Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea to Address CSW On Ebola Impact in West Africa

Liberia along with Sierra Leone and Guinea will today, March 18, 2015, lead a joint panel discussion under the topic "Bending The Curve," at the ongoing 59th Session on the Commission of The status of Women (CSW) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA. The discussion will focus on the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on women and girls in the affected Manor River Union (MRU) countries while the panelists for the Mano River Union (MRU) side event will include Liberia's Minister of Gender, Children and Social…Read more

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
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

The passing of one of the Pacific’s leading woman journalist

Laisa Taga, one of the Pacific's leading and most senior women in journalis, she had been battling cancer for some time, and after passing away last Friday morning she was farewelled by her many Suva colleagues this Wednesday morning. Laisa helped grow a Pacific voice towards shaping Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action, which later helped shape the section on Women, media and ICTs area of concern in the revised Pacific Platform for Action of 2004—because ten years before, even as Pacific Women were heading towards Beijing, the issue around media…Read more