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Gender and Inequality: How the U.S. Stacks Up Against Other OECD Countries

May 24, 2012

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released the 2012 Better Life Index with two new and striking additions this year. For the first time, each of 11 categories that are used to measure well-being will be compared against gender and socioeconomic inequality, giving a fuller picture of the quality of life […]

The Second Sexism is just victim-envy

May 17, 2012

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It is perfectly possible to understand that many men are suffering at the moment without blaming it on feminism Suzanne Moore guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 May 2012 Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex, would be twisting in her chignon. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Are men the new women? Are they having a harder time […]

Indonesia Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill

May 9, 2012

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Kafil Yamin | May 09, 2012 The fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia’s parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups. No fewer than six major Islamic organizations have formally objected to […]

What Disrespect Looks Like to Women

May 3, 2012

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Posted: 05/ 1/2012Linda Durnell Behavior that denigrates women is prevalent throughout the world. Women are wives, co-workers, sisters, mothers, friends, daughters and over half of the population, and most of these women will be disrespected for simply being a woman. When women’s issues are regarded as secondary to those of men’s — as illustrated by […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

Muslim Women in India Seek Gender Equality in Marriage

April 24, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: April 24, 2012 NEW DELHI — Three years ago, Salma Khatun’s husband divorced her in a fit of rage after a quarrel, pronouncing what is known as the triple talaq in the presence of witnesses. The triple talaq is a formula of repudiation. The first two times it is pronounced, it […]

‘Gender (in)equality not linked to Islam’

April 22, 2012

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Equality between Muslim men and women has little to do with religion, says Gönül Halat-Mec. DW’s Klaudia Prevezanos spoke to the family lawyer and member of the of the annual German Islam Conference. Deutsche Welle: What’s the situation regarding equality between Muslim men and women in Germany? Gönül Halat-Mec: You have to differentiate: It always […]

Opinion: The crisis of gender inequality among African Americans runs deep

April 15, 2012

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Published: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 6:00 AMBy Times of Trenton guest opinion column AP/Courtesy of Du Bois familyThis is a copy of an undated photo of the DuBois family showing W.E.B. DuBois, center, with his wife, Shirley Graham DuBois, left, stepson David DuBois, and daughter, Yolanda DuBois. The photo was published in the 1978 book […]

‘Who Needs Feminism?’ New Tumblr Promotes Gender Equality

April 15, 2012

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1 day ago by Matt Petronzio Move over, Feminist Ryan Gosling — there’s a new Tumblr battling sexism. On Wednesday, 16 undergraduate students at Duke University launched Who Needs Feminism?, a campaign that encourages feminist and gender egalitarian discussion over social media. The Tumblr features posters and statements from individuals explaining why feminism is important. […]

Sweden’s New Gender-Neutral Pronoun: Hen

April 12, 2012

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A country tries to banish gender. By Nathalie RothschildPosted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 By most people’s standards, Sweden is a paradise for liberated women. It has the highest proportion of working women in the world, and women earn about two-thirds of all degrees. Standard parental leave runs at 480 days, and 60 of those days […]

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality

April 11, 2012

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Nake M. Kamrany and Catherine RobinsonPosted: 04/11/2012 Egregious gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality. Only four out of over 135 nations have achieved gender equality including Costa Rica, Cuba, Sweden, and Norway. Yemen was scored the lowest across all dimensions. Measures of […]

Rural women’s empowerment: A long road ahead

March 30, 2012

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Published: 27/03/2012 © FAO/G. Napolitano Advancing rural women’s economic empowerment and access to decent rural employment, supporting associations in giving them a stronger voice in decision-making, and fostering their better access to land are three priority areas in enabling rural women to realize their full potential for food and nutrition security. The UN Inter-Agency Task […]

Report: Women Farmers Denied Equal Rights

March 26, 2012

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March 23, 2012Joe DeCapua Photo: Bread for the World Bread for the World says women farmers need equal rights and equal access to resources. A humanitarian group says if women farmers had the same rights as men much more could be done to reduce world hunger. Bread for the World says equal access to agricultural […]

‘I’ll proudly fight for women and Afghanistan’

March 12, 2012

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Sadaf Rahimi is an unlikely Olympian with a powerful sense of purpose Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 March 2012 Sadaf Rahimi, an Afghan boxer, practices at a boxing club in Kabul. Photograph: Musadeq Sadeq/ASSOCIATED PRESS If it’s unusual to see a woman representing Afghanistan at the Olympic Games, her choice of sport is even more surprising. […]

The future of sexual harassment

March 11, 2012

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We’ve come a long way in our attitudes about sex and the office — but not far enough. An expert explains Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 A detail from the cover of “Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power, and Desire” These days, it’s impossible to discuss sex in the office without immediately thinking […]

Women and the Leadership Gap

March 5, 2012

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Mar 5, 2012 It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began. So why aren’t more women in positions of power? Leslie Bennetts reports. When a Congressional committee hearing presented an all-male panel of witnesses to discuss female contraception last month, Rep Carolyn Maloney made news by demanding, “Where are the women?” Her […]

WORLD ATLAS of gender equality in education

March 4, 2012

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WORLD ATLAS of gender equality in education

Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman

March 4, 2012

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An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day unearths some surprising results… Sarah Morrison Sunday 04 March 2012 When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. A British […]

American Muslims Women behaving badly in mosques

March 2, 2012

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By Uzma Mariam Ahmed, March 2, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> Women in American mosques are loud and messy. They allow their children to run free. They socialize and chatter during khutbas. They rush out after the prayers and don’t participate in cleaning or re-organizing the space. They wear inappropriate clothes, allowing their […]

GENDER EQUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT

February 10, 2012

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GENDER EQUALITY ANDDEVELOPMENT

Women at work: edging towards equality

February 10, 2012

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These are some real reasons to be cheerful. But the glass is still only just half full Editorial guardian.co.uk, Thursday 9 February 2012 There are moments, as Jim Callaghan so famously observed before Labour was evicted from power in 1979, when the times change. In one important way, it is beginning to feel that Britain […]

Why the gender pay gap matters / The reality of the gender wage gap (2 articles)

February 6, 2012

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Ray Filar, 6 February 2012 With so many families in Britain struggling in the face of the Coalition’s austerity measures, wage inequalities between men and women seem low down on almost everyone’s agenda. But as increasing numbers of households become depend on women’s wages, equal pay for equal work is a more pertinent demand than […]

Despite Rhetoric, Women Still Sidelined in Development Funding

February 6, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda Women in Muslim-dominated Metiabruz district in eastern India look forward to better opportunities after their IT education. Credit:Ranjita Biswas/IPS WASHINGTON, Feb 6, 2012 (IPS) – As U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro once put it, “Women hold the keys to unlocking the barriers to sustainable development.” Women play essential roles in the global […]

Gender Divides On Both Sides Of The Green Line – OpEd

January 26, 2012

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Written by: MIFTAHJanuary 25, 2012By Julie Holm Before moving to Palestine I had many Scandinavian friends asking me if I would have to cover up my hair while living in Ramallah. When I tell my Palestinian friends about this they laugh. In Palestine, and especially Ramallah, women are freer than in most other Arab societies. […]

No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool fights gender bias

January 23, 2012

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By JENNY SOFFEL – Associated Press | AP – Mon, Jun 27, 2011 STOCKHOLM (AP) — At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys. In this Monday June 20, 2011 file photo, children play in the garden of “Egalia”, […]

FATA political representation: One woman talks about gender equality

January 22, 2012

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By Sumera KhanPublished: January 22, 2012 Young Dur-e-Shahwar, who is in her 20s, was only woman amongst tribal elders who gathered for a jirga in Peshawar  ISLAMABAD:In the conservative society of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) where women are rarely seen in public, Dur-e-Shahwar embraced the challenge of representing the women of Mohmand Agency […]

Dismantling Gender Stereotypes: The role of laws

January 14, 2012

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Source: AWID 13/01/2012 Gender stereotypes disadvantage women in many ways. A book by Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack examines these stereotypes from a legal perspective and argues for a transnational legal approach to dismantling them. By Kathambi Kinoti Over the years, women have strived for and achieved the recognition and fulfillment of their human […]

State of the world: Global gender gap narrows

January 1, 2012

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Women’s lot rises as the gender gap narrows worldwide. By Peter Grier, Staff writer / December 26, 2011 South African teenage girls are seen in a Soweto leadership class in this 2009 file photo.Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor Washington Ten years ago, life was still hard for the women of Ijuhanyondo village in Tanzania. […]

State of the world: Global gender gap narrows

January 1, 2012

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Women’s lot rises as the gender gap narrows worldwide. By Peter Grier, Staff writer / December 26, 2011 South African teenage girls are seen in a Soweto leadership class in this 2009 file photo.Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor Washington Ten years ago, life was still hard for the women of Ijuhanyondo village in Tanzania. […]

"Democracies Must Ensure Fair Gender Redistribution of Resources"

September 14, 2011

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Marcela Valente interviews RAQUEL COELLO, adviser to U.N. Women Raquel Coello, expert on gender responsive budgeting. Credit:Courtesy Raquel Coello BUENOS AIRES, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – No matter how progressive laws to promote equality between men and women may be, without budgets with a gender perspective that allocate resources differentially, inequality will persist in Latin […]

"Democracies Must Ensure Fair Gender Redistribution of Resources"

September 14, 2011

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Marcela Valente interviews RAQUEL COELLO, adviser to U.N. Women Raquel Coello, expert on gender responsive budgeting. Credit:Courtesy Raquel Coello BUENOS AIRES, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – No matter how progressive laws to promote equality between men and women may be, without budgets with a gender perspective that allocate resources differentially, inequality will persist in Latin […]

Argentina’s big step towards true sexual equality

September 3, 2011

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Proposals to allow trans people to change their names and gender on legal documents could be another landmark measure Flavia Dzodan guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 September 2011 A gay couple kisses outside Argentina’s congress during a 2010 rally to support a proposal to legalise same-sex marriage. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP The 15 July last year was a […]

Argentina’s big step towards true sexual equality

September 3, 2011

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Proposals to allow trans people to change their names and gender on legal documents could be another landmark measure Flavia Dzodan guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 September 2011 A gay couple kisses outside Argentina’s congress during a 2010 rally to support a proposal to legalise same-sex marriage. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP The 15 July last year was a […]

Beyond suffrage: How far have women come since?

August 30, 2011

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By EVE WEINBAUM AND RACHEL ROTHLos Angeles TimesPosted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 Today we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, a victory that took more than 70 years of political struggle to achieve. After women won the right to vote in 1920, socialist feminist Crystal Eastman observed that suffrage was an important first step […]

Beyond suffrage: How far have women come since?

August 30, 2011

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By EVE WEINBAUM AND RACHEL ROTHLos Angeles TimesPosted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 Today we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, a victory that took more than 70 years of political struggle to achieve. After women won the right to vote in 1920, socialist feminist Crystal Eastman observed that suffrage was an important first step […]

The gender struggle in India

August 28, 2011

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As India evolves from a traditional to a modern society, what challenges are Indian women facing?The Cafe Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 08:35 India has produced a female president, a prime minister, business tycoons and countless Bollywood starlets. But becoming a successful Indian woman depends on the caste you are born into and what part […]

The gender struggle in India

August 28, 2011

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As India evolves from a traditional to a modern society, what challenges are Indian women facing?The Cafe Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 08:35 India has produced a female president, a prime minister, business tycoons and countless Bollywood starlets. But becoming a successful Indian woman depends on the caste you are born into and what part […]

Slow climb for women in the workplace

August 28, 2011

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Sun-Herald editorial August 28, 2011 THE imperative of equality for women in the workforce has undergone a philosophical shift. Forty-odd years ago, when international feminism was nascent and in Australia the Women’s Electoral Lobby was being formed, the call for redressing gender imbalance was all about discrimination. In the second decade of a new century […]

Slow climb for women in the workplace

August 28, 2011

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Sun-Herald editorial August 28, 2011 THE imperative of equality for women in the workforce has undergone a philosophical shift. Forty-odd years ago, when international feminism was nascent and in Australia the Women’s Electoral Lobby was being formed, the call for redressing gender imbalance was all about discrimination. In the second decade of a new century […]

Gender equality in Tanzania: Beyond political struggles

August 21, 2011

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By The guardian reporter 20th August 2011 Tanzanian woman entrepreneur: Government and civil society organisations should refocus their strategies and gender equality and put more weight on women`s economic survival instead of political emancipation In this article, our special correspondent dwells on the plight of poor Tanzanian women. He asserts that it is also unfortunate […]

Gender equality in Tanzania: Beyond political struggles

August 21, 2011

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By The guardian reporter 20th August 2011 Tanzanian woman entrepreneur: Government and civil society organisations should refocus their strategies and gender equality and put more weight on women`s economic survival instead of political emancipation In this article, our special correspondent dwells on the plight of poor Tanzanian women. He asserts that it is also unfortunate […]

New campaign targets gender ratio imbalance

August 17, 2011

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(Global Times)14:36, August 17, 2011 China’s gender ratio remains high, with men far outnumbering women, raising concerns about social instability, gender imbalance and non-sustainable development, as authorities announced a nationwide campaign to reverse the problem. The eight-month campaign will target non-medical gender determinations and gender-selective abortions, all of which are illegal under Chinese law. The […]

New campaign targets gender ratio imbalance

August 17, 2011

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(Global Times)14:36, August 17, 2011 China’s gender ratio remains high, with men far outnumbering women, raising concerns about social instability, gender imbalance and non-sustainable development, as authorities announced a nationwide campaign to reverse the problem. The eight-month campaign will target non-medical gender determinations and gender-selective abortions, all of which are illegal under Chinese law. The […]

Zimbabwe: Women Dreaming of Equality

August 10, 2011

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Luta Shaba8 August 2011 It comes as no surprise that women have been grossly short-changed in the years since the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Women have always been short-changed in Zimbabwe, despite their critical contributions during both the first and second Chimurengas – the struggles against colonial rule. Some women did voice optimism back in […]

Zimbabwe: Women Dreaming of Equality

August 10, 2011

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Luta Shaba8 August 2011 It comes as no surprise that women have been grossly short-changed in the years since the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Women have always been short-changed in Zimbabwe, despite their critical contributions during both the first and second Chimurengas – the struggles against colonial rule. Some women did voice optimism back in […]

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

August 9, 2011

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Posted on August 1 2011 Fabiana Benvino, a guardia, does street outreach for Safe Cities Programme, Rosario, Argentina. (Photo: UN Women/Hilary Duffy)  UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study mid-July, assessing mechanisms in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that […]

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

August 9, 2011

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Posted on August 1 2011 Fabiana Benvino, a guardia, does street outreach for Safe Cities Programme, Rosario, Argentina. (Photo: UN Women/Hilary Duffy)  UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study mid-July, assessing mechanisms in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that […]

U.S. Tribal Council Resists Homophobia

August 9, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Aug 8, 2011 (IPS) – Heather Purser, a member of the Suquamish tribe, whose reservation sits in Washington State, came out to her family at the age of 16, but has never felt completely accepted by her people. Until now. Following a unanimous vote last Monday, the Suquamish became the second […]

U.S. Tribal Council Resists Homophobia

August 9, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Aug 8, 2011 (IPS) – Heather Purser, a member of the Suquamish tribe, whose reservation sits in Washington State, came out to her family at the age of 16, but has never felt completely accepted by her people. Until now. Following a unanimous vote last Monday, the Suquamish became the second […]

AFRICA-DEVELOPMENT Governments Need to Reach Out to Rural Women

July 30, 2011

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By Aimable Twahirwa KIGALI, Jul 29, 2011 (IPS) – Governments, especially in Africa, need to have strong accountability measures in place in order to effectively reach women in rural areas through gender responsive budgeting. This was one of the recommendations in the Global Call for Action plan drawn up at the end of an international […]