Today, Laura Liswood, co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders, writes about why it is important to look at the shifting rankings of certain countries in the fight for equality.
"The earning power of women globally is expected to reach $18 trillion by 2014 [...] That is more than twice the estimated 2014 GDP of China and India combined." The story of the current recession is definitely about women.
In the Philippines, many women are facing a grim reality: with poverty levels rising along with the population, some can't afford to keep supporting their growing families. The problem? Birth control is hard to find, and abortion is illegal.
Women business owners in Afghanistan are facing a growing threat. Criminal gangs, attracted by the growing wealth of savvy entrepreneurs, are targeting women with businesses for extortion and undermining the country's best chance at economic growth.
Today, Amnesty International released its report "No Place For Us Here: Violence Against Refugee Women in Eastern Chad" (PDF), which describes in painful detail the sexual violence that women escaping from Darfur face both outside and inside United Nations camps.