Friday, 3 May 2013

Promote gender equality and empower women

This is a religion project we researched throughout our religion classes this year. Each group was given a different Millennium Development Goal at the start of the year, my group was assigned Goal number 3, Promote gender equality and empower woman. The idea of this goal is to eliminate gender disparity in all levels of education, increase employment rights among women and improve womens access to land and agriculture, by 2015. Although almost all countries have made significant progress, especially in education, employment and agriculture, judging by the slow paced progress, we do not believe Millennium development goal number 3 will be met by the year 2015. This is our completed project;

Monday, 29 April 2013

No women need apply!

Disheartening 1938 Rejection Letter from Disney Animation

Imagine getting this emplyment rejection letter-  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen,” it flatly states, “as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school.” Your only remaining hope? To aim lower on the totem pole and become an “Inker” or “Painter,” but “it would not be advisable to come to Hollywood with the above specifically in view, as there are really very few openings in comparison with the number of girls who apply.”

What response would this letter get today?

Watch this film about how Disney made their animations. Where are the women?

Original post from Open Culture

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Africa's Daughters - a struggle out of poverty

Two Ugandan girls with big dreams… Challenging their culture, defying the odds… In a country where a high school education is generally reserved for boys.

Hoctavia is one of 31 children, most of whom dropped out of school. Ruth lives in a tiny apartment in one of Kampala’s poorest neighborhoods with her mother and three siblings. Graduating from high school is the only way they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Like millions of girls in Africa who will never move beyond primary school, their challenges are not unique. Their journey is.


Learning Questions
1. Out of every 100 children in Uganda, how many go to High School? How many of this fraction are girls?
2. How many girls in Uganda will graduate from High School?
3. What motivates Hoctavia most to keep striving for an education?
4. What happened in Ruth’s life to encourage her to become a neurosurgeon?
5. In the film, Ruth comments, “When you educate a girl, it’s almost like educating a whole nation”. What does she mean by this?
6. Why do you think the filmmaker made this film?

Women die needlessly in Somaliland

Hinda, 32, did not have meat for 6 months, she had 8 children and her husband wanted as many children as she could give him. Listen to her story below.

Gender and the Caste system in India

Would you like to be an 'untouchable' woman in India?

Gender issues in Sierra Leone

What was life like for women in Sierra Leone during the civil war?

Look what one woman is doing to improve the lives of young girls today.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Aisling and Cliodhna just uploaded a thought provoking video from Trocaire. See can you guess what the problem is ...before the end of the video.