If you’re born a girl in a developing country, you’re more likely to be married off as a child, to not go to school, to live in poverty, to suffer violence or abuse simply because you’re a girl. I consider myself to be a feminist and I’m a mum as well. One of the most shocking things on my recent visit to Guinea Bissau was hearing a father tell me that his 14-year-old daughter was married off to a 30-year-old man. There’s no running water and no electricity in homes outside the capital. We visited one village with 6,000 people. There was one well to serve the entire village. That water is to be used for everything from cleaning to cooking to consuming. We met with a number of families. One family explained how the households are run. For young girls, it’s not safe for them to travel to go to secondary school. The school could be miles and miles away. If families want to send their girl to school she has to leave home and live beside the school. From … [Read more...] about ‘Male teachers raping their students is a big problem’
Why poverty is a big problem
(CPV): Vietnam is facing some emerging challenges in keeping children in schools. The report named "The 2008 EFA Global Monitoring Report: Education for All by 2015 - Will we make it?" reports one million school dropouts in Vietnam. A figure that has been increasing for the past six years and represents the paramount in the region of East Asia with altogether more than three million children not attending school. Ethnicity remains an important barrier for a quality education, which points to the need to recognize the importance of mother tongue based education in the first school years. Marking the midway point to achieve EFA by 2015 the EFA Global Monitoring Report launched in February 2008 is part of the EFA Mid-Term Policy Review Conference for South-East Asia held in Jomtien, Thailand. The report highlights the main challenges and achievements towards reaching Education for All on a global level and renders more precisely on important remedies to education related problems. … [Read more...] about School drop-out rate remains a big problem in Vietnam
Driving the Day ARTHUR ALLEN SCOOP -- “Kushner-backed health care project gets ‘devastating’ review”: “The first stage of a multibillion-dollar military-VA digital health program championed by Jared Kushner has been riddled with problems so severe they could have led to patient deaths, according to a report obtained by POLITICO. “The April 30 report expands upon the findings of a March POLITICO story [https://politi.co/2G8MJOV] in which doctors and IT specialists expressed alarm about the software system, describing how clinicians at one of four pilot centers, Naval Station Bremerton, quit because they were terrified they might hurt patients, or even kill them. Experts who saw the Pentagon evaluation — it lists 156 ‘critical’ or ‘severe’ incident reports with the potential to result in patient deaths — characterized it as ‘devastating.’Story Continued Below “‘Traditionally, if you have more … [Read more...] about Big problems at the VA as Jared-backed health-care project gets ‘devastating’ review
What is “sustainability”? To the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, it means addressing a wide-ranging set of challenges so we can protect this blue marble of life in the black void of space. The organization measures obvious aims, such as action on climate change, responsible consumption, transit, protection of life on land and sea, and clean energy. And it watches the not-so-obvious, including poverty and hunger, gender equity and quality education. The goals are intended “to achieve economic prosperity, flourishing people and a healthy planet.” The organization recently released a report card on how 105 U.S. cities and metros are doing to meet the U.N.’s 2030 sustainability goals. The short answer: Not great. San Francisco was tops, with a score of nearly 70 out of 100. Baton Rouge, La., was at the bottom, scoring 30. The average score nationally was 48.9. The report was compiled by using 57 indicators. Not surprisingly, European … [Read more...] about We’re far from a sustainable world — here’s why that’s a big problem
During his final State of the Union address, Ronald Reagan etched an epitaph onto the tombstone of welfare liberalism: “The federal government declared a war on poverty, and poverty won.” For decades, this was the conservative movement’s single-sentence indictment of the Great Society. In the GOP’s telling, the social safety net didn’t just depress economic growth, and rob job creators of their hard-earned capital gains — it also hurt the very “takers” it was meant to help. By encouraging sloth and dependency, government handouts didn’t cure poverty, so much as perpetuate it. Thus, Paul Ryan could insist that there was no contradiction between his avowed commitment to ending poverty and his tireless efforts to throw poor people off their health insurance. But the Trump White House has mounted a much stranger critique of welfare liberalism, one that is both more realistic — and more sociopathic — than the Reaganite … [Read more...] about Trump Economic Team: Welfare Cuts Poverty. So, Let’s Cut Welfare.
Election Day 2015 — that is Tuesday, in case you didn’t know — finds New York City grappling with problems that feel much bigger than the men and women we have hired to fix them. Well over 57,000 people will sleep in city shelters Tuesday night, including more than 23,000 children. About 21% of New Yorkers are living in poverty, with rates considerably higher among young people and communities of color. NYC SUBWAYS EXPECTED TO BECOME HAVEN FOR HOMELESS IN WINTER And while violent crime has declined overall, those benefits aren’t being felt everywhere. As policy analyst Alex Armlovich of the Manhattan Institute recently made clear in a new report on public housing, “crime in NYCHA developments has — after an initial drop during 2006-09 — since returned to 2006 levels: relative to the rest of the city, New York’s public housing projects are thus far more dangerous now than they were a decade ago.” On these core measures of … [Read more...] about New Yorkers, step up and run: As the Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos trials demonstrate, we’ve got big problems and small politicians