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Women pay high price for unpaid care work. Gender Equality and Economics.

Not-So-Strange Bedfellows: Gender Equality and Economics Diplomatic Courier We all know that Europe faces a looming demographic crisis of existential proportions—not a single country on the European continent claims a fertility rate at or above replacement rate (2.1). As a result, aging populations and shrinking workforces will contribute to unsustainable social spending and stunted economic growth. Now more than ever, these countries need a solution to overcome the problems that accompany industrial modernization. Beyond implementing short-term economic fixes and relaxing immigration quotas, enacting policies that reduce the economic gender gap is a common-sense solution.

GBV Is Not Just a Women’s Issue It’s time to for all of us in southern Africa to make ourselves deliberately uncomfortable about the extent of gender-based violence and open ourselves up to new thinking about how we are manifestly failing in our mission – given the empirical evidence of rising gender-based violence – and how we can change tack and bring some new thinking to the table.

This work remains seriously underfunded. Supporting victims is often small-scale, uncoordinated and under the radar. Attitudes towards gender-based violence in many local communities remain deeply troubling and unchallenged by our gender movement and our constitutional, human-rights work…


A Congolese woman roasts corn on the outskirts of Goma on November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

Women pay high price for unpaid care work Thomson Reuters Foundation As the debate about a future global development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 gathers pace, there is broad agreement that gender equality and women’s empowerment are crucial components. A growing body of robust evidence shows that countries that have achieved greater gender equality in employment and education also report higher rates of human development and economic growth, while women’s empowerment is increasingly seen as central to reducing poverty and better public health outcomes.

Many proponents of gender equality seek to pursue this goal by promoting women’s access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities, and increasing women’s political participation. All too often, however, these initiatives overlook a fundamental structural cause of gender inequality: women’s overwhelming responsibility for unpaid care work in homes and communities all over the world.

Political parties urged to mainstream women’s rights in poll manifestos Hindu Business Line NEW DELHI, MARCH 5: With the 16th Lok Sabha election process kicking off amid growing crimes against women, nine women’s organisations have raised issues, such as political and land rights, food security, safety and employment.

“The outcome of these elections will greatly impact women’s struggles for safety, equality and progress… These issues need to be mainstreamed in the political agenda and in future Government policy,” said a statement issued by All India Democratic Women’s Association, the National Federation of Indian Women, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, YWCA, All Indian Women’s Conference, Joint Women’s Programme, among others.

Cong banks on women workers to get fair share of votes Indian Express Facing a tough challenge in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Congress is falling back on its women wing in Maharashtra to woo women voters by reaching out to them with government decisions that are in their interest. However, the women wing too has sought candidature for at least six of the 26 Lok Sabha seats to be contested by the party in the state.

“We are inspired by the confidence shown by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the women wing of the party. He has urged women to get active and fight for equal share in politics,” said state women Congress chief Kamal Vyavhare.

South Korea’s first female president intimidated? Yeah right CNN What kind of politician is slashed in the face with a knife, and upon waking up in hospital the first thing they ask about is the election campaign?

Answer: Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president, and a woman who has experienced her fair share of violence while working — and growing up — in government.

Park was left with an 11 centimeter wound across her cheek after she was attacked by a man at a political rally in 2006. Her apparently businesslike response after waking from surgery — “How is Daejeon?” — referring to the party’s campaign in that city, earned her the nickname “Queen of Elections.”

More than female leaders, India needs a women’s votebank Daily Mail The news that three of India’s women chief ministers – Mamata Banerjee, Jayalalithaa and Mayawati (now an ex-chief minister) – had opted out of joining the “fronts” and coalitions that are emerging prior to the Lok Sabha elections, and that each aspires “to reach Delhi” as a Prime Minister, has interesting implications.

This group of three has some very special characteristics. These women are not just single, they are also not part of the family dynasty syndrome – wives/widows/daughter-in-laws.

And these three women ruled some of the largest states with a total population of over 363 million, around 30 per cent of the Indian population.

ANC fails to secure a quorum to pass Gender Bill – Sandy Kalyan Politicsweb The highly problematic Women and Gender Equality Bill did not pass in the National Assembly this morning as the requisite number of 201 MPs were not present.

The DA welcomes this development. This Bill did little to ensure real empowerment of women and was little more than an attempt by Minister Lulu Xingwana to legislate herself into relevance before the elections.

We dismiss the arguments made by some Ministers in the House today in response to their failure. It is not the Democratic Alliance’s responsibility to ensure that bad legislation generated by an ANC government is passed. That is the ANC’s responsibility, and they failed in this regard on all fronts.

Women’s health issues still poorly represented in scientific studies Fox News Women’s health issues are still widely ignored in the world of scientific research – despite a law passed two decades ago mandating female representation in government-funded studies, HealthDay news reported.

In the latest review of the scientific literature, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that there are still large gaps in the scientific process as it relates to women, with many studies failing to include women in patient data sets and ignoring gender-specific outcomes.

“The science that informs medicine routinely fails to consider the impact of sex and gender, and this occurs at some of the earliest stages of research — from animal to human studies,” said report author Dr. Paula Johnson, executive director of The Connors Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Hollywood’s gender imbalance Socialist Worker Online Research conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that only 11 percent of the top 100 highest-grossing films of 2011 had a female protagonist–and women made up only a third of all characters in these films. As media critic Linda Holmes recently noted, during 2013’s summer blockbuster season, it was quite likely that a U.S. moviegoer could go to a multiplex and not find a single live-action fiction film starring a woman. Not one.

This is partially a reflection of studios’ increasing reliance on blockbusters, particularly big-budget action and sci-fi, which tend to be stories about men made for a perceived male audience. Commercially successful female-led franchises (The Hunger Games,Twilight) and bigger-budget comedies (BridesmaidsThe Heat) have had little impact on shifting this dynamic.

Another disturbing trend was noted in a recent New York Times article, in which film critics used statistical methods to analyze this year’s Oscar nominees. They found that nominated lead actresses appeared on screen for significantly less time than their male counterparts–an average of 57 minutes for women and 85 for men.

Women take charge of House Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – In this house, women rule.

In celebration of International Women’s Month, female lawmakers took leadership positions in yesterday’s session at the House of Representatives.

“They may belong to different political parties, but when it comes to their causes, women lawmakers are united,” said Pangasinan Rep. Georgina de Venecia, who acted as Speaker in the plenary session.

Seventy-nine women are House members in the 16th Congress.

Reps. Linabelle Villarica of Bulacan, Marlyn Primicias-Agabas of Pangasinan, and Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu were designated deputy speakers.

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