Valeria Perasso Published 9 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing In a textbook for students in Tanzania, boys are strong and athletic, while girls just look proud of their pretty frilly dresses. In a primary school reader in Haiti, pupils learn that mothers "take care of the kids and prepare the food" as fathers work "in an office". There's a Pakistani illustrated book where all politicians, authoritative and powerful, are male. In Turkey, a cartoon of a boy shows him dreaming of becoming a doctor. Meanwhile a girl imagines herself as a future bride in white gown. The list goes on - and knows no geographical boundaries. Gender bias is rife in primary school learning books and can be found, in a strikingly similar form, on every continent, various experts say. It is a problem "hidden in plain sight". "There are stereotypes of … [Read more...] about 100 Women: ‘We can’t teach girls of the future with books of the past’
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Valeria Perasso Published 2 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing "We have a lot of yams, we just need buyers," says Rosalina Ballesteros. In Montes de Maria, the hilly region on the northern coast of Colombia where she lives and works, they had a particularly good harvest this year - but demand is low and yams are rotting. So the community put out a call for help - via YouTube. "We want to invite you to buy yams and help us," says the farmer in a 40-second video that went viral in Colombia. "Yams are good for arthritis, for constipation and during the menopause," her fellow female farmers-turned-YouTubers add enthusiastically, marketing their produce. Farmer Ainagul Abdrakhmanova, a 32-year-old mother-of-five, also asked for support, but in her case from a women's self-help group that gathers in her remote mountainous village in central Kyrgystan. … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Are rural women smashing the glass ceiling of agriculture?
Stuff Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand "embraced" the 'Indo-Pacific' view of the world, in a foreign policy speech given to an audience in Wellington in June 2021. EXPLAINER: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been travelling around Europe this past week talking about it . The United States has signed up New Zealand to an economic strategy for it . And it’s now a common feature of political-speak across the world. But what is the “Indo-Pacific”? New Zealand, a nation understood to be in the Pacific, and the Asia-Pacific beyond that, has been late to discover this seemingly new region. Of course, the Indo-Pacific not new. This definition of the region has acquired a new meaning, however. And, given you will be hearing more about the Indo-Pacific in the future, here’s an explanation of where it’s come from, and what it is. READ MORE: PM Jacinda Ardern's message to President Joe Biden before US trip: Get on board with free trade Pawns of the … [Read more...] about Explainer: Why you keep hearing about the ‘Indo-Pacific’