International Women's Day 2011

Below is a selection of items about companies' impacts on women issued on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2011 (8 March). For more information, see our sections on gender discrimination & women.

Positive corporate initiatives

WEBCAST: “Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice
Women’s Empowerment Principles One Year Later: Taking Stock, Sharing Lessons “

- Complete Agenda 
- Additional information
8:50am EST on 9 March 2011

“Four trends helping women in business move ahead”

“Grants by ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation Spur Economic Advancement of Women in Developing Countries”

Australia Caltex GM quits to push gender equity in workplace”
Sue Dunlevy and Ban Packham

Europe: “EU supports more women in top positions but stops short of imposing quotas
Malta Today

China: "Union proposes rules to protect female workers"
English Eastday

China: “China pledges to protect rights of female employees ahead of International Women's Day”

Fiji Islands: “Smith acknowledges women on food security”
Maca Lutunauga for Radio Fiji

Norway: “Quota system good example of progress in women's rights”
Janet Bagnall, Edmonton Journal

USA “Women's Day Special: The Top 10 Companies for Women”
International Business Times [Top 10 are: Bright Horizons, Ohio Health, Scripps Health, Build-A-Bear, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Winchester Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Meridian Health, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Arkansas Childrens Hospital]

Reports of negative corporate impacts

"New Report Shows Second Wave of Global Crisis Hurting Women"
International Trade Union Confederation

“On 100th International Women’s Day, UN warns that discrimination still endures”
UN News Centre

“Rights and Recognition for Domestic Workers – an ILO Convention for domestic workers”
International Domestic Workers' Network (IDWN)

“Women’s Day Spotlights Gaps in IT”
Miya Knights, eWeek Europe

Australia: “Mind the gap: women still chasing pay equality”
Cassie White, ABC News

China:  "Chinese women opting out of the workforce"
Shirley Chen, CNN 

Indonesia:  “Women Share Stories of Discrimination at Work”
Dessy Sagita, Jakarta Globe

Ireland: “Group wants Government to commit to Domestic Workers' rights”
Irish Examiner

Malaysia: “Women still playing second fiddle”
Jeswan Kaur, Free Malaysia Today

Pakistan: “Fehmida calls for ending discrimination against women”
Associated Press of Pakistan

United Arab Emirates: “Working mothers face hiring hurdles
By Deena Kamel Yousef, Gulf News [some positives steps by Microsoft Gulf and Merck Serono]