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Women in Arab countries are expanding their role as governments are remade and new constitutions are written.
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National Olympic commitees failed to meet their 2005 target of 20% female board representation
"The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law banning the wearing of the full-face veil, the niqab.
The Strasbourg-based court was ruling on a case brought by a 24-year-old French woman, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression."
(Tripoli) – Human Rights Watch today issued the following tribute to Salwa Bughaighis, a prominent human rights and women’s rights activist who was assassinated in Libya on June 25, 2014:A Voice of Courage Stilled in Libya
Female diplomats? Unthinkable! Helen McCarthy has uncovered the stories of women who sought influence and adventure on the world stage. By Susan Pedersen
What caused Helena Costa to quit her role as the highest-profile female manager of a men’s team in European football? According to the 36-year-old herself, a number of factors were to blame – including the management of the club.
Catherine Bennett: As a co-ed pioneer, I'm happy to see parity between male and female students, but women are still denied top jobs
"Mothers also find more time for interaction, but survey reveals social disparity depending on parents' education level.
While the time focused on their offspring still comes in at a fairly low average of 35 minutes a day for working fathers, it is far higher than the five minutes registered in 1974. Mothers' quality time with their kids has also risen over the same period, from 15 minutes a day to an hour."
"Despite best intentions, and evident progress over the past few decades, the stark reality remains that there are fewer women choosing careers in scientific research, with men continuing to occupy the most senior positions across the board. How can it be that despite some past progress and victories, progress for women in this area has stalled?"
Upon request of the FEMM Committee, this study provides a detailed analysis of the existing electoral systems for the European 2014 elections from a gender perspective in the 28 EU Member States. It also presents and scrutinises the electoral lists of the Member States from a gender perspective and presents the synthesis of the main findings from the lists. Some main conclusions are made on the basis of the mapping. They concern the relation between the adoption of legislated gender quotas and the implementation of quota provisions by national parties.
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"A regressive definition of rape highlights the country’s stubbornly traditional attitudes toward women.
The number of German rape cases ending in convictions has plummeted from 22 percent to 8 percent over the past 20 years, according to a study released by the Hanover-based Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony.
Those figures came as a shock to most Germans, who think of their country as a leader in the struggle for women's equality. [...]"
A quarter of people are unable to name a single famous female scientist, either living or dead, a European-wide study will reveal this week.
International Planned Parenthood Federation launches global push to have reproductive rights included in development goals
An unveiled young woman stands in front of a sign that reads: "Sisters, observe your hijab." Another with red hair and dark glasses stands next to the ruins of Persepolis, while two others, also sans hijab, dance happily on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They are among dozens of Iranian women inside the country who have posted their hijab-less photos on a newly launched Facebook page to share their "stealthy" moments of freedom from the veil.
When cultural anthropology, psychology and photographic ingenuity converge, it’s a fascinating thing. And that’s exactly what South Korean visual artist JeongMee Yoon has been doing since 2005 in her thesis work, The Pink and Blue Projects.
Inspired by her own daughter’s obsession with the color pink, Yoon’s project explores the color preferences of children and their parents across different cultures and ethnic groups, probing into gender identity as a socialized construct.
Yoon found that girls’ preference for pink and boys’ for blue was universal and widespread, powered by pervasive advertising and media messaging intentionally targeting each gender of children with the respective color.
Hannah Marsh meets the male volunteers working with teenage boys to challenge negative gender stereotypes and potentially damaging ideas of masculinity
Separating toys into boys' and girls' aisles may discourage girls from science and engineering careers, says Jenny Wilmott
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Gender between your ears not your legs. Time to smash taboos like gender specific toys.
Moroccan women protested outside parliament on Tuesday demanding the resignation of Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane after he urged women to stay at home and look after their families
Silvia Murray Wakefield: The presence of women is actually key to breaking the uninterrupted circle of sexism in British men's football
The National Centre for Domestic Violence is trying to raise awareness about domestic violence during the World Cup, after it emerged that instances increased by 25% after England Games at the 2010 tournament.
I feel bad for English women tonight after losing again.
A Canadian research shows similar results in the case of Hockey.
The study suggests that high levels of domestic abuse correlate not only with major sporting events, but specifically with disappointing results..
A woman protesting against sexual violence in Egypt after the attack.
"YouTube has refused a request from the Egyptian government to remove footage of a violent sexual assault in Cairo.
The video of a naked and bloodied woman being dragged out of Tahrir Square after being attacked during celebrations for the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi caused international outrage.
The new leader visited the woman in hospital last week, “apologising to every Egyptian woman” for sexual violence in the country in the televised meeting. A spokesman for the President said the victim asked for the footage, which had gone viral on social media, to be taken down."
There is currently worrying increase in cosmetic surgery for young people. Why? And what can be done?
In schools and preschools across the Nordic region, children and adolescents are often treated based on gender stereotypes, and tools to change this pattern are largely lacking. Against this background, the Nordic Council has decided on the possibility of introducing a system for ‘gender equality labelling’ of Nordic schools and preschools.
"Gender equality should be at the heart of the EU’s rights-based approach to development cooperation, EU Foreign Affairs Ministers gathering today in Brussels for a Council meeting on Development have said, welcoming the latest report on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Development 2010-2015 (GAP), covering the period from July 2012 to June 2013. Ministers welcomed the progress made in implementing the Action Plan, while expressing concern at the slow pace of its implementation."
"A recent move to introduce physical education to government girls’ schools met the same response as most attempts to give Saudi women equal rights with men."
As a doctor and the father of a girl face trial in Egypt accused of causing her death through female genital mutilation, the BBC's Orla Guerin explores why the procedure is still popular, despite deadly risks and a ban.