Gender Equality in the Education Sector – June 2017

A key element in Swedish development cooperation is ensuring that children living in poverty and in other vulnerable situations, particularly girls, complete quality education without discrimination.1 Gender equality in education strengthens quality, provides an appropriate learning environment for both girls and boys, and ensures that students leaving secondary school have an awareness of gender equality. This is in line with the global commitment to “leaving no one behind” as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs strongly encourage countries to focus on both achieving inclusive and quality…

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Issues of food and gender to take the spotlight at UCLA

New faculty, curriculum and a lecture series presented by UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women are encouraging students to examine the social meanings and gender assumptions inherent in food, from its production, to the way it is marketed and consumed. On Wednesday Oct. 26, in conjunction with UCLA’s Food Week and in partnership with the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, the center will highlight new gender studies adjunct assistant professor Rachel Vaughn as she talks about her book-in-progress “Talking Trash: Oral Histories of Food In/Security from the Margins of a…

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Wellbeing of girls a concern amid report citing a widening gender gap among children’s life experiences

Three new reports from the United Kingdom show that the number of girls reporting to be unhappy is increasing at disturbing rates, with much of the rise related to bullying and body issues. UNESCO photo: Niamh Burke   Instead of happily anticipating the new school year, more and more girls are experiencing stress, according to The Good Childhood Report, a study produced by the Children’s Society and the University of York. Over a five-year span the report shows that the number of girls aged 10 to 15 expressing unhappiness has…

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University wipes out gender pay gap with salary hike

A UK university is giving its female professors a one-off salary hike to wipe out the gender pay gap with their male colleagues. The University of Essex is raising female professors’ pay, to bring their average salaries level with the men. It comes as UK pay data analysis by the Times Higher Education says full-time female academics are paid 11% less than men. Essex said the move was motivated by “impatience” for change over the issue. Vice-chancellor Anthony Forster said other steps dedicated to improving women’s promotion chances had failed…

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