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Please stop honour killings

Whenever the topic of honour killings comes up, the first thing that crops up in most minds is Pakistan. This is not surprising since news items of honour killings and honour attacks off and on appear in the media. Honour killing is a cultural reality in Pakistan. According to the UN, more than
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So many honor killings happen each year that are never known about and that go unnoticed. People try to connect them to religions to make the reason for the killing seem valid. I find this very wrong especially because it is the husbands, brothers, fathers, uncle and other male relatives that are doing the killings. I think that it is a violation of human rights not only because of the way that these women are being killed, but also because it is considered the right thing to do. 

 

Half the Sky also talked about how in India there is a bride burning every 2 hours.

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YEMEN: Female education remains key challenge

YEMEN: Female education remains key challenge | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
The government says the gender gap with regard to education is “considerable”. While national illiteracy rates stand at about 30 percent for men, they exceed 67 percent for women, it says. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says access to education is one of the biggest challenges facing children in Yemen today, especially girls.
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I choose this article because it tells about the gender gap in Yemen and how there is such a large gender gap there especially with education. It talks about how there is a negative outlook on females getting an education there. I think it is important to hear that some people aren't as lucky to be accepted and that things need to change. 

 

Both this article and Half the Sky have stories of women who lived in places where a girls education isn't necessarily as important as a boys education and that is completely okay with people there. Both of the women fought for their rights to go get an education. 

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Maddie Morris's curator insight, May 7, 2014 9:35 PM

This article talks about how education is frowned upon for women in Yemen. Education is a major part of women inequality. Without education how do women know that they have another option other than being bossed around all the time. I choose this article because it is unfair to women to be controlled like this.

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Syrian women refugees humiliated, exploited in Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Syrian women refugees humiliated, exploited in Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Many female Syrian refugees in Turkey endure sexual harassment and exploitation by employers, prospective husbands and male kin.
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In this article, the boss that was harassing Dima made a sad but true point; that some women are so desperate to earn money that they would actually probably accept his offers. It tells of how girls and women are being abused in Turkey and being sold in to prostitution by their husbands. One of the stories talks about a girl who had to drop out of school and become a housewife after she was married. Similarly in Half the Sky there were stories of girls being sold into the sex trafficking ring. There was also a story about Tinashe who had to quit school because she got married much like Mariam, the girl in the story. 

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Illiterate female workers susceptible to exploitation

Illiterate female workers susceptible to exploitation | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Rawalpindi, Jan 20: Lack of education is unfortunately making women related to home industry susceptible to exploitation at the hands of middle men as they work day in and day out and still find it hard to make both ends meet. “Hard work and low returns is badly affecting the psyche of these women and…
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I think that this article shows just how important it is for females to receive education.These females are being taken advantage of because of their lack of education they do not understand that they aren't being treated fairly.

 

Like in Half the Sky these women want their daughters to be educated so that they aren't exploited or dependent on males to take care of them and so that they are strong and independent. 

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It's Not the 'Confidence Gap' – Here's What's Really Holding Women Back

It's Not the 'Confidence Gap' – Here's What's Really Holding Women Back | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Let's stop blaming women and start talking about the real ways we can reach gender equality in the workplace.
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These reasons about how to create gender equality in the workplace actually do tie in to the Half the Sky article. In this article it says that society basically thinks that the man should be working while the woman runs the household. It also says that women aren't assertive because they will be punished for it. This happens in Half the Sky with Tinashe, she was beaten when trying to educate herself. Many more brides would be killed for doing this in a bride burning. 

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Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger - Project Eve

Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger - Project Eve | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger

Via Sylvia Brallier
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This picture says that hunger will be reduced with women's increased equality. I curated this because it shows what we need to do to help address problems, what the gender gaps are how to get there. 

 

Both this and the Half the Sky article say that to help reduce hunger and poverty we need to let women own land, help women with employment and education to close the gender gap. 

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Women empowerment is tool for advancing development - Dep. Minister | VibeGhana.com

Mrs Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said empowering women is a proven and necessary tool for advancing development and
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Dzifa Gomashie reminds me of Jo Luck, the president of Heifer, an organization that gives farm animals to farmers in poor countries. Both women are fighting to give women power in their families, homes and communities. I think that this article is important because it shows that these women might need a boost of confidence and power. Many of them can't achieve this equality and empowerment by themselves, they may need a push from women like Dzifa and Jo. 

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Gender Inequality in the Labor Market: Don't Call It a Wage Gap

Gender Inequality in the Labor Market: Don't Call It a Wage Gap | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
When President Obama announced the Paycheck Fairness Act on Equal Pay Day this week, we applauded his efforts to address the so-called "gender wage gap" but, from a data point of view, mourn the fact that he, like many others before him, is...
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I think that this article is important because it will be directly affecting me in just a few years. It covers how women still don't earn as much as men do in the workplace. It also talks about how men are doing more of the higher paying jobs in higher fields such as STEMs and how women do more of the lower paying jobs. 

 

In Saima's story this came up because no one really expected her to do anything or to make any money until her business took off and she proved that women aren't helpless and can survive and flourish without being dependent on a man. 

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Why women | Microfinance from CARE International UK

Why women | Microfinance from CARE International UK | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Most of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people are women. Microfinance lets them provide for their families at home and increase their status...
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I curated this article because it shows how a little bit of money to a women in need can help change her life and go such a long way. 

 

This relates to Saima's story of how she received a bit of money from an organization and how it completely turned her life around and changed people's minds around her about what women can do. 

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Empowering Women through Education: Promoting Gender Equality: UNFPA

Empowering Women through Education: Promoting Gender Equality: UNFPA | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
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Both this article and the Half the Sky passage say that education is very important for girls and women. A women with an education can get a better job and will reduce the amount of children they will have. Women and the world in general benefit from female education. 

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Girl-child education gets DFID support

Girl-child education gets DFID support | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 - The government on Thursday launched a programme that aims to improve girl-child education performance in the country, supported by the UK
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Girls around the world are not receiving the education that they should be. Especially girls that live in slums and not urban areas. More programs are being made to help them achieve getting an education as good as those getting one in an urban area. 

 

Both articles talk about how helping students and their families out with some costs of school can increase the number of children that attend. 

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Colors of Gambian Women’s Exploitation

Colors of Gambian Women’s Exploitation | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Women the world over have been and are continually been exploited in varied forms and levels by politicians, employers, societies, families and male counterparts. The first generation of women who braced social scorn to spotlight their deplorable conditions and exploitations were branded “feminists” denoting negative…
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Both articles talk about how females have been abused and exploited in different ways. Girls like Saima who was beaten by her husband and brother-in-law and Abbas who was sold into the sex trafficking business. I think that it is important to recognize how women are being exploited and bring light upon how they are forced into things because they need to keep their jobs. 

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Palestinian Women Unite to End Honor Killings - The Borgen Project

Palestinian Women Unite to End Honor Killings - The Borgen Project | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Human rights activists are calling for change against the honor killings of Palestinian women, perpetrated by male family members.
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It is important, in this article, to understand what is happening to women around the world. Not just in Palestine, but everywhere in the world including the United States, women are being killed for doing something seen as "wrong." These honor killings are regular, encouraged and not frowned upon by many societies because according to them the women must have deserved it. It is wrong an should not be encouraged and people need to take a stand against it. 

 

One part of the article talked about how brides are killed for not being able to pay their dowry or even to just get rid of the bride so that the husband can marry again. 

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World leaders must not overlook gender inequality in fight against poverty

World leaders must not overlook gender inequality in fight against poverty | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Christian Aid is calling on the world to do a better job of fighting gender inequality in order to fight poverty better.
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The Half the Sky reading and this article both state that the way to end poverty or to help fight it is to close the gender gap. Women need to be educated to help fight it. This means putting more young girls into school so that they can learn and catch up to the males. Until that happens poverty will exist. 

 

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Step up fight against sex trafficking

Step up fight against sex trafficking | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
We are haunted by the voice of Jasmine Marino-Fiandaca. Bravely and clearly, she told us of her time in "the life" of prostitution.
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It is important for us to know and learn that one thing someone offers could be too good to be true. This happened to a woman named Jasmine and also in the article Half the Sky to Abbas. Both were offered a job that seemed harmless but then were pulled in to something very dangerous, sex trafficking. I choose this article because it is definitely a major issue right now around the world, but it seems like a lot of the time it goes unnoticed for people in other places where girls just disappear. 

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