Email The World Today By Eleanor Hall Updated February 25, 2015 17:23:23 Photo: Dr Kakenya Ntaiya has set up a school for girls in Kenya and a foundation to draw attention to the dangers of child marriage and female circumcision. (Eleanor Hall/The World Today) Related Story: Kenyan schools send notes home warning against genital mutilation Related Story: UK holds first trial over female genital mutilation Related Story: Prevalence of genital mutilation in dispute Map: Australia Kenyan schools entrepreneur and international women's rights advocate, Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, made an extraordinary bargain at the age of just seven.The Masai schoolgirl was so determined to continue her education that she made a deal with her father that she would undergo female genital mutilation in exchange for finishing her education."I wanted to continue with school because my mother was denied an education and she always told us if she went to school she would have been a different person, … [Read more...] about Kakenya Ntaiya exchanged female genital mutilation for an education, now runs school for girls in Kenya
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Rapper Mac Miller has died following a suspected overdose."Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26," his family said in a statement."He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans."The statement did not give further details on the circumstances of his death.The Los Angeles Police Department said it was called to a "death investigation" at an address in the Valley Crest area of north Hollywood at 11.50am on Friday. Advertisement Emergency services had been sent to a patient in cardiac arrest, according to a dispatch call obtained by celebrity news site TMZ.The celebrity news website said he died from an apparent overdose and that a friend had called police from his house. More from Ents & Arts Oscars 2020 predictions: Films you need to know about ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards Jean Fergusson: Last Of The Summer Wine star dies at 74 Taylor Swift 'blocked from using old songs' … [Read more...] about Mac Miller: American rapper dies of suspected overdose aged 26
This is an Inside Science story. Interested in Animals? Add Animals as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Animals news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Animals Add Interest (Inside Science) -- In the battle of the sexes, sexually transmitted diseases may sometimes be a weapon that males use to win. That’s the conclusion of a new study that used mathematics to model an age-old evolutionary struggle: the quest to fill the next generation with as many of your offspring as possible. The findings probably don't apply to humans, and the outcome would vary depending on the animals and diseases involved, said the researchers. But by infecting a female with an STD, a male animal may be able to prompt his mate to invest more energy and resources in his own babies, rather than in future babies with other males.(MORE: Why new leaves look lighter green) The study was conducted by researchers at Australian National University in Canberra, including evolutionary … [Read more...] about Male animals may infect female partners with STDs to gain reproductive advantage
I vote for the Green party, oppose Brexit, teach and research women’s history, and consider myself to be a feminist, but I do not agree with Caroline Lucas that assembling a cabinet of women is the means by which to solve the problems of Brexit (‘A cabinet of national unity’: Lucas urges female MPs to put aside parties and fight no deal, 12 August). We need to encourage cross-party discussion, and the voices of women are underrepresented in the current cabinet, but of the 10 women whom Caroline Lucas approached all are cisgender and white, most are straight, their average age is 50, and eight studied or taught at Russell Group universities. It is debatable whether they represent the diversity of opinions and qualities to be found in Britain and Northern Ireland in the 21st century, and it is unclear why such a homogeneous group will be able to find a solution which will be supported by a majority of MPs and by the general public. To heal the wounds of this divided … [Read more...] about Caroline Lucas’s female cabinet plan – divisive or visionary?
© AFP 2019 / DIPTENDU DUTTAIndian Army’s Objection to Development Along Border with China Reminiscent of 1962 War SentimentIn the strongest endorsement from the government on women's involvement in the armed forces, Defense Minister of India Manohar Parrikar said that the idea of an all-female battalion could be looked into. "There is a thinking that soldiers will not listen to a Commanding Officer who is a lady because they are not trained to do that. I don't agree with this as the only restriction today is infrastructure," he said speaking at an interactive seminar "Parivartan (Change) in Defense Sector: Changing Role and Opportunities for Women," organized on Monday by FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), the female-wing of the industry chamber. At @ficci_India, participated in a program on emerging dynamics & growing opportunities for women in defence sector. … [Read more...] about Indian Gov’t to Create All-Female Battalion
Jess Wade is a scientist on a mission. She wants every woman who has achieved something impressive in science to get the prominence and recognition they deserve – starting with a Wikipedia entry. “I’ve done about 270 in the past year,” says Wade, a postdoctoral researcher in the field of plastic electronics at Imperial College London’s Blackett Laboratory. “I had a target for doing one a day, but sometimes I get too excited and do three.” That science doesn’t attract enough girls and has ground to make up in supporting and celebrating its women can feel like a tired refrain in academia. But Wade’s approach is refreshing and infectious. “I kind of realised we can only really change things from the inside,” she says. “Wikipedia is a really great way to engage people in this mission because the more you read about these sensational women, the more you get so motivated and inspired by their personal stories.” … [Read more...] about Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed