Girls Do Science

Interesting read! I completed a Bachelor of Science myself 🙂

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In “Girls Do Science,” a video from Microsoft released for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we hear from young girls who like science – a lot. But in some cases, they already feel discouraged from pursuing it because of the stereotype that science is more for boys than girls. Seven out of 10 girls are interested in science but only 2 in 10 will pursue it as a career. “I built a garage door opener and I’m working on my own website,” says Anya, one girl in the video. Then she is handed a letter from Microsoft. “Dear Anya, Keep opening those garage doors. Our doors will always be open for you.” Also this week, “Big Dream,” an inspiring film about seven young women breaking barriers as they follow their passion in the STEM fields, was shown at South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu), a spinoff of…

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A voice for the voiceless

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When I first came across this poster I was struck by its creativity and impact. The voices of many women globally continue to be left unheard while others decide their lifestyle and futures. I have touched on many issues where women and girls have faced distressing circumstances like child marriage, FGM, acid attacks and death. It is up to us to stand up for these women and set the wheels in motion, giving them the strength to move forward on their own.

This poster was created by the very talented Mark Retzloff whose original post can be found at http://markretzloff.com/portfolio/print/doing-justice-becoming-a-voice-for-the-voiceless/

For more of his brilliant work, visit http://markretzloff.com/

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Attacked by acid for ‘looking at a boy’

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She turned.

It was him.

Soft eyes.

Ruffled hair.

It was quick.

A glance.

He smiled.

She looked away.

 And in a flash it was over.

The beginning of what sounds like a typical teenage summer romance novel had a very frightening ending for young ‘Anusha’. The fifteen year old girl was doused in acid by her parents for the crime of ‘looking at a boy’, who rode past on his motorcycle. The girl suffered burns to 60% of her body and was shamed for bringing ‘dishonour’ to her family.

Acid Crimes have been ongoing in some parts of the world and victims are predominantly women. It has become such a global issue not only for the implications on women’s physical health but also mental wellbeing. The facial disfigurement and subsequent shunning experienced by women render them vulnerable and voiceless in countries where women are already treated as second-class citizens.

We all remember Dana Vulin, the Perth beauty who was brutally attacked by the jealous girlfriend of a boy she met at a New Years Eve Party. The shock and outrage by the public and the sheer amount of support she received helped Dana to make a remarkable recovery, both physically and emotionally. She was such an inspiration and her story gave us so much hope.

The thousands of women who are being attacked by acid across the globe have no one to hear their voices, no supporters, no means of recovering; they are condemned to a life of shame for the crimes others have committed. Their attackers walk free.

By sharing stories like Anusha’s we can do our part in raising awareness and working towards a society where justice will always be served.

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