India – Suicide By Women Is A Major Public Health Concern 

India - Suicide By Women Is A Major Public Health Concern  By Kamala Thiagarajan – September 25, 2018 In June, M., a 28-year-old woman jumped from the second floor of her home in Madurai, India — 20 feet above a rocky, tar road — after a bitter argument with her husband. He had accused her of having an affair. This was M.'s second attempt to kill herself. She survived the fall. M. had been prescribed antidepressants after her first suicide attempt seven years before but had stopped taking them. She was admitted to…Read more
Worst Countries for Women 2018

Worst Countries for Women 2018

Syria was named the worst country for women this year, according to the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo's global Women, Peace and Security Index. The index measures women's well-being — based on factors such as justice, security, and inclusion — in 153 countries. While the Nordic countries dominate the best countries for women's list, the lowest-ranking countries on the index are historically more unstable and volatile. See the 10 worst countries for women.  Read more
Women Benefit When They Downplay Gender

Women Benefit When They Downplay Gender

Ashley Martin, an incoming assistant professor at Stanford, and Katherine Phillips, a Columbia professor, asked people to rate their agreement with varying statements about the importance of gender differences. They found that women who believed in focusing on men’s and women’s similarities (“gender blindness”) felt greater power and confidence than women who advocated celebrating women’s distinctive qualities (“gender awareness”). The researchers’ conclusion: Women benefit when they downplay gender. Read More   Source: Harvard Business Review:  July - August 2018 Issue A version of this article appeared in the July–August 2018 issue (pp.30–31) of Harvard Business Review.…Read more
People Sleep Better in a More Gender Equal Society, Scientist claim

People Sleep Better in a More Gender Equal Society, Scientist claim

Couples who live in countries with more gender equality are likely to sleep better, new research has found. According to a study of more than 14,000 people in 23 European countries, both sexes benefit from better sleep in countries where men take a more active role in childcare and more women have high-powered jobs. The research was conducted by a team of sociologists at the University of Melbourne, who analysed data from the United Nations’ gender empowerment index and figures on reported sleep quality taken from the European Social Survey. The IndependantRead more
Women’s Forum Singapore

Women’s Forum Singapore

    Among the speakers will be (clockwise from top left) Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann, Malaysian writer Marina Mahathir, Indonesian model and actress Nadya Hutagalung and the National Bank of Cambodia's director general of central banking Serey Chea.PHOTOS: ST FILE/BERITA HARIAN/NATIONAL BANK OF CAMBODIA The 10 ASEAN nations together make up the world's seventh-largest economy and include some of the world's fastest-growing economies. However, the region faces the headwinds of rising geopolitical challenges, climate change and environmental degradation, and job disruption from…Read more