#BringBackOurGirls – Why Girls Education Matters…

Four weeks ago Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Chibok on 14 April. An estimated 200 heavily armed militants arrived at night in 20 vehicles to steal supplies and kidnap the students. Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the … Continue reading #BringBackOurGirls – Why Girls Education Matters…

On Purity and Value

I've recently started reading Jessica Valenti's book 'The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women'. The book is simultaneously fascinating and infuriating. It argues that America's intense focus on chastity and purity is damaging to young women. Through analysis of the controversial abstinence-only curriculum and 'purity balls' to the opposite end … Continue reading On Purity and Value

Education is the key…

Every so often something appears in the news or on tv that truly sends a wave of despair over me. As a natural optimist, and positive thinker, it really does take a lot to wear me down. Even so, this is one of those pieces of news that really got to me. On Monday evening … Continue reading Education is the key…