Counterpoint: “Saudi women going to Games is a sham” @SAISHopkins #olympics #hwhtw

Much has been made (including by HWHTW – see: News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time”) of the gender  milestones reached with the 2012 Olympics: more women athletes than men, and  female participants from every participating country, including Saudi Arabia.  Jocelyne Cesari, a professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, argues that the presence of female Saudi athletes at the Olympics does not signify a big step forward for Saudi women:

“But if [judo competitor Wojdan] Shaherkani had withdrawn, it would not have been a setback for Saudi women because her inclusion was not a sign of advancement. The presence of Saudi women is the result of several months of pressure by the International Olympics Committee on Saudi Arabia to include women competitors or face being banned from participation.

“The situation for female athletes in Saudi Arabia is bleak.

“Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools. Physical education is allowed only in private schools. Women are not allowed to play in official sports clubs or even watch matches in stadiums. Girls’ football, volleyball and basketball games in private schools and colleges are held secretly.”

Read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/cesari-saudi-women-sports/index.html

August 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

Study: Stocks Perform Better If Women Are On Company Boards #hwhtw

Bloomberg News reports on a new study from the Credit Suisse Research Institute quantifying the benefits of having gender balance on corporate boards:

“Companies with women on their boards performed better in challenging markets than those with all-male boards in a study suggesting that mixing genders may temper risky investment moves and increase return on equity.

“Shares of companies with a market capitalization of more than $10 billion and with women board members outperformed comparable businesses with all-male boards by 26 percent worldwide over a period of six years, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, created in 2008 to analyze trends expected to affect global markets.”

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-31/women-as-directors-beat-men-only-boards-in-company-stock-return.html

July 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Join the Discussion: CSW 57 @UN_Women #hwhtw #CSW57

Via UN Women: “Online forum on ending & preventing violence against women & girls. We are calling for civil society input as preparations for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57 begin.”

“Between 23 July – 3 August 2012, a dynamic online discussion will bring together Civil Society Organisations and experts who work on violence against women around the world. By checking in online during the two weeks, they will answer questions and share thoughts on best practices, gaps and challenges in this field.

“Findings from these inputs will be used by UN Women to inform two UN Secretary-General’s reports for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women and guide the discussion of CSW members. They will also be published online in a report on the key themes of the discussion.

“UN Women encourages and welcomes all those who work in this field to take part in the consultation, contribute your views and experiences, and help to enrich the discussion that will feed into CSW 57.”

Read more and join the conversation: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/07/an-invitation-join-the-discussion-at-csw-57/

July 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Join the US National Committee for UN Women’s Orange Day Twitter Party! @USNC_UNWomen #orangeday #usnc4orange

You’re invited to a Twitter Party to celebrate the launch of Orange Day! Grab something orange, pose for a pic, and tweet it to us at @USNC_UNWomen starting at 12 noon Eastern time (9 AM Pacific)!  Hashtag: #usnc4orange

July 25, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Forbes: “Women’s Leadership and Mentorship in the Developing World” @Forbes #hwhtw

Great to see women leaders and mentors getting attention in the press!  Via Vital Voices:

“‎’Women frequently face cultural barriers and discrimination in moving into leadership positions, and it is very helpful have experienced role models and mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement.’ – Ann Veneman, former Executive Director of UNICEF and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, on the importance of mentorship in the developing world.

“Read the Forbes article in which Ann Veneman discusses why she is so passionate about our Global Ambassadors Program, the importance of leadership and mentorship in empowering women globally, and more!”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahimkanani/2012/07/23/ann-veneman-on-womens-leadership-and-mentorship-in-the-developing-world/

July 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Get Ready for Orange Day! #orangeday @SayNO_UNiTE @USNC_UNWomen @UNWomen

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign has proclaimed the 25thof the month as Orange Day! The first Orange Day will be launched on Wed. 25 July, and will every consecutive month after that leading up to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March.

The UNiTE campaign will also launch a new ribbon as the symbol for preventing and ending violence against women and girls: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saynotoviolence/7604097164/in/photostream?utm_source=Gender+Experts

Join us!

1.       Wear orange on July 25th

2.       Share it with your networks & tweet about it – here are some ideas:

  • Want to take a stand to make ending #violenceagainstwomen & girls a priority worldwide?Wear orange on the 25th! #orangeday via @SayNO_UNiTE
  • Wondering what to wear? Wear orange on Wed.25 July & say NO to #violenceagainstwomen & girls! #orangeday via @SayNO_UNiTE
  • Wed.25 July is #orangeday! Get ur orange shirt out of the closet &take a stand on ending #violenceagainstwomen & girls! via @SayNO_UNiTE

3.       Change your Facebook cover photo to the Orange Day banner

July 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time” @DonnaAN1 #olympics #hwhtw

Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time

By Bob Bensch and Donna Abu-Nasr

Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympic Games for the first time, the International Olympic Committee said, ending a ban by the kingdom where women aren’t allowed to drive.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will compete in judo at the London Games and Sarah Attar will run the 800 meters. The athletes, who were invited by the IOC, were submitted by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee before the July 9 deadline, the IOC said. The Saudis had previously sent all-male teams.

“This is very positive news and we are delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks’ time,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement on the governing body’s website.

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-12/saudi-arabia-to-send-women-athletes-to-olympics-for-first-time.html

July 12, 2012 at 11:17 am 2 comments

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