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On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.
"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a London-based leading women’s rights group, is quoted as saying in a summary sheet accompanying the report. “We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party.”
Read the full story at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage

On the heels of recently released global rankings that show a startling drop in political participation by U.K. women —now at 65th place from 33rd place in 2001—an Aug. 28 report by the Counting Women In coalition offers fresh annual data and urges parties to use the 2015 elections as a turnaround opportunity.

"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive of the Fawcett Society, a London-based leading women’s rights group, is quoted as saying in a summary sheet accompanying the report. “We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party.”

Read the full story at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140827/report-urges-uk-parties-fix-women-shortage

Turn French women’s voices up to 11 by donating to our Catapult campaign to increase reporting on women’s rights in France. 

Turn French women’s voices up to 11 by donating to our Catapult campaign to increase reporting on women’s rights in France. 

Girls’ loss of leadership confidence in the teen years is tied to the shortage of women in leadership roles later in life, which helps explain a U.S. gender pay gap that leaves a woman earning, on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. And it’s much less for women of color: for African American women, the gap is 64 cents on the dollar, for Latina and Hispanic women it’s 53 cents on the dollar and Native American women 60 cents on the dollar.
Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140426/female-teens-attest-fading-confidence

Girls’ loss of leadership confidence in the teen years is tied to the shortage of women in leadership roles later in life, which helps explain a U.S. gender pay gap that leaves a woman earning, on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man. And it’s much less for women of color: for African American women, the gap is 64 cents on the dollar, for Latina and Hispanic women it’s 53 cents on the dollar and Native American women 60 cents on the dollar.

Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/leadership/140426/female-teens-attest-fading-confidence

Bid in Senate to overturn Hobby Lobby decision fails

A Democratic bill to overturn the Hobby Lobby opinion that allows religious closely held companies to refuse to pay for employees’ intrauterine devices and morning-after pills failed to advance in the Senate, CNN reported July 16. Nearly all Senate Republicans voted against the proposed bill. Democrats opposed last month’s decision, calling it unfair to women and their reproductive freedom. Read more @ cnn.com

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Women’s eNews accepts opinion and commentary pieces from activists and writers who have a professional or personal perspective on an issue through a gendered lens for consideration. All pieces should be 750-1000 words in length and should include your full contact information. Make sure these are original and not published elsewhere and send them to corinna@womensenews.org.

Three Muslim women share their personal thoughts and online reactions to removing their hijabs. 

"I used to think that wearing a scarf on my head was my highway ticket to paradise. I looked down on others who were not dressed as modestly," said Assma

The conference to end sexual violence in conflict included a call for creating space for women with disabilities in post-conflict peace-building processes, more research, sensitivity training for judges, social workers, police and others in the community and improved support and services. 
Rates of violence may be 4-to-10 times higher among those with disabilities than their non-disabled peers, found an April report from the Women’s Refugee Commission. Women, children and older persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and violence, said the report, and women and girls were more likely to report sexual violence, with those with intellectual and mental disabilities among the most at risk.

The conference to end sexual violence in conflict included a call for creating space for women with disabilities in post-conflict peace-building processes, more research, sensitivity training for judges, social workers, police and others in the community and improved support and services. 

Rates of violence may be 4-to-10 times higher among those with disabilities than their non-disabled peers, found an April report from the Women’s Refugee Commission. Women, children and older persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and violence, said the report, and women and girls were more likely to report sexual violence, with those with intellectual and mental disabilities among the most at risk.

To break through the official silence about what they experience, indigenous women are using tribunals such as these ones “to push back the invisibility” they are suffering in their own communities and countries.

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Amazing posters from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s “Know the Line” campaign which aims to prevent and reduce the harm of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. 

Check their page out at https://knowtheline.humanrights.gov.au/ 

(via thefeministpress)

"But I think the important thing is what are we going to do for the girls in Nigeria? It is extremely important. And soon as the highest African women have been united, state heads of nations, myself my colleague Phumilize, the head of UN Women, Navi Pillay who is the high commissioner for human rights [UN], and Leila Zerrougui [UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict]. the four of us made a press release on behalf of these girls and we also wrote a letter to the President of Nigeria and the Secretary General [of the UN] has taken this issue very important. And I’m extremely happy to say, about, that our very good friend Hilary [Clinton] has also taken up the issue. I think if all of us put pressure on the president of Nigeria he has the primary and moral responsibility to protect his citizens. And I have to say in this regard we have to tell him to do more. We have to bring these girls back home. We have to send a very clear message, which i normally send for men who rape women and girls, that wherever you are whoever you are we will run after you and we will get you." - Zainab Bangura used her 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, 2014 acceptance speech to advocate for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria.

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