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August 26, 2016

4 Reasons Why Women’s Participation is a Predictor of Peace

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide in 2015 as a result of conflict, persecution, generalized violence or human rights violations. The number of forcibly displaced globally, according to UNHCR, is the highest since the aftermath of World War II. If the total global population of forcibly displaced people were a country, they would be the 21st largest in the world – bigger than the entire population of the United […]
August 25, 2016

Road to women’s right to vote

August 25, 2016

Rise of Women Speakers of Parliament

Before 1945, Austria was the only state to have elected a woman to the role of Speaker of Parliament. As of 1 June 2016, the number of women Speakers of Parliament reached an all-time high at 49, this according to the report of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The 49 women Speakers of Parliament represent 17.7% of the total number of 277 posts of Presiding Officers or Speakers of Parliament worldwide. Globally, there are 193 parliaments, 77 of which are bicameral. […]
August 15, 2016
Refugee Olympic Team

Women Refugees Overcome Adversity through Sports

The participation of four women refugee athletes in this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro shines light to the flight of refugee women and girls around the world. Women and girls make up nearly 50% of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population, this according to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the UN’s refugee agency. In January 2016, the UN refugee agency reported that women and children refugees make up 55% of those arriving by sea to […]
August 7, 2016
Summer Olympics 2016

New Report Shows Lack of Women Leaders in International Sports Organizations

This year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is expected to have 45% female participation. Even as the number of female athletes has improved, the number of women in leadership roles in international sports organizations remains wanting. The “2016 International Sports Report Card on Women in Leadership Roles” released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida showed the following dire statistics: Only 5.7% of International Federation presidents, 12.2% of the vice […]
August 1, 2016

93 UN Member States Commit to Close Gender Equality Gap

A total of 93 United Nations (UN) member states have expressed their commitment to close the gender equality gap as of the last week of July 2016, this according to UN Women. The UN member states that expressed their commitment towards gender equality include Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria and Burundi. In a statement delivered during the “Global Leader’s Meeting on Gender Equality […]
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