Inside Global Girls’ Education is a limited series from Teach For All dedicated to answering the question: why focus on girls? In conversation with host Samantha Williams, local leaders and global experts examine the real issues and underlying beliefs that contribute to gender inequality in education and society.
Episode 8 - Christina Kwauk
No one can escape the effects of climate change, but girls and women in many countries will experience especially harsh consequences due to existing gender-based inequities. Today’s episode features Christina Kwauk, an expert on girls’ education and education for climate action. Christina is a co-editor (with Radhika Iyengar) of Curriculum and Learning for Climate Action: Toward an SDG 4.7 Roadmap for Systems Change (forthcoming 2021) and co-author (with Gene Sperling and Rebecca Winthrop) of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment. She is also Research Director at Unbounded Associates, a Future Rising Visiting Scholar at Girl Rising, and a non-resident fellow in the Center for Universal Education at Brookings.
Three Platforms for Girls' Education in Climate Strategies
A New Green Learning Agenda: Approaches to Quality Education for Climate Action
Education International: New research: World fails in climate education despite urgent need to act.
Episode 7 - It’s Time to Talk About Black Girlhood, Kalisha Dessources-Figures
Gender bias on its own can create unnecessary hurdles for girls. When girls also hold other identities that are demeaned or marginalized in society, however, even more significant barriers merge. Today’s episode focuses squarely on the intersection of race, gender, and girlhood by discussing what it means to be a Black girl in the United States. Our guest is Kalisha Dessources-Figures, Special Assistant to the President for Gender Policy, White House Gender Policy Council.
To read more about the White House Gender Policy Council: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/blog/2021/03/29/approaching-policy-with-equity-in-mind/
To learn more about intersectionality and the work of Kimberle Crenshaw, visit https://www.aapf.org/.
To learn more about school pushout, visit https://www.moniquewmorris.me/ and https://pushoutfilm.com/factsheet.
To learn more about adultification bias, visit: https://genderjusticeandopportunity.georgetown.edu/
Episode 6 - How to Keep Girls in School, Ranjit Disale
Today’s guest is the 2020 winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Ranjitsinh Disale. Ranjit has taught at the Zilla Parishad Primary School in Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra, India since 2009, where his leadership helped end teen marriages and saw his female students achieve 100% attendance from a low of 2%. Today, Ranjit shares how he did this and more.
Episode 5 - Gender-based violence: global and local perspectives, Sara Ferro Ribeiro and Pearl Perumal
Warning: this episode contains language that refers to various forms of sexual assault and violence.
This episode discusses the roots of gender-based violence and its prevalence around the world with Sara Ferro Ribeiro, Senior Gender and Human Rights Advisor at the UN Migration Agency. We’ll then hone in on the situation in South Africa--home to one of the highest rates of gender-based violence globally--through a conversation with Teach The Nation Fellow Pearl Oriele Perumal.
Resource Pack: Gender-Based Violence Support (South Africa)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: +1 800.799.7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): +1 800.656.4673
Episode 4 - Teaching Past Taboo: Sexual Education, Mariana Sanz de Santamaria
Today’s episode features Mariana Sanz de Santamaria, educator and cofounder of Poderosas. Mariana talks with us about the costs of not speaking openly about sexual and reproductive health--particularly the beliefs, taboos, and behaviors that take root when clear and compassionate information is not shared in safe spaces.
Bio: Mariana Sanz de Santamaria is Colombian. She graduated as a lawyer but defines herself as an educator. She taught for two years in the Town of Barú, an island in the Colombian Caribbean, with Enseña por Colombia. She worked as an advisor of the Secretary of Education in Bogotá, her hometown, and is now the founder and director of PODEROSAS: a comprehensive sexual education foundation in high need communities in Colombia. She has been admitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to start a degree program as part of the Class of 2021.
For young people interested in engaging and accurate sexual health resources, Maria recommends visiting https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens.
Episode 3 - We Can Change Beliefs About Gender Norms, Dr. Urvashi Sahni
Today’s episode features Dr. Urvashi Sahni in a discussion about how to change gendered mindsets by working with boys, girls, and families. She shares her story about coming into gender awareness after being raised in a patriarchal family, being married early, and then experiencing a devastating loss due to gender-based violence. Dr. Sahni runs the Study Hall Education Foundation (SHEF), which operates a network of six schools and four outreach programs in and around Lucknow, India. SHEF has trained over 100,000 teachers and impacted over 5 million children, primarily girls. The school uses a groundbreaking critical feminist pedagogy and an ethic of care to empower girls.
Study Hall Educational Foundation: http://www.studyhallfoundation.org/
Boys’ Gender Curriculum: http://www.studyhallfoundation.org/downloads/What-about-our-boys-FINAL.pdf
Love this podcast so far! Thought-provoking questions from the host that makes this podcast truly feel like a conversation that you can learn from. The optimism, despite some pretty mighty challenges for girls and women ahead, gives us a banner of hope while calling us to action.