From barefoot to PM…says Kamla in plea for more women’s education

first_img Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions NewsPoliticsRegional From barefoot to PM…says Kamla in plea for more women’s education by: – March 15, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told a gathering of Commonwealth parliamentarians and other dignitaries that she went from being a “barefooted little girl” to become Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Prime Minister after she discovered she could study her way out of poverty. “My own small story of village girl to Prime Minister is simply a demonstration of what can occur when even some opportunities and a better education are provided to girls and women,” she told a parliamentary conference at the House of Commons in London yesterday.The theme of the conference was “Educating Women, Transforming Society”. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the most transformative intervention that could be made in any society was to educate women. “So the educational disadvantage that so many Commonwealth women still experience is a real barrier to social and economic progress in all our countries,” she said. She pointed out the world should have achieved educational equality for women by 2006. However, she added, in primary education alone, there was still a five per cent gender gap which doubled to ten per cent in the worst areas of West Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa. Across the Commonwealth, Persad-Bissessar said, there were 16 million girls out of school.She added: “We are told that real equality will ‘nearly’ have been achieved by 2015. But being ‘nearly equal’ was not good enough in 2005, and it certainly is not good enough for 2015.” Persad-Bissessar called for collective action to make sure Commonwealth women got equal access to education. She added: “On the demand side, we need to overcome the discrimination that leads to boys getting priority access to education.  This problem is more acute the higher up the educational ladder you go. “When resources are scarce, in some communities boys still get preference while girls may be expected to marry young or become carers. We need to incentivise school attendance for girls.“On the supply side, we need enough places for girls, with secure schools, proper water and sanitation. “In some countries primary school teachers are overwhelmingly women but in other places that is not the case and we need enough women teachers, especially in rural areas, and flexible education for girls with caring responsibilities.” She added: “We need to reform the curriculum and ensure that women have access to all subjects, including, at an early age and before the gender stereotypes have become set, access to science and sport.” She also recommended introduction of sound policies and programmes, early and continuing education and more concrete effort to stem the tide of boys’ under-achievement and early dropout rates.Persad-Bissessar said in politics in the Commonwealth, only Rwanda has achieved gender equality in Parliament. She added: “And out of 54 countries in the Commonwealth, only three have governments headed by women: Julia Gillard, of Australia, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, of Bangladesh, and myself. “The lack of a critical mass of women parliamentarians and heads of government is important and has huge implications for ensuring that legislation and policies are in place to promote the interests of women and men. “These are tested avenues for ensuring equal access to education for all that is designed to meet their needs. “There is a dire need to hear women’s voices where policies are made and resources allocated.”Source: Guardian Media Newslast_img read more

VAR did not spot penalty against Real Madrid due to mistranslated rule – report

first_img Real Madrid news has recently been dominated by officiating controversies, with the side’s wins over Valencia and Real Sociedad both heavily influenced by several controversial decisions which were awarded via VAR. Indeed, Madrid are said to be are enraged with comments from senior officials at Barcelona which claimed that they have benefitted from VAR decisions. The incident occurred off-the-ball and not directly in the action, but the IFAB Rule 12 does not make any reference to the ball being contested – meaning that the foul should have been punished with a penalty for Athletic. However, the Spanish translation of the law has bizarrely amended the rule to add the phrase ‘contesting the ball with an opponent’ is a requirement before awarding a foul – meaning that under this definition, a penalty should not be awarded. Therefore, the incorrect Spanish version means a penalty should not have been awarded against Madrid but the correct law means that the foul should have been given against Ramos. Read Also: Liverpool table offer for Wolves winger Adama Traore According to the front page of Tuesday’s edition of Marca, Madrid believe that the Catalan club’s comments are driven by ‘rage and envy’ at their successes on the pitch in La Liga. Madrid lead Barcelona by four points at the summit of La Liga with just four rounds of action remaining and are on course to land only their second league title since 2012. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Real Madrid’s win at Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday was overshadowed by a controversial VAR decision not to award the hosts a penalty. Sergio Ramos appeared to stand on the ankle of Athletic Club forward Raul Garcia in the penalty area just minutes after the Madrid captain had given his side the lead from the penalty spot. However, VAR did not intervene to award the hosts a penalty and Diario AS now highlight that this is because the IFAB ruling, originally written in English, has not been accurately translated into Spanish – which the officials were basing their decision on.last_img read more

Women’s volleyball falls flat in loss to No. 16 Michigan

first_imgIn a sluggish effort by the Badgers, the No. 15 Wisconsin volleyball team was swept for the second-straight match to the No. 16 Michigan Wolverines Friday night in front of the largest crowd at the Field House this season.Wisconsin (15-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who has now lost three of its last four matches, committed 26 errors on the match and hit a .119 attack percentage – the lowest offensive clip of the season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield said the team’s defeat Friday is the weakest effort he has seen from his team all year.“That was disappointing,” Sheffield said. “Probably the first match all year that we were punch-less. I thought Michigan played like the more desperate team for a victory tonight.”Wisconsin put forth a strong effort in the first game, keeping within two points of Michigan throughout the game. Down 23-24, junior middle blocker Dominique Thompson connected on back-to-back kills, putting the Badgers up one. But two Badger attack errors in the last four points helped the Wolverines squeak by with a 28-26, a lead they wouldn’t look back from.Freshman setter Lauren Carlini said a slow 1-8 start in the second game put the Badgers in too deep a hole.“In the second game, we just started off so slow and so dead,” Carlini said. “It was just quiet out there. It’s hard to come back from a deficit like that.”Sheffield said a there were a number of blown assignments in the back row on defense. He did not see the diggers in back row adjust their defensive reads according to the blockers.Sheffield cited a reason for the offensive struggles was a lack of transition game. He said while on defense, the blockers weren’t urgent enough in getting back to an offensive position.Sheffield said it’s nearly impossible to generate any kind of force on the ball when offensive players stay too close to the net.“We put a lot of fluff behind the balls,” Sheffield said.Senior outside hitter Annemarie Hickey said now even as a ranked team and a team that has gained respect in the Big Ten, Wisconsin needs to play with more heart.“I think it was just lack of fight and wanting to win,” Hickey said. “I feel like we’re just expecting it to be handed to us, and we’re not working hard enough … That’s on our whole team.”last_img read more

Tipp to face Galway in Hastings Cup

first_imgVictory for Tipperary’s Under 21 Footballers against Galway this evening would see them through to the semi-finals of the Hastings Cup.The sides meet in Portumna at 7.45 after the game was postponed twice already due to poor weather conditions.Tipp manager Tommy Toomey has used the Hastings Cup to build his squad ahead of the under 21 Munster Championship.last_img