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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

IPS - IPS is pleased to present a special series of articles to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2017


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IPS is pleased to present a special series of articles to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2017

Let Women Speak and Give Them a Hearing
Farhana Haque Rahman, Director General, Inter Press Service
Basic rights always need champions, and that’s truer today than it ought to be as around the world we see an unwelcome pattern of reaction to modern complexities ranging from globalization and automation to austerity and dwindling wages. One alarming example is how the agenda of promoting women’s ... MORE > >

Why a Feminist Foreign Policy Is Needed More than Ever
Margot Wallström
Lately, the world has tended to present itself in increasingly darker shades. In many places, democracy is questioned, women’s rights are threatened, and the multilateral system that has taken decades to build is undermined. No society is immune from backlashes, especially not in relation to ... MORE > >

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030
Zebib Kavuma
This year as the world commemorates International Women’s Day it is a time for all of us to celebrate and reflect on the progress made on Women’s rights globally. But more importantly, a day to call for an end to gender inequality in all its forms especially in the work spaces. Appropriately themed ... MORE > >

Time to Champion Women’s Empowerment: Implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh
Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad
The year 2015 was highly significant in relation to global convergence on ways forward towards achieving sustainable development at local, national, regional, and global levels. Global leaders reached four groundbreaking agreements that year, the first of which was the Sendai Framework for ... MORE > >

Barefoot Solar Warriors Take On Gender Injustice and Climate Change
Stella Paul
On a summer morning in 2008, Magan Kawar decided to leave her village for a job. The very next day, her parents-in-law excommunicated her. “They were very angry,” says the 52-year-old mother of two from Bhawani Khera village of Rajasthan’s Ajmer, a district 400 kms west of New Delhi.3 “Women ... MORE > >

Gender Disparity at UN: Three Out of 71, Zero out of Nine
Thalif Deen
The United Nations has frequently been accused of vociferously preaching gender empowerment and women’s rights to the outside world -- but failing miserably to practice what it preaches in its own political backyard. The charge is usually made against the 193-member General Assembly, which has ... MORE > >

16-Hour Days for Zimbabwe’s Women
Sally Nyakanyanga
As the cock crows, Tambudzai Zimbudzana, 32, is suddenly awakened from sleep. She quickly folds her blankets and strides outside her three-room, sheet iron-roofed house in rural Masvingo. Picking up a few logs of firewood from a huge pile, Zimbudzana sets a fire to boil water and prepare food ... MORE > >

Be Bold for Change--Empower Women, Empower Humanity
Robert Watkins
The world of work is changing for women across the globe and Bangladesh is no exception. Factors such as globalization, advancement in technology, and the digital revolution have ushered in new ways for women to enter into work. The theme for the International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2017, focuses on ... MORE > >

For Societies to Thrive, We Must Ensure Gender Equality
Ambassador Amina Mohamed and Siddharth Chatterjee
Consider this: gender inequality is costing sub Saharan Africa US$ 95 billion annually in lost revenue. In a corporate setting, that extent of losses would call for a serious reset of the business’s operational approach. Amb. Amina MohamedDespite stupendous advancements in science and ... MORE > >

Unemployment and the Informal Economy – Key Challenges for Women in Latin America
Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs
The participation of women in the labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean has steadily grown over the last few decades. But in 2017, as unemployment and informal work are on the rise, there is a continued need to push hard for gender equality in order to create more and better employment ... MORE > >

New land rights are changing women’s world of work
Monique Barbut
International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030. Together, with those aged up to 10, these ... MORE > >

Time to Close the Gender Gap in Africa with Bold Actions
Akinwumi Adesina
International Women's Day (IWD) is an important opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in promoting gender parity. Akinwumi AdesinaOur world would be a much better place with gender parity in all spheres. We need more women as CEOs, in parliaments, as engineers, ... MORE > >

Breaking Barriers for Women Is a Short Cut to Economic Growth and Development
Lilianne Ploumen
In South Asian societies, as elsewhere, it is all too common for women to be held back, time and again Women's potential remains largely untapped - which is not only morally wrong, but also economically unwise. According to recent projections, harnessing women's full potential throughout South Asia ... MORE > >

"Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030."
Lakshmi Puri
Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman. When she started practicing law, Ann Green, CEO of ANZ Lao, was asked to make coffee or ... MORE > >

The Labour Market Is the Key to Equality for Women in Latin America
Alicia Bárcena
Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the past four decades, states have continuously met to discuss and commit themselves politically to eradicating discrimination and gender inequality and moving towards guaranteeing women the full exercise of their autonomy ... MORE > >

Women's Rights Activists: “Nevertheless, We Persist”
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
Human rights groups have expressed concern for the future of global negotiations on women’s rights in a climate of restrictive policies ahead of an upcoming annual UN meeting on the status of women. While discussing the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), organisations highlighted ... MORE > >

“Women in the UN Working Together to Improve the Lives of Women Worldwide”
Chitra Deshpande
This International Women’s Day we celebrate women in the changing world of work, recognizing the need to fully realize women’s working potential in order to achieve Agenda 2030. We know that when women earn money, they spend it on feeding their families and educating their children. It is ... MORE > >

Valuing Women’s Unpaid Work
Shaheen Anam
Women’s work remains unaccounted for even though the issue of unpaid work carried out by women is being discussed globally at the policy, academic as well as practitioners’ levels. Defined as “unpaid care work,” this includes taking care of children, elderly and the sick, cooking and cleaning, ... MORE > >

These Women Cannot Celebrate Their Day
Baher Kamal
This is a story that one would wish to never have to write—the story of hundreds of millions of life-givers whose production and productivity have systematically been ‘quantified’ in much detailed statistics, but whose abnegation, human suffering and denial of rights are subject to just ... MORE > >

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