Jan 9: With the help of a camera, Child brides share their stories

Maria: "I was married when I was very young. I used to sell milk to get food and sleep in the forest because I don't have a place to sleep. Society should stop bad practices because what I have been through was so hard for me. After my education, I would like to be a nurse so that I can help other girls like me." Modestar/Too Young To Wed/Samburu Girls Foundation

With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot.

1. Kurdish smugglers rescue Yazidi women from ISIS

“Yahoo News Special Correspondent Ash Gallagher was in Northern Iraq as a woman held captive by ISIS for over two years was reunited with her family. The Yazidi woman had been captured by ISIS when they overran her people’s land in 2014, and subsequently held in Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in Syria.”

2. Women Are Penalized at Work for the Possibility They Might Have Kids Someday

Photo: jacoblund/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Cut’s Dayna Evans writes, “the ‘motherhood penalty‘ is a term that was coined to describe what happens to women’s salaries after they have kids. No, their salaries don’t rise to cover the ever-increasing cost of child care, threat to health care, and price of education. Instead, women’s salaries have statistically proven to drop when they return to work — 4 percent for every child they have. There is no ‘fatherhood penalty,’ because, well, men tend to be paid more after they have children. Go figure.

But now new research shows that women don’t even have to have had kids to experience the motherhood penalty. The Harvard Business Review wrote about a study wherein researchers sent out fictitious résumés from ‘elite’ applicants to 316 offices of 147 top law firms in 14 cities. Except for signifiers of gender and class, the résumés were identical: All applicants were from second-tier law schools and in the top one percent of their class.”

3. A Photographer Gives Cameras To Child Brides. Their Images Are Amazing

Eunice, pictured above, is one of the workshop participants: “Today I learned a girl can do anything — that a boy and girl are equal, no one is more special, and I am happy about it. I am happy that the new things I learned today [are] to be confident and be powerful.”
Mercy/Too Young To Wed/Samburu Girls Foundation

NPR’s Kristin Adair writes, “for 15 years, Stephanie Sinclair has taken photos of child brides around the world — from Tahani in Yemen, married at age 6, to 14-year-old Niruta in Nepal, and many more. In 2012, she started the nonprofit Too Young To Wed to raise awareness of their plight.

Now she’s given some young women a chance to take their own pictures — a kind of art therapy that she hopes will ‘help girls deal with their trauma.’

In January, Sinclair and her team decided to turn the cameras over to a group of 10 girls in Kenya. They partnered with the Samburu Girls Foundation, which rescues girls from child marriage and female genital mutilation, to organize a weeklong photography workshop. Most of the 11- to 14-year-olds who participated had never held a camera before.”

4. ‘Glamour’ hires all women to create a photoshop-free February issue

‘Glamour’s’ February issue. (Photo: Glamour)

USA Today’s Cara Kelly writes, “in her opening letter for the magazine’s February issue, Leive says the brand is one of the first to cry foul at the lack of female representation but has had some troubling stats of its own: Only 37% of the photographers for the print pages this fall were women. In addition, women only made up 32% of the hairstylists.”

“Gender equality is on all of our minds. It’s really important to me that Glamour not just talk the talk about female empowerment, but that we also walk the walk,” she told USA TODAY in an email. “So we’ve decided to support women in the most meaningful way we can: by hiring them. From first page to our last every photo we commissioned for the February issue was created by women: photographers, stylists, hair, makeup, everything.”

5. They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

Mireille Kamariza, a graduate student in Stanford, is trying to develop a faster test to diagnose TB.
Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza

NPR’s Esther Landhuis writes, “By many standards, Mireille Kamariza is at the top of the world.

She’s a graduate student at one of the world’s top universities, working on her Ph.D. with one of the world’s top chemists. And she’s tackling a tough problem — tuberculosis — that sickens nearly 10 million people a year.

Kamariza’s journey hasn’t been easy. In Burundi, it’s rare for girls to attend college — not to mention work with world-class scientists.

‘Science was something that Europeans and Americans did,’ she says. ‘It was for other people — not for me.’ When she was in high school, she didn’t have a clue about science careers. Neither did her parents.”


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