5 Articles About Girls’ Education that You Must Read this Week

Ending forced marriage. Giving orphans the opportunity for an education. Reforming sex education to teach consent.

These are just three petitions that are trying to improve educational opportunities for girls.

But there are so many issues affecting girls’ education. From access to education for children inside war-torn Syria to addressing sexual assault on college campuses in the United States, issues that impact girls’ education are the frequent subjects of headlines around the world.

We combed the internet to pull out some of the most interesting and thought-provoking coverage of global educational issues. We hope that after reading these, you’ll feel more empowered to speak to these issues, decide what actions will make a difference, and make real change.

Here are 5 articles about girls’ education you should read this week:

  1. What Life is Like for Children of War Torn Aleppo via Time Magazine: “Save the Children says that last month, 16 of the 46 schools they support were hit either directly or indirectly by air strikes. Now parents are too frightened to send their children to school, and prefer for them to stay at home or even shelter underground to ensure they’re protected if bombing begins.”   

  2. Feds Deny Student Visa to Ugandan Teen Orphan via IndyStar: “Jared Hill and his wife did not want to adopt the teen orphan permanently; instead they wanted to give her an American education and allow her to return to her homeland to help others with her skills. So they sought an F-1 visa, also known as a student visa, to bring her to the United States to live with them in their north-side home.The only problem? The federal government denied Gloria, now 14, a student visa, saying they feared she would come here and never leave.”

  3. How Colleges Would Have Handled the Nate Parker Case Today via The Atlantic: “But the incident, which took place when they were students at Pennsylvania State University in 1999, also brings to the fore questions about how much schools have—and have not—done in the intervening years to adequately address campus sexual assault and the actions they would be required to take had this happened in 2016. The answer, according to Carol Tracy, the executive director of the Women’s Law Project and an attorney for the woman: not enough.”

  4. Talent Matters: In the Push for STEM, Women Don’t Have to Get Left Behind via The Washington Post: “Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are often lauded as the way of the future, but in one way they feel stuck in the past: gender diversity. In the U.S. alone, where gender diversity is more advanced than in many countries, women make up 46 percent of the civilian labor force but only 26 percent of STEM occupations...New graduates entering the workforce will not close this gender gap. Only about 18 percent of women take STEM courses at the university level and women make up just 31 percent of the total STEM graduate population.”

  5. Why are So Many of Britain’s Teen Girls Struggling with Mental Health Problems? via The Telegraph: “Now a new study shows a worrying rise in mental health problems among teenagers in the UK. According to the Department of Education, which spoke to 30,000 pupils aged 14-15, more than one in three teen girls suffer from anxiety or depression. It's a rise of 10 per cent in the past decade, leading experts to call it a "slow-growing epidemic."Out of the girls surveyed, 37 per cent had three or more symptoms of psychological distress, for example feeling worthless or unable to concentrate, compared to 15 per cent of boys. In fact, depression and anxiety in boys had actually fallen since 2005.”

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