The efforts of the women's rights movement in Lebanon have remained unsuccessful for more than 70 years, says Hayat Mirshad, a member of the Democratic Women's Association. The blame lies with feminists' willingness to compromise, but also with women's rights organisations' hunt for sponsorship money. Juliane Metzker spoke to her in Beirut
"Stop by a women’s shelter in Syria today, and the inhabitants will tell you just how bleak the future looks. After more than four years of civil war, the pervasive sexual assault that has become a blight on the country, regardless of allegiance, shows no sign of abating."
The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence tries to determine why, in the 64 countries and economies covered, 15-year-old boys are more likely than girls, on average, to be overall low achievers, and why high-performing 15-year-old girls underachieve in mathematics, science and problem solving compared to high-achieving boys.
"Egypt has announced an ambitious plan to reduce female genital mutilation by 10-15% over the next five years by mobilising doctors and judges against a practice that still affects more than 90% of women in the country."
"In a symbolic gesture to acknowledge that women as well as men have made French history, François Hollande has interred two female heroes of the resistance in the Panthéon, the resting place of the nation’s great."
"Just last week, Human Rights Watch released a detailed report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and called for much-needed medical and psychological help for the survivors. The organization interviewed 20 women and girls in the northern Iraqi town of Dohuk earlier this year who escaped captivity by the militant group, and also spoke to medical workers who are doing their best to help the survivors."
"The Women in Politics 2015 Map launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that although the numbers of women in executive government and in parliament continue to inch forward, the slow rate of progress will severely check global development plans due to be adopted later this year."
"Santiago — “It’s time to step it up for gender equality. We have waited long enough!” With this call to action, global women leaders gathered at the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015. They urged governments and the private sector to take stronger measures to close the gap of inequalities in order to achieve the goals established 20 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women that resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action."
Where in the world can a man abduct a woman, marry her, and immediately become impossible to prosecute? That would be Lebanon and Malta. Where can’t a married woman get divorced without her husband’s permission? Try Israel. In Russia, women are still forbidden from “hard, dangerous and/or unhealthy trades.
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