ACTION GUIDE FOR GIRLS' EDUCATION
The Action Guide for Girls' Education takes a rare, in-depth look at the obstacles girls face in receiving an equitable education. Issue-raising vignettes depict the reality of girls' and women's lives, illustrating both encouraging and disempowering aspects of various situations worldwide. Five thematic sections discuss: girls' access to education; safety in school, particularly sexual harassment; content and curriculum; the school environment, including teacher attitudes, classroom atmosphere and teaching methods; and strategies for action. Statistics and a variety of activities and discussion questions will enable school and community groups analyse, discuss and develop strategies for improving the education of girls in their own locale.
San Francisco Bay Area Girls' Education Network, 1995. paper; 50 pp. US$9.95
CHOOSE A FUTURE
Issues and Options for Adolescent Girls
Choose a Future, a unique curriculum of participatory activities, helps girls and young women examine issues and options in their lives, set goals, develop new skills in analysis and decision-making, and build self-esteem. Field-tested in India, Nepal, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Mexico and Uganda, the manual contains 12 modules that can be adapted to meet individual needs. Girls are actively involved in creating their own solutions to situations they encounter at home, in school, at work, and with male and female peers. Activities such as skits, stories, games, crafts, and other activities stimulate learning and participation.
Sessions on work, marriage, and motherhood help girls explore positive options available to them. In sessions on reproductive health, girls discuss sexuality and life-long health, education, and economic effects of early pregnancy. Abuse, violence and harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and female infanticide are given special attention.
The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), 1996. paper, 162 pp. US$25.00
GIRLS' SCHOOLING, WOMEN'S AUTONOMY AND FERTILITY IN SOUTH ASIA
Roger Jeffery and Alaka M. Basu (Eds.)
This volume challenges the popular assumption of a universal and causal relationship between higher levels of schooling and declining fertility levels. With primary evidence from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as census and survey data, it explores the interrelated issues of women's autonomy, girls' schooling and fertility reduction in South Asia. It concludes that while schooling is important for women, resources for education should not be at the expense of providing women-friendly contraceptive and maternal/child health services that enable couples to successfully plan family size. This book will be essential reading for demographers, planners, funding bodies and social anthropologists, and to students of gender studies and South Asian affairs.
Sage Publications, 1996. cloth; 339 pp. ISBN 0-8039-9276-9 US$38.00
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF GIRLS
Kathleen M. Kurz and Cynthia J. Prather
This report presents new information on the quality of life of girls in developing countries, focusing particularly on their health, education, and social well-being. Based on the discussions at and after the Association of Women in Development Forum (1993), it identifies major constraints on the quality of life of girls by three different age categories. These range from mortality, health care, and nutrition deficits for very young children to sexual and other forms of gender violence, pregnancy and cultural vulnerability faced by teenage girls. The report identifies programmes and policies that show promise for overcoming these constraints, and provides illustrations from different countries and agencies.
Given the lack of accessible research in this area, this will be an important reference for decision makers, policy planners, implementors, and others who are interested in improving girls' lives. Statistics; photographs; bibliography.
Association for Women in Development/UNICEF, 1995. paper; 77 pp. ISBN 92-806-3185-3 US$11.95
THE BURDEN OF GIRLHOOD
A Global Inquiry into the Status of Girls
Neera Kuckreja Sohoni
The Burden of Girlhood comes as a welcome addition to our understanding of gender discrimination in childhood, when girls are victimised on account of age as well as gender. It analyses constraints experienced by girls with respect to: culture and socialisation; marriage; demographics; health and survival; education; work; violence; and affirmative action. Tables; case studies; bibliography.
Third Party Publishing Company, 1995. paper; 256 pp. ISBN 0-89914-0408 US$19.95
SEE ALSO: The State of the World's Children (Category: Reference).
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