Women & Leadership Links

 Sourced by Meredith O’Connell
In a study conducted by Rosette and Livingston, 228 participants read fictitious news articles about a company’s performance, including permutations in which the leader was black or white, male or female and successful or unsuccessful. What they found was that black women who failed were viewed more critically than their underperforming white or male counterparts — even those of the same race.
According to a report called “Risk and Reward” released by the League of Black Women Global Research Institute last year, professional black women made up only one percent of U.S. corporate officers, despite the fact that 75 percent of corporate executives believed that having minorities in senior level positions enables innovation and better serves a diverse customer base.
The disparity, along with limited opportunity for upward mobility might also explain the shift black women have been making from corporate America to entrepreneurship, with black women starting their own businesses at three-to-five times the rate of all businesses.
Ghana’s leadership training institute MILEAD – Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development (MILEAD), in the heart of Accra continues to empower African’s young women. Botswana has groomed two young Batswana women – in leadership skills. With an increase of women in leadership positions, two Batswana young women – Amanda Nthati Chembezi and Anne Moatshe are already highly anticipating to raise the bar amongst women in issues ranging from human rights concepts and theories, African women’s political participation, advocacy skills and economic justice, personal branding and resource mobilization following a three weeks course at the institute.
As part of the MILEAD program, every fellow is required to start a year-long community project on return to their respective country. Chembezi will be carrying out a program to improve the lives of other women in Botswana. “Apart from that, I am determined to impart a bit of everything I learned to all my colleagues, friends, sisters and those I encounter with on a personal level until a change can be seen around. Change doesn’t have to be huge to be significant, small baby steps to change are also very significant so I look to take steps daily from now on.”
Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda is scheduled to travel to United States of America this weekend where she has a number  of official engagements including receiving awards and addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
The ‘African Most Influential Female Leader of the year’ award comes after President Banda , fondly called JB, has been ranked the most powerful woman in Africa and 71 in the world, by Forbes Magazine.
Malawi’s first female president following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika, told Nyasa Times that she is being motivated by the international recognition to continue being “servant of the people.”
In late August, shockwaves rippled through Turkey as news emerged that 26-year-old Nevin Yildirim killed her alleged rapist, decapitating his corpse and carrying the severed head into the town square. Yildirim reportedly then said, “Don’t talk behind my back, don’t play with my honour. Here is the head of the man who played with my honour”. She is now in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, head of a religious party governing a secular state, recently sparked protests after he called for laws to limit women’s access to abortion only in cases threatening the health of the mother.
[Honor killings] are notably problematic in Turkey’s Kurdish region, where a majority of honour killings occur. Communities in this region are ruled by a patriarchal system where women accused of “dishonouring” the family have their fate decided by a “family council”. In many cases, the youngest family member is sent to kill the female relative accused of “dishonouring” the family in the hopes that authorities will be lenient.
“Establishing a business in this wild competitive environment … is difficult for women and for men. It is more difficult for women, having in mind the traditional mentality and the perception for the role of the women in the society,” Linda Shala said.
An increasing number of women in Kosovo want to pursue a career and raise a family, but balancing the two remains a challenge in what is considered to be the most conservative male-dominated society in the Balkans.
That is why Kosovo women leaders like Trade and Industry Minister Mimoza Kusari-Lila issued a call to women not to give up their career if faced with a career-family choice.
Society should get rid of gender prejudices regarding the predetermined social roles of women, argued Margarita Kadriu, editor-in-chief of daily Kosova Sot who is a mother of two.
Eight women’s organizations close to various political parties have demanded that the decision for the price hike in petroleum products be withdrawn immediately.
The women’s organizations jointly issued a press release here today and urged the government to withdraw the decision of price hike made unilaterally instead of finding an alternative way.
They claimed that on one hand, the cost of daily commodities would increase due to the price hike in the petroleum products, on the other, the price hike in diesel would increase the production cost of the agricultural goods which will hit the farmers hard.

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