useful and are just as important if not more important then men. This article really shows how  microfinancing can be used to create these small businesses. These small buisnesses or microfinance program will provide jobs outside of the house for women and will help show that yes men can work, but so can women. The people that should read or view this is those who think their life has come to an end because there a women. No, you can go out their and use your unique qualities and be an outstanding individual as well as those men. Sometimes women complain about having no oppurtunies, but I think when you find one like this for having a career you should really go after it. This relates to Half the Sky the women in these less developed and developing countries are able to use these microfinance programs to help create a career for themself and not always depend on their spouse.

 

 

Fritz's curator insight, May 8, 2014 1:44 PM

I chose this article because it shows that not everything is negative in this area, and there are people and organizations that are trying to make things better and empower women so that they could help themselves and others. This relates to Half The Sky because in the excerpt, it mentions how one woman completely turned her life around after getting one small loan from a business like this, and starting a business.

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Hijab: A Different Definition of Freedom

Hijab: A Different Definition of Freedom | Half the Sky: Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Hijab: A Different Definition of Freedom http://t.co/WzAFA5Fv...

 

The meaning you ascribe to a cultural artifact is inherently based on your cultural perceptions and values.  While many in the West perceive the hijab to be a symbol of male hegemonic power and female oppression.  In this article that defends the Hijab, it is presented as a distinct form of female liberation.


Via Mr. David Burton, Seth Dixon, Marc Crawford , Mankato East High School
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This is on my page because it offers a different perspective to how clothing affects gender equality. It shows how the women in these societies don't see their restrictive clothing requirements as holding them back, but rather as empowering them. They instead feel that people can appreciate them for their brains and personality rather than body. People that could  benefit from reading this article are any Westerners that feel sorry for these women because of the way ther are required to dress. It gives the perspective of the women in these societies. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also has a section about how the women in these societies actually feel sorry for the women in our societies that have to change their bodies and clothing to please men, and how they are angry when people feel bad for them.

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