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International Women's Day 2011

Activist and author Sarah Brown (centre) is shown with musician Annie Lennox (R) on the 2010 International Women’s Day. REUTERS/Women for Women International bridge march

Sarah Brown calls for action on maternal mortality

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 

Saudi prince questions ban on women driving

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.

10 Mar 2011

Ivorian women in anti-Gbagbo march through Abidjan

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.

08 Mar 2011

Women feel guilty about work-home intrusion - study

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.

08 Mar 2011

Sudan police arrest women in rape protest: witnesses

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.

08 Mar 2011

U.N. rights chief voices fears for Arab women's rights

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.

07 Mar 2011

Bond star Craig in drag for Women's Day film

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.

07 Mar 2011

Nomura names first woman CFO as part of reshuffle

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.

07 Mar 2011

Lawsuit charges Cigna with gender discrimination

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.

04 Mar 2011

Organizing for liberation

Destruction doesn’t always equal ruin, construction doesn’t always signify healing, writes Luam Kidane  Learn More 

Transcending iconic feminism in media

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 an unknown to majority of Indian women

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 

Girl power? Reality, fantasy or chimera?

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 

Will the "New Middle East" be a welcoming place for gays and lesbians?

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 

Women in the boardroom

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 

Health-related poverty key challenge for women in Africa

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 

U.N. Women: out of the chaos a new order emerges

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 farmers: voiceless pillars of African agriculture

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 

The next 100 years: bringing women together

On March 8, I’ll be joining women worldwide in celebrating 100 years of women’s activism for equality, and putting down a marker for the next 100, writes Kate Bishop.  Learn More