Women’s rights activists using social media to get their message out

News from the CSW Hashtag activism has helped to propel women’s rights to the forefront of political agendas, bringing attention to issues often under-reported by mainstream media, panellists have told an event at the UN in New York. Social media has helped women to share experiences of sexual violence, such as on the HarassMap platform, launched in Egypt, and has kept international attention focused on events that have slipped off the news agenda, such as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, launched in 2014 after the abduction of more than 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. The…Read more
AWID Executive Director’s Speech at the CSW59 Opening Session

AWID Executive Director’s Speech at the CSW59 Opening Session

VIA Association for Women's Rights in Development Thank you Madam Chairperson and distinguished UN and government leaders. I would like to focus my speech on five key messages, which have been shaped by hundreds of women from around the world. Firstly, let’s celebrate. Today, I celebrate women - lesbians, black, indigenous, urban and rural women living in conditions of poverty, workers, disabled women, young and elders, trans & intersex people, leaders from different generations. I celebrate the relentless and tireless work of women and girls, organized in all our diversity, in different groups…Read more
Why financial planning needs more women

Why financial planning needs more women

By David Chaplain at the Financial Review - click for more The numbers are unequivocal: Australian financial planning is men's business. Using Financial Planning Association (FPA) membership data as a proxy for the whole profession, just over 20 per cent of Australia's financial advisers are female. That's great if men like talking to other men about retirement planning, among the many other important services planners provide, but advice is about much more than that. An environment where clients will face a male adviser in four out of five instances is not immediately inviting…Read more

Iran: Proposed laws reduce women to ‘baby making machines’

article lifted from: Amnesty International Iran: Proposed Laws reduce women to 'baby making machines' Women in Iran could face significant restrictions on their use of contraceptives and be further excluded from the labour market unless they have had a child, if two proposed laws are approved, says a new report by Amnesty International published today. You Shall Procreate: Attacks on women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Iran details the extreme lengths the Iranian authorities are going to in order to encourage repeated childbearing in a misguided attempt to boost the country’s declining population figures.…Read more

Creating gender equity: Lessons from Iceland

The sexually liberal country has not only criminalised the purchase of sex, but has also banned strip clubs. Last Modified: 02 Apr 2013 11:25 When Iceland announced they were considering a ban on hardcore pornography online, Americans, for the most part, responded as though it were a (potentially) regressive move. But with Iceland's current track record of prioritising equality, perhaps it is Americans who should be taking a cue from the progressive country. Since the economic crash in 2008, the country has turned itself around in more ways than one. Iceland ranked first…Read more