Women & Leadership Links

The Future of Female Leadership in the HIV/AIDS Movement, Part 1– TheBody.Com

Fast forward to the present, and we find ourselves in the midst of serious local and federal budget cuts, in the middle of a serious war being waged on women and reproductive health, and on the cusp of the 2012 International AIDS Conference , which is why I thought this is a good time to revisit this topic together with a diverse group of female leaders. We explore their experiences, whether or not we are seeing improvement in female participation in the HIV movement and their thoughts on the future of female leadership in the HIV movement.

I … see a real struggle of getting young women and emerging leaders, particularly young women living with HIV, on the agenda and in positions of power. And that, to me, is another depressing fact. And one of the substantive ways in the HIV movement that I see this play out is that the focus on prevention of vertical transmission. One of the ways that’s playing out globally is that the plan on eliminating is by only looking at HIV positive women as mothers of babies, and not as the woman, and the health care that she needs to survive. The current focus doesn’t utilize the women’s rights approach, and it’s not kind of looking at women in all of our diversity in an inclusive and robust way.

Paving Women’s way to top positions– Iol.co.za

It is of critical importance for workplaces to embrace gender mainstreaming as a key human resource development and organisational transformation strategy.

Progress in this area has been disappointing in local companies, and we need strategic attention by policy-makers and leadership teams.

One of the main challenges we face in applying the concept of gender mainstreaming in our workplaces is to harness the diverse roles that both men and women play in teams, decision-making and in collectively achieving business goals.

Launch of African women’s leadership network aims to advance gender equality and AIDS response– Unaids.org

Leading African women from national ministries and parliaments, the business community, networks of women living with HIV, and civil society and development organizations are in Zimbabwe’s capital to attend the inaugural meeting of the GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa. This women-led initiative will provide a strategic political platform to accelerate HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights responses for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the next two days, more than 300 participants will engage in a series of plenary discussions and panels surrounding key issues impacting the lives of women and girls across the continent. These include HIV prevention, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, gender equality, leadership accountability, and national ownership of the UNAIDS Action Agenda for Women and Girls. Examples of successful approaches will also be shared to foster greater innovation in the delivery of services.

“Any country that neglects investing in women and girls should not expect real growth. It is smart economics to invest in girls’ education, health and social well-being as no woman should die of [AIDS] and child birth,” she said,  “We can make a difference in Africa, and change is already happening—but we women have to push harder for greater change because no one can do it for us. This is why the GlobalPOWER Africa is so important. We need our women leaders to call for investment in women and girls and monitor how money is spent.”

Ambiga and the fate of women leaders in Malaysia — The Malaysian Insider

Gender equality is not a reality in Malaysia, despite recent government assurances. The treatment of Bersih organising committee co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan confirms this.

April was a terrible month for women in the country.

It saw Prime Minister Najib Razak announce that he would be taking over the portfolio of the minister for Women, Family and Community Development, following the resignation of its minister, under pressure from corruption allegations.

Local women’s groups were aghast at the move, noting, in a joint statement, that women’s affairs had “languished at the bottom of the pile” when it had previously been located in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Saudi Women Test Reins Under an Aged, Liberal King– Forbes

Saudi women have whiffed new freedoms in recent years. But like the subtle fashion interpretations now being placed on the otherwise identity-smothering, head-to-toe abaya, they don’t go very deep.

Women in Saudi Arabia’s largest city look like black ghosts as they populate the shopping malls that dominate this wealthy city. They are covered from head-to-toe with a black veil and a black robe called an abaya. They usually wear a black face-covering called a niqab and sometimes black gloves.

Now, many no longer live in the desert; the abaya’s color absorbs heat and its modern polyester fabric does not breathe. Yet, after the 1979 religious uprisings occurred in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the women’s attire began to be strictly enforced by patrols of religious police, who also monitor women’s public comportment and stop them if they try to drive a car.

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