What’s one of the most potent tools for cutting teenage births and fighting poverty? MTV's 16 and Pregnant, which an analysis found reduced teenage births by 20,000 each year.
"To put that achievement in context," Nicholas Kristof writes, “I’ve been fulminating about the teenage birthrate for years, and I don’t think I’ve averted a single birth.”
Read more via The New York Times.
Libya has issued a decree that will recognize women who were raped during the 2011 uprising as war victims entitling them to compensation equal to that of wounded soldiers. Pro-Gaddafi forces are alleged to have used rape as a weapon during the revolution. Financial assistance, physical and psychological health care services will be provided to the women.
Read more via BBC News.
Wednesday inspiration from Toni Morrison, born this week in 1931. Morrison is the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Happy Galentine’s Day! 5 talks to help you celebrate the ladies in your life:
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the day we all love to love (or) hate, where we get to smother our loved ones with praise, adoration, and heart-shaped chocolates.
But today, today is Galentine’s Day, the day created by the fictitious Leslie Knope of the television show Parks and Recreation for women to honor the women in their life.
“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrate ladies.”
Here at TEDx we’re no strangers to the myriad of contributions smart, savvy, and super awesome women are contributing to the modern world, and we’ve got some talks to prove it.
So, in honor of Galentine’s Day, and hard-working, butt-kicking ladies everywhere, 5 TEDx Talks that Leslie Knope would be proud of:
Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls
In this talk at TEDxWomen 2012, Shabana Basij-Rasikh discusses how she and her sister risked their lives by going to a secret school after the Taliban outlawed school for girls in Afghanistan. Hers is a talk that will make you feel privileged to even have a chance to watch classmates throw spitballs in geometry class. A must-watch for anyone — male or female — who’s ever not wanted to get up and go to school.
Soap saves: Renée Botta at TEDxDUChange
Renée Botta works in improving sanitation measures in slums in Nairobi. When she learned of a woman in a neighboring slum making homemade soap, she thought the process would be a good way for community members to get involved in improving local sanitation — until she met Helen — a single mother who decided to not only make this special soap herself, but also to sell it, as a way to become financially independent and take her health, her family’s, and her community’s into her own hands.
A teen still just figuring it out: Tavi Gevinson at TEDxTeen
In this talk, 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson, the editor of Rookie magazine, discusses modern media’s portrayal of women, and her struggle to find portrayals of women that actually resemble real women she knows. When she looked at media representations of teen girls, she ran into the same dead ends, she says, so she decided to take matters into her own hands, and create a space where the content was not just aimed at teenage girls, but made by teenage girls as well.
I’m an astronaut … and a woman: Nicole Stott at TEDxSugarLand
In this inspiring talk from TEDxSugarLand, astronaut Nicole Stott tells her story of becoming an aeronautical engineer and going into space, drawing inspiration from the women who came before her. “I was usually the only girl in my [classes],” she says in her talk, “but I never really noticed it. I never noticed it unless somebody else pointed it out to me. And I think that’s because I was studying something I loved to do, and all the people around me were studying something they love to do as well.”
Why you fear math: Laura Overdeck at TEDxWestVillageWomen
In this talk, mathematician Laura Overdeck explains how adults reinforce the stereotype that boys are naturally better at math and science than girls. “If you give men and women a quiz with math,” she says, “and for some of them, at the beginning they’re asked to check off their gender … the women who have on their test [the question] asking them to check off their gender, do worse than the women who didn’t have that question. Just being reminded that you’re female makes you do worse on a math test.” She has ideas to change this — just watch.
Bonus: TEDWomen talks from Ms. Knope’s heroes, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton:
- Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat
- Hillary Clinton’s surprise TEDWomen talk on empowering women and girls
Photo via Salon.
We’re revisiting this playlist from last year, because it is once again Galentine’s Day, and like our friends at smartgirlsattheparty, we want to celebrate.
“The Women’s Rights Campaigning: Info-Activism Toolkit by Tactical Technology Collective is a new guide for women’s rights activists, advocates, NGOs and community based organizations who want to use technology tools and practices in their campaigning. This has been developed in collaboration with advocacy organizations from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Egypt.” Via Global Voices Online.
This is What Everyday Sexism Feels Like…to a Man
What does a day in the life of a woman look like? Maybe it’s easier to see if the woman is a man. Oppressed Majority is a French short by Éléonore Pourriat uses role reversals to shine a new light on the micro-aggressions and macro-aggressions that are an all-too-common part of the female experience. The result is more thought-provoking than laugh-inducing.