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August 2014

Guidance Note: Gender Statistics, August 2014, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Nov-Dec 2013

Orange your World

16 Days of Activism
Against Gender Violence 2013


Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization
with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business. They are dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. 

They act as a catalyst through their pioneering research, tools and services, events, and Awards.

Together, their offerings raise awareness
of how diversity benefits today’s global
businesses, and provide guidance on how
to enact real change. 

Catalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing
together and amplifying diverse voices that
share Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business.

The Catalyst Research Centers examine global work environments and employee experiences to understand current
conditions and find strategies for change. They document long-term trends and the barriers to women’s advancement, and they equip individuals and organizations with
the tools and knowledge necessary for building and sustaining inclusive workplace cultures.
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African G&D Index (AGDI)

To facilitate an effective monitoring mechanism
on gender equality and women’s advancement, the UNECA (UN Economic Commission for Africa) introduced the African Gender and Development Index (AGDI), designed to measure the gap in the status of women and men in Africa and to assess the progress made by African governments in implementing the gender policies they have developed.
The AGDI is a composite index consisting of two parts, a Gender Status Index (GSI) and the African Women’s Progress Scoreboard (AWPS), rather than a collection of individual statistics.
As an index, it gives a clearer political message
and allows for easier comparison between countries...
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"Agency is being able to use endowments to take advantage of opportunities to achieve

desired outcomes -- the ability of

people (both individually and together)  to advance the goals that they value".













The World Development      Report 2012 on Gender Equality and Development recognized that expanding women's agency is critical for improving the
lives of women, their households

and their communities.

It is a central component of gender equality, alongside increasing human and physical endowments and expanding economic opportunities. Limited
progress has been made in improving women's agency. In recognition of the need for focused attention, the World Bank is developing a major new report
on women's voice, agency and

to be  launched in Spring 2014
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Ensuring that the work done by women and men is valued fairly, and ending pay discrimination, is essential to achieving gender equality and a core component of decent work.
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Oct-Nov 2013

Image : UN Women
Rural Women in Development,
Food Production & Poverty Reduction...

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Related topics

International Day for Rural Women
World Food Day
Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty


Every year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Women Deliver highlights the global progress being made for girls and women. This year, voters

selected from a list of 25 social enterprises

that are changing the lives of girls and women

around the world by addressing issues of health,

gender equality, education, environmental sustainability, and more. Women Deliver worked in partnership with Echoing Green, a global nonprofit

that provides seed funding and technical

assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs, to

select these 25 social enterprises from the semifinalists of the Echoing Green Fellowship Program...
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Who's Who in Policy

GenderIT.org emerged from the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme's advocacy work in information and communications technologies (ICTs). The need to have examples of national policy, gender-sensitive language, tools for lobbying, and an understanding of the impact of poor or positive policy all within easy access has been expressed by ICT advocates and policy makers alike. GenderIT.org is the result of months of researching, classifying, interpreting and monitoring ICT policies which affect women around the world, but specifically in four regions – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Overcoming gender

barriers in science

Facts and figures

Women's active inclusion and participation in science is crucial in countries' efforts to alleviate poverty. But in many parts of the world, it is still rare to find women working in scientific fields — and female researchers, those that continue to actively practice science after obtaining higher education degrees, remain under-represented

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IWDA is the only Australian development agency entirely focused on gender equality and women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific.

Stories of Change Series

Gender & Development Journal

Explores the connections between gender and development initiatives, and feminist perspectives.The journal is co-published by Oxfam and Taylor & Francis

African Gender Institute

The African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town is a  teaching, learning and research institute which focuses on issues of gender and development on the African continent.
Since it’s inception 12 years ago the AGI has grown into a globally respected and continentally vibrant organisation which has built networks and collaborative partnerships with academic institutions and non government organisations across Africa. Renowned for collaborative research projects that marry theory, practice and activism, the AGI has delivered innovative integrated outcomes on gender justice, sexuality and human rights, peace and conflict studies and capacity building in relation to gender and women’s studies knowledges.

Powerfully feminist in philosophy and practice the AGI offers programmes of teaching and research on gender in the contexts of, inter alia, sexuality, development, land reform, law, conflict, politics, race, economics and culture. The AGI enrolls some 1,000 students from undergraduate through to doctoral level each year.

Source: IWL Strategic Planning Report, 2012

Faces of Sexism & Stereotypes
"A series of ads, developed as a creative idea for UN Women by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, uses genuine Google searches to reveal the widespread prevalence of sexism and discrimination against women. Based on searches dated 9 March, 2013 the ads expose negative sentiments ranging from stereotyping as well as outright denial of women’s rights"...

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The new Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment, Facilitated by UN Women and funded by Canada.

Oct-Nov 2013

Gender Studies...



The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) at Rutgers University


The  IWL at Rutgers University is a unique and influential consortium of academic and policy centers dedicated to pioneering research, training, and advocacy that advance women's leadership in such vital sectors as education and scholarship, politics, the arts, the sciences, and the workplace. Founded in 1991 as USA’s first university consortium dedicated to women’s lives and leadership, the Institute and its nine members have for two decades produced seminal research, hosted world-class scholars, shed light on key topics in the public debate, and raised the visibility and importance of women’s issues on campus and in the public arena.

The Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium Members:

Douglass Residential College (1918) is the only public undergraduate residential college for women in the country, with a leadership focus that links academic, student, and residential life.
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (1969) is an interdisciplinary department with both undergraduate and graduate programs that is one of the most highly ranked in its category in the U.S.

The Center for American Women and Politics (1971) is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the nation’s leading authority on the status of women in government.
The Institute for Research on Women (1977) is a national leader in advancing feminist scholarship through annual research seminars, distinguished lecture series, and scholarly publications.
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (1989) is a central player in the worldwide movement to define and achieve women’s human rights. The Center’s research and programs focus on advancing economic and social rights from a feminist perspective and promoting an end to gender-based violence.
The Center for Women and Work (1993) is a unit of the School of Management and Labor Relations that links researchers , policymakers, and working women in addressing issues of women and work in New Jersey, the U.S., and globally.
The Institute for Women and Art (2006) supports research, programming, and exhibitions related to women and art, while also promoting policies and strategies to redress gender inequities in the arts.
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (2007), the home of Rutgers’ NSF-ADVANCE grant, develops initiatives to increase the number of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty women entering and succeeding in science, technology, and engineering fields.

The Center on Violence Against Women and Children (2007) is a unit of the School of Social Work whose work includes research, continuing education, MSW education, and community facilitation.
Source: IWL' Strategic Planning report, 2012         
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The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. It is a

joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

The goal of iKNOW Politics is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life by utilizing a technology-enabled forum. The iKNOW Politics Web site plays a central role in achieving this goal by offering users the opportunity to:
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Sept-Oct 2013

Deauville, France, Oct. 2013

"Should the West compete or co-operate with the emerging South? Women in Deauville showed a staunch confidence in a balanced common future"

Marie-Roger BILOA,
CEO, Africa International
Media Group

Related Topic:
A video interview
with Marie-Roger Biloa on "Entrepreneurship & Gender in Africa", in relation to  Women's Forum 2012
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Photo: Marie-Roger-BILOA (left) & Marie Nomo Messina (right) in Deauville

Marie Nomo MESSINA, Cameroon
Women for Change Award 2013

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, in partnership with Marie-Claire magazine,launched a new initiative: Women for Change.

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum share the vision of a world where women play a decisive role in long-term development. Five projects, each led by an exceptional African woman, were candidates for the Women for Change awards. These projects are described on the Orange Foundation website : www.fondationorange.com/en.

The winners of the Women for Change Award 2013 were  announced  at the beginning of the Interactive Opening Dinner hosted by Orange and the Women’s Forum on October 16th and will receive a €25,000 grant each.


Founded in 2005, the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society is the world's leading platform featuring women's views and voices on major social and economic issues. Deploying women's experience and expertise across all generations and geographies, it offers practical discussions on how to overcome barriers and create new horizons and opportunities, as well as broad, rich and edgy debate on important ideas.  The Women's Forum also promotes the advancement of women world-wide via business and social networks. Based in Paris, the Women's Forum is a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe and is supported by corporate partnerships. Its annual Global Meeting features novel ideas from advanced and emerging nations.Theme of the Forum's 2013 Global meeting held in Deauville, France was: The open world: Compete, Cooperate, Create... Read More

New Book: Chronicles of the Equator Woman: The Recipe for Justice Soup -
By Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans

Equator Woman is the autobiography of a time - traveling Black woman who saves planet Earth. The author, Axis Heart, provides a provocative glimpse into how the past impacts the future. Her reflections on adventure, soup, and self- defense reveal complex identities of females born in the African diaspora. This scribe chronicles life as an “Equator Woman” — a Black woman from Africa, India, Australia, Brazil, the United States, and beyond — to KeplerPrime, a human - inhabited planet in the Lyra constellation. The story begins in 10th - century BCE Ethiopia, from where readers follow Axis to several continents during six flavorful lives... Read More