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A Step Back for Gender Equality in the Board Room

Just under 28 percent of the 431 open board seats in Fortune 500 companies were awarded to women in 2016, down from 30 percent the year before. In today`s "Walk the Talk," Bloomberg`s Jeff Green takes a look at gender equality in the board room

June 20, 2017

Placing gender equity in Stem on the radar

The skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths is deepening. There are plenty of jobs in the industry, but there are not enough people to fill the roles. The problem is, to a significant extent, caused by the failure of Stem to attract women. Fewer than 25 per cent of people working in Stem are female. Policy-makers have come to recognise that this is more than an issue of equality, and that the lack of female participation in Stem leads not only to a reduced labour pool but also to a world where technology and science is primarily made by men for men

June 20, 2017
Irish Times

India submits report on sustainable development goals to UN

The review is centred around the goals of ending poverty and hunger, and ensuring healthy lives, besides achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, etc. On ending poverty in all its forms, it said there was compelling evidence that the rapid growth India has achieved following the economic reforms in 1991 had led to significant reduction in poverty. The report cited Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to emphasise that over two billion person-days of employment were generated during 2016-17 alone, largely for the disadvantaged sections of society

June 20, 2017
Business Standard

Teach the fathers of tomorrow to keep girls in school today, study shows

The Asante Africa Foundation said girls` attendance increased by 80 percent in Kenyan and Tanzanian schools where its project taught about 9,000 adolescent girls, 3,000 mothers and 500 boys about problems like teenage pregnancy and domestic violence. "If we want to ensure that the next generation of women are given the chance to receive a quality education then we must train our boys to be champions for girls` equality," Erna Grasz, founder of the U.S.-based charity, said

June 19, 2017

Break silence on 'terrifying' femicides in Dominican Republic - minister

The wave of femicides in the Caribbean nation is "terrifying", said Janet Camilo, the country`s minister for women. So far this year, 43 women have been killed in gender-based killings and six femicides have been reported this month alone, according to latest police figures, Camilo said. Victims of femicide usually have a history of suffering domestic violence and killers are often the victims` current or former partners, sometimes motivated by jealously or because a woman has refused to go back with an ex-boyfriend, activists say

June 16, 2017

Gay Chinese battle inertia, conservatism to push rights

When Chinese sexologist Li Yinhe was looking for top-level government support for same-sex marriage in the early 2000s, she asked the then mayor of Beijing, Wang Qishan, a friend, for help, after decades of Communist prudery about sex of all kinds, during recent years of economic reform and growth, gay Chinese have sprung forward to reclaim the country`s long history of relative tolerance towards homosexuality. With no clear, bureaucratic way forward to legalise same-sex marriage, unlike in Taiwan which approved the step last month, and deeply conservative attitudes among the older generation towards sex, gay Chinese are pushing against old social norms and legal uncertainty to assert their rights

June 7, 2017

Lack of 'safe' jobs keeping educated women from work in India

A lack of safe workplaces in India and the danger of reaching them by public transport is keeping more educated women out of the labour force, hurting the economy and leaving women more vulnerable. Nearly two-thirds of Indian women with college degrees are without jobs, pushing female participation in the labour force to 27%, among the lowest in the world, from nearly 40% a decade ago, according to the World Bank

June 2, 2017

In drought-stricken Mali, women manoeuvre for land - and a future

Malian men control access to land and decide which parts women are allowed to farm - that`s a problem for women as erratic weather increases competition for land and harvests. In some cases, crop losses on their own land have led men to encroach on land traditionally farmed by women and even steal women`s crops, according to development workers in the area. But an experiment in securing women`s access to small plots of land - and training them to grow crops in difficult climate conditions - aims to change that

May 29, 2017

Creating awareness on adolescent health through street plays

Adolescent Clubs performed street plays in Peren district and Kohima to create awareness on adolescent health and Non Communicable Diseases on May 27. The programmes were organized by District Health Society. They focused on teenage pregnancy and early marriage – Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH) and Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) – prevention and control of cancer, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases

May 28, 2017
Morung Express

US Gives Up Its Attempt To Prevent Listing Gender Equality As A Human Right

Leaders from the G7-countries will sign a statement that includes a reference to human rights when defining gender equality, a big diplomatic victory for Canada. Ivanka Trump is said to have played a significant role in helping leaders to shift Donald Trump from an opponent to support the proposition

May 26, 2017

UN gender equality report gives insight into Arab male identity

CNN covered a UN Women and Promundo report into the attitudes of Middle Eastern men towards gender equality. Respondents said they felt they were at a crossroads as they tried to negotiate a world of shifting gender identity. Shereen El-Feki, co-principal of the report, said that without involving men in discussions, society will be unable to close the region’s gender gap

May 10, 2017

Early puberty tied to increased risk of dating abuse

A new study shows that girls who go through puberty sooner may be more likely to experience dating abuse than their peers who develop later, a U.S. study says. Girls who make the early transition to puberty are at risk of lower self-esteem and of depression, and these characteristics may give them fewer coping skills to leave relationships that ultimately become abusive. The risk also rises proportionally to the increased levels of exposure to more boys at an earlier, more unprepared age

May 8, 2017

N.J. female physicians make less than their counterparts, study shows

A new study shows that female physicians in New Jersey make less than their male counterparts. The report shows the average wage gap in New Jersey was as much as 30%, one of the highest in the north east. Gaps in U.S. doctor compensation exist across 48 specialities, major cities and genders, according to research scientists Doximity, a national online network for doctors

May 6, 2017
Press of Atlantic City

Saudi step to relax male guardianship welcomed by women's advocates

Local Saudi media reports that the King of Saudi Arabia has issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and healthcare without getting the consent of a male guardian. This move was tentatively welcomed as another small step for women in this deeply conservative kingdom

May 5, 2017

FEATURE-Kenya's pastoralists look beyond patriarchy to property rights for women

Over-grazing and the sub-division and privatisation of land and its transfer to agricultural use has forced Kenyan herder communities to accept and adopt new land strategies, including applying for security of tenure and women in land transfer and inheritance, eroding the old patriarchal customs of men as decision makers and managers of land and stock

April 19, 2017

Nigeria’s gender equality bill not against men, Senator says

A Nigerian woman senator, Binta Garba, has appealed to men in parliament not to see the Gender Equality Bill before the Senate as an ‘affront to them’ but to recognise that men and women are equal partners in progress across all sectors. The bill prohibits all forms of discrimination due to gender, age and disability through spoken words, acts, rules and practices by any person or institution

April 18, 2017
Premium Times , Guardian Nigeria

EU gender equality report reveals ‘mountain to climb’

Launching the EU’s annual gender equality report, Vera Jourova, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality told Government Global Forum that the EU still has a mountain to climb with women across the continent continuing to face a glass ceiling in reaching management and leadership positions

April 18, 2017
Global Government Forum

"We want to learn": Iraqi girls back at school after years under Islamic State

Thomson Reuters Foundation News reports on schools reopening in the Mosul area of Iraq, highlighting the enthusiasm for learning that young people are showing, particularly among the young girls

April 17, 2017

Aussie Muslim Leaders Slam Hizb Ut-Tahrir Domestic Violence Video

Prominent Muslim community leaders slammed a video from radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir defending violence against women. In the video women from this fringe group argued that disobedient wives could be disciplined by being hit. The video sparked outrage across Australia and the rest of the world with a coalition of Muslim leaders and commentators saying “there is absolutely no justification for men to demean, threaten or abuse women, whether symbolically or otherwise” in a public statement

April 14, 2017
Huffington Post
April 13, 2017
Daily Telegraphj
April 14, 2017
The Guardian, Evening Standard

Kenya’s high court has ruled that a third of parliamentarians must be women

Earlier this month, Kenya’s high court ordered parliament to ensure that at least a third of its seats are held by women or risk dissolution. Kenyan lawmakers have about 50 days to figure out a way to guarantee women’s representation in parliament. In 2010, Kenya adopted a constitutional law that said no more than two-thirds of the legislature may be held by one gender. The government has delayed enforcing that ruling and now the court is pressing it to act

April 13, 2017
April 18, 2017
New Times Rwanda

Celebrated African women hope to inspire girls to narrow gender gap

Twelve women from Mali, Morocco and Zimbabwe among other countries, were honoured at a ceremony hosted by the New African Woman magazine in the Senegalese capital Dakar. The awards seek to celebrate successful African women in fields ranging from politics and business to agriculture and the arts and they seek to inspire girls across the continent to strive towards closing the gender gap, winners of the New African Women Awards commented

April 13, 2017
Reuters, GNN Liberia
April 14, 2017
Africa News

Indian TV commercial showing adored transgender mother goes viral

A TV commercial by Proctor & Gamble’s Vicks brand, which tells the real-life story of a transgender woman and her adopted daughter has sparked a conversation about transgender rights in India, where the community still faces deep biases despite gaining rights. The 3.5 minute commercial has racked up more than 9 million views on YouTube since its release two weeks ago

April 11, 2017
Trust.org, NBC News

Equal Pay for Men and Women? Iceland Wants Employers to Prove It

This week Iceland became the first country to introduce legislation requiring employers to prove they are paying men  and women equally. Iceland has had equal pay laws for half a century, pushing companies and the government to gradually reduce the pay gap. The thinking behind the new legislation is that unless the laws are applied more forcefully, the imbalance may never close

March 28, 2017
New York Times

Global Warming Is a Matter of Survival for Pacific Islander Women

In some Pacific Island communities, due to rising sea levels, health centres and hospitals have been built on higher land making it difficult for a six-month pregnant woman to reach as she travels from island to island. Climate change in Papua New Guinea has contributed to mudslides and landslides, loss of food crops due to heavy rains or severe drought. Women are often at the sharp end of the impact of climate change. Flooding leads to lower food production which affects families and can lead to gender-based violence. Cash poverty and health risks increase

March 28, 2017
NBC News

How to fix war-torn societies? Help women to work

Experts say women as survivors of war are agents of change, and through that change they can empower both themselves and the whole community. These are not people sitting back waiting for food as refugees, back in their country of origin they were almost always incredibly resourceful, reasonably well educated and only setback by the loss of all their identity when they became a refugee. Empowerment turns a refugee into a champion for change

March 24, 2017

Women’s rights are under fresh assault worldwide, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned...

Women’s rights are under fresh assault worldwide, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned as the UN kicked off a conference to take stock of the fight for gender equality

March 14, 2017
Straits Times, Yahoo News

Glaxo to Pay First Woman CEO Less, Cites Lack of Experience

Emma Walmsley, who is poised to take over as the first female CEO at GlaxoSmithKline Plc, will earn a quarter less than her predecessor, ‘to reflect her lack of experience at the helm.’ This lower compensation for a woman, who is breaking the gender barrier to become one of the first females to manage a top 25 pharmaceutical company, is likely to reignite the debate on the pay gap between the sexes, according to Bloomberg

March 14, 2017

US may go cheek by jowl with women’s rights abusers at UN gender talks

Donald Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ could align the U.S. with Iran, Sudan, Syria and other countries targeted by his U.S. travel ban at the Commission on the Status of Women talks in New York 

March 13, 2017
The Guardian

At least 12,000 people killed by domestic violence every year? Russia's not even sure

With Russia recently signing a bill to decriminalise domestic violence, this is a pandemic that is leading to around 38 women being killed every day with the deaths in rural areas, sometimes masked as suicides

March 10, 2017

REVEALED: Domestic violence, sexual abuse make women more vulnerable to HIV

Domestic violence and sexual abuse increases the risk of HIV among women, a new report by UNAIDS has revealed. A lack of access to education and health services and a lack of decision-making power are contributing factors to women’s vulnerability to HIV, the report concluded

March 10, 2017
The Cable Nigeria

South Africa’s rape epidemic

In a study published in November, by the University of Witwatersrand and Sonke Gender Justice, 2,600 men in Diepsloot were surveyed anonymously. An astonishing 38% admitted to having used force or threats to obtain sex in the preceding year. Add those who said they had beaten, hurt or threatened to use a weapon against a women and the share jumped to 54% and these men said they had committed such crimes more than once

March 9, 2017
The Economist

One in three Kenyan women battered before 18

One in three Kenyan women have experienced violence before reaching the age of 18, a youth campaigner told Capital FM Kenya

March 8, 2017
Capital FM

For women of color, the 'healthcare gap' is real and deadly

A recent study found that women of colour in America die from cervical cancer at more than twice the rate of white women in America. In fact, they are dying at rates comparable to those in much poorer developing countries. Cervical cancer is highly preventable, so why is this happening?

March 8, 2017
The Hill

Gender equality is out of reach, a quarter of all women fear

One in four British women believes gender equality is impossible to achieve, according to a new study. Nine out of ten of them are not optimistic that gender equality can be achieved in the next five years  

March 8, 2017
Chronicle Live

Bangladesh acid attack survivors show new confidence on fashion runway

Bangladesh hosted a fashion show with a difference to mark International Women’s Day, featuring 15 confident catwalk models fighting to overcome the trauma of acid attacks

March 8, 2017

There’s a Global Rape Epidemic and There Are Few Laws to Prevent it

A report released last week entitled ‘The World’s Shame’ by the international human rights organization Equality Now, has revealed the inadequacy of laws all over the world to protect women against sexual violence. Over a lifetime, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence – regardless of age, background or country. According to UNICEF, one in 10 girls – around 120m – experience rape or sexual assault globally

March 8, 2017
Global Citizen

One in five believe women inferior to men: global survey

One in five people around the world believe women are inferior to men and should stay at home, and that men are more capable in the workplace and at school, a new global survey released for International Women’s Day has found

March 7, 2017

Women in India earn 25% less than men: Monster Salary Index

Women in India earn 25% less than men, according to the publication of the new Monster Salary Index

March 6, 2017
Times of India

Australian women at work: underpaid, discriminated against and told to be 'more confident'

Research released in advance for International Women’s Day shows that female managers in Australia earn, on average, $93,000 less than their male equivalents. Women are twice as likely to be told they need more ‘confidence’ to be a leader, yet are frequently criticized for being assertive, and finally, women who are culturally diverse are worse off than the rest of their female peers

March 2, 2017
The Guardian

Companies back transgender rights in Supreme Court fight

A coalition of 53 companies backed transgender rights at the U.S. Supreme Court, signing on to a brief supporting a Virginia student who is fighting to use the school bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity

March 2, 2017

Women's charities welcome UK's first ambassador for gender equality

Britain has appointed the country’s first ambassador for gender equality, joining a growing band of countries globally to create such a role, in a move welcomed by women’s charities

February 28, 2017

Non communicable diseases

As Public Attention Turns To Mental Health, Let’s Not Forget Women And Girls

About one in five women in the UK have a mental health problem, compared to one in eight men. Men remain far more likely to die by suicide, but there is a worrying increase in mental health issues with women, up 8.3% in a single year, and the number now stands at its highest rate in England in over a decade

April 24, 2017
Huffington Post

Health systems

Gender Minister Wants Women Take Leadership Role in Health System Management

Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, says the untapped potential of women in health has undermined the contribution they could make to effective leadership for health systems strengthening globally. Speaking at the International Council of Nurses Program at the 2017 Congress and sharing experience on sustainable healthcare and empowering women under the theme, “Nurses at the Forefront Transforming Care” in Barcelona, Spain, Minister Cassell said women leaders in health require unique competencies to compete with their male counterparts

May 29, 2017
GNN Liberia

Barbados Takes Legal Stride on Gender Equality

Barbados has taken a major step towards ensuring gender equality in its judicial system with the development of a draft equality protocol for magistrates and judges. The document, the first of its kind in the CARICOM region, will support the judiciary in using gender analysis to ensure both men and women have equal access to justice. There are still inequalities in terms of numbers in the mainstream professions but this is hailed as a step forward

April 27, 2017
In Depth News