Qatar recognizes need for reform under domestic workers rights

Qatar recognizes need for reform under domestic workers rights

Nicholas McGheehan for Guardian Development Network –  WNN Improve It (WNN/GN/GDN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: A long-awaited report has criticized Qatar’s controversial kafala system as “no longer the appropriate tool for the effective control of migration.” This negative assessment of the system, which binds workers to one employer, carries all the more weight because it is […]

International Women face Maternity Protection Discrimination

International Women face Maternity Protection  Discrimination

Lisa Schlein for VA – WNN Science & Health Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: A new report by the International Labor Organization finds the large majority of women workers, at least 830 million, does not have adequate maternity protection and continue to face discrimination in the labor market. Despite progress in maternity protection, ILO officials say […]

Women Miners Blast Through Barriers in Chile

Women Miners Blast Through Barriers in Chile

Marianela Jarroud – IPS – Monday, 12 April 2013 (originally published 11 Apr) RANCAGUA, Chile, Apr 11 2013 (IPS) – Women are playing an increasingly important role in Chile’s mining industry, where little more than a decade ago they were not even allowed in the mines because of prejudice and superstitions. Today a total of […]

Garment fire Bangladesh traps women in deadly crisis

Garment fire Bangladesh traps women in deadly crisis

WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Dhaka, BANGLADESH: Fire officials say a lack of emergency exits contributed to the deaths of at least 110 people, when a fire swept through a garment factory in Bangladesh. Authorities said Sunday that the blaze broke out on the ground floor of a multi-story building the night before in a factory outside […]

Wage gap bid for women blocked by ‘partisan’ U.S. legislature

Wage gap bid for women blocked by ‘partisan’ U.S. legislature

Donna Smith – WNN Breaking (WNN/TLW/Reuters) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an election-year bid by Democrats for legislation they said would discourage employers from paying women less than they pay men for the same job. In a party-line vote, Democrats, who control the Senate, failed to muster the 60 votes […]

Study: Indian Women Are the Most Stressed on Earth

Study: Indian Women Are the Most Stressed on Earth

Rachel Goldstein – TIME magazine – Friday, 16 July, 2011 (originally published 13 July) As women around the world enjoy broader opportunities and expanding roles, they’re also experiencing one other increase in their lives — stress. In one of their latest reports, Women of Tomorrow, Nielsen released stats that revealed where the most stressed-out women […]

Women are central to feeding Africa

Women are central to feeding Africa

Pamela Whitby – BBC News Business Africa – Wednesday, 13 April, 2011 (originally published 12 April) In developing countries, more than 60% of women are directly involved in agricultural work, but very few gain access to information, training or supplies. More action and less rhetoric on this issue could put more food on the world’s […]