International Women's Day 2011
Let’s find a way to put more women in to dignified work and simultaneously reach towards a great unmet need, activist Sarah Brown writes for Thomson Reuters and TrustLaw. That need is more trained health workers – 3.5 million of them in fact. Commentary | Factbox
RIYADH - A senior Saudi prince questioned the need for a ban on women driving on Wednesday and said lifting it would be a quick first step to reduce the Islamic kingdom's dependence on millions of foreign workers.
ABIDJAN - Thousands of women marched through Abidjan on Tuesday calling for Laurent Gbagbo to step down, and one of several groups was broken up by youths armed with machetes and firing automatic weapons into the air.
NEW YORK, March 8 - Women are more affected than men by the intrusion of work into their home-life through e-mails, phone calls and texts and report higher levels of psychological distress, according to new research.
KHARTOUM - Sudanese riot police arrested more than 40 women minutes after they started a protest against rape and rights abuses on Tuesday, witnesses said in the latest sign of a crackdown on dissent.
GENEVA - United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay appealed on Monday to new governments in Egypt and Tunisia to ensure that full women's rights were enshrined in new constitutions in both countries.
LONDON - James Bond actor Daniel Craig has dressed in drag for a short film about sexual equality made to coincide with International Women's Day on Tuesday.
TOKYO - Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest brokerage, named Junko Nakagawa as its first female chief financial officer on Monday as it reshuffles its management to better compete globally.
BOSTON - A veteran Cigna Corp manager sued the U.S. health insurer on Thursday, saying it unfairly blocks female employees from promotions and higher-paying jobs.
Destruction doesn’t always equal ruin, construction doesn’t always signify healing, writes Luam Kidane Learn More
I consider myself a champion for anti-racist feminism and yet I sometimes find myself trumped by inverted pyramid-style storytelling, writes Terrine Friday. Learn More
Gender equality was fine while it was used to undermine British authority in India, but when it threatened the positions of Indian men it was unacceptable, writes Seema Anand. Learn More
More women entering higher education may be positive, but financial undervaluing of graduates of subjects in which women dominate cause concern, writes Susan Buckingham. Learn More
There is an expectation that the “new wave of freedom” will benefit Arab lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Is it time for LGBT Arabs to demand their basic human rights? Learn More
My hope is that my daughter has an equal chance of fulfilling her dreams as my sons. That she will have the strength to seize opportunities life throws her, writes Nicola Mandelsohn. Learn More
As a medical practitioner, I am encouraged by the progress that is being chalked up in South Africa, as well as globally, in preventing HIV transmission, Precious Moloi-Motsepe. Learn More
This year the U.N. launched U.N. Women, the new entity which merges others -- especially UNIFEM and the Division for the Advancement of Women -- into one, writes Annette Lawson. Learn More
Women with a space and platform in academics, science, economics and politics are celebrated and yet there is a group of extraordinary women that still have no voice – the African women farmers, writes Lindiwe Majele Sibanda. Learn More