International Women’s Day is a reminder of the continuing need for urgent action to support socially inclusive and anti-discriminatory policies in all areas of politics and business, regardless of sector. Discrimination in industry, politics academia and elsewhere concentrates influence in the hands of particular groups, and the tradition of inheritance (whether to family members or simply to members of similar social groups) helps to keep that influence concentrated for generations. As long as leadership and influence remain in the hands of one gender, one race, one caste, one economic stratum, we are all missing out on the creativity and robust solutions that diverse thinking can provide.
Many of Future Challenges’ finest and most engaged writers are women, and so we felt it was appropriate to celebrate International Women’s Day by offering all of our writers – with, of course, a special invitation to our female bloggers – the opportunity to submit personal anecdotes of their experiences both good and bad. We’re looking forward to read many interesting blogposts!
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Written by Chioma Agwuegbo on July 14, 2016.
In March, social media woke up to a really startling story: a young girl, a 13-year-old child that had been kidnapped from Bayelsa, taken to Kano state, rechristened Aisha in an apparent conversion to Islam, and married off to a young man. The girl? Ese Oruru. The man? Yunusa Dahiru, […]
Written by Arnold Chanel on January 3, 2014.
The high rate of violence and abuse against women in Fiji is having a negative impact on women’s ability to participate in economic life. Abuse is not just physical, it can also be emotional and financial. The financial abuse suffered by women in Fiji highlights a flaw in governance that […]
Written by Diego Salama on October 10, 2013.
Abstract: Women in Bolivia have been isolated from public life for over 120 years. It was only in the middle of the 20th century when the situation began to change and women were given a bigger say in Bolivian affairs. Over the past decades there has been significant milestones and it […]
Written by Nighat Dad on September 4, 2013.
Women make up 48% of Pakistan’s total population. The female literacy rate stands at 36% and on average a Pakistani woman is married off at the age of 19. Currently, 62% of Pakistani women (of child bearing age from 15-49) are married, while 3% are widowed or separated and 35% […]
Written by thesydneyglobalist on April 3, 2013.
In 2011, a Thomson Reuters Foundation global poll revealed that India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women. Although India is emerging from the ‘third world’ and gradually becoming a more liberal society, India’s economic progress has made little room for the improvement in the status […]
Written by capetownglobalist on June 14, 2012.
A quick glance over a few recent government-issued stats, and one could perhaps be excused at this point for opining that this article is out of touch; that it isn’t worth the metaphorical paper it’s printed on. There are 178 women in South Africa’s 400-strong National Assembly. Women also comprise […]
Written by Otgoo Jargal on May 15, 2012.
With the parliamentary elections in Mongolia approaching next month, there will be more women’s nominations as woman’s quotas for political participation have now been approved by the parliament. Eleven parties are registered to run in the June 2012 elections, and each party will have to try and reach a target of 20% women […]
Written by Nettra Pan on May 4, 2012.
What do Indian air hostesses, James Bond dressed in drag and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have in common? Before you get carried away, I’ll tell you: International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th of March. Last year, more than a hundred countries around world commemorated the 100th anniversary […]
Written by Rayna Stamboliyska on April 26, 2012.
When a few years ago I first got interested in this topic, I obsessively read all I could about it. The oldest paper I found at that time was from 1965 and bore the title: “Women in Science: Why So Few?” Yes, it’s the same as the title of the current posting […]
Written by TahirImran on April 20, 2012.
Islam in its essence is a very open-minded religion and yet it keeps the ground realities into perspective. Islam has a benchmark teaching of “not putting extra strain on a soul what it can not bear”. An amazing statement, which embodies the whole dilemma, we face today. I believe from above examples every one of those three women had to take this decision of how much burden she is ready to take. While Maggie Thatcher was lucky to have a faithful husband and twins, Madeline Albright had to cope with the insecure husband and three daughters birth and bringing them up. Both of these women decided to take the burden they thought was necessary.