Gender relations club aims to promote discussion

first_imgJunior Caylin McCallick saw a lack of conversation between different genders at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and decided to found the Justice Education Gender Relations Group (JEGRG) in order to spark and facilitate that conversation.“I realized that I had no outlets of engaging in academic conversation with different genders,” McCallick said. “I just want to talk to people. I want to engage in higher-level discussion about the issues we face — and I want to do it in an environment that’s void of solo cups and Tinder.”According to McCallick, the group, which she is doing as an independent academic study project, will meet once per week for four weeks. She said it will have a loose structure in hopes of creating open conversations about subjects varying from how different genders interact to sex positivity to DomerFest.“This group is my way of finding people with similar feelings who want to have a serious, safe dialogue about gender,” McCallick said. “What am I blind to? What do you know that I should know too?”McCallick said the main focus of the group is creating a space in which dialogue of this type can occur.“I realized that I didn’t really know how to communicate with opposite genders because on this campus mostly I just speak with females,” McCallick said. “I realized that was a common problem because I saw people … in different social situations. We’re all educated people, and yet when we meet each other, it becomes this dumb game. … I wanted to figure out why that is and delve deeper in the discrepancies between genders.”McCallick said she wants to create a continuous conversation in which women can speak with men on a professional level in addition to romantic or social contex in order to find the deeper meaning behind certain ideas about other genders.“I feel like I judge very quickly, especially men,” McCallick said. “I don’t know where that comes from in my soul. I just want to talk to someone face-to-face and figure out why I am having this defensive against you and figure out what we can do about it, so that we both can rise because there’s this strange social stigma and I don’t know where it comes from.”According to McCallick, the group will give members the opportunity to engage with and learn the perspectives of people different from them. The group’s dynamic will strengthen communication skills, a tool that will be beneficial later in life, she said.“I think it’s important because [Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are] both institutions of higher learning,” McCallick said. “We can benefit from representing our schools in the business world by knowing how to speak with someone appropriately and knowing what the other side of the issue is.”McCallick estimates the group will have 10 female-identifying members and 10-male identifying members, but it is open to people who identify as any gender.“I want it to be balanced among genders,” McCallick said. “I’m not just saying male and female — I want all genders. I want the balance because I don’t want any one to take control more than the other. … We can get really defensive, and the biggest thing is it has to be a safe environment to say things. You don’t want to get people on the defensive.”The group will begin meeting after spring break. For more information on how to join, email McCallick at cmccal01@saintmarys.eduTags: Caylin McCallick, gender relations, Justice Education Gender Relations Group, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Govt ‘undervaluing’ mothers on paid parental leave – Family First

first_imgTVNZ 12 April 2012Family first is slamming the Government’s plan to use a rare veto tool to quash a bill extending paid parental leave, saying it is “undervaluing mothers”. The private bill from Labour’s early childhood spokesperson Sue Moroney aims to extend paid parental leave in New Zealand from 14 to 26 weeks. National director of Family First Bob McCoskrie said the bill should at least be given the respect of debate, and the families are being penalised for having children. “Successive Governments have undervalued mothers – and it continues with this decision. “In reality, this policy would represent about 0.2% of the total Government spending, yet research shows that the role of mothers and the early bonding between mums and babies is vital for healthy child development.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/govt-undervaluing-mothers-family-first-4828536Paid parental leave veto disappointsDominion Post 12 April 2012The Government’s support partner United Future says moves to “kill off” plans to extend paid parental leave are disappointing but will not stop debate on the issue….. Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said the Government’s focus was on the needs of the economy, rather than the welfare of children. “In reality, this policy would represent about 0.2 per cent of the total government spending, yet research shows that the role of mothers and the early bonding between mums and babies is vital for healthy child development.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6727444/Paid-parental-leave-veto-disappointsGovernment criticised over paid parental leave vetoNational Radio 12 April 2012New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says it is astonishing the Government has chosen to veto paid parental leave legislation before political parties have had a chance to consider it…. The Family First lobby group says the Government is running scared of robust debate on the issue of paid parental leave.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/103120/government-criticised-over-paid-parental-leave-vetoLISTEN Radio NZ Morning Report (with comments from Family First)Nats under pressure over parental leaveDominion Post 13 April 2012The Government is coming under increasing fire over its decision to torpedo Labour’s paid parental leave extension, as research indicates it is the first time the financial veto has been used to block an entire piece of legislation…. His decision to kibosh the bill so early has been slammed, with NZ First leader Winston Peters saying politicians should stop trying to score points and be given time to discuss the issues. “We suggest the hysteria ends and we discuss this issue calmly as adults and see what we can work out.” Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the Government was scared of robust debate and families were being penalised as a result. The bill should at least be given the “respect of debate”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6734495/Nats-under-pressure-over-parental-leaveFamilies advocate: leave plan too dearNZ Herald 14 April 2012The Families Commission has reversed its support for a full year of paid parental leave, saying the country can probably no longer afford it. The move has dismayed social campaigner and Mana candidate Sue Bradford, who accused Families Commissioner Carl Davidson of betraying the ideals of his office and called on him to resign. Mr Davidson made his comments this week as Finance Minister Bill English announced that the Government would veto a $150 million-a-year Labour proposal for six months’ paid parental leave, which appeared to have majority support in Parliament. Until recently the Families Commission has helped lead the campaign for increased paid parental leave. It argued strongly under its former boss Rajen Prasad – now a Labour MP – for a full year’s paid parental leave and reaffirmed its position in 2010. But Mr Davidson, appointed that year by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, told the Weekend Herald that the commission’s 2007 proposal should now be seen as “the gold standard”, which had to change because of the worldwide economic recession.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10798723Call to raid fund for new-bornsBay of Plenty Times 15 April 2012A Tauranga child psychotherapist is calling on the Government to divert money from the 20 Hours Free subsidy scheme to longer paid parental leave. Augustina Driessen said if money was short, it would be better off going to new parents, whose children needed it most…. Family First NZ has slammed the Government as “undervaluing mothers”. A 2008 report by UNICEF rated New Zealand 23rd out of 25 countries for effective paid parental leave.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/call-to-raid-fund-for-new-borns/1344823/The cost of parenthoodNZ Herald 14 April 2012The Government says we can’t afford to introduce six months’ paid parental leave. Child advocates and some parents claim we can’t afford not to.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10798719last_img read more

Berahino backed for England call-up

first_img “The moment you get carried away in this game it will come back and bite you in the behind. We have to keep working hard and make sure we are well prepared. At the start of the season there were times when I didn’t have a full squad to pick from.” Burnley were toothless and have scored just once in the league this season. They are also now goalless in eight hours and 46 minutes in the top flight. Lukas Jutkiewicz had a header saved by Ben Foster in the second half but they never looked like breaching the organised hosts. Defeat left them winless and bottom of the table, and boss Sean Dyche admitted the visitors deserved nothing. He said: “I broke my leg here as a 17-year-old playing for Nottingham Forest. It’s one of the rare ‘block’ grounds I’ve got. “It doesn’t quite happen for me here. I didn’t tell anyone before the game in case it spread. “Disappointing pretty much covers it, but credit to West Brom and the way they played. “You can’t afford to have a bad game against a side like that in the Premier League. “We just didn’t deal with it. I won’t hide behind the fact we had players missing and it was very poor we gave two goals away from corners. “Everyone knows the script. If you pull a goal back at 2-0 you’re back in it. “The players need to have the mentality to cope with that. In the Championship you can get away with it if three or four players have a bad game, but not in the Premier League – it’s relentless.” Press Association “If he keeps on playing like that and keeps on scoring goals then he’ll get all those rewards,” the Scot said. “I don’t think Roy Hodgson will be looking and saying ‘he’s too young’ or anything like that. “He’ll put him in as he’s shown already – if he feels he’s the best player for the position. “The goals he’s scored so far will certainly make Roy think about him. “But right now, Saido’s got to keep working the way he does. He stays to do finishing and movement after training every day. And he’s getting the benefits from all of that.” Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans also scored as the Baggies sealed their third successive win to move up to 10th in the table. Irvine added: “I’m delighted for the players and I said after the Everton game (a 2-0 defeat) there were a lot of really positive things. It was difficult for people to look at it that way because of the result, but I felt we were going the right way. “I am not going to get carried away. We have had three wins – three very good wins – with very good performances. Berahino’s brace helped Albion hammer the Clarets 4-0 at The Hawthorns on Sunday, and made him the top-scoring Englishman in the Barclays Premier League with four goals. Roy Hodgson’s England face San Marino and Estonia in Euro 2016 qualifiers next month and Irvine believes 21-year-old Berahino, who has nine goals in 11 under-21 games – can make the step up to the senior side. West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has tipped Saido Berahino to make an England breakthrough after his brace battered Burnley. last_img read more