Leading to Beijing +20: Women in Leadership Positions — by NCM

Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities in leadership positions Since the creation of the Beijing platform women have gained recognition in the economical and political sphere, and have more actively contributed in leadership positions. This progress, although positive, has come slowly. In 1995, when the conference was held, women represented 10.3 percent … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Women in Leadership Positions — by NCM

She Is Mother — by MT

Hands rough from days of hard work, wrinkled, warm. Eyes crinkled, laugh lines and soft folds of skin. Greying hair and soft tummies. Knowing smiles, disapproving looks. She is mother. She is the provider of life. The one who stays home, who works the fields, who spends countless hours worrying about her children. She is … Continue reading She Is Mother — by MT

What do we do when the data does not exist? — by LS

WomanStats would not exist without all the hard working organizations out there, tracking various factors in the status of women in their corner of the world.  Unfortunately, not all the data we are interested in is available for all countries.  For example, right now we are re-scaling the Discrepancy Multivariate Scale. For this, each variable … Continue reading What do we do when the data does not exist? — by LS

The Importance of Fathers in the Home — by CB

Mothers have long been recognized as critical to children and their success later in life and have been long encouraged to be an active part of their children’s lives. In fact, society continues to seemingly regard mothers as the only important parent in a child’s life. Most famously and recently was when Matt Lauer asked … Continue reading The Importance of Fathers in the Home — by CB

Leading to Beijing +20: Child Marriage Part 2 — by LAE

Growing up, I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her fairy tale wedding. Of course, I made sure that Barbie and my MC Hammer dolls were married once a week, but I never really gave any thought to MY own wedding day. It was not until I got much older that I … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Child Marriage Part 2 — by LAE

Special Edition: Gender and Climate Change: Case study La Guajira, Colombia. — by María Catalina Monroy H. and Juan Pablo Vallejo A.

As soon as we landed in Riohacha (La Guajira´s capital), we both concluded: “Yes, definitely Riohacha is hotter than last year”. The heat was unbearable, and so was our body temperature. Only two years passed since our last visit, and we now could feel, breathe, suffer and understand what temperature rise really meant. Making our … Continue reading Special Edition: Gender and Climate Change: Case study La Guajira, Colombia. — by María Catalina Monroy H. and Juan Pablo Vallejo A.

Leading to Beijing +20: Female Genital Mutilation — by VLF

The WomanStats team is busy with preparations for the Beijing +20 conference that will be held in New York City next March. As always, we are dedicated to helping policy-makers access the data they need to make informed decisions about women's security. You can bet that we will be at the Beijing +20 conference, doing everything in … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Female Genital Mutilation — by VLF

Leading to Beijing +20: Child Marriage

Child marriage is the official or unofficial union that involves a child under the age of 18. While child marriage is a reality for both boys and girls, girls are disproportionately affected by the practice. It is estimated that over 700 million women alive today were married as children, and in the developing world, 1 … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Child Marriage

Homeland Cutting: FGM/C in the US

What is FGM/C? Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, or FGM/C for short, is a traditional practice that involves the cutting and partial or total removal of the female genitalia. It is an appalling practice that an estimated 140 million women and girls worldwide suffer from (1). This act is typically performed on young girls before the age … Continue reading Homeland Cutting: FGM/C in the US

Domestic Workers in the Middle East

In the United Arab Emirates, each household has an average of three domestic workers.[i] Domestic workers make up 25 percent of the Lebanese workforce and often face physical abuse in various forms.[ii] These workers are placed in vulnerable situations throughout the Middle East making it easy for their employers to violate their rights. The system … Continue reading Domestic Workers in the Middle East