Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Emily S Chen – The Diplomat – Tuesday, 12 August 2014 (originally published 10 Aug) Gender balancing in business is no longer the exclusive agenda of women’s right activists in Japan; it now has the full attention of the Japanese government. To counter the country’s aging workforce and flaccid economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

Shattering Stereotypes Through Ads – Sheryl Sandberg on Changing How Women And Girls Are Perceived

Shattering Stereotypes Through Ads – Sheryl Sandberg on Changing How Women And Girls Are Perceived

Amy Robach and Nadine Shubailat – ABC News – Wednesday, 02 July 2014 (originally published 01 Jul) It is said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org, agrees for she has launched a crusade to change images of girls and women used in advertising. In February, […]

Egypt's first veiled rapper is sick of sexual harassment

Egypt's first veiled rapper is sick of sexual harassment

Reem Abdellatif – Global Post – Friday, 06 June 2014 (originally published 04 Jun) CAIRO, Egypt — Mayam Mahmoud isn’t your average hip hop artist. To begin with, she wears a veil. As Egypt’s first veiled hip hop artist, Mahmoud aims to battle sexual harassment with music, as well as to challenge Middle Eastern expectations […]

Value us! Fair pay for domestic work in Nicaragua

Value us! Fair pay for domestic work in Nicaragua

Catherine Hoskyns – New Internationalists – 15 August 2013 (originally published 12 Aug) An innovative development is currently taking place in Nicaragua. A number of co-operatives with Fair Trade contracts are including in the costs of production (for sesame oil and green coffee) a component for the unpaid work of women. They see this work […]

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

Anya Kamenetz – Co.Exist – Thursday, 20 June 2013 The SmartWoman Project hopes that text messages can be a medium for knowledge, health, and financial empowerment. When women connect, the world changes. The idea is for relatively affluent women to download the SmartWoman app and pay a monthly fee of $5. This gets them access […]

[India] By the women, for the women

[India] By the women, for the women

Avik Das – Times of India – Thursday, 23 May 2013 (originally published 21 May) For a group of women in Khagra, Berhampur, the next month will bring with it the promise of a changing fortune. They have their business plan – to manufacture low-cost biodegradable sanitary napkins – ready. Their target consumers are in […]

Saudi king makes historic female appointments

Saudi king makes historic female appointments

AFP – ABC News – Monday, 20 January 2013 (originally published 12 Jan) Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women to a top advisory body for the first time, with decrees published on Friday marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on women. The historic decisions mean that 30 women will now be […]

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