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World: UNICEF Report Finds 65 Million Girls Are Being Denied Access To Basic Education

World: UNICEF Report Finds 65 Million Girls Are Being Denied Access To Basic Education | Themes of Examination Day | Scoop.it
In its annual report, released today, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says international development efforts are drastically short-changing girls. The report says 9 million more girls than boy...
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Taliban treatment of women - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

While in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban became notorious internationally for their treatment of women. The stated aim of the Taliban was to create a "secure environments where the chasteness and dignity of women may once again be sacrosanct,"[1] reportedly based on Pashtunwali beliefs about living in purdah.[2]

Afghan women were forced to wear the burqa at all times in public, because, according to one Taliban spokesman, "the face of a woman is a source of corruption" for men not related to them.[3] In a systematic segregation sometimes referred to as gender apartheid, women were not allowed to work, they were not allowed to be educated after the age of eight, and until then were permitted only to study the Qur'an.

Women seeking an education were forced to attend underground schools, where they and their teachers risked execution if caught.[4][5] They were not allowed to be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone, which led to illnesses remaining untreated. They faced public flogging and execution for violations of the Taliban's laws.[6][7] The Taliban allowed and in some cases encouraged marriage for girls under the age of 16. Amnesty International reported that 80 percent of Afghan marriages were considered to be arranged by force.[8][when?]

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North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years

North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years | Themes of Examination Day | Scoop.it
Born in a prison camp, Shin Dong-hyuk describes how three generations of a family are incarcerated if one family member is considered disloyal. Anderson Cooper reports.
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