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Of Women and Business

Women bring virtues and skills of soft power to leadership in the workplace BY: Randa Bessiso It’s a new and emerging global economy which increasingly relies upon and values the virtues of ‘soft power’—the natural leadership style of women. As the world of business becomes friendlier to women, there is also a significant economic premium to

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How Can the World Improve the Lives of Women and Girls by 2030?

COPENHAGEN, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With women and girls facing discrimination and violence in every part of the world, the United Nations last year committed to work towards gender equality in the next 15 years as part of a new set of global goals. Key participants attending the fourth global Women Deliver conference

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Men Join Campaigns in India Against FGM Rituals Among the Bohra

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, March 17  – Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), adding greater heft to the movement in the deeply patriarchal Dawoodi Bohra community. Little is known about FGM in India where the ritual is carried out in great secrecy by the close-knit Shi’ite

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Director Hopes Oscar-Nominated Film Will Help End Pakistan Honor Killings

By Syed Raza Hassan and Krista Mahr KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Reuters) – An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honor killings in Pakistan, which account for the deaths of hundreds of women and men each year. The film, which follows the story of a young woman who

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In The Line of Duty

Saudi Arabia’s women participated in landmark municipal elections, as candidates and voters. But what impact will their involvement have? By Khadeeja Balkhi On the surface of it, the suffrage of Saudi women hits all the right notes: Gender, votes, power, emancipation. But given a closer look, the nation’s third municipal elections—the first in the Kingdom’s

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No Sacred Space

Saudi Arabia’s elections fall short of universal suffrage By Eman Alnafjan The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing its third round of municipal elections. The first round was held in 2005 to much fanfare, whilst the second was slated for 2009 but in fact delayed until 2011. Women were excluded in those first two municipal

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Number of Women Billionaires on the Rise

By Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The number of women billionaires in the world is rising fast, with a growing number of them from Asia and self-made, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said in a study released on Tuesday. There are nearly seven times more women billionaires than 20 years ago and their

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First Woman Gets Elected to Saudi Local Council

RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that Salima bint Hazab al-Otaibi had become the first woman elected to public office in the conservative Islamic kingdom after winning a seat on the municipal council in Mecca in Saturday’s election. The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates,

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Saudi Women’s Vote: Historic Change or Symbolic?

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time on Saturday in local council elections and also stood as candidates, a step hailed by some activists in the Islamic patriarchy as a historic change, but by others as merely symbolic. “As a first step it is a great achievement.

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A Fierce Cut Above The Rest

A hair dresser in America is challenging stereotypes, one strand at a time. BY Arfa Shahid “Brick walls are not there to keep us out. [They] are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something,” reads the caption under Natasha Somalia’s photograph on Facebook, followed by the hashtags #girlboss #womeninbusiness

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