The Puggle: March 2017 edition
/ Dana Schmidt / The Puggle / April 10, 2017
Welcome to the March installment of The Puggle, your source for the emerging issues and findings related to girls’ education that the Echidna Giving team has come across this month!
THE PEOPLE. Not surprisingly, often the people doing the most to advance the cause of women are women themselves. Here is a nice tribute to African feminists and here is a podcast chronicling some of their work. Melinda Gates writes about The Power Of Women Coming Together, and this story brings that idea to life as it describes how a loose network of women–dubbed the “Hellraisers of Nairobi”–support other women to get attention from local politicians and police.
In the context of education, this article from the New York Times reminds us that principals are people that “can make a real difference…‘Principals create the environment. They create a culture of accountability. They create a sense of community.’”
In the context of girls’ education, Christina Kwauk and Amanda Braga highlight the influencers, groundbreakers, thought leaders, and champions shaping girls’ education globally. They end with a question: “how can we better coordinate girls’ education advocacy, research, and implementation so that the girls can get a quality education and achieve their full potential in life and livelihood?” Another important question: how can we guard against unintended consequences? Prisoners of Boko Haram, Then Prisoners of Fame, reminded us that successful advocacy can have dark sides.
THE POLICIES. The Economist wrote about Why governments should introduce gender budgeting. “At its simplest, gender budgeting sets out to quantify how policies affect women and men differently. That seemingly trivial step converts exhortation about treating women fairly into the coin of government: costs and benefits, and investments and returns.”
Education Commission commissioners Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi make the case for greater investments in girls’ education. The One Campaign also calls for more funding and acknowledges that “investing in education must lead to better learning,” by “implement[ing] a package of reforms that will break every barrier, invest in every teacher, monitor every outcome, and connect every classroom.”
Finally, GPE and UNGEI put out their Guidance for Developing Gender-Responsive Education Sector Plans.
- A conceptual model of women and girls’ empowerment, from the Gates Foundation
- The always-useful round-up of evidence in education from Dave Evans at the World Bank
- A map from J-PAL of all their evidence related to women and girls
- From UNESCO, an e-atlas of Gender Inequality in Education
- A Guide for Strengthening Gender Equality and Inclusiveness in Teaching and Learning Materials from USAID.
- A small ($50k) prize for innovations in girls’ education, funded by China.
May we all have the same confidence of the Fearless Girl on Wall Street as we seek to move this agenda ahead!