The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) announced on March 8 the launch of an ongoing activity: the creation of its future "Women of Europe" resource pool.
"Arguably, the ''real women'' concept began with Anita Roddick's 1997 Body Shop campaign featuring Ruby, the size-16 Barbie doll, and the tagline, ''There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do''. That year, then Cosmopolitan editor Mia Freedman instigated the mag's famed ''Body Love'' policy, allowing ''real women'' of sizes 6 to 16 to feature in fashion stories."
There is no doubt that the Nordic countries lead the world on most indicators of gender equality. Gender equality experts and advocates have long pointed out that in economics, politics and social services, the Nordic countries top the charts. A less noticed equality indicator is that the Nordic countries outpace others in legal action to stem the sex trade by addressing its unnoticed perpetrators -- the mainly male purchasers of women and children in prostitution.
We live in a world that seeks to be globally connected and locally engaged, where people recognise their potential and exercise their responsibility to engage with others in the development of their communities at local and international level - a world of ‘Global Citizens’. Our world has created greater interdependence and also an increased need for communities to value each other, especially where difference may have caused tensions. It calls for citizens to play an active role, able to take informed decisions about their lives, communities and workplaces. Research shows that “active citizens” tend to be happier and that active citizenship contributes greatly to community cohesion.
When Jogorku Kenesh, the Kyrgyz parliament, convened in 2005, it had no female members. Only one member of the cabinet of ministers was a woman.
A growing number of Chinese women -- mostly in their 20s and about to get married -- are opting for a surgical procedure called "hymen restoration," which returns the hymen to its condition before it was ruptured, which typically occurs during first sexual contact but can also happen while playing sports or doing other strenuous activities.
'Deaths caused by pregnancy in Africa are more than all the deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria combined,' says Marie-Claire Faray, vice president of UK WILPF-Women's' International League for Peace and Freedom speaking to a group of women from all over the diaspora who have gathered in London to mark the UK launch of African Women's Decade. The decade is the African Union's (AU) new 10-year campaign to deliver gender equality, women's advancement and the respect of women's rights in Africa. 'Women have a right to survive, to be alive,' says Faray. 'It's time to identify our right, claim it and take control of it.'