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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: May 19, 2015
- As Global Number of Pupils Soars, Education Falls Behind - An educated population is a critical precondition for broadly shared prosperity - an essential tool for nations seeking a role in the global production chains driving economic growth around the world. But simply pursuing "universal education" will not get us there. It cannot do the job alone.
- University Leaders Make Pledges Toward Greater Gender Equality - Five university presidents have signed on so far to the UN Women's HeForShe campaign by making specific commitments to improve gender equality within their institutions, Time reported. The University of Hong Kong; the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom; Nagoya University, in Japan; the University of Waterloo, in Canada; and the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa, have all made various pledges to increase the number of women in top administrative positions and/or on the faculty, among other commitments.
- Women Earn 24% Less Than Men on Average, U.N. Report Finds - The U.N. Women report shows that even though more women are in the workplace and taking on leadership positions worldwide, pay levels are nowhere near reaching equality worldwide. On average women around the world earn 24% less than men, the report says, and earn just half of the income men earn over a lifetime. Women in South Asia experience the greatest gender pay gap, earning 33% less than men. The Middle East and North Africa have a 14% pay gap.
- Obama nominates Gayle Smith to head Agency for International Development - President Obama has tapped veteran development expert and Africa hand Gayle Smith, a co-founder of the anti-genocide Enough Project, to head the Agency for International Development (AID).
- Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality - The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women -- or CEDAW, as it's known -- was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. It's considered an "international bill of rights for women." It promises to end discrimination, establish equality and fight against violence. Nearly all the 193 member states of the United Nations have ratified it. Only seven haven't: Iran, Palau, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tonga. And the United States.
- Woman carries can of water on her head along Paris marathon - One woman stood out from the crowd at Sunday's (April 12) Paris marathon. Gambian woman Siabatou Sanneh wore sandals and carried a jerrycan of water on her head along the 42 km route. Sanneh wanted people to realise how scarce water is in Gambia and raise awareness about Water For Africa, an organization that builds boreholes, a sustainable water source. In Africa, women walk the distance of a marathon just for water.
- Smart Girls vs. Bombs - The advantage of educating girls is also demographic. One of the factors most associated with civil conflict is a youth bulge in the population, the result of very high birthrates. To reduce birthrates, it particularly helps to educate girls: Every extra four years of primary schooling for a girl is linked to about one fewer child. Education is also a bargain. For the cost of deploying a single American soldier abroad for a year, we can start more than 20 schools.
- Two thirds of countries miss UN education goals - An annual UNESCO report found that just one third of countries achieved all of the United Nations' education targets set in 2000. An extra $22 billion for targeted campaigns is needed worldwide, the UN agency says. UNESCO's 15th progress report on its "Education for All" (EFA) targets set in 2000 says that only 52 percent of countries have achieved universal primary - or elementary - school enrolment and education, one of the UN's most important goals. While there is still a lot to be done, UNESCO points out that there are now 50 million more children enrolled in school than in 1999.
- Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities - Many hospitals and other healthcare facilities in poorer countries do not have the basic health tools of clean water, sanitation, and soap, according to a World Health Organization study. By looking at data from 54 countries, researchers found that 38 percent of facilities did not have a water source that meets United Nations standards. Some 19 percent failed to meet sanitation standards, and 35 percent did not have soap for washing hands.
- PowerToFly connects women around the world to tech companies that need talent - PowerToFly is a new platform that connects women around the world who are looking for remote tech jobs with companies that want to add more diversity. PowerToFly is a platform that's bridging the gap between companies who need more diversity in tech talent, and women in the US and around the world who are limited in their careers because of their geographical location or because they have families and need to work from home. But more than that, the startup is trying to convince companies that remote work is the future, and they just have to open up their policies to find the programming talent they need.
- U.N. Calls for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation - Will growing awareness of the harrowing, sexist practice finally end it?
- Study: Modern Contraceptive Use Could Prevent 15M Unintended Pregnancies in Certain Countries - Increased access to modern forms of contraception could have prevented 15 million unintended pregnancies in low- and middle-income countries over a seven-year period, according to a report by WHO epidemiologists.
- Birth control access key means of reaching climate goals: experts - The rising population in Pakistan - and elsewhere around the world - is creating more climate-changing emissions and putting more people in the path of extreme weather, food and water shortages, and other climate change pressures. That suggests that giving more women who want it access to birth control to limit their family size - in both rich and poor countries - could be a hugely effective way to curb climate change and to build greater resilience to its impacts, according to population and climate change researchers and policy experts.
- Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says - An estimated 289,000 women die from childbirth complications each year. The lives of new mothers and babies are being put at risk by an unreliable supply of safe water, lack of good hygiene and an inadequate number of toilets, according to a report published by a group of health organizations.
- Spending measure allows abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers - Congress and President Obama this week halted a 35-year ban on federal abortion assistance for Peace Corps volunteers with their approval of a government-wide spending bill.The legislation extends abortion coverage to Peace Corps volunteers in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment, giving them the same assistance the government provides for federal prisoners, female troops, women on Medicaid, and much of the federal workforce, including paid Peace Corps employees.
- Unicef Calls 2014 One of Worst Years for Children - The year 2014 has been one of the worst on record for the world's children, the United Nations said on Monday in a report that chronicled a litany of war, violence, atrocities and disease, mostly in the Middle East and Africa. "Children have been killed while studying in the classroom and while sleeping in their beds," said Anthony Lake, the executive director of Unicef. "They have been orphaned, kidnapped, tortured, recruited, raped and even sold as slaves."
- Bringing Education to African Girls - Providing universal primary education for children has been declared one of the goals of the United Nation's post-2015 development framework, and technological advances promise to shake the foundations of even the poorest education systems. The announcement of the education prize on the first day of WISE's sixth world summit meeting, in a year when Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight to bring education to all children, put the topic of children's education, especially for girls, at the forefront of the discussion.
- Child poverty up in more than half of developed world since 2008 - Unicef report finds number of children entering poverty during global recession is 2.6 million greater than number lifted out of it. Since the start of the global recession in 2008, child poverty increased in 23 developed-world countries, according to a UNICEF report, and the number of children entering poverty during the recession is 2.6 million more than the number lifted out of poverty.
- Glamour's Girl Project Will Focus on Sending Girls to School - Glamour is set to announce the Girl Project, a collaboration with four nonprofits to raise money for girls to help them attend secondary school. Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor in chief, said that the magazine started this initiative in part because of recent world events, including the girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria and the many schools damaged in Gaza.
- Student Solutions to Significant Global Problems - How is society going to address pressing global issues, like hunger, poverty, and climate change? Tenth grade student, Ana O'Quin from the Academy of Global Studies at Austin High School and Lisa Tyrrell, the Director of Asia Society's International Studies School Network, share a story of high school students making a world of difference.
- Sanitation can eliminate slums in less than a generation - Investing in water and sanitation could eradicate urban poverty and eliminate slums in less than a generation, said a study published on Thursday. Almost 1 billion people, most of them in South Asia and Africa, live in slums without access to basic services like clean water and improved toilets.
- Malala Donates $50,000 to Rebuild Schools in Gaza - Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for championing girls' right to education, is donating $50,000 to help rebuild schools in Gaza. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala, 17, is using cash she was given for winning the World Children's Prize to rebuild U.N. schools destroyed by fighting between Israel and Palestine.
- Child poverty rates soar in world's richest countries - At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the 2008 economic crisis, UNICEF, the United Nations' children's aid agency, said in a report released Tuesday. The report, "Children of the Recession," estimated that the number of minors living in poverty in the 41 most affluent countries had increased over 3 percent to 76.5 million since the world financial crisis struck in 2008. In the United States, where extreme child poverty has risen more in this slump than during the recession of 1982, social safety nets provided key support to poor working families but were less effective for the jobless ultra-poor, UNICEF said. Child poverty has increased in 34 out of 50 U.S. states since the start of the crisis. In 2012, 24.2 million children were living in poverty, a net increase of 1.7 million from 2008, the study showed.
- Japan's Missing Female Scientists - Only 10 percent of Japanese researchers are women, but of those researchers who leave the country, 60 percent are women. Too many female scientists are leaving Japan because they do not feel they can get ahead in its "male-dominated" society, a senior university leader has said.
- Norway, Sweden rank highest in well-being for senior citizens in study - A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors - and not deducting for cold winters - ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last. The United States was eighth.
- Educate women and their community will prosper. Deny them education and the world will suffer - We know that educating boys and girls, men and women, is morally right. But educating girls and women is especially effective because when we educate them, the benefits are felt throughout the whole community. It's a magic multiplier in the development equation. The positive relationship between female education and overall development outcomes is well established.
- Women's Colleges, Global Context - While the number of women's colleges in the U.S. and Europe continues to shrink, women's institutions are growing in size and number in other parts of the world. In her book, Kristen Renn, who's also associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of student success initiatives at Michigan State, analyzes the global significance of single-sex higher education. She traveled to 13 women's colleges in 10 countries -- selected to provide diversity in geography, culture and politics -- to compare the role of women's colleges in different parts of the world.
- Michelle Obama challenges world to emulate girls' courage in education - Michelle Obama has challenged world leaders to show the courage and commitment of girls who make sacrifices to go to school - such as the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls - to provide quality education for all.
- UN Says There's Unprecedented Demand for Food Aid - The World Food Program's top official said it's unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half a dozen major crises in addition to helping the largest number of refugees in the world since World War II. Ertharin Cousin said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that the number of people who need food aid continues to grow, and the demands are overwhelming the donor community which has been "incredibly generous," led by the United States which has given WFP $1.6 billion.
- US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims - A government immigration board determined that domestic violence survivors may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. It's not clear how this recognition of domestic violence survivors as a potential class of persecuted people will impact pending asylum cases.
- Better Off Dead: Black Women Speak to the United Nations CERD Committee - A historic delegation of black women from the United States went to face the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to speak of the atrocities and havoc wrought by racism on lives of women across sexualities and gender identities in this country.
- US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination - A UN Committee has published a scathing denunciation of US failures to honor its treaty commitments to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
- Lack of toilets blights lives of 2.5 billion people, UN chief warns
The world's lack of progress in building toilets and ending open defecation is having a "staggering" effect on the health, safety, education, prosperity and dignity of 2.5 billion people, the UN deputy secretary general, Jan Eliasson, has warned.
- Indian Schoolgirls Commit Suicide Over Sexual Harassment-Report - NEW DELHI - Two teenage girls in northern India committed suicide by drinking fruit juice laced with poison and left notes saying they were being stalked and harassed by a group of youths, the Times of India reported.
- Why Was the 1995 Beijing Conference for Women Groundbreaking? Read a Firsthand Account - From August 30 to September 16, 1995 the eyes of the world were on China, where thousands of women gathered to attend one or both of two significant events: The 1995 NGO Forum on Women and the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. For many the road to China was very difficult, marked by months of struggling to obtain funds and visas, but the 31,000 women from 200 countries who attended the nongovernmental organization forum were compelled by the need to join the fast-growing, worldwide network of women determined to achieve equality, development, and peace.
- IT'S NOT A MAN'S WORLD: THE AFRICAN WOMEN BREAKING DOWN TECH BARRIERS - When I was doing my degree in computer science in Ghana's Valley View University 10 years ago, there just were seven girls in the class. After four years, only four graduated and out of that number, just two of us have stayed in technical roles. Today, my little sister's computer science class has at least 30% females and a smaller drop-off rate.
- Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection Into Their Own Hands - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change estimates that women comprise one of the most vulnerable populations to the fallout from extreme weather events. Increasingly, women are taking a front seat in community action campaigns in Asia, Africa and Latin America aimed at safeguarding the environment.
- Malala and Sheryl Sandberg Talk Girls' Education - Sheryl Sandberg hosted a Facebook livestream event Friday with Malala Yousafzai, who answered questions from all over the world about her work to promote education for the 60 million girls worldwide who don't go to school.
- Beyond investing in women and girls: An in-depth look at the funding landscape for women's rights - AWID's three-part compendium of new research provides an in-depth analysis of the current funding trends and actors impacting women's rights organizing, the financial status of women's organizations around the world, and the collective impact of women's rights organizations, when supported in a meaningful and strategic way, to build women's collective power for change and advance women's rights.
- Michelle Obama Promotes Girls' Education At YALI Summit - "One of the issues I care deeply about is girls' education, and across the globe, the statistics on this issue is heartbreaking. Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school including 30 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa, and as we saw with Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban gunmen, and in Nigeria where more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their school dormitory by Boko Haram terrorists, even when girls do attend school, they often do so at great risk."
- Report Shows Rates of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Decline, But 63M Women Still at Risk of Practice Over Next 40 Years - The rate of women undergoing genital mutilation/cutting has declined in the past 30 years in many of the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated, but the total number of women undergoing the procedure has increased because of population growth, according to a UNICEF report, NPR's "goats and soda" reports.
- UN Warns Countries With Draconian Abortion Laws That They're Violating Human Rights - United Nations officials are urging several countries with particularly harsh abortion bans to increase legalization of the medical procedure, pointing out their current laws could be in breach of international human rights treaties. In its periodic reviews of member countries' policies to ensure they're compliant with the Geneva Conventions, the UN Human Rights Committee is recommending that Ireland and Chile update their abortion laws to ensure access for more women. Those two countries have some of the most restrictive abortion policies in the world; Chile imposes a total ban on the procedure, while Ireland has a nearly total ban with an extremely narrow exception.
- Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts - In places where superstition and vigilantism overlap and small rumors can turn deadly, nearly 2,100 women accused of witchcraft have been killed between 2000 and 2012, according to crime records gathered by the Indian newspaper Mint. Others placed the number at 2,500; others higher still.
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