Inspiring women -Part 1

We have been recently working in 2ºESO on oral presentations about biographies of exceptional women as a way of paying a tribute to them.

Here you can find some of the posters your classmates made about some relevant women of all times and fields, using gloster.

Click on the names below to learn more about:

Somaly Man – Human Rights Activist (by Sebas)

Marjane satrapi – Cartoonist (by Evelyn)

Leticia Bufoni e Silva – Skater (by Francis)

Jennifer Lawrence – Actress (by Clara)

Agatha Christie – Writer (by Miguel)

 

Pride and prejudice

Have you ever read anything by Jane Austen?

On 28th January 1813, the first edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published in London.

It’s one of my favourite books, and today, 200 years later, the book remains among the most widely read and best beloved in English literature.

I recommend you the book and the film. There are several films adaptations. This is the latest:

‘The moment I first met you, I noticed your pride, your sense of superiority, and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others. You are the last man in the world whom I could ever be persuaded to marry,’ said Elizabeth Bennet.

And so Elizabeth rejects the proud Mr Darcy. Can nothing overcome her prejudice against him? And what of the other Bennet girls – their fortunes, and misfortunes, in the business of getting husbands?

You can read it adapted. Click here.

Sports

What’s your favourite sport?

If it is football, you’ll have probably heard that Messi has just won Ballon d’Or, beating Ronaldo and Iniesta.

25-year-old Messi netted 91 goals in 2012, setting a new world record for the most goals scored in a year. Read more here.

Do you think he deserves it?

Also if you like motorcycling you probably know that the Rally Dakar is on at the moment, so we have to wish good luck to Laia Sanz.

Do you know her? (I hope Javi does!)

Laia Sanz is an excellent Spanish sportswoman, eleven times Woman’s Trial World Champion and ten times Woman’s Trials European Champion in Outdoor Motorcycle Trials, is taking part in the Dakar Rally this year. You can read a very interesting interview with her here.

Ana, 4ºA, also sends us some information about her favourite sportswoman. This is what she adds:

“I practice Rythmic Gimnastics and I really love it! Its my life!! I support  Yevgéniya Kanáyeva. If you want to learn more abour her..  She is the best !!”

Thanks, Ana!

And you guys? Which other sports do you like?

Bishnu Chaudhary by Ana, 4A

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Find below the story of Bishnu a slave girl who was sold at a very early age and was forced to work as a servant for another family. It’s very moving. Don’t miss it! (Thank you, Ana!)

When she was the age of nine, when her friends went to school, she started working as a kamlari (girl-child indentured labourer) for a Rana family in Kathmandu because her parents didn´t have any money,they were poor.The owners paid her 15 euros yearly.

When she saw her brother on tv taking part in a protest of squatters, Urmila felt the urge to return home. After years of pleading with her owners, the family finally allowed her to meet her brother who was participating in a sit-down protest in front of Singha Darbar.

This chance meeting turned her life around. Her brother’s persistent efforts freed her from bonded labour in January 2007 and now she studies in grade nine in Dang. Last year, a German woman called Natalie wrote a 350 page biography on 22-year-old Urmila, who travelled to Germany to promote the book.

Organisations involved in the kamlari movement estimate that there are around 11,800 kamlaris in Dang, Banke, Bardia, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dailekh. Although 11,000 among them have already been freed, due to the apathy shown by the state towards their rehabilitation, the number is rising again as many former labourers return to their old masters. In December 2011, around 100 freed kamlaris gathered in Nepalgunj and announced a collective campaign for the freedom of bonded labourers.

Gita Tharu of Bardiya, who was a kamlari since she was nine, is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. Although she is glad to have broken free from the antiquated system, she is worried that society still has not changed its views of bonded labourer. She is committed to keep on campaigning for the welfare of kamlaris and is currently working at Room to Read in Bardiya.
18-year-old Bishnu Chaudhary from Deukhuri wants to be lawyer and fight for justice for freed kamlaris like herself. Having been a kamlari since the age of seven, Bishnu did well on her SLC scoring 70 percent. She is now studying in grade 11 in Dang in the same school as Urmila.
While in school, Bishnu took part in campaigns to free kamlaris. Her school threatened to expel her, but that did not deter her. Now the same teachers who were unimpressed with her activism are influenced by her hard work. Bishnu was awarded the International Kamlari Advocacy Award in 2010. Now, she advocates for freedom for all kamlaris through a show called Mukti Aawaj on Radio Highway in Dang.
Instead of complaining about their past struggles, the former kamlaris are currently working for the rights of those who are still trapped in bonded labour. The three woman met prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai and tried to convince them to put an end the horrible tradition and provide rehabilitation to ex-kamlaris. All three prime ministers broke down and shed crocodile tears, but failed to delivered on their promises.
“After Nepal was declared a republic, we went around submitting letters to the prime ministers. They all seemed supportive, but nothing has happened so far,” says Gita who believes freed kamlaris, parents and the state have to work together to eradicate the problem.
Urmila, Gita and Bishnu take a keen interest in politics and regularly meet with ex-CA members like Shanta Chaudhary and Sukdaiya Chaudhary to discuss how they can get to positions of power so that they can lead their communities and bring about real changes.
“Only those politicians and representatives who were kamlaris understand our problems,” says Urmila. “They inspire us to continue with our struggle.”

More on Malala

Luckily Malala is fully recovered now. It makes me really happy to see that she’s able to talk and has enough strenght to write a letter to say thank you to all the people who have been supporting her.

Do you want to know more? Click on the title below:

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala thanks supporters after being shot by Taliban – CNN.com

Watch the video if you want to listen to her (with subtitles in English)

 

 

 

Interesting exhibition in Málaga – Marie Curie

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On Friday, I went to see an interesting exhibition about Marie Curie, winner of two Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry.

Have you ever heard of her?
Did you know that she had to leave Poland, where she was from, because she wasn’t allowed to go to University there?
She studied in Paris and was the first woman to win as Nobel Prize and the only person who has won two of them!

There are panels explaining her life. And most of the information is both in French and in Spanish, so you can practice languages too!

I think she’s an inspiration for those of you who want to study science, isn’t she?
I recommend the exhibition. It’s on only till next week, so try to go and see it next weekend! This is the leaflet with more information.

Hope you enjoy it!
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