Skateboarding is pretty cool. A girl skateboarding is awesome. But a girl skateboarding in Afghanistan? Probably couldn’t get better than that.
Skateistan began as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now, they’re an international nonprofit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 22, 2012
Malala Yousafzai, the brave young activist from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban, is doing well. She’s currently recovering at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. Dr. David Rosser, the medical director at the hospital, stated that Malala is communicating freely and writing, and said that Malala wanted information about her condition to be made public. She can’t currently speak due to a tracheotomy tube, but should be able to within the next few days.
Malala will need surgery to restructure her skull and Dr. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 15, 2012
Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani blogger who was shot by the Taliban last week for being an advocate for girls' education, has been moved from Pakistan to a U.K. hospital specializing in pediatric trauma.
Malala traveled to the U.K. via an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates. Her departure was kept a secret until she was out of Pakistan due to safety concerns.
Both of the bullets that were lodged in her head and neck have been removed, and she remains in stable, though serious, condition. Read More
There are three main reasons I don’t frequently donate to charities, and believe me I would love to. The first is that I’m a broke college student. The second is that one of my jobs is telemarketing/fundraising for my college. But the third is that I am sometimes concerned about how donations are actually being spent. Well, now there’s a great website/organization that aims to help specific women’s issues, and the website tracks how every dollar is spent.
Catapult lets you find a project either by location or topic (e.g. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 11, 2012
As we blogged yesterday, Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old activist from Pakistan, was shot in the head and neck after members of the Taliban held up the van she was riding home from school in. The bullet barely missed Malala’s brain, and other students also suffered injuries. The shooters have been identified, but the Taliban is still promising to kill Malala if she survives. She has been especially active in advocating for girls’ education, something that the Taliban wants to end. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on Apr 17, 2012
About 150 female students and several female teachers in an Afghan high school were hospitalized today after drinking contaminated water at their high school. Local health officials report that the water was poisoned; the girls experienced vomiting, partial loss of consciousness, and dizziness. The students were reported to be in critical condition but there have been no reported deaths.
Local officials are “100% sure” that the poisoned water was an attack by extremists who are vehemently against the education of girls. Read More
BY Intern Chrislande
on Jan 31, 2012
Bjork makes me believe in music. Since my first listen of Venus as a Boy, I have been entranced by what she can do with her voice, ingeniously combining it with unconventional instruments, sounds and collaborators. The genius mega-artist has released her eighth album, Biophilia, to breach the gap between nature, science, technology, and music. Not only does Biophilia feature Tesla coil instruments, it is accompanied by an education program for middle schoolers that explores the ties between music and science. Read More
BY Bridgette Miller
on Jan 03, 2012
According to a recent New York Times article, young women are going back to school in record numbers, even if it means leaving the work force while they hit the books. The percentage of women aged 16-24 who are enrolled in school now exceeds the percentage of that same demographic who are employed. The important thing to note about that figure is that these jobless women are not looking for work-- they're looking to hone their skills in school so that they can get the jobs they want later. Read More
BY Casey Krosser
on Sep 09, 2011
Inspired by the women's printmaking collectives of the '70s - '80s and the riot grrrl culture of the '90s, a new online zine has emerged to educate youth. The advocacy groups Groundswell's Voices Her'd Visionaries and Day One have come together to create a new campaign, "Love Shouldn't Hurt," about abusive relationships and how to seek help. Their printed and digital media will increase awareness about abusive relationships, as well as encourage teens to seek out Day One's services. Read More
BY emily dirienzo
on Oct 13, 2010
Recently I coined the term school-sickness as a way of describing the existential crisis many of us have when we’re reluctantly ripped from the protective womb of academia. Not only does the Brooklyn Skill Share have a remedy for the post-grad blues, but the grassroots organization offers a priceless experience for those of us who didn’t have the luxury of attending fancy art schools. Read More