Girls Spend 160M More Hours than Boys Doing Household Chores

Girls between five and 14 years old spend 40 percent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl observed yesterday, 11 October.

A release from UNICEF said Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030, includes the first global estimates on the time girls spend doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, caring for family members and collecting water and firewood.

Blessing, center, peeking at her late mother’s corpse the day she passed away during the Ebola epidemic. “I want to stay with my brother.”

FGM Victim and Ebola Orphan Re-Surfaces

Months before Ebola hit Liberia, Blessing was the victim of a kidnapping by a Sande Bush and her story http://liberianobserver.com/women/%E2%80%9Cthey-cut-it-and-put-leaf-ther... spread across the nation like wildfire until she was finally released from the grips of the hidden and secret society. Blessing spent weeks having to go through what secretly happens behind the enclosure of banana leaves used to cover up the screams and secrets of a culture that is largely accepted in Liberia.

Student and her four month – old son: “I know how important it is to go to school,” and Aiessate Cooper “I inspire the boys to want to work harder.”

Two Teens’ Struggle for Education

Gartee is a fourth grader and attends an elementary school in Hill Town, Bomi County. She goes to school every day on time with her four month old son, and she has been doing just that since school started a month ago.

“I wake up at 5:00am every morning to get both of us ready for school,” she told me.

It takes Gartee about an hour to walk to school from her village. Firmly tied to her back is her sleeping baby, whose head and face are fully covered with an old diaper to protect him from the morning dew and anything that might be flying around.

23 Organizations to Participate in W/shop on Adolescent Girls’ Education

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected 23 organizations to participate in a workshop to develop concept papers for a new program to empower adolescent girls and increase their access to education in Liberia.

The new program, according to a press release from USAID, will be part of the Let Girls Learn initiative of the United States government designed to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve.

Mr. Walker to the participants: “Cultural or traditional practices are not bad, but the one that delayed the girl child’s education such as the FGM is obsolete and needs to be abolished”

Participants agreed that FGM was now outlawed; they now want government improve the school system.

Vision Women Launch Action against FGM

A newly established non-governmental organization (NGO), Vision Women Incorporated (VWI), yesterday formally launched an action against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), otherwise known as female circumcision.

Yesterday’s exercise was launched in Kpaiye Town, Boe Statutory District, Margibi County, with support from the Virginia Giddersleeves International Funds under the theme, “Breaking the Silence,” with the local slogan: “Allow the Girl Child To Go To School.”


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