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Inside Teaching : June 2011
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com FEATURE 15 step: more than one-half of Bangladeshi girls are married by age 18. • If adolescent girls were employed at the same rate as males their age, Bangladesh could add $2.75 billion to its GDP, all else equal. • Beyond GDP, there is an equally important ripple effect on families. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 per cent of it into their families, as compared toonly30to40percentby males. BRAC provides rural girls with access to customised microfinance programs that include access to safe spaces, small loans, life skills and livelihood training. The programs have so far helped 40,000 adolescent girls gain the confidence, skills and capital to run their own businesses and manage their own resources. These entrepreneurs are delaying marriage, paying their own school fees and often covering the cost of their siblings’ tuition. One of BRAC’s aims is to demonstrate the value of adolescent girls as economic actors instead of as child-brides. Pictured, Sharifa and Baser. Brent Stirton/Getty Images LINKS www.brac.net The boy effect on the girl effect Last year, a group of Year 10 students at Sydney Boys High School started a movement for gender equality. As part of their High Resolves Community Action Project, the boys ran an awareness-raising campaign with High Resolves for United Nations (UN) Women Australia. UN Women Australia challenged the group to deliver the campaign to at least one boys- only high school and one girls- only high school, and also to provide recommendations on how best the organisation could engage with young people. Under the mentorship of executives from Deloitte Australia, the boys created a presentation and two-minute video, encouraging viewers to turn things around for girls and women. The group then gave presentations about gender equality and showed the film to their peers at Sydney Boys High School, Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Technical High School. The boys speak frankly about their previous misconceptions about gender inequality in a short video they made about the project, which already has more than 6,000 views on YouTube from across the globe. The video highlights the role boys and men have to play in changing attitudes and redressing inequality, and particularly shows the effectiveness of adolescent men discussing the issue within their own age group. The big picture • Women own two per cent of property worldwide. • One in 40 women can expect to reach senior management, compared to one in eight men. • Women hold 70 per cent of teaching positions in Australia, but only 37 per cent of management positions in the same sector. High Resolves is a not-for- profit organisation that aims to motivate high school students to view themselves as purposeful global citizens and to acquire the skills they will need to lead their communities, and the world, to a brighter future. LINKS www.highresolves.org For the Sydney Boys High School gender equality project’s two- minute ‘Turn Things Around’ video and interviews with the boys, see http://highresolves. org/SBHS_GenEq.html