Category archive: Gender

Books, pens, and a strong will are the most powerful weapons when it comes to winning the global literacy battle

Books, pens, and a strong will are the most powerful weapons when it comes to winning the global literacy battle

  “Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons,” says Malala Yousafza. After I listened to 16-year-old education campaigner Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the United Nations in New York today (July 12, 2013), I could not help thinking about the Shafia girls and women, who were victims of a mass honour killing in…

Lauryn Oates: Global ambassador for literacy in Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates: Global ambassador for literacy in Afghanistan

“The real enemy in Afghanistan is illiteracy.” — Colonel Jamie Cade, Canadian Military Coming soon: A profile on Lauryn Oates a human rights activist and development worker focused on education in conflict zones. The Taliban’s “spring offensive” may be under way, but Lauryn just arrived in Kabul as part of her commitment to improving literacy…

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