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Child marriage comes with a heavy cost for young girls in Africa – but there’s one clear way out

Child marriage comes with a heavy cost for young girls in Africa – but there’s one clear way out

650 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday. That’s one of the startling figures contained in a 2021 UNICEF report about child marriage. Africa’s sub-Saharan region is home to nine of the ten countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Ingrained traditions and cultural practices typically entrench such early marriages. […] … learn more→

Jane Goodall joins Barbie’s ‘inspiring women’ series: the strange evolution of an iconic doll

Jane Goodall joins Barbie’s ‘inspiring women’ series: the strange evolution of an iconic doll

In news many probably never expected to see, no-frills, outdoorsy, animal behaviour expert and conservation activist Jane Goodall has become a Barbie doll (accompanied by her famous chimpanzee, David Greybeard). As the latest member of toymaker Mattel’s “Barbie Inspiring Women Series” honouring historical and contemporary heroines, she joins aviator Amelia Earhart, NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson and […] … learn more→

‘Suburban living did turn women into robots’: why feminist horror novel The Stepford Wives is still relevant, 50 years on

‘Suburban living did turn women into robots’: why feminist horror novel The Stepford Wives is still relevant, 50 years on

On August 26 1970, 50,000 women marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City in a Women’s Strike. Organised by feminist activist Betty Friedan, the march highlighted the fact women still performed the vast majority of domestic work. The Women’s Liberation Movement wanted many things in 1970, but one of the most important was freedom from […] … learn more→

How to deal with the increase in cases of antisocial behavior in adolescents

How to deal with the increase in cases of antisocial behavior in adolescents

There are more and more cases of children and adolescents who show aggressive behavior, instability and who commit crimes. Coping with this situation requires taking into account different risk factors that affect each person differently. Factors related to unfavorable social environments, inappropriate family educational styles or mental health problems draw a complex scenario that calls for interdisciplinary […] … learn more→

From superficial to intimate relationships: these are the ties that define our social fabric

From superficial to intimate relationships: these are the ties that define our social fabric

Throughout our lives and, as social beings that we are, we form different ties with our equals. From the superficial and instrumental, of courtesy, to the most intimate of communication, trust and deep affection. In this way we are building a network of relationships that constitute our social fabric . Four levels of approach Depending on the degree of […] … learn more→

Arming teachers – an effective security measure or a false sense of security?

Arming teachers – an effective security measure or a false sense of security?

In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, some elected officials are making calls anew for teachers to be armed and trained to use firearms to protect the nation’s schools. 1. What does the public think about arming teachers? According to a 2021 poll, 43% of Americans supported policies that allow school personnel to carry guns […] … learn more→

19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas elementary school shooting – 3 essential reads on America’s relentless gun violence

19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas elementary school shooting – 3 essential reads on America’s relentless gun violence

At least 19 children and two adults were killed when a teenage gunman shot them at a Texas elementary school on May 24, 2022 – the latest mass shooting in a country in which such incidents have become common. A lot remains unknown about the attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small, predominantly Latino town […] … learn more→

Talking to children about the slave trade:

Talking to children about the slave trade: “Alma”, the story of a novel

If the history of slavery has given rise to several recent works – whether we think of Beloved by Toni Morrison or Twelve Years a Slave by Steve McQueen, adapted from the testimony of Solomon Northup – it remains a complex subject to approach in the literature for young people. How, indeed, to introduce children and adolescents to the knowledge, highly […] … learn more→

The three magic words to deal with bullying

The three magic words to deal with bullying

Peer violence at school, whether physical or mental, often occurs without the knowledge of teachers or caregivers at the school. That is why the newly created figure of the child welfare and protection coordinator is important . This is a person with a specific profile and a delicate and fundamental task, a new figure that each school and institute […] … learn more→

To counter infox and propaganda, fact-checking is not enough

To counter infox and propaganda, fact-checking is not enough

The encounter with individuals holding conspiratorial speeches or relaying “foxys” is always surprising. Just as the Parisians of Montesquieu , meeting for the first time people from elsewhere, exclaimed “How can one be Persian? », the temptation is great to react with amazement and to ask « How is this possible? » When it comes to people who are relatively […] … learn more→