Equality

Women in 2017 are not content with equal rights. Now we want power

Women in power

On March 10, 2017, a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations put together the largest political convention of women in Kenya’s history. Muthoni Kamuru Daily Nation It brought together more than 5,000 women from 20 counties at the historic Bomas of Kenya. Women had come… Women in 2017… Read More »

New York’s Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

Statue - BBC

The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said BBC News Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea. The bronze Fearless… New York’s Fearless… Read More »

The Fabric of Arab Society Is in Tatters

Arab society - The NI

Will Arab governments rise to the challenge? Geneive Abdo The National Interest Earlier this month, religious scholars gathered in Cairo at an unusual meeting to call for equality among religious minorities within Islamic societies—not just in matters of religion but in civil affairs as well. Although on the… The Fabric of… Read More »

It’s harder for governments to tax their way out of rising inequality

Inequality - The Conversation

Higher inequality makes it harder to raise taxes and therefore redistribute income to fight its spread, our analysis shows. Chris Doucouliagos The Conversation This is because in the past, on average, inequality has reduced the amount of income tax governments can collect as a share of GDP. We also found… It’s harder for… Read More »

Workplace diversity benefits society

Canberra times

Workplace diversity is generally recognised as a positive thing. The Canberra Times Most organisations recognise the benefit of reflecting the community they serve and it’s good practice that helps an organisation to function better. Forty years ago… Workplace diversity benefits… Read More »

Meritocracy: the great delusion that ingrains inequality

Politics - the Guardian

From Theresa May to Donald Trump, our leaders sell it as a utopian system of fairness – but ‘merit’ has been manipulated to privilege the wealthy Jo Littler The Guardian “We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers!” shouted Donald Trump in his first address to Congress last month, before announcing that tighter immigration controls would take the form of a… Meritocracy: the great… Read More »

The Egalitarian Is The Disease

Equality - DC

The concept of equality is the kind of beast that is almost impossible to eliminate: like syphilis, acne and politicians. Paul H. Yarbrough The Daily Caller It cannot seem to be eradicated. You can read… The Egalitarian Is… Read More »

The Limits of Choice

Education - Dissent

Last week Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced—to the astonishment of many commentators—that historically black colleges and universities “are real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” Sophia Rosenfeld Dissent HBCUs, she continued, “are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has… The Limits of… 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 »

Consumerism: Double-ended slavery of new age

Daily Sabah

The parts of the world that are exploiting the most and as such, causing large scale injustices and inequalities are the ones that are setting standards for human rights, equalities and freedoms Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Mankind, which has largely lost its ties with innate values and natural moral senses, the quality of which normally define the quality of spiritual satisfaction, has been exposed to new ways of spiritual satisfaction that completely… Consumerism: Double-ended… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

Women - Politico

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?

Women - The Conversation

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 »

Hard times for feminists in China

Feminism - Sup China

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

Equality - Pro bono

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 »

Bangladesh’s new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction

Children - The COnversation

Bangladesh is a global poster child when it comes to improving women’s status in the developing and the Muslim worlds. M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj The Conversation It also outranks all of its South Asian neighbours in terms of gender equality. The World Economic Forum’s… Bangladesh’s new child… Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

India - Asia Times

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 »