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"Women perform 66% of the world's work while earning only
10% of the world's income and owning less than 1% of its property."
- Bill Clinton
Updated: April 17, 2014
- In the News: Education for Girls - For every additional year of school, girls earn 10 - 20 percent more when they're adults.
- Around 120 million children either never make it to school or drop out before their 4th year, and another 130 million fail to acquire basic skills while they are there (UNESCO)
- Of the 775 million adults who are illiterate, two thirds of them are women (UNESCO)
- In most developing countries, fewer than 50 percent of girls complete primary school (UN)
- In the News: 6 Initiatives That Empower Women in Agriculture - Farmers and farmers groups, researchers and scientists, and government leaders and policy-makers from across the continent are gathered to better understand family farming in North America and to agree upon common recommendations for the development and support of family farmers in the U.S. and Mexico. The dialogue also hopes to identify the key challenges family farmers face as well as the solutions they're developing in their communities.
- In the News: Afghan Women See Hope in the Ballot Box - 300 women are running for provincial council seats around the country, more than ever before. And for the first time, a woman - Habiba Sarobi, the former governor of Bamian Province - is running for vice president on a leading national ticket.
- OpEd: No more backsliding: The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. It outlines a comprehensive framework that can guide governments toward eliminating discrimination and bring any country closer to achieving gender equality.
- In the News: US Human Rights Record Chastised in UN Report - The UN has delivered a withering verdict on the US's human rights record, raising concerns on a series of issues including torture, drone strikes, the failure to close Guantanamo Bay and the NSA's bulk collection of personal data.
- In the News: Equalizing Wages in Israel's Workforce is a three-year initiative, implemented by NIF grantees the Israel Women's Network, the Adva Center and SHATIL, in consultation with the EEOC. The project works to increase awareness, knowledge, and capacities to equalize wages among the general public and among key actors in the public and private sectors; and to promote policies, practices, and regulations that will help combat gender-based salary discrimination.
- In the News: Reclaiming the Radical Spirit of Women's History Month - From Paris to Kabul, women show up and speak out.
- AAUW Blog: Global Women Wonder: Why Are We Still Asking for a Seat at the Table? - “We cannot achieve a world of dignity for all until we end gender inequality in all its forms,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon told the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
- March 10 -21: UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION on the STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW) - The 58th annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held at the UN Headquarters from March 10 to March 21st. This year's priority theme is "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls."
- Video: Malala Yousafzai's address- Commonwealth Day 2014
- In the News: Are there really 21 million slaves worldwide? - the ILO's report "2012 Global estimate of forced labour" estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour. Its definition of this is "work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily."
- In the News: Celebrating 23 Women Righting the Wrongs of Hunger and Poverty Around the World - In many countries, women are responsible for the majority of food production, but they are also more likely to suffer from hunger due to food shortages. For instance, Oxfam International data has found women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, but only earn 10 percent of the income.
- In the News: Global Gender Pay Gap Map - This map highlights the percentage difference between men and women’s wages around the world. There is not a single country where women earn, on average, more than their male counterparts.
- In the News: U.S. human rights report focuses more on LGBT discrimination in global community - Gay and transgender people are singled out for state-sanctioned discrimination or mistreatment in about 80 countries, the United States charged Thursday in the broadest statement yet that Washington considers the treatment of gays a key measure of human rights around the world.
- In the News: Great Britain: Cash-strapped older women are forced back to work - Older women taking on more jobs, study finds, but pay gap between the sexes is growing wider.
- In the News: Hillary Clinton launches global data project on women and girls - Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been weaving a theme of women’s empowerment throughout her public life as she ponders another presidential run in 2016, launched a new partnership to measure and analyze the advancement of women and girls around the world.
- AAUW Blog: Developing the World’s Teachers: AAUW’s African Educators Program
- In the News: U.N. Report Says Progress for Women Is Unequal - A closer look at the report's numbers reveals marked disparities. For instance, in the poorest communities, "women's status, maternal death, child marriage" and other indicators of women's well-being have "seen little progress in the last 20 years," the report concludes.
- In the News: Hillary and Chelsea Clinton meet with United Nations chief on women’s equality - Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, met Tuesday at the United Nations with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss worldwide women's equality. The U.N. chief told reporters that Clinton would play "a very important role" in next year's 20th anniversary celebration of the historic 1995 U.N. conference on women in Beijing, where as first lady she famously declared that "women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights."
- In the News: EU sounds alarm on poverty among working-age people - It stated that finding fresh employment only helped people out of poverty in 50 percent of all cases as those who managed to land a job tended to work fewer hours or for lower wages than before.
- In the News: Ireland: Young people forming new and growing wave of homeless as rents and cuts bite - "After 30 years of working to eliminate homelessness, I believe the problem is now worse than ever, perhaps even out of control." There are troubling signs that homelessness is getting worse. There has been a 50 per cent increase in the numbers sleeping rough in Dublin since last April.
- In the News: Rise in 'funeral poverty' means more than 100,000 in UK cannot afford to die - The average price of arranging a funeral, burial or cremation service with state administration now stands at £7,622, and has risen by 7.1 per cent in the past year alone. Combined with the financial challenges faced by the poorest people in recession-hit Britain, it means the level of "funeral poverty" is up 50 per cent from three years ago.
- In the News: Global unemployment jumped to nearly 202 million last year - The labor agency said the huge pool of workers who lost their jobs since the 2008 financial crisis has only widened in recent years. "If current trends continue, global unemployment is set to worsen further," the report said, estimating that global unemployment will climb to more than 215 million job seekers by 2018.
- In the News: Woman Chosen to Lead Central African Republic Out of Mayhem - Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, will be the first woman to lead the nation, and she will probably serve for a little over a year, with the goal of leading it to national elections. Her appointment came from an unusual assortment of unelected rebel sympathizers, politicians, artists and others who have filled in as a substitute parliament for a nation so fractured that it has suffered a total breakdown of the state in recent months.
- In the News: Spotlight on Worldwide Inequality - The disparity between the wealthy minority and the billions living in suffocating poverty is greater than it has ever been.
- In the News: Hunger Crisis Among Afghan Children Worsens - Hospitals are reporting more cases of severe malnutrition among children - cases have increased by 50 percent or more compared with 2012, according to United Nations figures. Doctors report similar situations in Kandahar, Farah, Kunar, Paktia and Paktika Provinces — all places where warfare has disrupted people’s lives and pushed many vulnerable poor over the nutritional edge.
- In the News: First Female Law Firms to Protect Women Opens in Saudi Arabia - The first female law firm has opened its doors in Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights in the kingdom, Russia Today reported Jan. 3. Its founder along with three other female lawyers were granted licenses to practice law in the country two months ago. Now Saudi women can seek help, advice and legal aid from Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran, the first Saudi woman lawyer who launched the female law firm in Jeddah.
- In the News: Japan: The worst developed country for working mothers? - Japanese women are more likely to have a university degree than men, and the number of women in employment has been rising steadily for 10 years - but, for a range of reasons, a woman who has had children still has a hard time getting a good job.
- In the News: The Good and the Bad of the Foreign Policy 100 Leading Thinkers List - More than half of the 21 individuals in the advocates section are women, which demonstrates that 2013 was a year in which issues facing women and girls were at the forefront of the media.
- In the News: The World Braces for Retirement Crisis - Spawned years before the Great Recession and the 2008 financial meltdown, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Living standards will fall and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II. In developing countries, people's rising expectations will be frustrated if governments can't afford retirement systems to replace the tradition of children caring for aging parents.
- In the News: Improved edu - Within the campus grounds — a world of strictly female students, teachers and staff — women have some greater freedoms. But outside, women remain bound by a web of customs and religious strictures. Women are kept segregated from men, are barred from simple rights like driving and required to adhere to strict dress codes that often require them to cover their hair and face with a black veil. They are ruled by the whim of male relatives whose permission is required for a woman to work, get an education or travel under "guardianship laws."
- In the News: Chile's Bachelet promises reforms after landslide election win - Center-leftist Michelle Bachelet set the stage for the formation of her Cabinet on Monday, a day after sweeping back to power with a huge majority in presidential elections on promises of major tax and education reforms to redress Chile's social divisions.
- In the News: Crimes Against Women Grossly Underestimated, Report Says - Violence committed against women by men is vastly under-reported in many countries, a large new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 93,600 women in 24 countries who survived sexual or physical violence, often called gender-based violence. Only 7 percent of the survivors reported the incidents to legal, medical or social support services, and only 37 percent informed family, friends or neighbors.
- In the News: Efforts To Protect Filipino Women, Girls After Typhoon are Inadequate, UN Says — Efforts to prevent rape and ensure pregnant women have safe deliveries following a devastating typhoon in the Philippines have been inadequate, according to the United Nations and international aid organizations.
- In the News: Gender equality: will the post-2015 goals succeed where the MDGs failed? - UN Women's John Hendra argues gender equality won't be achieved without tackling structural constraints.
- In the News: Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage - The World Bank has calculated the cost of girls dropping out of school - as almost all child brides do - and reducing their future earning power, and the numbers are staggering. It finds and productivity for developing nations like India, Brazil and Kenya. And the report notes this does not include the broader social costs when half a nation's population is uneducated.
- In the News: Family Planning Argument Takes Path to Prosperity - About 222 million women in the developing world do not have access to contraception. Birth control isn't just good for women, says one advocacy group, it's key to economic prosperity.
- In the News: The Courage of Malala: Shot for Advocating Education for Girls - Perhaps the value of the full development of women in a non-patriarchal society, of the wisdom that they contribute to resolving world conflicts, can best be exemplified by what Malala Yousafzai recently told President Obama: "Drone attacks are fueling terrorism."
- In the News: Islamist women and girls receive heavy prison sentences for Egypt protests - Nearly two dozen Islamist women and girls, some as young as 15, were handed heavy prison sentences for protesting in a court ruling Wednesday that came a day after police beat and terrorized prominent female activists in a crackdown on secular demonstrators under a tough new anti-protest law. Among them were seven girls ages 15 and 16, who were sentenced to prison terms until they turn 18. The rest - most ages 18 to 22 - were sentenced to 11 years in prison.
- In the News: Why Won't Congress Pass the International Violence Against Women Act? - Violence against women takes many forms, including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, and acid attacks, to name just a few. It's a global human rights crisis that exacerbates instability and insecurity around the world.
- In the News: Youth Unemployment Rates Are Terrible Everywhere - High unemployment continues to the dominant economic theme around the world. Youth unemployment rates were more than double total unemployment rates in most selected countries and more than triple the total unemployment rate in Italy. This has implications for lifetime income, lifetime savings, as well as related social implications at the aggregate level.
- In the News: Bleak outlook for British graduates: Wages down 12% and debt up 60% since financial crash - Graduates face lower wages and rising debt. Britain’s ‘lost generation’ of graduates are leaving university with around 60 per cent more debt than their pre-financial crash counterparts, a new study has found.
- In the News: Women lose education rights in Egypt - Before the 2011 revolution in the country, Egypt had one of the better education rights for women in the Middle East. In November 2011, half of all university students in Egypt were women, according to an article in the Global Press Journal. A column in the Collegiate Times that same year said that Egyptian women were as educated as Egyptian men.
- In the News: Africa’s female politicians: Women are winning - OF THE 36 lower houses of parliament worldwide that have reached the 30% threshold considered necessary for women to have an impact on decision-making, 11 are African. At the end of 2012, one-fifth of sub-Saharan MPs on average were female, according to figures of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union. That may not sound a lot, but marks an increase of seven percentage points on 2002, and puts the continent on a par with the global mean. By comparison, women MPs make up 23% of Britain’s House of Commons, and 18% of America’s Congress.
- In the News: Gender gap deepens in Italy over unpaid work - Italian women worked 21 more hours a week without pay than men did. On average, Italian women put in 36 hours a week carving up chores, while men do just 14 hours. The OECD report highlights that the gender gap in Italy is the widest among the 34 countries measured for differences between men and women in the distribution of unpaid work. Italy comes ahead of France, the UK, the US and Germany. The report also warns that the inequities can have negative effects on the well-being of women.
- In the News: OpEd: Keep the human rights abusers off UN council - The General Assembly votes Nov. 12 for 14 new members. According to a General Assembly resolution, candidates for the council are supposed to be countries that “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.”
- In the News: Malala Yousafzai's book banned in Pakistani schools - Malala has become an international hero for opposing the Taliban and standing up for girls' education. But conspiracy theories have flourished in Pakistan that her shooting was staged to create a hero for the West.
- In the News: Breaking New Ground for Trans Children - While non-heterosexual orientation is punishable by death in some parts of the world, many South American countries and others are respecting the right to choose one's gender identity from early childhood, giving rise to a new field of challenges.
- In the News: Access to education for girls in Somalia - Overall school enrollment over the last eight years, only 710,860 children out of an estimated 1.7 million of primary school age children – 42 per cent of children – are in school. Of those at school, 36 per cent are girls, according to UNICEF report. The number of female students in Universities is also very little compared to male students.
- In the News: Sweden’s plan to bring gender equality to the movies - The initiative is called “A-märkt,” and its promoters are encouraging theaters to stamp its “A” logo on the movie posters and pre-roll screens of any film that (1) has at least two female characters who (2) talk to each other (3) about something other than men. The “A” stands for both “approved” and “Allison,” the name of the American cartoonist who came up with the test. A surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) high proportion of films fail this test.
- In the News: Turkey to Segregate Men and Women in Dorms - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that male and female students will be segregated in university dorms, the Associated Press reported The issue points to continuing tensions between Erdogan’s Islamic-leaning government and secular-minded Turks, many of whom accuse Erdogan of imposing his conservative beliefs on society at large.
- In the News: Over 7 Million Girls in Developing Countries Give Birth Annually, UNFPA Report Finds - Although pregnancies in girls under age 18 are declining worldwide, more than seven million girls still give birth annually in developing countries, according to a United Nations Population Fund report. It also showed that two million of the 7.3 million annual births to minors in developing countries occur in girls ages 14 or younger. UNPFA stressed that girls who give birth at ages 14 or younger face the most severe negative health and social consequences (Vinograd, AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/30). The report stated that the high rates of pregnancies among girls "reflect powerlessness, poverty and pressures -- from partners, peers, families and communities. And in too many instances, they are the result of sexual violence or coercion."
- In the News: The Dawn of Male Equality in Europe - A fumbling men's movement is dawning in Europe, there is a widespread concern about boys' academic performance in school, and child custody and breakups are controversial issues.
- In the News: ‘No Woman, No Drive’: Saudi Arabian music video spoofs ban on female drivers
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