“Africa’s steady and robust economic growth over the past decade has thrust the continent onto the world stage as a serious player. Local economies stagnated in every part of the world during the global recession of 2008 and 2009, but Sub-Saharan Africa was one of the least affected regions due to its relatively weak ties Read more
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Check out this OECD Report on how to close gender gaps under four headings: 1) Gender equality, social norms and public policies; and gender equality in 2) education; 3) employment and 4) entrepreneurship. Key policy messages are as follows: -Greater gender equality in educational attainment has a strong positive effect on economic growth; -Stereotyping needs Read more
Today, Human Rights Day, UN officials highlight the importance of ensuring that women’s voices are heard
On Human Rights Day, UN officials highlight how every voice counts 10 December 2012 – United Nations officials today marked Human Rights Day by declaring that everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their lives and communities. “International law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, Read more
Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls? Watch this inspiring TED talk, given by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee.
“Some of the most promising solutions to the spread of HIV reside in stripping away the layers of oppression from the lives of women and girls.”
Africa: The Global AIDS Response Must Have a Woman’s Shape Opinion Gender inequality is HIV’s best friend. Fortunately, the converse is also true – gender equality is HIV’s nemesis. And by fighting HIV through advancement of gender equality, we reap all kinds of additional benefits. Women account for slightly more than half of all people Read more
For her work promoting education for girls worldwide, Foreign Policy named Malala Yousafzai, the young education activist from Pakistan, one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers!
“I shall raise my voice,” she said last year. “If I didn’t do it, who would?” The Taliban’s most fearsome enemy in Pakistan isn’t U.S. drones or the military’s tanks: It’s a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Malala Yousafzai’s tool of defiance? Her own bravery in speaking out for the simple idea that girls should have access to the same Read more
“Across the world, girls and women face violence as they try to exercise their basic rights…violence, and its threat, is one of the key factors forcing girls to drop out of school”
On International Day, Ban Leads UN Call for Action to End Violence Against Women Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a United Nations call on world leaders to “make good” on pledges they have made to end violence against women, a scourge that affects millions of women and girls worldwide. “Up to 70 per cent of Read more
“Women make up one-half of any nation’s human capital, and when half of the population faces obstacles to achieving their full potential, there is an immense waste of talent and subsequent losses in competitiveness.”
The story of Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban earlier this month for advocating female education, was a shocking reminder of how much still needs to be done to equalize opportunities for men and women. The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Gender Gap Report 2012 attempts to quantify the progress that has been Read more
The WISER NGO in Kenya was created in 2007. Its partner in the US for tax donations and programs has been Duke University. Now meet WISER International, an independent 501c3, which will take the lead in managing all aspects of WISER in the US. However, we still keep strong ties to Duke University and the Read more
“Girls should not talk.” “Poor girls should marry old men.” “Girls have small minds.” “Teaching a girl is a waste.” “Nothing good can come from a girl.” Girls in Muhuru Bay are bombarded by these social messages. WISER held a body mapping workshop in January 2012 in order to help girls remember their power, voice, Read more