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The most dangerous place for women is the home, a new UN study says

By Kara Fox, CNN Updated 22:16 PM PHT Mon, November 26, 2018 (CNN) — The most dangerous place for women is the home, according to a new UN study. Out of an estimated 87,000 women killed last year, some 50,000—or 58%—were killed by partners or family members, according to the 2018 report on gender-related killing of women and girls by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). More than a third of the women intentionally killed in 2017 were killed by a current or former partner, and 137 women are killed by family members every day, it said. While the majority…

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The FILIPINA – An Empowered Woman

Man may now be living in this progressive and highly-modernized world but some of his practices remain backward and uncivilized, especially his conduct towards the “better half” of society  –woman.   A woman is vulnerable in our society. She… Woman today Admin March 3, 2017 Man may now be living in this progressive and highly-modernized world but some of his practices remain backward and uncivilized, especially his conduct towards the “better half” of society  –woman. A woman is vulnerable in our society. She is prone to violence, harassment and abuse — sexual, physical or verbal. In other cultures, baby girls…

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100 Women: The female protesters against giving women the vote

100 Women: The female protesters against giving women the vote By Amelia Butterly 100 Women 6 February 2018 UK women’s vote centenary Image copyrightPROF JUNE PURVIS A century ago, after years of campaigning, women over the age of 30 who owned property were given the right to vote in the UK. But for many thousands of women, it was not a moment of celebration. Known as the anti-suffrage movement, these women had been working to oppose the suffragettes. They believed women didn’t have the capacity to understand politics, and portrayed the suffragettes as a group of “ugly” women and “spinsters”….

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Feminism as the New Natalism: Can Progressive Policies Halt Falling Fertility?

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/feminism-as-the-new-natalism-can-progressive-policies-halt-falling-fertility “American Women Are Having Fewer Children Than They’d Like,” I recently noted in an article for The New York Times. The article generated pushback, especially from progressives who charged me with ignoring the role that public policy may be playing in keeping American women from realizing their ideal number of children. Take this tweet about my article from Jill Filipovic: Also telling to see an article hand-wringing about fertility decline, written by a man, that takes the time to blame birth control, lack of sex, and smartphones, but doesn’t mention paid parental leave, affordable childcare, or pregnancy discrimination. Filipovic raises the possibility that better public policy could…

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Women and power: being politicians without posts

Diana G. Mendoza May 3, 2017 https://womenwritingwomen.org   The situation of Vice President Leni Robredo resonates throughout the lives of many women. Some women who have found their voice and attained some kind of power are in predicaments of being given opportunities to express them or exercise their abilities. Other women may not reach the highest tiers of politics like the vice president, but their daily work-life settings are enough to make them female power models. Female power is usually heralded only when some women make inroads in traditionally male-dominated fields. But daily realities showing women side by side with…

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Duterte: Use pills, injectables — not condoms

By CNN Philippines Staff February 14, 2018 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — Use pills and injectables instead of condoms, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night. Addressing workers who came home from Kuwait, Duterte digressed a bit from discussing their plight and expressed his preferred contraceptive. “May pills libre. Huwag ‘yang condom kasi hindi masarap ‘yang condom [Pills are free. Don’t use condoms because they don’t feel good],” Duterte said to laughter from the audience. He even mimed eating a piece of candy with a wrapper. “Kainin mo ‘to. Huwag mong balatan… Iyan ang condom [Eat this. Don’t unwrap it……

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In Philippines, Climate Change and Conflict Both Conspire Against Rural Women

July 25, 2017 https://theconversation.com            Extreme weather and conflict have a particularly accute impact on female farmers in the Philippines. PWRDF, CC BY-SA Heavily exposed to increasing incidence of extreme weather events, the Philippines is among one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world. Climate-induced disasters in the Philippines frequently disrupt fruit and cash-crop production, resulting in income loss and higher food prices. Over the past four years, weather events have cost the Philippine economy an annual average of 0.3% of GDP. Typhoon Haiyaan alone caused crop loss of 1.1 million tonnes and destroyed 600,000 hectares of farmland…

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Feminism Beyond the Jargon

To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman, an Amazon, an angry female and a host of other insults. The feminist cliché. Nikki Luna March 31, 2016 Why is it easy for other women/people to condemn the word feminism? Feminism is attacked despite the fact that we are walking along the path that women freedom fighters from the past have paved for us. Yes, we continue the struggle. But most shun the “label.” To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman, an Amazon, an angry female and a host of…

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The Economics of Family Behavior

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-economics-of-family-behavior When a recent Business Insider article sought to explain “Why American Men are Getting Less Marriageable,” we cheered. The article relies on a recent study by three economists, MIT’s David Autor, along with David Dorn of Zurich and Gordon Hanson of San Diego, to observe that “economic forces are making [men] less appealing partners.” That’s precisely what we claim in our book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family: we explain not just how a changing economy could produce less marriage, but also how economic changes could alter changing family norms. In writing the book, we were struck by how few…

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The Overlooked Risks of Surrogacy for Women

According to the National Institutes of Health, in the United States alone, 11% of women and 7% of men have experienced fertility problems, often causing crushing disappointment for couples hoping to grow their family. Ultimately, Kardashian-West decided to pursue her next pregnancy by hiring a surrogate. In the recent ET interview, she described the experience as not exactly what she expected: “Anyone that says or thinks [surrogacy] is just the easy way out is just completely wrong. I think it is so much harder to go through it this way.” She went on to explain that she did not feel as in control as she…

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Motherhood: Exploring the Birth of a New Identity

We know motherhood has a deep impact on all levels: psychological, physical, professional, emotional. But what does it mean to be a mum today? The other day, a stranger told me I didn’t look like a mum. I was simultaneously flattered and a bit miffed. Flattered because I assume they meant that I look young (I’m 34), sleep nourished and whatever the opposite of harassed is. Miffed because, excuse me, I have two cherubic daughters – can’t you tell from my demeanour that I’m a wise, nurturing and achingly cool mum? I wonder what would have made me seem more…

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His Standards or Hers? How Men and Women Define Success

When I was in Amsterdam in 2008 to talk about my recently published book, The Sexual Paradox, I was interviewed by a senior editor of a major daily newspaper. She had reached the age when she was unlikely to have small children at home and as the executive editor of a major daily, she was at the pinnacle of her career. Despite this executive status, she worked part time and had always worked less than a full week. I asked why. “Wednesdays are for my family and friends,” she told me, “and Friday is piano day. Practicing the piano is essential…

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Five Facts About Women and Men in Tech

The Google Memo has stirred up a new flurry of controversy over men and women in the workplace, especially in the technology field. Despite the progress that women have made in most professional fields, certain jobs are still largely occupied by men. For example, 87% of engineers in the U.S. are men. And women’s presence in leadership roles are also rare—only 5% of the CEOs of S&P 500 companies are women. What factors might account for the gender disparities in tech? Here are five related facts from public opinion surveys and other data sources to consider: 1. On intelligence, women and men are rated equally by…

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One-in-Four Millennials in their 30s Are Unmoored from the Institution of Family

Throughout history, marriage and parenthood have been defining milestones of adulthood. But for today’s millennial generation, these social institutions are not only loosely linked, but also beginning to lose ground. At ages 30 to 34, more than a quarter of Millennials (26%) have not yet started a family—meaning they have neither been married nor had any children, according to a new analysis of government data by the Institute of Family Studies. Another 18% of Millennials have children but have never been married. Only a narrow majority—56%—have been married before. And most of these ever-married young adults (78%) have children. Source: IFS…

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Half the World’s Population is Reaching Below Replacement Fertility

According to the most recent UN estimates (United Nations 2017), almost one half of the world’s population lives in countries with below replacement fertility (BRF), i.e. with a total fertility rate (TFR) below 2.1 births per woman. Of these, one-quarter have TFRs close to the replacement level, i.e. between 1.8 and 2.1; the other three-quarters have really low fertility, below 1.8 births per woman. Low-fertility countries are generally grouped into clusters. The main clusters are in East Asia, Southern Europe, the German-speaking countries of Western Europe, and all the former socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe (Table 1). In…

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The Overlooked Risks of Surrogacy for Women

Recently, in an interview with ET, reality TV actress Kim Kardashian-West talked about the third child she will soon be welcoming into her family. After giving birth to a daughter and son with her husband, Kanye West, she wanted to give her children more siblings. But getting pregnant the third time around was more difficult than she expected. That’s because Kardashian-West has a condition called placenta accreta, which caused difficulties in her first two pregnancies and made a third pregnancy unlikely. “Having more kids is definitely going to be a struggle,” Kim shared on the show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” announcing in March that she was going…

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Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women’s rights

The Guardian Thursday 27 July 2017 07.00 BST Last modified on Tuesday 8 August 2017 19.35 BST By Liz Ford Women have been joining forces to agitate for their right to a better life for centuries, but some of the most significant changes have occurred over the past four decades. It has been a journey of big leaps, small steps and setbacks. Four international women’s conferences, a bunch of UN resolutions and two sets of global goals have all played their part. Sexual health and reproductive rights remain the most contentious issue, with many women unable to control when and if they…

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Are We Equipping Young People to Combat Sexual Harassment and Assault?

It seems like just about every day, we hear about another case of sexual assault or harassment perpetrated by powerful men from Hollywood to D.C. to New York. The Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal has drawn renewed attention to older scandals, like the ongoing sexual harassment case against Bill O’Reilly, and has helped to unearth new ones. While overly explicit at times, the media’s coverage of these cases is as important as the #metoo social media campaign in giving victims a voice and exposing their victimizers. But lasting cultural change ultimately depends on the next generation—the young men and women coming up behind us, our sons and…

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More than money: How to make a marriage work when she’s the primary breadwinner

by W. Bradford Wilcox, @WILCOXNMP For today’s dads, having a wife who is the primary breadwinner isn’t always easy. Although a growing share of married mothers earn the majority of income for their families—slightly less than one-quarter of married families with children, according to the American Community Survey, it’s clear that some men in homes with female breadwinners find this new reality hard. Of course, working wives, who are contributing to the financial welfare of their families, are not to blame.  Traditional gender norms can make it harder for female breadwinner families. But when she earns more than he does, husbands and wives…

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One in Five Women aged 15 – 49 has Experienced Physical Violence in 2013

Reference No.: FS-201412-SS2-01 Released Date: December 10, 2014   According to the United Nations, violence against women is an act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. It encompasses all forms of violation of women’s rights, including threats and reprisals, exploitation, harassment, and other forms of control.   In its Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the UN General Assembly “recognizes that violence against women…

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Four Factors That Help Women Leave Abusive Relationships

by Jason Whiting, @JASON_WHITING Being mistreated by the person you love—especially when physical abuse is involved—is one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences a woman can face, and it is hard to know what to do when it happens. A woman who is a victim of violence faces a particularly complicated dilemma. Should she stay or go? Although this may seem to be an easy choice, as I discussed in my last post, there are many issues that can make it difficult for a victim of domestic violence to leave. For instance, victimized women often love and feel committed to…

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Young Women Who Prioritize Family Over Career Deserve Respect

by Nora Sullivan In a recent study, economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Thomas Fujiwara, and Amanda Pallais posed an interesting question: “Do single women avoid career-enhancing actions because the actions signal undesirable traits, like ambition, to the marriage market?” The researchers were interested in examining how ambitious young women deal with the “trade-off” of career and marriage: the trade-off being that certain actions and traits could be an asset to a woman’s career and help her towards professional success, while at the same time could potentially hurt her chances in the marriage market. There is some evidence to support this position. A…

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