South Africa: Gauteng Women Unite for Empowerment

South Africa: Gauteng Women Unite for Empowerment

SA News – All Africa – Friday, 29 August 2014(originally published 28 Aug) Johannesburg — Women from around Gauteng on Wednesday gathered in Newtown to share their hopes with the province’s first citizen on how government can improve their lives and strengthen gender equality.  The session was not only a chance for women’s organisations to […]

Celebrating Women's Equality Day, 2014

Celebrating Women's Equality Day, 2014

Valerie Jarrett – The White House Blog – Wednesday, 27 August 2014 (originally published 27 Aug) Etched into the history of our Nation are the stories of women who fought for the America they knew was possible — a country where all are truly treated equally and have access to the ballot box, regardless of […]

14 Things Women Couldn't Do 96 Years Ago

14 Things Women Couldn't Do 96 Years Ago

Diana Pearl – Marie Claire – Monday, 25 August 2014 (originally published 18 Aug) The year 1920 marked the dawn of a new era of freedom for women—the year saw the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave us the right to vote—it also ushered in a new decade of social liberation. But even as […]

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 […]

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

Anushay Hossain – Forbes – Thursday, 14 August 2014 (originally published 13 Aug) My personal interest in the field of mathematics was pretty much non-existent until this week when Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the equivalent of mathematics’ Nobel Prize. The Fields Medal is given every four years, […]

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 […]

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity. Picture It!

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity. Picture It!

UN Women – Huffington Post – Friday, 08 August 2014 (originally published 07 Aug) Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary road map for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Some 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists […]

The Senegal tech hub run by women for women

The Senegal tech hub run by women for women

Naveena Kottoor – BBC News – Thursday, 07 August 2014 (originally published on 06 Aug) Coudy Binta De’s eyes light up when she talks about how she first became fascinated with computers. In Senegal itself recent data is hard to come by, but a report published in 2009 by the International Youth Foundation said women […]