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We should all be feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston. Project Kalki Video Films. Gender Equality Universally Embraced, But Inequalities Acknowledged. Men’s Lives Often Seen as Better Fifteen years after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women’s Beijing Platform for Action proclaimed that “shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities,” people around the globe embrace the document’s key principles. Almost everywhere, solid majorities express support for gender equality and agree that women should be able to work outside the home. Most also find a marriage in which both spouses share financial and household responsibilities to be more satisfying than one in which the husband provides for the family and the wife takes care of the house and children.

In addition, majorities in most countries reject the notion that higher education is more important for a boy than for a girl. These are among the findings of a 22-nation survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, conducted April 7 to May 8. Why Gender Equality Stalled. Photo THIS week is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s international best seller, “The Feminine Mystique,” which has been widely credited with igniting the women’s movement of the 1960s. Readers who return to this feminist classic today are often puzzled by the absence of concrete political proposals to change the status of women.

But “The Feminine Mystique” had the impact it did because it focused on transforming women’s personal consciousness. In 1963, most Americans did not yet believe that gender equality was possible or even desirable. Conventional wisdom held that a woman could not pursue a career and still be a fulfilled wife or successful mother. Normal women, psychiatrists proclaimed, renounced all aspirations outside the home to meet their feminine need for dependence. In 1962, more than two-thirds of the women surveyed by University of Michigan researchers agreed that most important family decisions “should be made by the man of the house.” Champions of change. Gender Inequality Index. From Intern to Engineer: Afghan Women Pair Education with Experience | Transforming Lives | Afghanistan. March 2016—Internships are providing women engineering students in Afghanistan with the experience they need to compete for jobs in a profession dominated by men. Mariam Safi was a student at the Engineering Faculty of Kabul University when she joined the Afghan Women Internship Program, part of USAID’s Afghanistan Engineering Support Program, in January 2013.

One year later, she landed a job as a civil engineer, thanks to her outstanding performance as an intern. The internship program provides women with technical knowledge and experience to complement their formal education, ensuring these women have the skills and knowledge to compete for jobs when they graduate. Interns also receive training in resume building and interview preparation. Following the training, the interns are invited to interview for a full-time position at a USAID partner engineering firm. “USAID supports all Afghan women,” said Safi. Gender inequality ‘an insurmountable obstacle for many women’ | Global development. Millions of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries are being denied the opportunity to help drive development because of the “countless barriers” they still face in health, education and employment, a report warns.

The study, by the UN population fund, UNFPA, says that while the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have made considerable progress over the past few decades in reducing infant, child and maternal mortality, and increasing contraceptive use, gender inequality often remains an insurmountable obstacle. “From adolescence onwards, millions of girls and women are still denied access to schooling or the chance to fulfil their productive potential. The report adds that the denial of choice and empowerment affects “every aspect of life” for many women in LDCs – and needs to be placed at the centre of the global development agenda.

As well as the global recession, many LDCs have had to contend with instability, conflict, displacement and migration. Feminism benefits men too – and it’s vital we bring our boys up to be more than victims of gender. On 24 May at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, a short distance from where he once governed, Tony Blair resurfaced for a public discussion. Having arrived on an overnight flight, he looked drawn and puffy-eyed but soon warmed to his theme: a robust defence of liberal globalisation. He admitted, however, to bafflement at recent events in the world. "I thought I was pretty good at politics. But I look at politics today and I’m not sure I understand it. " Blair lost power in the summer of 2007. In the ensuing nine years, he lost reputation.

His standing is likely to diminish further when the Iraq inquiry report is published on 6 July. Former leaders can ordinarily rely on their parties to act as a last line of defence. Yet outside of the Labour leadership, Blairism endures in notable and often surprising forms. In their defence of the UK’s EU membership, David Cameron and George Osborne have deployed arguments once advanced by New Labour. BattyMamzelle: This Is What I Mean When I Say "White Feminism" Well this is a post I've been meaning to write for a while. Every single time women of colour talk about "white feminism" or "white feminists" within the context of discussions about the way that the mainstream feminist movement privileges whiteness, we deal with an onslaught of defensive white women insisting that they personally are not like that, and would you please say "some white women" and not make generalizations?

What those women fail to realize is that by making that request, they are exemplifying Mikki Kendall's #solidarityisforwhitewomen battle cry; by once again insisting that a conversation created to facilitate discussion about the issues of WoC, be centered around the feelings of white women. Now, I understand the impulse to get defensive.

It can be very off-putting to feel attacked for a transgression that you know yourself not to be guilty of. To that end, let's talk about the term "white feminism. " I even had a fun little diagram* made to help explain myself. FEMAIL reveals Hillary Clinton's 20 WORST fashion faux pas from the past 50 years. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be the democratic front-runner, but when it comes to the fashion race, she is losing - and has been for years. The 68-year-old stepped out her family in New York City on Sunday wearing a vibrant coat embroidered with flowers. And while Hillary was joined by her husband Bill and their 35-year-old daughter Chelsea, who recently announced she is pregnant with her second child, it was the politician's fashion faux pas that really stood out.

However, the coat, which she bought in Afghanistan in 2003, is just her latest style miss. From her striped pants in the late 1960s to her penchant for loud floral prints and outdated headbands, FEMAIL has rounded up the politician's 20 worst outfits from the past 50 years. Scroll down for video Hard to miss: Hillary Clinton, 68, wore a vibrant coat embroidered with flowers while taking a stroll with her family in New York City on Sunday, but her controversial jacket is just her latest style miss Loaded: 0% 'Thx! Understanding the Complexities of Gender: Sam Killermann at TEDxUofIChicago. Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 - Official UN Video.