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The ministerial committee on the status of women, headed by Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat (Likud), held deliberations Tuesday night to discuss the marked increase in incidents of women being excluded from the public sphere. The committee voted to create an inter-ministerial panel that will take two months to submit recommendations for combating the phenomenon.

 

Nine months after the overthrow of the former president, Tunisia has voted in the first open and fair election in the region. The Islamist party al-Nahda has claimed victory by a fairly large margin, assuring the party a strong say in future political processes. What will this victory mean for Tunisia’s historical legacy of women’s rights?

 

The idea that women’s bodies can be allowed to walk the streets, exist in the paid workplace, or appear anywhere in public without enhancement or embellishment is becoming less and less acceptable. Once, make-up and false bosoms were a signal that a woman was either on the stage, haunting the backstreets in hope of a paying customer, or appearing in movies labelled ‘porn’. In the 21st century, they are signifiers of ‘mainstream’ woman.

A new study by the New York Guttmacher Institute states that the number of women having induced abortions has stayed stubbornly high since the last such report in 2003, and that the marked reduction in the eight years before that has not been maintained.

For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams.

This report examines the social norms surrounding child marriage, positive role models, community engagement, and government-led efforts to prevent the practice in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Bihar, which have some of the highest prevalence rates of early marriage in the country. (Almost 69% of girls in Bihar and 65.2% in Rajasthan are married before reaching the legal age of 18 years.)

Child widows, some less than ten years old, face bleak futures as they bear the triple disadvantage of gender, marital status, and being underage. Research is now revealing the hidden lives of these children, and it's time to hold governments to account under international law, argues Margaret Owen

 

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) labour market has witnessed 83% jump in women’s participation, indicating growing female empowerment in the region’s economy, according to Al Masah Capital report.


The European Women's Lobby - EWL - published on 29th February its report on progress, gaps and good practice as regards to women in the boardrooms of European companies. The report, entitled ‘Women on Boards in Europe – From a Snail’s Pace to a Giant Leap?’ was launched in a panel debate which brought together stakeholders across the board – European Parliament, EU member states, the business world and women’s rights associations – to discuss the state of play and outline their expectations for the European Commission’s next steps.

During the initial stages of a conflict or natural disaster, those who are forced to flee are particularly at risk—women, children and young people most of all.

A UN body of independent experts today urged the Government of Morocco to further consolidate and advance the country’s decade-long achievements on equality and women’s human rights by establishing without delay the Authority for Parity in accordance with international standards.

Why A Secret Language Developed

Nu shu literally mean’s “women’s language.” It is believed to have evolved between 400 and 1000 years ago. At a time when the custom of foot-binding for women prevailed and Chinese women were forbidden to read and write, the women of the Jiangyong County in the Hunan province of China, in defiance had secretly created their own script and language.

Companies have plenty of practical ways to hire more women in the high-paying fields of science, technology, engineering and math, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology finds in a 50-page report released today.

Half a million Afghans displaced by fighting are struggling to survive in makeshift shelters let down by their government and international donors that look the other way,  Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

Iranian Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi has declared that every Iranian province must establish at least one single-gender hospital.

Iranian Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi has declared that every Iranian province must establish at least one single-gender hospital.

It was found that the intervention reduced school dropout by 82% and marriage by 63% after 2 years. Compared with control participants, the intervention group reported greater school bonding, better future expectations, more equitable gender attitudes, and more concerns about the consequences of sex.

It was found that the intervention reduced school dropout by 82% and marriage by 63% after 2 years. Compared with control participants, the intervention group reported greater school bonding, better future expectations, more equitable gender attitudes, and more concerns about the consequences of sex.

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The phrase "financing for gender equality" may sound dry, but it lies at the heart of some of the most intractable problems faced by women around the world today – and whether the political will exists to allocate real resources to solving them or simply pay lip service.

With nary a kiss to the hand nor tears of parting, the French government this week bids adieu to “Mademoiselle.”

The birth of Renee Hoffman’s first child was traumatic and frightening—despite her desire for a natural childbirth, after several medical interventions, she had a cesarean section instead. Renee used her passion and talent for quilting as a way to process and release the trauma around her labor and delivery.

 

Is there at least one full-time person working on campus sex-assault? May rape survivors report their attack confidentially and-or anonymously? Does the school's policy cover the sex assault of a man? Is emergency contraception available in the school health center?

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