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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: December 3, 2013
- 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
- In the News: 12 women detained for breaking Saudi driving rule - Although there is no specific law in Saudi Arabia that bans women from driving, women are not issued licences. An online petition campaign was launched in September to encourage women to drive throughout the kingdom on October 26.
- In the News: Africa: It's About Time the Global Fund Implemented Its Gender Equality Strategy
- In the News: Can You Guess the 10 Best Countries For Women? Hint: the U.S. Isn't One of Them - The report, which ranks 136 countries, determines its findings across four primary areas including economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment and health and survival, ranking the United States 23rd on the list for 2013, a step worse than last year!
- AAUW at the United Nations - AAUW is one of hundreds of nongovernmental organizations at the United Nations, but we’re one of the few that have consultative status, which means that AAUW can participate and make comments in meetings while other NGOs are only allowed to attend.
- In the News: Saudi Arabia issues warning to women drivers, protesters - Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry issued a warning to women caught driving and anyone engaging in demonstrations Saturday, as activists have called on the country to defy a Saudi de facto ban on women driving.
- In the News: Saudi cleric warns driving could damage women's ovaries - A leading Saudi cleric warned women who drive cars could cause damage to their ovaries and pelvises and that they are at risk of having children born with "clinical problems."
- SLU Student organization hosts run to fund a computer lab in Nepal
- In the News: Common Strategies for Women in Transition Countries - Over the past two years, the Center or Gender and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has brought together a community of practice to aggregate lessons learned from conflict and post conflict programs supporting women in countries undergoing transition. This report summarizes the key challenges and ways forward identified at the most recent dialogue, held in December 2012 in Antalya, Turkey, bringing together women leaders from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Tunisia.
- In the News: Malala Yousafzai Did Not Win a Nobel Peace Prize, But She's Still Cool
- In the News: Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think - Fewer than one-third of young people around the world are “digital natives,” according to a report published Monday billed as a comprehensive global look at the phenomenon.
- In the News: Harvard honors Pakistani girl Taliban tried to kill — A Pakistani girl who survived an attempted killing by the Taliban has been honored as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year. Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent for girls’ education, was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said she was pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.
- In the News: Hillary Clinton Plans Global Review of Women’s Rights - Hillary Clinton plans to lead a review of progress made on issues affecting women and girls since a 1995 Beijing conference on women’s rights. Clinton, who as first lady led the U.S. delegation to the United Nations conference and made headlines with her speech to the gathering, plans to couple her assessment with initiatives to promote women in business, technology, and agriculture in the developing world.
- In the News: What is a Global Citizen?
- In the News: Why girls' education can help eradicate poverty - Educating girls and young women is not only one of the biggest moral challenges of our generation, it is also a necessary investment for a peaceful and poverty-free world. Until we give girls equal access to a good quality education, the world will continue to suffer from child and maternal mortality, disease and other byproducts of poverty.
- In the News: State Dept., U.N. Delegates Announce Initiatives Against Gender Violence - The initiative -- called Safe from the Start -- will provide funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies to launch safety programs and hire additional staff to protect women and girls.
- In the News: India: Female education linked to under-5 mortality rate - If all women in India had completed secondary education, the under-five mortality rate would be 61 per cent lower, UNESCO has said.
- In the News: Saudi Arabia Worst on Women's Legal Issues - Report - Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries for laws that limit women's economic potential, while South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have made the least progress over the last 50 years in improving women's economic opportunities, a report issued on Tuesday says.
- In the News: UN Women says there's 'backlash' against equality - The new head of the U.N. agency promoting women's rights says there is "a definite backlash" against equality for women despite some significant progress, pointing to an upsurge in violence against women and the uphill fight to escape poverty and crack the glass ceiling.
- In the News: Pass the Women, Peace, and Security Act - One out of every three women and girls is subject to physical or sexual violence. The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2013 would go a long way in making this dream a reality. You have the power to help pass this crucial legislation. Urge your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2013.
- In the News: Human Trafficking: Women, Bought and Sold in Nepal
- In the News: Myanmar Garment Factory Tries to Mend Trafficking
- Despite the improved mood on the streets of Yangon since the end of military rule, the country's girls and women are still heavily trafficked. One businesswoman is raising awareness and using her factory to offer employment.
- In the News: A Question of How Women’s Issues Will Fare, in Washington and Overseas
- In the News: Child sex tourism: 'Some girls have been married 60 times by the time they turn 18' - When young girls are sold into marriage, as 38,000 are every day, they can expect a life with no education and few opportunities, little public autonomy outside of their adult husband’s control and an increased risk of death from pregnancy or childbirth, which are the number one killer of girls age 15 to 18 in the developing world. One in seven girls born in the developing world is married by age 15, usually sold by her family.
- In the News: More on child brides: After a political fight, Nigeria will continue allowing them - Child marriages are common in much of the developing world, where young girls sold into marriages — often by poor families who need the money — are less likely to finish school and more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Many advocates consider child marriages, like prostitution or forced labor, to be a form of human trafficking.
- In the News: Providing an education for girls is global responsibility
- In the News: Family planning, higher education are priorities globally - Family planning, higher education and quality time with loved ones are priorities for people around the world, according to a new global Nielsen survey of more than 29,000 people in 58 countries focusing on lifestyle values released on Friday.
- In the News: UN education award for India's Razia Sultana on Malala Day - The award is in recognition of her efforts to help liberate 48 children from child labour bondage and motivate them to go to school.
- In the News: 'Dementia village' inspires new care - Worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia, according to the World Health Organization, with 7.7 million new cases being diagnosed every year. At that rate, the number of people with dementia is expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050. This will be an additional burden for governments already struggling to contain the runaway costs of health care.
- In the News: First Major Review Of Violence Against Women: One Third Of All Women Have Been Abused By A Partner
- In the News: Report: Path to Legal Status Harder Now for Women Immigrants - A report by a nonpartisan group warns gender discrimination is built into US immigration law, but in reforming the law, Congress appears unfazed.
- In the News: A queen's message to girls: More than tiaras and cupcakes - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah is queen of Jordan and has been an advocate for children's education for years in her country, across the region and around the world, working with such groups as UNICEF. This open letter to the girls of the world is part of the "Girl Rising" project. CNN Films' "Girl Rising" documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world. Watch it at 9 p.m. ET June 16 on CNN.
- In the News: First Saudi Women's Sport Center Opens
- This week the Department of Homeland Security launched its redesigned Blue Campaign to end human trafficking. - DHS uses a victim-centered approach to combating human trafficking, which places equal value on the identification and stabilization of victims, as well as the investigation and prosecution of traffickers.
- Obama names Susan Rice new NSA, Samantha Power as U.N. ambassador - On Thursday, President Obama nominated Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power as UN ambassador. Power, if confirmed, would replace Ambassador Susan Rice, who will be the president’s new national security advisor.
- In the News: Joining hands: why ending child marriage needs global partnership - Efforts to end child marriage must bring together community activists and those working on structural problems. But just how does partnership work between 250 NGOs in 50 countries? .
- In the News: The Women Who Rewrote Cambodian Law - and the Men Who Censored Them - Anne Elizabeth Moore, author of New Girl Law: Drafting a Future for Cambodia, shares her insights into working with, and writing about, a new generation of courageous Cambodian women as well as the white men who seek to protect them from themselves..
- In the News: A fate worse than death for scores of African women - It's a condition practically unheard of in the United States and most Western countries. But in a culture where a woman's status and dignity is decided by her ability to provide a husband with multiple children, it can be a fate worse than death. .
- In the News: Pollution Risks Worse for Developing World Women - Environmental factors are responsible for 23 percent of the overall global disease burden, according to World Health Organization research. Addressing such pollution could save the lives of 6 million women a
- In the News: Greek crisis hits women especially hard - Disproportionately affected by public sector cuts and expected to step into caring roles, women also face rising domestic violence.
- In the News: Report: Income inequality rising in most developed countries - The divide between rich and poor is widening in developed nations, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- In the News: Greece Jobless Figure: Youth Employment At 58% - Youth unemployment has nearly hit 60% in Greece, new figures on EU unemployment have revealed.
- In the News: Sex Ed Effective for India's Unschooled Teens -p And that can be life-saving in a place such as Gujarat, India, where 40 percent of brides are under 20 and anemia is a major threat. A three-year awareness campaign shows how much can be changed by education and information.
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