Education

Making 'The Beautiful Game' even more beautiful for these young Nicaraguans

It’s rare to see young women or girls playing organized sports in rural Nicaragua because they have so many responsibilities: taking care of younger siblings, gathering firewood, cooking, and cleaning. And women are restricted by machismo, and the idea that sports are for men. But a small soccer league is giving girls new opportunities, both on the field and off.

Education

In Iran, where the women school the men on surfing

People were welcoming, but they were surprised, when a team of modestly dressed women surfers showed up in a remote corner of Iran. They had never seen surfing before. "Because we were only women in the water, they thought it was a sport for women," says French director Marion Poizeau. "So the men asked us if they could also do it."

Education

Despite protests, Ontario is going forward with a newer, more modern sex ed curriculum. These girls helped make it happen.

There’s a battle afoot over sex education in the Canadian province of Ontario. The government says it’s overhauling its sex ed curriculum — which it hasn’t done since 1998 — to prepare kids for issues like tolerance, consent, and so many things they might encounter on the Internet. Some parents say they’ll pull their children out of class rather than expose them to what they call harmful material. But two teen activists are not only welcoming the changes: they helped make them.

Education

A subject so taboo that rural Indians only use its initials

How do you teach girls about something so taboo that no one — not even their mothers — will discuss? In traditional, rural India, instructors use games, films, and conversation to help female students understand what's going on with their bodies, especially menstruation. And that knowledge can be the start of other changes in how they see their roles in school and beyond.

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