Posts tagged ‘south asia’

This Taboo-Busting Ad Is Reinventing ‘Happily Ever After’ In India

Widowed and divorced women have historically been shunned in areas of India. So imagine the nation’s surprise when jeweler Tanishq celebrated a second marriage in its new ad.

The spot features a beautiful bride having a playful moment with her daughter after bridesmaids help her adjust her jewelry. At the ceremony, we see the hunky groom struck with love for both his new wife and stepdaughter.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/india-second-marriage-ad_n_4181192.html

November 1, 2013 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Passports to Progress Event feat. Andrea Mitchell, Christy Turlington Burns – March 7

Rude Awakening

The complex epidemic of violence young women and girls face in India and beyond

Join the International Center for Research on Women on the eve of International Women’s Day for its first Passports to Progress event in support of its new campaign, Turning Point: Changing the Course for Adolescent Girls Worldwide. A diverse panel of leading experts in the fields of gender, rights and development will discuss the many ways in which violence against women – especially young women and girls – in non-conflict settings has become a global epidemic.

Moderator:

Andrea Mitchell NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’S “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Panelists:

Michael Elliott, President/CEO of ONE

Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts and Director/Producer of “No Woman, No Cry”

Stella Mukasa, Director of Gender Violence and Rights at ICRW

Ravi Verma, Regional Director, Asia at ICRW

With a special video presentation by Kavita Ramdas, Ford Foundation’s Regional Representative in New Delhi.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013               6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: National Press Club 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045

This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Register here: http://passports2progress2013.eventbrite.com/#

February 22, 2013 at 10:39 am 1 comment

Event: “Gender Dynamics of Development in Pakistan” @KashfFoundation @AtlanticCouncil #Pakistan #hwhtw

An event tomorrow morning on gender in Pakistan, one of the major battlegrounds of gender equality recently!

“Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center on June 26 for a public discussion on “Gender Dynamics of Development in Pakistan,” with Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, chair of Kashf Holding and chair and founder of Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited based in Pakistan. The event will be moderated by Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.”

Learn more and register: http://dc.linktank.com/event/gender_dynamics_of_development_in_pakistan?utm_source=DC+Linktank&utm_campaign=c8b6732d98-DC_Linktank_Weekly_Events-06_24_012&utm_medium=email#.T-iFMbVYsgg

June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Empower Girls Through Football In A Slum In India” @realitygives @YuwaFootball #hwhtw

Reality Gives and YUWA are raising funds for a girls’ football program in the infamous Dharavi slum in Mumbai – the setting of Slumdog Millionaire.  (I visited Reality’s community center and school in Dharavi last year and was impressed with their work.)  Check out this video telling the story of how soccer changed one girl’s life for the better!

Watch the video: 

Learn more and donate to the project: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/football-for-girls-empowerment/

June 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

International Women’s Media Foundation Announces 2012 Award Winners @IWMF #hwhtw

The IWMF 2012 awards honor 4 brave women journalists with Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards:

“An imprisoned Ethiopian newspaper columnist wrongly convicted of treason after criticizing the government, a Palestinian writer threatened and beaten for covering politics in Gaza and a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Azerbaijani investigative reporter targeted in a smear campaign after reporting on corruption are the IWMF’s 2012 Courage in Journalism Award winners.

“Reeyot Alemu, 31, a columnist for the Ethiopian newspaper Feteh, is in prison for 14 years after being convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and participation in a terrorist organization.  Asmaa al-Ghoul, 30, a Palestinian blogger and writer, regularly receives death threats and has been beaten by Hamas security forces while covering protests. Khadija Ismayilova, 35, a talk show host on RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service who covers corruption and abuse of power by the government elite, was threatened and had surveillance cameras planted in her apartment in an effort to silence her.

“Pakistani media pioneer Zubeida Mustafa — the first woman reporter at Dawn English-language newspaper who promoted women’s equality in the newsroom — is the IWMF’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Mustafa, 70, worked for three decades as Pakistan’s oldest newspaper and enacted hiring policies to promote women.  She continues to write columns for the newspaper.

“These inspiring women will be honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation at award ceremonies in New York on Oct. 24 and in Los Angeles on Oct. 29.”

Read more: http://iwmf.org/honoring-courage.aspx

May 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

“Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families” @safeworld4women #hwhtw #Pakistan #women

An inspiring story of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan who supported their families after devastating conflict in the Swat Valley.

 

Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families

Source: Dawn.com | Sadia Qasim Shah

Like many other Swati women, the prolonged conflict in the region left Farida with nothing but embroidery skills to earn livelihood.

Thanks to her expertise in this traditional craft, the 40-year-old currently works with Lasoona, a nongovernmental organisation developing handicraft skills of local women and marketing their work, including Swati embroidered shawls.

As handicrafts made by skilled women were put on display here at Women Business Development Centre, a number of such women from Swat also poured their hearts out about the crisis they faced even after the conflict was over.

Ms Farida said she got education up to intermediate but after 22 years of her life as a housewife, she was forced to step out and work with an NGO for food and education of her two children…

Read the full article: http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/economics-poverty/ec-central-and-southasia/2430-swat-women-use-embroidery-skills.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LatestFromSafeWorld+%28Latest+from+Safe+World%29

May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement” via @TED #India #hwhtw

Don’t miss this TEDtalk from a remarkable Indian education innovator.  A HWHTW favorite (see India: Grandmothers electrify rural communities)!

“In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.”

Watch the video: http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html

April 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

“Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue” @mverveer #hwhtw

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer has penned a brilliant and compelling piece on women for Foreign Policy.  A must-read!

Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

The most pressing global problems simply won’t be solved without the participation of women. Seriously, guys.

On a trip to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, not long after my appointment as the U.S. State Department’s ambassador at large for global women’s issues, I stopped for dinner with a group of Afghan women activists in Kabul. One woman opened our conversation with a plea: “Please don’t see us as victims, but look to us as the leaders we are.”

Those words have stuck with me as President Barack Obama’s administration has endeavored to put women at the heart of its foreign policy. For generations, the United States too often viewed the world’s women as victims of poverty and illiteracy, of violence and seemingly unbreakable cultural traditions — essentially, as beneficiaries of aid. Women’s issues existed on the margins, segregated from the more “strategic” issues of war, peace, and economic stability. Now, in a time of transformative change — from the rise of new economic powers to a growing chorus of voices against repressive regimes in the Arab world — promoting the status of women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one; it’s essential to economic prosperity and to global peace and security. It is, in other words, a strategy for a smarter foreign policy.

Read the full article: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_women_are_a_foreign_policy_issue

April 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm 2 comments

“A matter of judgement”: An Afghan woman on the High Council of the Supreme Court?

“In what would be a long-awaited milestone, a woman is soon expected to be shortlisted for a seat in Afghanistan’s top judicial body.

“’We are waiting for the list that would introduce members of the Supreme Court to the lower house of Parliament, and we are very hopeful to see a woman candidate in the list,’ said Fawzia Kofi, the head of the Committee on Women’s Affairs in the Wolesi Jirga (lower house).

“But it is not merely a matter of high hopes. In previous discussions with Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi and President Hamid Karzai, Kofi and other female MPs were assured that a woman would finally make the running for one of the nine places on the top bench.

“’We will not forget this until we see a woman on the High Council of the Supreme Court,’ Kofi told Afghanistan Today…”

Read the full article: http://www.afghanistan-today.org/article/?id=196

February 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

“Afghan girls throw punches, aim for Olympic gold” @Reuters #hwhtw

Great story about Afghan girls fighting – literally! – for empowerment.

Afghan girls throw punches, aim for Olympic gold

By Agnieszka Flak and Hassib Sadat

KABUL | Mon Jan 2, 2012 2:00am EST

(Reuters) – Teenage Afghan sisters Shabnam and Sadaf Rahimi are taking the fight for women’s rights more literally than most of their peers, throwing punches in a ring as members of their country’s first team of female boxers…

“It was my dream to become a boxer. At first my father did not agree with me. He said girls should not be boxing,” 18 year-old Sadaf told Reuters, out of breath from punching the bag. “After I got my first medal, he changed his mind.”

Read the full story here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/02/us-afghanistan-boxing-idUSTRE80104320120102

January 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Be The Change: Shuba and the Cyclone #hwhtw

A great holiday gift idea: Shuba and the Cyclone, a new children’s book that features the creativity of 20 girls who participate in BRAC’s SoFEA (Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents) program in Damrai, Bangladesh.  The book follows the adventures of Shuba, a Ganges River dolphin who must find her way home after a cyclone.

20% of sales of Shuba and the Cyclone will automatically be donated to BRAC and an additional 20% of sales will be donated if you enter promo code BRAC at the time of purchase.

Buy it here: http://www.dot-to-dot-books.org/shop/shuba-the-river-dolphin/

December 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

“The Third Billion” #hwhtw

The Third Billion

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

by DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as producers, consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of China and India’s billion-plus populations. But its members have not yet attracted the level of attention they deserve.

If China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, then this “third billion” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations, whose economic lives have previously been stunted, underleveraged, or suppressed…

Read the full article: http://www.strategy-business.com/article/10211?gko=98895

December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Video: “Pakistan passes bill to protect women’s rights”

Pakistan passes bill to protect women’s rights

Rights groups laud amended legislation but doubt if prevailing societal attitudes will allow its enforcement.

Read the full article: http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/11/201111187013962577.html?cid=nlc-dailybrief-daily_news_brief-link18-20111118

December 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Vote for The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna! @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, an HWHTW favorite book, has been nominated for a “Goodreads Choice Award” for Best History & Biography.  Your vote can make the difference!

Vote here: http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/2011#55899-Best-History-&-Biography

November 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

“Bhutanese Royalty Inspires New Generation of Women Leaders” @unwomen #hwhtw

Bhutanese Royalty Inspires New Generation of Women Leaders

Her Royal Highness of Bhutan, Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, joined prominent women leaders in Thimphu earlier this year to encourage young Bhutanese girls to enter politics. She spoke at an event to launch a UN Women-assisted project, “Inspiring Bhutanese Girls: Creating A New Generation of Leaders.”

Read the full article: http://www.unwomen.org/2011/10/bhutanese-royalty-inspires-new-generation-of-women-leaders/

October 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

Webinar: Success Stories in Women’s Economic Empowerment from Bangladesh @CIPEglobal #hwhtw

Calling all women entrepreneurs!  Tomorrow CIPE is hosting a webinar with Selima Ahmad, founder of the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce (BWCCI).

“BWCCI provides services to more than 2,500 women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and has been a leader in advancing policy changes for a women-friendly business environment.

“Ms. Ahmad will share stories of how entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh. She will describe her experiences in helping women overcome the obstacles to equal participation in the marketplace, and share lessons on leadership in giving voice to women.”

For more details or to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/579112454

September 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

“Why Are India’s Women So Stressed Out?” @hbr #hwhtw

Does empowering women make them more stressed out?  This Harvard Business Review article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Ripa Rashid looks at the data:

“According to “Women of Tomorrow,” a recent Nielsen survey of 6,500 women across 21 different nations, Indian women are the most stressed in the world today. An overwhelming 87% of Indian women said they felt stressed most of the time, and 82% reported that they had no time to relax.

“The Nielsen survey’s respondents blame the difficulty of juggling multiple roles at home and work. Career opportunities for women in “the New India” are rapidly expanding, but family expectations and social mores remain rooted in tradition.”

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2011/08/why_are_indias_women_so_stress.html

September 23, 2011 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: DOSTI Hand-Stitched Soccer Balls #hwhtw

Here’s a new way to suport women’s economic empowerment: Global Goods Partners’ DOSTI soccer balls, handsewn by Afghan women.

“Afghan women have been renowned for centuries for hand needlework. Now the women of DOSTI, meaning “friendship” in Dari, have harnessed that heritage to handcraft club-quality fair trade soccer balls… Bearing DOSTI’s signature Doves in Flight pattern, each fair trade soccer ball purchased provides meaningful employment for Afghan women.”

Thanks to Gayle Lemmon for the tip! 

Read more, or buy: http://www.globalgoodspartners.org/cart/Details.cfm?ProdID=628

September 8, 2011 at 11:14 am 2 comments

Inside Teach for India

For the next two years, Devanik Saha will be teaching at a government-run school for low-income girls in India as part of the Teach for India program.  His blog post for the Women’s Worldwide Web recounts some of the challenges and successes of his first few days on the job.  A few excerpts:

“I packed myself into an auto-rickshaw and pressed myself against other passengers for the jerkiest, most painful ride to school of my life—I kept telling myself, “This is nothing. I am here for the kids whose lives I want to transform for the better.’  Arriving enthusiastically at the school, I waited for all my students to arrive. After 15 to 20 minutes, only six girls out of a class of thirty had turned up.”

“What has struck me is how much more there is to teaching than formal teaching activities; it’s not just about instructing pupils in academic subjects like maths and English. I try to be as supportive as possible of the children and their families as they deal with certain sensitive issues—such as family and community problems and their difficult financial circumstances. I have tried to embrace these challenges with love and care. By developing relationships with the parents, listening to their hopes, frustrations, aspirations, and feelings of helplessness, I hope I will be more effective in my efforts to teach their children and to create a culture in which the children are encouraged to learn.”

“The principal and school administration investigated and were indignant when they learned that the pupils had indeed been deprived of their lunch. We agreed that I could be responsible for supervising the lunch distribution, ensuring that the lunch was distributed fairly and allowing the school helpers to keep any remaining leftovers for their families. I was also pleasantly surprised when a van arrived at the school an hour later to unload two large containers of food for my class!”

Read the full article: http://www.womensworldwideweb.org/?q=Devanik%20Teach%20for%20India%201

August 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

UN Women is Hiring! @unwomen #hwhtw

UN Women is hiring for several positions in New York and worldwide, including Arab States Regional Director, Communications and Outreach Specialist (EVAW), and Programme Specialist (Gender and Governance in Fragile and Conflict Affected States).  Act fast – applications are due soon!

See the job postings: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/

August 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

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