Women’s Rights

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

Daily Nation

After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

Supporters cheer Republican candidate for President Donald Trump as he campaigns at Dorton Arena Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 in Raleigh N.C. It's the final day before Election Day. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

7 Religious Women Explain How Their Faith Empowers Their Feminism

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‘People say to me, doesn’t your faith oppress you?’ Nitya Rajan The Huffington Post As part of our All Women Everywhere month, we asked seven women of faith whether their belief helps or hinders their… From battling stigma to fighting for their rights in the workplace, each woman explains, what has been at times, an “uncomfortable” journey to balance their faith with… 7 Religious Women… Read More »

Hijab at work: EU court is authorising discrimination

Hijab - Al Jazeera

The latest ECJ ruling limits religious people – especially Muslim women – to being behind the scenes in the workplace. Shelina Janmohamed Al Jazeera News On March 14, the European Court of Justice ruled that when it comes to the workplace, the ban on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign” such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination. But it can… Hijab at work… Read More »

The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women

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Religious identity isn’t something you can take off in public. Iman Amrani The Guardian The European court of justice has turned the headscarf into a symbol of resistance This week’s decision… The hijab ruling… Read More »

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming

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Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous… Lorenzo Tondo and Annie Kelly The Guardian Every night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily’s Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the… As the hours passed, she braced… Raped, beaten, exploited… Read More »

Women leaders get boot for corruption while men skate

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(CNN) – If you want to fight corruption, elect a woman to office. Frida Ghitis CNN Then everyone will decide that corruption is utterly intolerable and fight it until the bitter end. Curiously, when men… Women leaders get… Read More »

Drivers of change

Women - Asia Times

Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

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UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »

What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

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No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Lina Abirafeh The Conversation Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, at the present rate, the region’s 39% gender gap (compared to 33% in South Asia and 32% in Sub-Saharan ... Read More »

Women who inspire

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Three remarkable and distinguished women are raising awareness and taking action for gender equality on the occasion of International Women’s… Panos Apostolou SBS “Food For Thought Network” and its president Varvara Ioannou invited the National Congress of Australia’s first Peoples’ Chairwoman, consultant… Women who… Read More »

Hard times for feminists in China

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On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar protests took place around the globe. Jiayun Feng SUP China But not in China, a country with 645 million women — nearly one-sixth of the world’s female population. China’s absence in… Hard times for… Read More »

Gender Equality in Principle But Not in Reality – Report

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Seven in 10 Australians think women and men still don’t have full equal rights, while only six in 10 actively support women’s rights, according to a new global study coinciding with International Women’s Day. Lina Caneva Pro Bono Australia The new data from Ipsos showed that although the vast majority of people around the world say they believe men and women should be treated equally (88 per cent on average), most still think the current situation is one of… Gender ... Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

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Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community Anusha Venkat Asia Times Just after lunch, Kantabai Laxman More makes the short walk to her school – nothing but a thatched shed put up under a mango tree that’s much younger than her. And she is… It’s never too… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

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As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »