Women & Leadership Links

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Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls risk by going to school – CNN

“In their eyes, a woman is an object that they can control. They are scared that when these girls get an education, they will become aware of their rights as women and as a human being.”

“People are crazy,” said Razia Jan, founder of a girls’ school outside Kabul. “The day we opened the school, (on) the other side of town, they threw hand grenades in a girls’ school, and 100 girls were killed. Despite the threat of violence, Jan continues to open the doors of her Zabuli Education Center, a two-story, 14-room building where 354 area girls are receiving a free education.

“Most of the (local) men and women are illiterate,” Jan said. “Most of our students are the first generation of girls to get educated.”

“I hope that one day these girls … will come back and teach, because I’m not going to be there all my life. I want to make this school something that will last 100 years from now.”

The Mindy Project, Female Leads and Showrunners – Global Comment

US network NBC put a lot of energy into developing a strong comedy block with offerings like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, both of which distinguish themselves by having strong female leads. For a moment, it seemed as though the network was looking forward with its programming, initiating an era of female-driven shows with a fresh take on modern society. Unfortunately, with its pass on The Mindy Project, the network appeared to be throwing itself into reverse gear, as Alyssa Rosenberg pointed out on Think Progress; from being a comedy leader, NBC went to hovering fearfully at the back of the pack, afraid to take a chance on something new. Rosenberg, and others, suggested that NBC might have been unwilling to take on another show with a female lead, as though network officials believe there’s a limit on how many female-driven comedies the network can run.

[Mindy] Kaling is daring to take on stereotypes while also increasing representation of South Asian women in television, and she’s not doing it in an obvious or self-conscious way. Her goal is to make good comedy with good actors, and that, rather than some kind of pointed statement or noble gesture, is what comes through with The Mindy Project. NBC may have missed the boat because they were afraid they had ‘too many’ shows with female leads, but Fox clearly didn’t suffer from that problem, and was ready to take gamble on Kaling.

Israeli Women Ahead in Science Poised to Lead in Biotech – Bloomberg

Women outnumber men in biology and related sciences in higher education in Israel. That could give women an advantage as the government and private investors put increasing amounts of money into the life-sciences industry, one of the country’s fastest growing sectors, collecting the most venture capital money in the first half of this year.

Still, men dominate upper management. Women hold about 13 percent of chief executive officer positions in companies in the Tel Aviv Biomed index and less than 5 percent in the Tel Aviv Technology index, according to data analyzed by Bloomberg.

That’s destined to change in biotech, says Ora Dar, head of the life sciences sector at the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.

“As this field matures, you are going to see women increasingly taking executive positions,” says Dar, whose team of about 100 evaluators, who decide what projects and incubators to finance with taxpayer money, is more than 70 percent female. “It’s a matter of experience.”

UN Women Executive Board President visits Haiti – UN Women

During a visit to Haiti 19–22 July 2012, the president of UN Women’s Executive Board, H.E. Kim Sook, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, called for an end to gender-based violence and the promotion of women’s participation in politics.

During a meeting with female politicians and women’s rights organizations in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, Ambassador Kim raised the issue of the implementation of a recent constitutional amendment favoring the establishment of a 30 per cent minimum quota pertaining to women working in public administration.

“We cannot wait for poverty to be eradicated in Haiti before dealing with issues affecting women.” said Ambassador Kim. “Gender-based violence, discrimination and lack of access are some of the problems women in Haiti come up against – problems that must be resolved as soon as possible,” he added.

Nepal’s female farmers need research and technology aimed at them – The Guardian

Although women would benefit most from a boost in agriculture research, Gauchan pointed out that few researchers in Nepal are women – in 2009 only 10% of public agriculture researchers were women, up just 1% from 2003, according to the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute and Narc in 2011.

Rural women in Nepal are less educated than men, with only about one year of formal schooling each on average, according to an analysis by the FAO in 2010. The success of any new invention therefore depends on the empowerment of women, and on their training and access to information, said Gauchan.

“If women’s knowledge was enhanced – if manure, seed and pesticide were made available, with the necessary tools – then women could do all the agriculture work themselves.”

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