International Women’s Day: MPs vote through women executive quota — Local de on Germany’s new legislation for large companies

The German parliament (Bundestag) voted on Friday to pass a bill that will force large companies and the government to hire more women managers and executives, following a bitter fight.  Minister for Families, Seniors, Women and Young People Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA Under the legislation, publicly traded companies with employee representation on the board will…

International Women’s Day: From Afghanistan to Bolivia, Women Brave Death to Fight for Rights — Voice of America News com / Watch video

 Video: From Afghanistan to Bolivia, Women Brave Death to Fight for Rights STATE DEPARTMENT— From Afghanistan to Bolivia, women are defying death threats to fight for the rights of their people, defending gender equality, freedom of expression and basic human rights. On Friday, 10 of those women received this year’s Women of Courage Award from…

Making a Difference, Empowering the Future — Karen Ann Monsy’s article at Khaleej Times com on Sarah Hashwani|Creating projects to help Pakistan honeybee farming

Sarah Hashwani, chairperson of Pakistan’s Hashoo Foundation, on creating projects to help the country’s NEEDY stand on their own feet Life Lessons: (above) A woman learns honeybee farming, as part of the Foundation’s award-winning empowerment project  Thirty-four-year old Sarah Hashwani is the youngest of five siblings born to business tycoon Sadruddin Hashwani. By the time…

Women at work: All it takes is one to make a difference — Dardistan Times com

Gilgit: As daunting as the prospect of working in December’s below freezing temperatures may be, head of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Gilgit-Baltistan’s chapter Noorul Ain has never been one to shy away from a challenge. That is hardly surprising considering the social worker has worked tirelessly throughout her career. When she started her professional…

Canada’s Minister of State Visits University of Central Asia

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Canada’s Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), met with the University of Central Asia (UCA) leadership in Bishkek on 19 May 2014, as part of her official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. “We are honoured to welcome Minister Yelich and her delegation,” said UCA Director General Dr Bohdan…

India’s ‘Pink Warriors’ take on injustice — Deutsche Welle de

Clad in pink colored saris and armed with sticks, a gang of women is fighting rapists, domestic abuse, corrupt officials and patriarchy in India. (…) Today, Sampat Pal Devi’s group has over 300,000 members spread across the villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She has opened schools and training centers for women where they…

Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity — World Bank org / Video

 This major new report distills vast data and hundreds of studies to shed new light on constraints facing women and girls worldwide, from epidemic levels of gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from owning property, working, and making decisions about their own lives.   Despite recent advances in important aspects of…