Women’s News

November 14, 2017

Iceland: Tops countries on equal pay

Iceland is a model in many areas, whether environmental or economical. For the 10th consecutive year, the country maintains its first position on equal pay, according to the Global Gender Gap Index published by the World Economic Forum in November 2017. One of the reasons for this top ranking is the recent parity law adopted last March which requires companies to prove by 2020 that women earn the same salary as their counterparts for the same job, otherwise, companies will […]
November 4, 2017

Global Gender Gap 2017

The Global Gender Gap Index ranks 144 countries on the gap between women and men on health, education, economic and political indicators. It aims to understand whether countries are distributing their resources and opportunities equitably between women and men, irrespective of their overall income levels. The report measures the size of the gender inequality gap in four areas: Economic participation and opportunity – salaries, participation and leadership Education – access to basic and higher levels of education Political empowerment – […]
October 17, 2017

Women Situation in Albania

By: Diana Çuli In the last two decades in Albania there has been a lot of progress in the fields of gender equality, women’s rights, social welfare programs, law, research and civil society. These issues are amongst the key national priorities. The ratification of the UN Conventions concerning gender equality, beginning with CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women), as well as the enactments of gender equality, anti-discrimination and anti-domestic violence laws are all evidence of this commitment, and together […]
August 26, 2017

When did Women Around the World Start Voting?

1893 New Zealand 1902 Australia 1906 Finland 1913 Norway 1915 Kingdom of Denmark (Including Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland) 1917 Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia 1918 Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, Hungarian People’s Republic, Kyrgyz SSR, Lithuania, Poland 1919 Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Jersey, Luxembourg, Ukrainian SSR, Zimbabwe 1920 Albania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United States 1921 Sweden 1922 Burma, Ireland 1924 Kazakh SSR, Mongolia, Tajik SSR, Turkmen SSR 1925 Trinidad and Tobago 1927 Uruguay 1928 United Kingdom 1931 Spain, Sri Lanka 1932 […]
July 28, 2017

Women in Leadership in the Pacific Region

The women of the Pacific region are amongst the most discriminated against in the world. I am talking about the 14 tiny island states that dot the Pacific Ocean…islands such as Fiji, Samoa, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati etc. The women of these nations suffer shockingly high domestic violence and maternal death rates, do most of the work for a fraction of the male wage and have virtually no representation in public office. Just under 3% of all elected leaders in the […]
July 24, 2017

WNC’s Inaugural Meeting: ‘Turning the Tide Towards Parity’

On July 1st 2017, several inspiring members of our burgeoning international network convened in Paris, France for an inaugural meeting. The session opened with an address by one of WNC’s distinguished and trailblazing founders, Dr. Rita Süssmuth, former head of the German Bundestag. Dr. Süssmuth spent some time greeting our members and guests before launching into a timely discussion about the role of women’s leadership at this important juncture in history. Reflecting on the present predicament facing many European, Middle […]
July 21, 2017

TEDxMICA talk with our vice-president Ranjana Kumari – The Society of the Future

Ranjana Kumari has always been a spokesperson for women’s rights. Today she goes beyond that, by questioning the gender binary that exists today and how it holds society back. Equal rights are not just needed for men and women, but humanity as a whole. A renowned social activist and a prolific academician, Dr. Ranjana Kumari is the Director of Centre for Social Research as well as Chairperson of Women Power Connect. She has dedicated her life to empowering women across […]
July 17, 2017

Together we can!

An event was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from July 17 to 18, 2017 by SANWED – South Asian Network for Widows Empowerment in Development entitled, “Together We Can!” Dr. Maria Virginia participated and addressed the event on behalf of the WNC. Sanwed is an initiative in the South Asian region to uphold widows’ human rights, and eliminate all forms of discrimination and marginalization against widows in society, while striving to reduce poverty and bring widows into the mainstream development process […]
June 22, 2017

Women are a Force for Change: Turning the Tide Towards Parity

Central to our mission at Women’s Network for Change (hereafter ‘WNC’) is to defend and uphold the hard-earned values of the equality movement while, importantly, fostering the necessary steps towards realizing gender equality in our lifetime, and securing its possibility for generations to come. What sets WNC’s efforts apart is our commitment to promoting parity through praxis. In all our efforts, we strive to promote women’s empowerment with the understanding that gender equality must be earned in, and through, historical […]