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With a women's and girls’ empowerment grant from the West Marin Fund, Amber Smith-Dulin offers a monthly self-defense course at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Beyond practicing moves, the sessions allow students to talk about situations in their lives that have made them feel uncomfortable or threatened, and they are encouraged to listen to their instincts and find a trusted adult should anything happen in the future. Ms. Smith-Dulin plans to lead another session for the community center’s female staff.   Ginny Felch

A new study released by the United Nations on gender social norms to mark International Women’s Day reveals that, despite decades of progress in closing the equality gap between men and women, close to 90 percent of men and women globally hold some sort of bias against women, providing new clues to the invisible barriers women face in . . .

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