Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world: a case study in motivation, mixed messages, and the condition of boys everywhere. Jordan has never had a female minister of education, women make up less than a fifth of its workforce, and women hold just 4 percent of board seats at public companies there. But, in school, Jordanian girls are crushing their male peers.
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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Sexual harassment at six years old? Story highlights Offense was changed from sexual harassment to misconduct The 6-year-old was accused of kissing a girl on the hand The boy's mother said the whole thing stems from an innocent crush. Amid a tidal wave of negative publicity, a Colorado school system has let a 6-year-old boy return to school and said it won't classify his kissing a girl on the hand as sexual harassment. The story of first-grader Hunter Yelton made national news and spurred outrage this week after word spread that his school near Colorado Springs suspended him for the kiss and accused him of sexually harassing the girl. The superintendent then changed Hunter's disciplinary offense from "sexual harassment" to "misconduct. Boy's mom: An innocent crush.
S ome Muslims are fond of condemning western morality — alcoholism, nudity, premarital sex and homosexuality often being cited as examples. But Muslims do not have a monopoly on morality. In the west, child marriages and sex with children are illegal. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Muslim countries. I recently saw the documentary on the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. It exposed an ancient custom called "bacha bazi" boy for play , where rich men buy boys as young as 11 from impoverished families for sexual slavery. The boys are dressed in women's clothes and made to dance and sing at parties, before being carted away by the men for sex.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos India is killing its girls Story highlights Indian man is accused of killing 3-month-old baby girl because he wanted a son The United Nations says India is the most dangerous place to be a girl It's common to abort female babies because boys are seen as 'better investments' For every 1, boys 6 years and under, there are girls -- the lowest ratio since Nineteen-year-old Reshma Banu sits on the stairs outside her parents' home, staring at the tiny screen on her cell phone. The video on the screen has her mesmerized: a very short home video of her baby girl, Afreen. The moments captured are precious because they show Banu's only child alive and well.