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I AM MALALA

<a href="/parenting-resources/inspiration/i-am-malala">I AM MALALA</a>

Book: I Am Malala by Christina Lamb In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing an anonymous blog for BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in Pakistani and international media, campaigning for education for all. On 9 October 2012, Malala was shot at point-blank range by a member of the Taliban on the way home from school. Remarkably, she survived. This is her continuing story as she campaign for every girl's right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school. Read full article

He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.

<a href="/blogs/2013/10/10/he-stands-up-for-girls%E2%80%99-education-he%E2%80%99s-been-to-the-un-he%E2%80%99s-13">He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.</a>

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations as a day to recognize the challenges and power of girls. Josh Lorschy is a 13-year-old Australian boy living in Sydney. Josh was selected to be at the United Nations in New York when Malala Yousafzai delivered her petition and speech to the UN on the critical importance of educating girls. On International Day of the Girl Child, Josh shares his journey with happychild. Read full article

Free Talk in Sydney - 'What is Good Education for Girls AND Boys?'

<a href="/blogs/admin/2013/05/01/free-talk-in-sydney-what-is-good-education-for-girls-and-boys">Free Talk in Sydney - &#039;What is Good Education for Girls AND Boys?&#039;</a>

Santa Sabina College Principal and Gender Education Expert, Dr Maree Herrett invites you to a free talk about gender relations in education. Read full article

Two Fourteen Year Old Girls - One is Married

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/10/two-fourteen-year-old-girls-one-is-married">Two Fourteen Year Old Girls - One is Married</a>

I travelled to India in 2010 with other volunteers working with global not-for-profit, Room to Read, in order to find out more about their programs on the ground. Room to Read helps students in Asia and Africa learn to read and write, and helps girls finish school. I don’t think I was prepared for the impact of meeting a young girl from a small village in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Read full article

Why Girls' Education is Highest Returning Social Investment

<a href="/articles/why-girls-education-is-highest-returning-social-investment">Why Girls&#039; Education is Highest Returning Social Investment</a>

Kaisone is eighteen and lives in Salavan Province in southern Laos, a country where more than three-quarters of the population still survives on less than $2 per day. Just a few months before her sixth birthday, her mother passed away: "It was such a futile death . . . . on the long drive to the hospital after giving birth to my younger sister. I vowed then that I would study hard to become a doctor, so that the people in my village would not have to die because of poor access to medical aid." Read full article

Raising Boys vs Raising Girls

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/21/raising-boys-vs-raising-girls">Raising Boys vs Raising Girls</a>

The segment on Mornings on Channel 9 raised the question - do we parent boys differently to the way we parent girls? Are there fundamental differences in boys and girls which mean it is easier to parent boys or girls? Do we need to be careful not to be influenced by our children's gender when we're communicating with them? Read full article

Growing Great Girls

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/growing-great-girls">Growing Great Girls</a>

Growing Great Girls is the must-have parenting book for those with daughters. It contains a wealth of excellent, practical advice on bringing up girls from babies, preschoolers, tweens and right through to teenagers. Read full article

Parents Help Young Girls Develop a Positive Body Image

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/31/parents-help-young-girls-develop-a-positive-body-image">Parents Help Young Girls Develop a Positive Body Image</a>

Tonight I read some extracts from a UK School Health Education Unit report called “Young People Into 2011”. The headlines about the report tell us that about one third of primary school girls are missing their meals and are unhappy with their weight. I’m only a little surprised because there’s so much media coverage of teenage girls who are unhappy with their body image. Read full article

Of Course, You'll Want the Pink Party Bag, Won't You?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/06/27/of-course-youll-want-the-pink-party-bag-wont-you">Of Course, You&#039;ll Want the Pink Party Bag, Won&#039;t You?</a>

Not so long ago, I wrote about my six-year-old daughter’s ambition to be a builder. Cunning inventions made from sunglasses and old CDs attached with straw flow from her fingers, and nothing makes her happier than a new box of Lego. She is also uncannily gifted at Monopoly, so I look forward to enjoying old age supported by my wealthy and astute property developer of a daughter. She is not a keen clothes shopper (‘no’ is her assessment of most garments), but given the choice she would prefer to pick a Ben 10 t-shirt from the boys’ side of the store than a pink fairy dress from the girls’ aisle. Read full article

A Reason to Love Tom Hanks - Toddlers and Tiaras Spoof

There have been a few posts on here lately around the issue of children and body image. And now the whole beauty pageant fiasco is coming to Australia. I do not like children's beauty pageants (not one bit). Here's a light-hearted but powerful video spoof that covers many of the issues, starring Tom Hanks and his daughter. Another reason to love Tom Hanks. Read full article