Females Improve Human Rights

This article in the current issue of the Journal of Human Rights concludes that female chief executives of a country improve human rights practices to a greater degree than their male counterparts.

Written by Courtney Burns and Amanda Murdie, the article is titled Female Chief Executives and State Human Rights Practices: Self-fulfilling the Political Double bind.


What role does gender of a country’s chief executive play in human rights practices of that country? Do female leaders treat the citizens of their country better or worse than their male counterparts? We explore whether gender makes a difference in human rights practices in an effort to examine whether leader characteristics can affect human rights. Previous research has found that countries with higher levels of gender equality, measured by the percentage of women in parliament, have fewer physical integrity rights violations. However, previous research has not found an association between female chief executives and better human rights practices overall, despite clear theoretical arguments for a relationship (Melander 2005). Using updated data on female chief executives for the years 1984 to 2011, together with a robust treatment effects estimator, we find that female chief executives do improve human rights when compared to their male counterparts.

Bolster School Funding

In order to provide appropriate funding for public education, states must have adequate and consistent sources of revenue and use them properly. Translation: States need to have a fair system of taxation, and invest taxpayer dollars in the public schools attended by 90 percent of students. These are key issues that education voters must use to evaluate candidates running for governor. Want to learn more about which candidates in key governors races support tax fairness to bolster school funding? Check out this article by the National Education Association that provides some advice on ways to spot the good and bad in school funding proposals on funding schools is easy to spot.

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Dilemmas and Hopes for Human Rights Education

A special issue entitled “Dilemmas and Hopes for Human Rights Education” has been published by Prospects: Comparative Review of Comparative Education – UNESCO’s journal of educational policies and practices. The issue presents examples from the Global South and Global North, reviewing recent theories, challenges and solutions for enabling a transformative approach to HRE through and against the lens of state power. Drawing on examples from Chile, China, Greece, Pakistan, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, and the US. The articles explore the gap between the emancipatory roots of HRE and the lived educational policies and practices of states and schools.

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Global Citizenship Education Through the Power of Film

With over 140 short documentaries and VR experiences there are so many imaginative ways that educators are using SIMA Classroom with their students.

To help you choose the right films for your class, SIMA has created curated film Playlists on some of the most important global education themes. Each one brings together a curated list of award-winning films and our project-based lesson plans to help you reimagine education. Dive into their latest film selections on the Sustainable Development Goals; Gender Equality; VR for Change; and more.

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Podcasting in Human Rights: Respecting the Storyteller 

Check out this podcast conversation hosted by the New Tactics in Human Rights on the potential of podcasting in human rights activism and the power of narrative storytelling. Hosted by Gianna Brassil.

In collaboration with podcasts The Irrelevant Arabs and Palestinians Podcast,  as well as Sylvia Thomas, producer at Freedom Podcasting Company and Barbara Frey, director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, New Tactics created its own podcast that explores issues of representation, the value of oral storytelling, and accessibility in creating independent media.

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Position open with Teaching Tolerance

Location:  Montgomery, AL or Atlanta, GA office.
Deadline: Open until filled

DescriptionThe Teaching and Learning Specialist serves on the Teaching & Learning team within Teaching Tolerance. As a team member the specialist helps to develop programming and teacher resources for print and web publication, supports online and in-person professional development activities and strategic partnerships, analyzes the impact of our programming and ensures that TT publications reflect best practices in anti-bias education. The Specialist ensures that our team is consistently operating in a way that allows us to design and deliver the highest impact professional development programming to advance teachers’ skills and effectiveness in our content areas.

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Call for Proposals ICHRE

The 9th International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is calling for paper and workshop proposals. Proposals must relate to one or more of the conference themes and must help to achieve the conference goals and objectives.

The theme for this year is, “Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society.”  The conference will be held November 26-29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Conference is expected to be attended by some 400 Australia and international HRE experts, practitioners, decision makers and thought leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The 9th ICHRE will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It will cover the range of human rights education (HRE) issues such as national and international curricula, pedagogy and best practices, including in the context of discrimination faced by the First Nations, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBTIQ communities and those of refugee and minority cultural and religious backgrounds.

 Deadline for Proposals: July 16

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