Monthly Archives: November 2013

UNDP’s Video for Elimination of Violence Against Women

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/11/25/violence-against-women-is-not-acceptable-and-can-be-prevented.html

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November 25, 2013 · 5:06 pm

Great Blog by World Bank on What’s Being Done to Stop Violence Against Women

Here’s an excerpt and click the link (http://bit.ly/1bi32Y7) to read more:

First, what do we know about violence against women?

  • Over 35% of women have experienced gender-based violence. (WHO)
  • Almost 50% of women in low income countries justify violence against them. (DHS)
  • The most common perpetrator is an intimate partner. (UN)
  • Women in conflict zones are at a higher risk of violence: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, an average of 36 women are raped each day, and as many as 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. (UN)
  • Girls married before age 18 are more likely to experience violence, health issues, and maternal mortality, as well as shorten their education. (UN)
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is a common form of gender violence across Africa and some Middle Eastern countries. In the World Bank’s Gender Statistics database, the latest data from Egypt and Somalia put prevalence at over 90%. (The indicator is “Prevalence of FGM/C”)

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November 25, 2013 · 4:23 pm

Here’s the significance of today’s purpose:

Here's the significance of today's purpose:

It’s important to recognize how many women still live in dire circumstances and don’t get the representation or voice they deserve! Conditions improve in many areas of the world, but there’s still a long way to go in gender equality and the elimination of violence against women! There will be tons of coverage and data realized on this today, so make sure to peruse the internet on it and make yourself more aware! 🙂

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November 25, 2013 · 4:13 pm

Happy International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women!!

Happy International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women!!

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November 25, 2013 · 4:04 pm

Mackenzie Jones: More Women Needed in Middle East Renewable Energy Jobs

“The Women in Solar Initiative is aimed at engaging more women into roles within engineering, as significant growth and change takes place within the sector.

The aim of the Middle East Solar Power Association initiative, is that women will take up roles within the industry to help provide diversity and varying perspectives. A traditionally male-dominated arena, it is hoped having more women will enable innovation as well as challenging of ideas.”

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1597229#ixzz2lJAiB9MT

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November 21, 2013 · 7:00 pm

Love this idea! “India launches first bank exclusively for women”

“India launched its first public sector bank catering for women on Tuesday, an initiative aimed at economically empowering millions of women across the country who do not have access to basic financial services such as bank accounts or loans.”

This is such an awesome idea, and India should be applauded for its effort. Giving women access to loans and increased capital will greatly expand their opportunities and business potential. Can’t wait to see where this goes next!

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November 19, 2013 · 8:11 pm

Arab Spring 2.0: The rise of women entrepreneurs

Excerpt:

“Women run only one of every four start-ups overall in the region that includes the Middle East, according to the “Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s 2012 Women’s Report,” Numbers are hard to come by, but in the six countries for which the best data is available —AlgeriaEgypt,Iran, Palestine, Tunisia and Israel—there were about 9.9 million new ventures in total, so about 2.5 million new ventures of all kinds and in all industries could be run by women.

The tech scene is drawing the most attention now. Much of the surge has come about in the years since the Arab Spring. “There is a connection between what they were asking for in Tahrir Square and entrepreneurship, because they come from the same place,” said Christopher Schroeder, author of “Startup Rising,” about start-ups in the Middle East. “Tools of technology that allow people to express their voice politically, societally, culturally—why wouldn’t they unleash desire for an economic voice as well?”

The women entrepreneurs don’t see political tensions as a detriment but rather as an opportunity. “Problems come with opportunity,” said May Habib, founder and CEO of Qordoba, a translation site based in the UAE. “If you’re someone who is a natural hustler, you can make money.'”

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November 19, 2013 · 8:05 pm