Quote of the week

It seems that religiously conservative fathers were more likely to send their daughters to school after the revolution than before. With higher female enrollment and literacy came later marriages and a steep reduction in desired family size. It is ironic that the Bush administration’s attitudes toward family planning are in many ways more fundamentalist than Iran’s.

– Jeffrey D. Sachs


Anti-abortion climate ‘will deter new generation of doctors’

A spokesperson for the BPAS said: “Abortion is a vital yet stigmatised area of women’s healthcare which few doctors train in. The current politicisation of abortion provision is likely to make it even harder to recruit a future generation of abortion doctors who are prepared to provide the care that a third of women will need in the course of their lifetimes.”

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Source : The Guardian

Women’s Voices from Quito

The campaign was an initiative of the city of Quito, but has reached a national scale — it has gathered more than 11,000 original letters, according to the latest counts. The campaign is already exhibiting its results in Quito’s Contemporary Art Center. Once it is over, the most representative stories will be disseminated through radio and television and even become cinema productions. The most important expectation from the campaign, though, is that the city’s government policies on gender will be inspired by real problems and effective solutions coming from these letters.

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Source : Polis


Without consent: the truth about forced marriage

The situation where someone says, ‘Marry this man or you will be killed,’ is very extreme. People don’t say that often. What they say is, ‘Marry this man or your mother will kill herself and your university funding will be cut off.’”

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Source : The Guardian

Quote of the week – Education

And although literacy rates are notoriously difficult to assess, there is sufficient evidence (mostly drawn from signatures) that between 1640 and 1700, the literacy rate for men in Massachusetts and Connecticut was somewhere between 89 percent and 95 percent, quite probably the highest concentration of literate males to be found anywhere in the world at that time.2 (The literacy rate for women in those colonies is estimated to have run as high as 62 percent in the years 1681-1697.3)

– Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman