Posts tagged ‘women’s development’

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

“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Say NO – UNiTE Video of the Week! @UN_Women @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #VAW

Thanks to Maggie Forster Schmitz of USNC-UN Women for sharing!

“Every week UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women YouTube Channel features a different video that speaks on the issue.”

“This week’s Say NO — UNiTE Video of the Week is a profile of the Thuthuzela Care Centres in South Africa produced by UNTV for UN Women.  ‪The Thuthuzela Care Centres are ‘one-stop shops’ designed to address the needs of sexual assault survivors. The centres provide emergency medical care, crisis counseling, police investigation and court preparation in an integrated and survivor-friendly manner.  Watch video >>

“Missed last week’s video? Check out our playlist for Say NO’s 2012 Video of the Week:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL12DEF6ACEBED95DC

“Say NO is always on the lookout for compelling and insightful videos addressing violence against women to feature in its weekly slot. Have a suggestion? Send the name of the video and YouTube url link directly to ryan.brown@unwomen.org

June 12, 2012 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Highlights: USNC-UN Women Annual Conference @USNC_UNWomen #USNCDC #HWHTW

Check out the highlights from the USNC-UN Women Annual Conference on Twitter with hashtag #USNCDC! My favorite so far: learning about community viewing events for the movie Half the Sky in October.

Learn more: https://www.twitter.com/#!/search/Usncdc

June 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

“Roominate: Make It Yours!” @Kickstarter @RoominateToy #STEM #hwhtw

Fantastic Kickstarter idea: a toy that gets girls excited about engineering, math, and science!

“Roominate is a kit of wooden building pieces and circuit components with which a child can use her creativity to design, build, wire, and decorate her own unique interactive room.

“AND, the rooms are attachable and stackable, enabling girls to build and design expandable structures. The pieces are made to be simple and intuitive so as to allow a girl to explore and discover on her own.”

Read more: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/369073015/roominate-make-it-yours

May 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

“Gender Balance is an Investor Issue Too” by @A_WittenbergCox in @HarvardBiz @2020WOB #hwhtw

In this HBR post, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox says we should “harness the power of investors” to improve the gender balance on corporate boards.

“New York City’s public pension fund has just nudged Goldman Sachs and MetLife to disclose their gender balance stats. To quote John Liu, the city’s comptroller: ‘without quantitative disclosure, shareholders have no way to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts.’

“But very few companies actually publish their gender statistics, and certainly not anything more explicit than an aggregate ‘women in management’ number (which means they can all be first line managers). They much prefer publishing the wonderful initiatives they undertake in support of women in leadership, rather than the actual result of their efforts on the gender balance at the three levels below the CEO.”

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/gender_balance_is_an_investor.html?awid=8294541716442270676-3271

May 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

“Algeria: Increase of Women in Parliament Is a Step Towards Gender Equity” @iKNOW_Politics @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Congrats to Algeria!

“‘UN Women commends Algeria for reaching and surpassing the target of 30 per cent women in parliament as recommended in the Beijing Platform for Action and general recommendations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,’ said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michele Bachelet.”

Read the full article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201205170088.html

May 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

“The United Arab Emirates – a Fertile Frontier for Financial Women” via @VitalVoices @HuffingtonPost #hwhtw

Anne Izzillo of the HuffPost reports that the UAE is the place to be for women entrepreneurs:

“This is what we found: If you are a woman looking to start a business in the UAE — this is your moment. Today, women are forming start-ups in the region that range from multi-million dollar private equity funds and tech start-ups to western-inspired fashion labels and successful yoga studio chains. The opportunities are ripe for local and foreign women alike, thanks to several key factors that are leading a female business boom in the region.

“It starts with the government’s commitment to providing a high standard of education for both men and women. Today, the literacy rate for UAE women is 90 percent. Also, it is encouraging that the UAE Constitution promotes gender equality, including equal pay for equal work under the Labor Law and the right for women to inherit property. All of these factors have created a fertile environment for the seeds of female entrepreneurship to grow.”

Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-izzillo/united-arab-emirates_b_1522362.html

May 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Tahirih Justice Center is hiring! @tahirihjustice #DCjobs #hwhtw

Want your career to make a difference for women?  Just got this announcement from Tahirih Justice Center:

Are you committed to protecting vulnerable women and girls fleeing violence? The Tahirih Justice Center is looking for talented and committed people to join our team!

We are looking to fill the following positions:


Immigration and Family Law Paralegal (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Web and Data Specialist (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Social Services Case Aide – Temporary (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Volunteer Attorney (Washington, DC Area or Baltimore, MD) (PDF)

Major Gift Officer (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)  

Immigration Legal Advocate (Houston, TX) (PDF) 

Bahá’í Service Fellowship – Immigration and Social Services Program (Washington, DC Area) (DOC)       
For more information on these career opportunities click on the links above or visit our website.

Tahirih also has multiple internship opportunities and options for you to support our work as a volunteer.

 

May 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm Leave a 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

“Malian Women Create Beauty and Profit Through Local Fabrics” via @Africa_com #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Love this article on Malian women fashion entrepreneurs!  Some highlights:

“Hand-dyeing bazin can be labour-intensive for the women who produce it. First they import the fabric — mostly cotton, but sometimes silk or wool — from Germany, the Netherlands or China. Then they cut it to standard sizes. Next they knot tissues tightly into parts of the fabric so that those parts remain undyed when the cloth is dipped into buckets of pigment and fixative. When the fabric emerges it bears coloured spirals, rings or patterns.

“Maureen Gosling, a U.S. filmmaker, is collaborating with Maxine Downs, an anthropologist, to produce a film on bazin called Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Colour and Culture. According to Ms. Downs, they want to show how “self-empowered African women turned their artistic creativity and resourcefulness into a force for alleviating their own poverty.”

“Ms. Downs visited Mali several times to meet some of the women in the burgeoning industry. “When I went to Mali, I was shocked by the women’s resilience, their ability to create something out of nothing,” she told Africa Renewal.”

Read the full article: http://www.africa.com/blog/blog,malian_women_create_beauty_and_profit_through_local_fabrics,667.html

May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Event: “When Women Lead Africa: A Roundtable” @VitalVoices #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion

Featuring: 

Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Eva Muraya, and Kah Walla

We are delighted to welcome Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Eva Muraya and Kah Walla to Vital Voices for a panel discussion on the unique contributions of women’s leadership, changes in public perceptions of women leaders, and the opportunities and challenges for a new model of leadership in Africa.

Monday, May 21, 2012

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Location: Vital Voices Global Partnership

1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Or watch live via Ustream!

Learn more or register: http://www.vitalvoices.org/get-involved/events/when-women-lead-africa-roundtable-discussion

May 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Event: ICRW Champions for Change Gala with Ashley Judd and Cherie Blair @ICRW @AshleyJudd @CherieBlairFndn @Solar_Sister #hwhtw

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is celebrating its annual  Champions for Change Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 23rd!  ICRW’s signature event celebrates the possibilities of a gender equitable world and to honor the leaders and visionaries who help make it a reality.  Please join  ICRW and special guests – actor Ashley Judd and former British First lady Cherie Blair – to honor this year’s Champions for Change Awardees:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S Secretary of State (special video acceptance)

ExxonMobil Foundation

Thunderbird Emerging Markets Lab of the Thunderbird School of Global Management

Solar Sister

Learn more and buy tickets: http://champions4change.eventbrite.com

 

May 14, 2012 at 12:09 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

Indian Women Leaders Recognized for Accomplishments in Promoting Health @UN_Women #India #hwhtw

Since India’s implementation of quotas in local government, women have put in an impressive performance – bravo!  (See also: “Women as Policy Makers“)

“Puniben Rajpara from Gujarat has improved water facilities in her village, while Shashi Kiran from Himachal Pradesh has demanded one-year maternity leave for working women in her area. At the Women’s Political Empowerment Day Celebrations 2012, they were two of the four outstanding elected women representatives from panchayats (village councils) who were honoured for their efforts to improve health and provide basic social amenities in their villages.”

Read the full article: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/05/elected-women-representatives-in-india-are-awarded-for-their-efforts-to-improve-health/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Ban Ki-moon: “The Best Investment a Country Can Make” @UN #hwhtw #maternalhealth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently spoke at a reception for the in support of “Every Woman Every Child”, in Mumbai, India.  He congratulated India on its efforts to eradicate polio, and challenged the crowd to put the same resources toward maternal and child health, calling it a “common sense approach”:

“[W]e share the same conviction that saving women’s and children’s lives is the best investment any country can make.  If a person is ill, or their child is sick, anyone with resources would not think twice about spending them on health care.  But, somehow, Governments often miss this common-sense approach to what matters in life.”

Read the full speech: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14261.doc.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 3, 2012 at 7:17 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

Global Marketplace at the NMWA, May 12-13 @WomenInTheArts #hwhtw #dc @dcculture #passportdc

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by supporting women artisans from all over the world at the National Museum of Women in the Arts?

“The Global Marketplace features jewelry, ceramics, personal accessories, and home decor created by women artisan groups living in emerging economies throughout the world. Exhibitors representing the craftswomen will also discuss the arts as a powerful vehicle of economic development.

“Celebrating its 25th anniversary, NMWA hosts its third annual Global Marketplace in conjunction with Passport DC.

“The Global Marketplace is part of NMWA’s Empowering Women through Art initiative, and proceeds from the two-day event go directly to the women artisans. Countries represented include: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Swaziland, Turkey, Vietnam among others.”

For hours, directions, and more info: http://www.nmwa.org/events/global-marketplace

April 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Helping Women Helps the World Weekly is Here! Featuring @CatalystInc @USNC_UNWomen @mverveer @ThinkProgress @AmazingWomen #hwhtw #women

HWHTW is now available in an easy-to-read weekly newspaper format!    The HWHTW Weekly includes our blog posts, plus bonus content from women’s empowerment thinkers across the Web.  This week’s edition features stories on women in business, the Violence Against Women Act, and why women matter in foreign policy.  Check it out here: http://paper.li/HWHTW/1333031756?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=paper_sub

 

April 29, 2012 at 12:03 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

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