Kenny Leck, owner of Math Paper Press, said that, in his experience, most women write while in university, but “writing takes a backseat” after graduation because of the demands of work and “unbalanced” gender roles in the family.
- Have women made enough progress in terms of career, life choices, status, etc?
- Are there fields where women are overrepresented? Which, and why?
- Are women underrepresented in certain fields? Which? Why is this so?
- How can women increase their level of representation in these felds?
- What was your first impression of the girl in the hijab/tudung?
- Do you think that women should/can be as aggressive as men?
- What do you feel about people who don’t dress/behave in a similar way to other people?
- What is your opinion of Kubra Dagli?
- Why has she created a controversy?
- Is there a particular style /colour of clothing that you like?
- Should men and women / boys and girls wear different kinds of clothes?
- What has this segregation (separation) led to? Are these effects positive, negative or neutral?
- Do you think there is truly gender equality in the world?
- Why is there an imbalance?
- How does this imbalance affect people and society at large?
- How can this be corrected?
- Women have traditionally been the caregivers to children. What are your feelings about this?
- Should men have more parental leave than now?
- What other ways can more equality be encouraged between the sexes?
Like many Maasai girls, Ntaiya’s future was mapped by cultural tradition: marital engagement at age five, followed by a circumcision as a teen, a painful rite of passage that would mark the end of her formal education and lead to marriage and children.
Refusing to accept her fate, she told her father she would agree to be circumcised, but only if she could finish high school and continue her education, threatening to run away and disgrace her family. After acquiescing to the painful coming-of-age ceremony, she was able to extricate herself from an early marriage and then negotiated with village elders, who allowed Ntaiya to leave if she promised to return and use her schooling to benefit the community.
“Parents now see that their girls have another future—to have different lives than them, to have good jobs, and a way out of poverty,’’ says Ntaiya, a 2010 National Geographic emerging explorer.
- How has the status of different groups of people (eg. women, old people) changed in your country in the past 50 or 100 years?
- What is the best way to change a society?
- Do you think change is always good?
- What are some negative effects that this change might have had on her community?