Women & Leadership Links

GRCC Hosts Students as Part of U.S. State Department Women’s Leadership Institute Enumclaw.com

Green River Community College is once again hosting 19 young women students from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, India and Pakistan as part of the Study of the U.S. Institute on Women’s Leadership, an annual program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The students arrived June 25.

The participating young women are outstanding and highly motivated undergraduates, typically in their junior year at a university, who have demonstrated leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. They are nominated by their respective U.S. embassies after a rigorous interview process which identifies students with the potential to become future leaders in society and in their chosen careers.

CEDAW Turns 30: Ending Discrimination Against Women Leaders Womeninpublicservice.org

“For three decades, the 23-member Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has worked to bring the landmark Women’s Convention (CEDAW) to life. In response to the Committee’s review and recommendations, governments have changed their laws, policies and approaches to women in line with international gender equality goals.

In recognition of the Committee’s 30-year milestone, UN Women and the Office of the High Commission of Human Rights held a panel discussion on 9 July 2012 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The event gave a particular focus to women’s political participation and leadership.

Although celebrating the leaps made in women’s political participation over the past 30 years, Ms. Bachelet stressed there is work yet to be done. She spoke of the power of temporary special measures, such as quotas or parity laws, to close this gap. “Women constitute 51 per cent of the world’s population, yet they are under-represented in the allegedly representative bodies that make key decisions affecting their lives,” she said, noting that the global average for women parliamentarians stands at just 19.5 per cent.

World Leaders accused of backsliding on women’s rights- Guardian.co.uk

Women’s rights are under the greatest attack for almost 20 years after a failure of world leaders to continue to support reproductive rights, according to Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland.Womens’ rights and youth campaigners were shocked that a coalition of the Holy See, Russia, Syria, Egypt and several of the more conservative states in South America were able to jettison international agreements made in the 1990s by speaking against the inclusion of reproductive rights in the final agreement. Instead, the only mention of reproductive rights in the 80-page missive was as a “health issue”.”We are very focused on tackling inequality … Unfortunately, since we started five years ago these issues have become more urgent. There is more of a need. Look at Sudan, South Sudan. Yes we had the Arab spring but look now at democracy.”

Transformational Leadership: Do Great Leaders Share the Same Traits?integratingwomanleaders.com

Scholars over the years have studied personality traits that you are born with and develop in childhood the traits of a great leader.  In recent times, scholars have shifted to study core competencies, which sets of behaviors and processes leaders adapt and can modify. Companies are investing a great deal of time and money to understand ways to access peoples core competencies and provide leadership development for their future leaders.

Not only are companies investing in this area for future leaders but so are the University’s. The quote from James MacGregor  Burns’s, the  book entitled Leadership served as my textbook for my semester-long course on transformational leadership. Throughout the semester, students were to choose a leader, past or present, and draw conclusions about his or her leadership style and present it to the class. The leaders discussed, more often than not, were historical figures and rarely did a student choose recent or current leaders. Towards the end of the semester, I started wondering why the interest in past leaders?  It’s obvious that leadership plays a major role in an organization’s success or failure in today’s business world. So how is it that transformational qualities are relevant for leaders today, especially in the workplace?

Afghans protest woman’s public execution- Indiatimes.com

Dozens of rights activists took to the streets Wednesday to protest over the recent public execution of a young woman for alleged adultery, which was captured in a horrific video.

The 22-year-old victim was shot dead as dozens of men cheered in a village about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of the capital Kabul.

“We want justice,” the protesters, almost all women, chanted as they marched from the women’s affairs ministry to President Hamid Karzai’s heavily-fortified palace.

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