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International Women's Day 2015: Advances & challenges in achieving gender equality

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25 March 2015

UK: President-elect of Institution of Engineering & Technology calls on companies to encourage more women to join “typically male professions”

Author: Naomi Climer, Institution of Engineering and Technology, on Huffington Post (UK)

"It's Time to Tackle Career Stereotypes and Get More Women to Enter 'Male Professions'", 23 Mar 2015

I believe that International Women's Day provided a perfect opportunity to highlight the lack of women in typically male professions like engineering and technology…[E]mployers need to do more to make their approach to recruitment and retention more female friendly…Increasing the number of women in engineering and science isn't only a feminist issue - there is a compelling business case for it too. There simply aren't enough engineers to meet expected demand over the next decade. So the time has come to create a step change…Diversity needs to be on everyone's agenda…and will only be achieved when we all have a better understanding of the unconscious bias that we have as individuals, employers and collectively as a nation…[G]ood practice that creates a level playing field for women is also generally good for everyone. We will all benefit from measures such as flexible working, better pay and a more inclusive culture…

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11 March 2015

Germany: New law requires companies to give 30% of seats on non-executive boards to women

Author: Reuters

"Germany passes gender quota legislation for the boardroom", 6 Mar 2015

Germany’s lower house of parliament has passed legislation requiring large companies to allocate 30% of seats on non-executive boards to women...The new quotas come into force from 2016 and will affect more than 100 listed companies with employee representation on their supervisory boards. A further 3,500 medium-sized companies will have to determine their own quota for executive and supervisory board seats...Some companies have already moved to bolster female leadership in recent years as the issue gained traction. Deutsche Telekom, Munich Re and Adidas are among those where at least 30% of supervisory board seats are occupied by women...

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10 March 2015

Visa working with partners in Africa, SE Asia, Latin America to improve women's access to banking & help fight poverty

Author: Dave Armon, 3BL Media (USA)

"Plight of the Unbanked Women in Emerging Markets is Focus of Visa", 5 Mar 2015

...2.5 billion people are still unbanked [globally]...Douglas Sabo, vice president and head of global corporate philanthropy and responsibility for Visa, said the credit card giant is focused on the detrimental impact to women when they do not have access to banking services...“[Women] are the ones who have to figure out how to make the daily financial transactions work—when money is coming in from a microloan, a government subsidy, when money needs to go out to put food on the table, to pay for school fees, to fix a roof,” Sabo [said]... Visa is working with partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Southeast Asia and Latin America to find innovative ways to bring secure credit and banking technology to underserved populations, focusing on women, said Sabo...

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10 March 2015

Philippines: Female factory workers protest over working conditions

Author: Joe Torres & Janess Elao, ucanews.com

"Farmers, factory workers call for better conditions in the Philippines", 9 March 2015

[The] federation of peasant farmers called the Task Force Mapalad, joined more than a dozen other women...to commemorate International Women’s Day and to draw attention to...the repeated failure of the government to respect the contributions that women make to the economy — by paying them a decent wage...[H]undreds of co-workers at the Longhong Plastic Recycling Corporation in Manila, Eder Manalo...joined street demonstrations protesting the treatment of the company’s largely female workers..."For six years we received no benefits. We do not even receive the minimum daily wage mandated by the government," Manalo said. "I was wounded twice at work, but I was never sent to a hospital.” [T]he Center for Women’s Resources noted that women comprise 49 percent of the workforce and that 69 percent of them earned only $6 per day. For agricultural workers, the numbers are much worse. The estimated three million female workers earn on average about $3.40 per day, while nearly the same amount have unpaid jobs in family-run businesses. Manalo said that officials at the plastics recycling company blame her and her fellow workers for adversely affecting business by staging protests and strikes. A company official...said a plan was in place to close the factory and relocate because of revenue losses. “We don’t have the money to continue operations,” the official [said]...

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9 March 2015

Experts discuss how to increase women's participation in technology careers

Author: Wende Cover, Techcrunch

"On International Women’s Day, Thoughts On Gender And STEM"

In nearly every country in the world, technology plays a major role. Yet, even though women make up half the global population, they make up only a fraction of technology college graduates and the technology workforce...As we commemorate International Woman's Day 2015,...[w]e asked four members of the Internet Society Hall of Fame for their insights on how to attract more girls and women to careers in technology...

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9 March 2015

Stock exchanges join UN Women & UN Global Compact in supporting gender equality

Author: 3BL media

"Stock Exchanges Around the World Ring the Bell for Gender Equality"

Stock exchanges from around the world joined UN Women, UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative to ring their opening or closing bells in support of gender equality and to highlight the pivotal role of the private sector in empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community. 

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9 March 2015

UN Women Executive Director calls for a global economy that works for women

Author: UN Women

“In 2030 we want to be able to talk about a world that has achieved gender equality” – UN Women Executive Director

We must make the economy work for women. So that women can work for the economy. And take full advantage of the fact that empowering women empowers nations. Under-investment in women continues to be the biggest lost opportunity for nations to develop and flourish...Quotas can...support change in the private sector. We are pleased to welcome Germany's announcement on this, joining Belgium, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands with a mandatory percentage of women on boards. This can be an important stepping stone towards 50-50.

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9 March 2015

Vodafone introduces worldwide maternity policy to recruit & retain women

Author: Lucy Hooker, BBC News

"Vodafone offers global maternity equality", 6 March 2015

Vodafone is introducing a worldwide maternity policy, offering significantly better terms than the statutory minimum in many of the countries where it operates. The policy includes a minimum of 16 weeks fully-paid maternity leave. New mothers returning to work will be offered a 30-hour week on full pay for the first six months. The company said one of the main motivations was to recruit and retain women. The policy will be introduced by the end of 2015 in all the countries where Vodafone's operates including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US...Vodafone estimates around 1,000 women will be positively impacted by the changes…[T]he employer review website, Glassdoor, welcomed Vodafone's new policy saying it appeared to be a global "first of its kind" package…KPMG concluded that the costs of a more generous maternity provision were outweighed by the costs of replacing women leaving the workforce…

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8 March 2015

Commentary: "The global status of women will not advance until the last sweatshop closes"

Author: Janey Stephenson, Independent (UK)

International Women's Day is an annual reminder of our lack of progress on garment workers' rights...In 1908, the first 'National Women's Day' was observed..., where women protested against working conditions in garment factories...[W]e've made barely any progress in 100 years...[M]igrant women are still...exploited in the garment industry...[I]t's vital that...we...retain...[this day's] spirit; not just to talk about CEOs, pay gaps and entrepreneurs, but to focus our attention on the poor migrant women who risk their lives, rights and safety just to earn a living...

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8 March 2015

Top business leaders stand up for women's rights

Author: Richard Branson, Paul Polman & Francois-Henri Pinault, B Team, on Guardian (UK)

[T]he sustainable business organisation, the B Team, stand[s] up for the rights of women...As business leaders, we believe men must stand alongside women...which is why we are supporting the HeforShe Campaign...Worldwide women are still paid 10-30% less...Just 12% of companies...have female...CEOs...[D]espite more women graduating from...universities than ever before,...79% of new graduates hires are men. Yet, the business case for greater diversity has never been clearer...[C]ompanies with the highest representation of women in management positions deliver...34% greater returns...According to Goldman Sachs, if the female employment rate in the developed world...match[ed] that of men, the overall level of GDP of a country could be boosted by an average of more than 12%...

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