Gender Equality Gains Traction with Pacific Island Leaders

Gender Equality Gains Traction with Pacific Island Leaders

Catherine Wilson – IPS – Friday, 15 August 2014 (originally published 13 Aug) SYDNEY, Aug 13 2014 (IPS) – A pledge by political leaders two years ago to accelerate efforts toward closing the gender gap in the Pacific Islands has been boosted with the announcement that three women will take the helm of the regional […]

UN’s first female force commander talks peacekeeping and why she’s not taking her Harley to Cyprus

UN’s first female force commander talks peacekeeping and why she’s not taking her Harley to Cyprus

UN News Centre – 19 May 2014 (originally published 14 May) 14 May 2014 – This August, Major General Kristin Lund will become the first female commander of a United Nations peacekeeping force, taking the military helm in Cyprus where the top UN official, Lisa Buttenheim, is also a woman. “I think it’s very important […]

A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on H.I.V. in Africa

A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on H.I.V. in Africa

Donald G. McNeil Jr. – New York Times – Monday, 12 May 2014 (originally published 10 May) OTIMATI, South Africa — While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women. And while there are many theories, no one has been […]

Gender Equality in European Research

Gender Equality in European Research

Elisabeth Pain – Science Careers – Monday, 22 April 2013 (originally published 16 Apr) Earlier this month, the European Commission released its latest snapshot of the representation of women in science. The message that emerges from the oddly named report, She Figures 2012: Gender in Research and Innovation, is hardly surprising: Women are still underrepresented […]

The Fairer Sex [Women Bosses]

The Fairer Sex [Women Bosses]

Ray Fisman – Slate – Monday, 05 March 2012 (originally published 01 Mar) Why should we expect women bosses to be any different from men? Most people, when asked, believe that women are cooperative and emotional whereas men are cold, rational, and competitive. Some even go so far as to suggest that women are more […]

Norway’s paperless need to be granted human rights

Norway’s paperless need to be granted human rights

Dana A. Mahmoud – WNN Opinion (WNN) OPINION Norway: It is not common for an Arab woman to go public with personal details about her life, but I’ve been brought up to think of myself as a human being worthy of respect. I have also done it to avoid the worse. Therefore I have chosen […]

Rwanda: The Only Government in the World Dominated by Women

Rwanda: The Only Government in the World Dominated by Women

Palash R. Ghosh – International Business Times – Thursday, 05 January 2012 (originally published 03 Jan) Women have made significant advances in politics over the past few decades, with females having served as the head of state in many prominent countries, including Britain, India, Germany, Pakistan, and others. However, males tend to outnumber females in […]

Music star Deeyah speaks pride and multiculturalism in Norway

Music star Deeyah speaks pride and multiculturalism in Norway

Eva Fernández Ortiz – WNN Features (WNN) Oslo, NORWAY: As Norway’s 32-year-old right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik looked out at a Norwegian public courtroom in Oslo, Tuesday, November 14, 2011, he made a formal statement before the court in an attempt to place himself at the head of a “resistance movement” against immigrants and multiculturalism […]

The Best Countries for Non-Mothers

The Best Countries for Non-Mothers

NANCY FOLBRE – New York Times – Monday, 24 October 2011 (originally published (26 Sept) It’s so great to live in a country where women are allowed to drive! It would be so much fun to visit Iceland, where the prime minister is a woman who is cleaning up the financial mess! The recently released […]

Thousands Protest Arrest of Immigrant Woman Hero – Norway

Thousands Protest Arrest of Immigrant Woman Hero – Norway

WNN Breaking Johannah Reimer, 17 January, 2011 Thousands of Norwegians are protesting the arrest and deportation of the 25-year old humanitarian activist Maria Amelie. Amelie was arrested by eight immigration officers, Wednesday evening at 11pm after giving a public lecture on the struggle of undocumented workers for being an ‘illegal’ resident. Amelie, who ironically received […]