Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Women Scientists out of the Spotlight; Hong Kong Children Should Learn Traditional Chinese Forms of Characters; Discussion of Honor Killings Didn't Begin with Oscar-Winning Documentary; Calm Response to Brussels Is Needed

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Women Scientists out of the Spotlight; Hong Kong Children Should Learn Traditional Chinese Forms of Characters; Discussion of Honor Killings Didn't Begin with Oscar-Winning Documentary; Calm Response to Brussels Is Needed

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The Sydney Morning Herald / Sydney, Australia

Women scientists out of the spotlight

"Australia really needs more women to enter, stay, and succeed in STEM areas," writes Emma Johnston. "By turning off girls, by teaching both men and women that while women can study science, they can't be science leaders, we are hindering our ability to become the smart and agile society we need to be if we are to be truly competitive in a rapidly evolving world.... Of all the serious issues facing women in science today, the lack of visible role models may be the easiest to fix. We just need to be given a chance to say we're here, we do fascinating research, we have wonderful jobs, and we know what we're talking about. Come find us and we'll break the cycle together."

South China Morning Post / Hong Kong

Children in Hong Kong should learn traditional Chinese forms of characters

"As a locally educated Chinese person, I consider the simplification of Chinese characters to be an affront to the aesthetics of the Chinese language...," writes Raymond Young. "[But language] is key to understanding a culture. If we and our next generation cannot read with ease all the written materials published on the mainland, how can we have an informed view of what is going on there? Hong Kong has always prospered on being an efficient service provider to the world, so what harm can be done by equipping our younger generation to service our biggest client - mainland China - better? Preserving our 'local' values, whatever they are, should not be at the expense of our ability to communicate with the 1.3 billion people on the mainland."

Dawn / Karachi, Pakistan

Discussion of honor killings didn't begin with Oscar-winning documentary

"International and local media give the impression that the film and the current discourse on honour killing have emerged from a vacuum...," writes Sara Malkani. "In fact, honour killings have been a prominent part of the social discourse for more than two decades, thanks to the efforts of women's rights activists. …

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