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Saudi reassessing ban on women drivers

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Saudi authorities are reassessing a controversial ban on the right for women to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, activists said on Wednesday, citing the interior minister."Rest assured that the issue is being discussed, and expect a good...

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Saudi Arabia had law banning female drivers. This is actually not surprising, considering that they have some of the most intense anti-women sentiments in the world. However, the fact that they are reassessing this law is tremendous. That such a country would even consider doing so is a sign of how much the world has changed. In HTS, the authors talk about a law instituted in India that was supposed to have made the prostitutes leave and get better lives. Upon closer inspection, however, they found that the law was quite ineffective. Hopefully, this idea in Saudi Arabia will be more permanent and effective and lead to a better life for women who live there.

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Equality Pays Off - European Commission - DG Justiceunknown label

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Gender Equality Campaign: Equality pays off
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This is a very important article because it discusses the economic benefits of bringing women into the economy. This obviously relates to HTS because the book states the same thing: women are an untapped source of work. This article shows that if women are added to the workforce in large parts, then the economy of Europe will benefit, due to its shrinking population. 

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Gender Pay Gap: The Numbers Still Don’t Add Up

Gender Pay Gap: The Numbers Still Don’t Add Up | The status of women worldwide | Scoop.it
Do you think the gender pay gap is a thing of the past? This infographic tells a much different story...Read More
The post Gender Pay Gap: The Numbers Still Don’t Add Up appeared first on TalentCulture - World of Work.

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This infographic shows pay gaps between women and men in industries. It shows that pay gaps are considerably large, especially in higher level careers, such as STEM jobs.  Female doctors, on average, make $56,000 less each year than male doctors. It also shows that only 1 out of 7 engineers is female, and women have seen virtually no employment growth in STEM careers since 2000. This relates to Half the Sky in that the modern world still has appalling things hidden just under the veil of modernity. 

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Hamleys' baby steps towards gender equality

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Toy store Hamleys has stopped labelling floors in blue and pink for boys and girls. But will it change the way children play, asks Zoe Williams?

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This article is amazing. It shows something so deeply ingrained into our modern brains, that we have never actually stopped to think about it. Why is pink so strongly associated with girls and women? And why is just about everything else, especially blue, associated with boys? Why can't girls have blue? In regards to this, a store called Hamleys has decided to remove signs saying "Boys" and "Girls." Not only that, they have also abandoned the "color coding" of blue and pink. This is amazing because such a small change can actually have huge impacts, such as making people realize that they were unconsciously obeying the "color coding" and segregation of sexes. 

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Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form

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Following the record-breaking opening of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film-- and create an infographic based...

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The movie industry is one of the best example of the collective popular ideals of popular culture. It is a microcosm, a culmination of what popular culture holds true. By examining movies, one can see what popular culture holds dear. This infographic is simply shocking. If one looks closely at how much actresses are paid as compared to actors, the "highest paid female actor makes as much as the two lowest paid males." Also, it shows that women are constantly objectified in the film industry, with a high man/woman ratio and a high percentage of scenes in which the actresses are wearing revealing clothing, as opposed to men. 

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First Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders Adopted at the ... - Reuters AlertNet

First Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders Adopted at the ... - Reuters AlertNet | The status of women worldwide | Scoop.it

First Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders Adopted at the ... Reuters AlertNet FRIDAY FILE – On 27 November 2013 the United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee adopted the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders.


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This is a significant step in the right direction.  The United Nations represents a huge amount of the people on Earth. For them to make an official law about this means a few things: 1. They consider it an issue worth discussion and consideration, 2. They understand how serious it is, 3., they understand that it can be stopped. This relates to HTS in that the book was also discussing the UN's involvement with this issue in the introduction. 

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Sunil Dixit's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:08 AM
We can't meet the challenges of the 21st Century until we treat women as equal to men.
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Afghan women leave the country in fear of Taliban return

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According to Selay Ghaffar, right, director of NGO Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan, young females see no future for themselves in their own country.

 

Photograph - above: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP


A brain drain of bright young women is already taking place in Afghanistan before the 2014 handover that many fear will mean a reversal of advances in women's rights.

The lack of commitment by the Afghan government to equality and to tackling the high rates of ill-treatment of women in the home and in the workplace is raising real fears they will be at the bottom of the political agenda in the push for power after Nato forces leave the country.

Worsening security for civilians – casualties among ordinary Afghans have risen year on year for the last five years with 3,021 killed in 2011, and women are thought to be suffering disproportionately – has led to rising numbers of women and girls leaving education and the workforce and staying indoors, according to Guhramaana Kakar, a gender adviser to President Hamid Karzai


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This article shows negative effects of bad treatment of women. In Afganistan, horrid treatment from the Taliban regime has caused thousands of women to flee the country. This is clearly bad because it functions as a brain drain, depriving the nation of young, ductile minds, and a considerable workforce. This also relates to HTS because the authors explain that in no way is mistreatment of females benificial to a country. 

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UN Ad Pushes For International Control on Gender Equality

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UN Women have launched a campaign to draw attention to the prevailing perception of women as dictated by Google autocomplete feature.
Photos of women of different ethnicities were used with Google autocomplete images across their mouths.

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This picture is incredible. It is deeply shocking. Google is sometimes a symbol of modern times, a website capable of accessing information worldwide and updated in real-time. One side effect of its usefulness is that it used by millions, if not billions, of people worldwide. Thus, its search trends represent an extremely large worldview, or at least views shared by millions of people. The most appalling thing about this picture is the search bar. Those suggestions represent searches searched by hundreds of millions of people. This is almost embarassing for humanity that this many people would actually feel this way. The way the bar is situated in front of the woman's mouth is also symbolic: they are being quieted and silenced by these comments. 

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Mercedes Wildschut's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:15 PM

This issue relates to himan rights as gender equality implies that men and women should receive equal treatment. where the ultimate aim is to provide equality in law and equality in social situations, especially in democratic activities and securing equal pay for equal work.

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Don't Blame Islam For Gul Meena's Attempted Honor Killing

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Gul Meena was attacked and almost killed by her brother in an "honor killing." But this is not about Islam, it's about the global story of female oppression.

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This article briefly tells the story of a woman named Gul Meena, who was married to a 60 year old man when very young. She was severely abused by him, and when she returned to her family, she was abused by them as well. When she tried to escape, she was attacked and almost killed by her brother. While this seems like a story that would make headlines everywhere, as one knows from "Half the Sky," this is not an uncommon occurrance. It is shocking that this happens quite often all over the world. Another point that this article brings up is that religions, like the widely stereotyped and misinterpreted Islam, should not be blamed for these things, because they happen worldwide. Such abuse, both mental and physical, are also not unique to developing countries. In America, there was a case when a preacher made a raped woman "apologize" for "sinning" by getting pregnant. 

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Khanh Fleshman's curator insight, December 5, 2013 3:26 PM

This article is on my page because it diverts the blame for these brutal beating and honor killings from the religion of Islam to female oppression as a whole. It shows that the religion isn't the problem, it's the whole culture of discrimination against women. People that could benefit from reading this are people who blame Islam or the Quran, because  it offers a different aspect of these brutalities. This relates to Half the Sky becuase Kristof and WuDunn also say in the book that it is the entire way of thinking that women are lesser than men that is contributing to the oppression of women in these countries rather than the actual religion of the men inflicting it.

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Women's Political Rights

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International Women's Day: political rights around the world mapped

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This map is interesting because it shows several rights that were historically denied women except in modern times. Based on the information on the map, most countries only gave women these rights in the 20th century, usually within the last 50 years. This is shocking because it shows just how recently women were granted rights that men have had for millenia. In fact, Saudi Arabia and the UAE still don't grant women the right to vote in the 21st century.  In the last century, we have gone to the moon, we have created weapons that can level countries, and we have planned to go to Mars, but some people still do not have the right to choose their leaders. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 13, 2013 8:23 AM

This is late for International Women's Day, but it is never a wrong time to analyze the spatial and temporal patterns of the expansion of women's political rights.  This interactive map is excellent for seeing these few metrics, but a more expanded dataset with maps concerning gender (in)equality in the world and the status of women is WomanStats.  


Tags: gender, mapping, statistics, political.

Dandavikranth Reddy's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:02 PM

This article is about women having their political and personal rights such as freedom from oppression, abuse, and other things. Also, this article is about how people are trying to spread women's political rights throughout the world but it is just too hard. This article is on this page because it relates to how women are struggling to get their freedom while some countries have gotten it easily. This article benefits people who are motivated to help those in dire need or support, people who will continue to stand uo for these women, and people who can start a movement to end this madness once and for all. This article is related to the book Half the sky because most of the developed countries around the world have freedom for their women, but some countries are still fighting the horrors of rape, genital mutilation, prostitution, bridal and honor killings, and many more. 

Miles Gibson's curator insight, November 22, 2014 3:22 PM

Unit 1 nature and perspectives of geography

This map shows the political outlook of Womens' rights across the world where the yellow is where women have the right to vote, grey is where women have the right to stand for election and black is where the first women were elected recently.

 

This map relates to unit 1 because it is an example of a reference map because of the data it shows and is a very precise version of a formal region because of its commonality between regions. It also shows a spread of hierarchical diffusion through wealthier countries