yes, too many girls around the world are still denied schooling despite the fact the social and economic benefits of investing in girls' education cannot be overstated and have been demonstrated time and time again... for eg. take a look at Goldman Sachs 10,000 women leadership academy report
@ajordao and @katherinegovier - i watched that doc on cbc about younger women and feminism and it seemed that some did and some did not want to be called a feminist. I remember not wanting to wear the label as a younger woman. I hope it was something about wanting to carve my own way rather than an over-identification with the patriarchy :) but I fear it was the latter.
Lots of interesting things going on today.
Really good films launched - including the 007 film - what did everyone think of it?
Make Women Matter also launch 5 films called 5 voices for MDG5. These feature people from Marie Stopes International, Royal College of Midwives, YouAct and White Ribbon Alliance - they are all available on their site. www.makewomenmatter.org/watch
On behalf of the Make Women Matter campaign, I'd love to know what you think of the issues raised in these films.
@tracy mollins @lindsey Nefesh-Clarke and @Julie I did see the Annie Lennox blog, which is why I asked. Now will look at guardian piece. I wonder if it has to do with the idea (sad) that you won't attrack a man w/this label and perhaps hairy armpits too. Have to get past that!
@Lindsay - that is such good news. Over here documentary makers seemed very concerned about waves of feminism and how women from different waves relate to each other. Or don't. It seems very divide-and-conquer to me. And quite beside the point. I'll check out the article.
To Mollins, et al: But we do need a fourth wave to make the movement relevant for younger women -- I am waiting for THEM to do it .
Reported in the Financial Times on Monday of this week, according to a new study, a smaller board size and a high proportion of female directors are connected to company share price performance. The findings showed that high female representation was the third strongest link to good share price performance, after board size and substantial shareholders. The study, carried out by law firm Eversheds, comes in the wake of mounting pressure on companies to increase the number of women on their boards.
Thanks for sharing the « 10 myths about women » by Care. Particularly heartening to see that the report is shattering the myth that "women can't lead" and “women's empowerment comes at the expense of men ». Why do such myths persist when rigorous studies are consistently demonstrating the positive correlation between women’s leadership at all levels of society, in business and politics, and enhanced business performance and enhanced GDP?
@julia.fuller thanks for very interesting info on women in corporate boardroom debate - there is also growing evidence that companies with a good record on corporate governance have a least one woman on the board
@Aida - I think we are in the fourth wave and many younger women are doing it themselves. But may i still say ... the waves analogy still bugs me!
@Julia Fuller and Astrid. Julia thanks for sharing that and @Astrid, I can’t help but speculate that conversely, if more women were on corporate boards, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, in the most meaningful sense of CSR, would be improved...
@Poonam Singh et al Oh that is sad! if it seems to younger women that "feminist" means non inclusive. See myths, below. And I agree @Aida that who needs waves? Do we have 'waves' of democracy? The very word implies that feminism is thing that comes and passes...
Torontonians: who's going to the women on the bridge for peace event? It's on the Belt Line pedestrian bridge at Yonge, south of Davisville from 3 to 8.
@Maria, well said but decision-making at corporate and parliamentary levels, and the degree of inclusion of women in this decision-making, is shaping the societies we live in and influencing women's human rights for better or for worse...
@Maria, moreover, if women were more equally represented at senior business levels, maybe the "extra buck to be made" would not be the prevailing economic rule which we know is dangerously short-sighted...
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@Maria, you're right and precisely to challenge the existing structures, we have to participate in the decision-making...
@Katherine G - I heartliy agree! Boo to waves. We can tell our own story and write our own history. And @Poonam S I also heartliy agree - white Western feminists had ... and still have? ... much to learn about participating in a truly inclusive, democratic movement. But reading the Guardian article that @Lindsay posted is good evidence for how women make the word their own and use it to connect and advocate.
@Tracey @Lindsay Agreed! Guardian article nails it. Re 'telling our own story' though I think women's history can't be in a box all its own: our stories must be included in history, so much of what is truly happening in the world exists in the relationships btw woman and men. (Novelist speaking...)
I was in the Philippines because one of the communities whose children Enfants d'Asie is helping, providing schooling and medical care for the children, has been living in a cemetery slum for decades and the families have just been evicted! The importance of investing in girls' education cannot be overstated. It breaks the cycle of poverty.
@male viewers, what are your thoughts on this discussion?
@Katherine - You are right of course - Women's History should not be in a box of its own. But we should tell it too. And we should tell it in lots of different ways. P.S. Thanks for all the great ways you tell it.
@Katherine and Tracy, agreed but men, by definition, have a vital a vital role to play alongside women in protecting women’s rights and improving the global status of women. I recommend the article “what about the guys” by Katrin Benhold in the Female Factor.