Despite significant improvements in literacy rates globally, today there are still 781 million adults and 126 million youth who cannot read or write a simple sentence. Women account for two-thirds of the illiterate population, according to the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
On the occasion of Tunisian Women’s Day, celebrating the promulgation of the Personal Status Code that gave Tunisian women a unique and privileged status in the Arab world, the European Union has published “Tunisia’s Gender profile”. Started in January and finalised in July 2014, the profile presents data updated to June 2014. The document, available in French and Arabic, has been prepared in the framework of the cooperation between the EU and the Tunisian government, and aims to identify and analyse gender issues, in view of promoting a new gender equality programme.
"The Clean Clothes Campaign has released a major report that exposed widespread human rights violations in garment factories across Eastern Europe. The report, “Stitched Up – Poverty wages for garment workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey”, is the result of extensive research, including interviews with over 300 garment workers in 10 countries in the region."
Find the report on the website of Clean Clothes Campaign :
A speech made by the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister urging women not to laugh in public in order to "preserve morality" has sparked a backlash on social media from women posting defiant selfies of themselves laughing at his remarks.
A few weeks ago, we reported on how sad the Women Against Feminism Tumblr made us. Filled with photos of women explaining why they don't "need" feminism, it was upsetting to see how many young women view feminism as an evil force that belittles men and portrays women as weak victims. The entire blog was just a little depressing.
CAIRO— Egypt’s Cairo University this month became the first public university in the region’s most populous state to adopt a sexual harassment policy, a move hailed as a first milestone by professors and activists who led the effort and as first step in spreading the policy to other Egyptian universities.
Priya Elan: In recent years pink has become a dirty word associated with gendered toys and stereotypical ‘girliness’. But now writers and artists are fighting to redefine the colour as subversive and grown up
"BRUSSELS — Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.
EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next half decade, and after years of paying lip service to increasing equality between the sexes, the problem of inequality is still plain for all to see at these meetings — where are the women?"
Are you a woman? Do you enjoy laughing, and do you sometimes do so in public? While this seems about as innocuous as, well, being in public, according to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, laughing in public could indicate that a woman is *gasp* unchaste.
Britain's only female Supreme Court judge says there needs to be more gender equality shown across Britain's legal system and that by appointing more female judges the quality of justice could be greatly improved.