Women & Leadership Links

Women emerge as Strong leaders following elections in India’s Odisha state-  UNWomen.org

Bharati Behra has great apirations for her people. As a recently elected Sarpanch  or village head, she hopes to become the voice of tribals from the area. Elected from Kankadpal Gram Panchayat (village council) during panchayat elections in Odisha state of India, Bharati’s victory is a trimuph for the tribal women of her region.

These elections encourage decentralisation of power and services to the villages and people. Held every five years, they were mandated by the Constitution after the creation of local government bodies or Panchayati Raj Institutions in 1993.

The Constitution also provided for one-third reservation for women. In India, 4 states, including Odisha, have now passed legislation reserving at least 50 percent seats for women.Women leaders in Odisha are now breaking the barriers thanks to the decision of the Government of Odisha to ensure 50 percent reservations for women in the 2012 panchayat elections

Building a Nation of Empowered Women- SaCommercialProNews.co.z

The theme of this year’s Women’s Month is ‘Working together to enhance women’s opportunities to economic empowerment’.

Clarise van Niekerk (Site Quantity Surveyor at Murray and Roberts) reveals, “Most men have a tendency to trust another man more than they would a woman – even when the woman has been in the industry for longer.” She believes that women should be employed based on their ability to add value and not purely on gender or ethnicity and would like to see more women in senior positions across the industry.

Palestinian Women outraged by Market Killings- Wboc.com

Women have scored some breakthroughs in traditional Palestinian society in recent years, including gaining a greater role in public life. However, tribal laws still remain strong, and violence against women is generally viewed by police as an internal family matter.

Last year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed a decree that ended a long-standing practice of treating killings within a family with leniency. Justice Minister Ali Mohanna said such killings are now treated as any other slaying, and claims of assailants that they were protecting “family honor” are no longer taken into account.

Thirteen women were killed by family members or in suspicious circumstances blamed on relatives in 2011, said Farid al-Attrash of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights. In 2012, 12 women were killed by relatives, including three in so-called “family honor” cases, he said. Those include suspected adultery and similar cases.

“Every once in a while, there is a case that makes us feel worried and afraid that we are going back to square one (as women),” she said, noting that law enforcement agencies need to look at what they can do to protect women.

We Need More Women In Leadership: What does it Take? -Anitaborg.org

Based on the assumption that women value trusting and supportive relationships, one might think women executives would be the strongest advocates for other women.  This may not always be the case. Research seems to back this up. One particular study reported that 54% of the women surveyed said that other women had never helped them advance in their career and 9% said that women had deliberately held them back.

Women who won’t take the time to help other women or simply don’t see it as their role to help other women with their careers is often referred to as the “Queen Bee.” These are women who have made it to the top and don’t necessarily want other women to join them. Perhaps they think there isn’t enough room at the top for more women and feel threatened and thus are unwilling to bring others along. Or maybe they believe, “I had to pay my dues. No one made it easy for me.”

It’s important that women realize the collective power they have together versus doing it alone.  So be intentional about reaching out and bringing other women up.  I have always said that the more women who are successful in their careers the greater chance other women will be successful as well.

In-depth: Between Two Stones- Nepal’s Decade of Conflict (Young People on the Frontline)– IrinNews.org

“Children are so traumatised, and the Maoist rebels and security forces should be blamed for making their lives this way,” said Sharma’s teacher Min Bahadur Pun, in Seri Gaun, a village in Rukum, one of Nepal’s most conflict-ridden districts.

According to a Nepali child-rights group, Child Workers in Nepal, over 400 children have been killed, around 500 injured or disabled, and as many as 8,000 have lost their parents or close relatives since the war began in 1996. About 40,000 children, it says, have been displaced from their homes.

In June 2005, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reported that armed conflict had made it difficult to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty which Nepal ratified in 1996.

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