Women run only 3% of world's largest firms but more powerful than seven years ago. New research by CTPartners Executive Search Inc. said women CEOs at the world's largest corporations may not have made great progress in terms of numbers but have at least made up for it in terms of running larger and more powerful companies.
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On a warm day late last month a crowd filed into a white tent outside the royal palaces in Amman to hear a much-anticipated speech by King Abdullah II on the country’s political future. Although the invitees included various dignitaries — former politicians, tribal leaders, journalists, even Islamists — they included only a few women: and when the men interrupted the speech to chant loyalty slogans, those few seemed to disappear from sight entirely.
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"Time and time again, media outlets conjure images of Arab women who need saving and empowering via the education and development initiatives of the Western world and international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. Fida Adely's close-focus examination of the education of young women in the Middle East moves away from such generalisations and stereotypes, and instead thoughtfully analyses the nuances and complexities of the everyday lives of a group of young women at al-Khatwa Secondary School for Girls in Bawadi al-Naseem, Jordan."
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The case of a young Tunisian woman who was allegedly raped by police officers, and who along with her fiancé was charged with “indecent behaviour” when she filed a complaint, made international headlines towards the end of September. The case infuriated women’s rights advocates and highlighted an important issue in post-revolution Tunisia: addressing violence against women.
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Egyptian women who joined their male compatriots in the protest movement that brought down the Mubarak regime face the likelihood that a new national constitution will retain a provision making gender equality in the country conditional on shari’a (Islamic law). Egypt moved closer to a new constitution Sunday, when political parties reportedly reached agreement on remaining sticking points, including the role of shari’a and gender equality.
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Part 1 of this discussion explored the role of women in the various uprisings as well as the rise of Islamism in the region and its potential impact on women. Continuing from that discussion, this paper looks into the issue of Western feminism in relation to the Arab world as well as issues affecting women which have not been given significant attention.
Read the full report at consultancyafrica.com
Read Part 1 at consultancyafrica.com
The recent European Parliament resolution about the UAE got it wrong on a number of fronts. It lacked objectivity and risked undermining the European Union's reputation for fairness. No more did it get it wrong than on women's rights, according to Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of Cornerstone Global Associates and senior visiting fellow at King's College London.
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The “overarching” issues of gender equality and women’s rights will be the focus of an international conference, slated to open in Amman next Sunday. The 11th Conference of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) will provide a platform for participants from all over the world to discuss means to empower women and enhance their participation in boosting the economy, organisers said.
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Can you be a Muslim and be supportive of same-sex marriages? Why doesn’t forced marriage have anything to do with Islam? Was the Prophet’s wife a front runner regarding equal rights within marriage?
Meet three Muslim women who aren’t afraid of being controversial and who are anything but traditional and predictable.
The event is free of charge and will be held on Tuesday November 20th at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen.
Read more about the event and register at kvinfo.dk
Ramallah - Abeer Abu Ghaith, a poised young woman overflowing with optimism, works tirelessly to help Palestinian women achieve their dreams and improve their lives. She is just one of many women who are finding creative ways to overcome the restrictions Palestinians face in finding work and starting a business.
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