Wikiprogress Focus on Gender Equality
Wikiprogress is trying a new idea. We are going to focus our communities and networks on different topics throughout the year. Ahead of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting on 4 March 2013, Wikiprogress will be harnessing ideas and articles on gender policies and indicators.
"Women and girls are subject to inequality not only in the public sphere but also within the private sphere such as within the home and their intimate relationships. Tackling the continuum of inequality in both the public and private spheres is therefore essential to addressing the root causes of gender inequality.
Women’s empowerment is closely related to, but goes beyond, gender equality to cover not just women’s condition relative to men’s, but their power to make choices and their ability to control their own destiny. It must go hand in hand with efforts to address gender inequality. Women should be empowered to make choices and decisions and to use their rights, resources and opportunities. Important elements of women’s empowerment include access to and control over resources, meaningful political participation, the reduction of women’s unpaid care responsibilities, and the ability to have control over their own bodies such as living free from violence and making decisions in relation to fertility." Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Post-2015 Framework, Gender and Development Network, 2013
Special focus: Rising against sexual violence
As we are approaching the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of women, the media are already clearly focusing on the issue of violence against women. The online discussion on "Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls" that we held from 4-13 February highlighted many issues, from domestic violence to sexual harrassment, but most importantly many solutions - which we will compile in a report. We will disseminate the report online and present it on 4 March in New York so that your voices are heard. In the meantime, see how the media are covering issues such as sexual harassment and female genital mutilation in Wikigender's Community Portal and watch this video by EveEnsler and Tony Stroebel.
Wikigender's Progress Series
- Involving men and boys in promoting gender equality, November 2012
- Sustainable development? Not without family planning!, July 2012
- Role models key for gender equality, May 2012
- Empowering rural girls through technology, March 2012
- Migration: a gender perspective, January 2012
- Achieving societal progress through increasing women’s employment opportunities, November - December 2011
- Voting but not driving: what part of progress for Saudi women?, October 2011
- Progress on MDG3|Progress on MDG 3, September 2011
- Women's role in sustaining global food security, June 2011
- Gender and climate change, May 2011
- The debate on the veil in France, May 2011
Wikigender's Online Discussions:
- Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls
- Engaging Men and Boys to Transform Discriminatory Social Norms
Special Focus: 10 x 10 - Educate Girls. Change the World
There has been a steadily growing social media buzz over Girl Rising’s feature length film 10x10; which augments the pervasive power of education to change the lives of millions of girls across the world. The movement is attempting to break down the barriers that hinder girls from receiving education while highlighting the significant benefits it will bring to them and the global community. If you haven’t seen the trailer already, look no further!
- Why Clean Water is Key to Keeping Girls in School
- Women and the City II
- International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
- Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children
- Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health
- 4 March 2013: Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women (Side event, 57th CSW, New York)
- More gender events on Wikigender: click here.
- Health, Wikigender article
- Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2012, UNESCO
- Gender Differences in Secondary Education, Programme for International Student Assessment, OECD
- Global Education Digest 2010 - Education and Gender: Between Promise and Progress, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 2010
- Gender and Education Data Visualization - online tool, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Employment and Work
- International Labour Organization (ILO) and Gender Equality
- Women in paid and unpaid work: Measuring what matters for gender equality,OECD, 2012
- Cooking, Caring and Volunteering: Unpaid Work Around the World, OECD, 2011
- Is Informal Normal ? Towards More and Better Jobs in Developing Countries, OECD 2009
- Gender equality at the heart of decent work, International Labour Office, 2009
- Measuring Women’s Entrepreneurship, chapter in Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012 (OECD, 06.06.2012)
- Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 Womens Report, 2010, Gem Consortium
- Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability, UNDP, 2012
Justice and Law
- Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women's Empowerment, International Development Law Organisation, 2012
- Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice, UN Women, 2011
- Transforming social institutions paving the way towards gender equality, Wikigender article
- Gender and Well-Being Around the World, Brookings Institution, 2012.
- Women’s Well-Being Ranking America’s Top 25 Metro Areas, Measure of America, 2012.
- Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being, Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration, 2011.
- Aspirations, Attainments, and Satisfaction: Life Cycle Differences Between American Women and Men, Anke et al, 2008
- Well Being Index and Female Security Index: India, Well Being in India: disparity and surprises across districts, Tata Strategic Management Group, 2010.
- The Women's Economic Opportunity Index
- Gender Inequality Index
- African Gender Development Index
- World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index
- Indices of Social Development
- Educational Indicators
Other Relevant Papers
- Closing the Gender Gap Act Now, OECD, 2012
- Gender Equality in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, OECD, 2012
- The Effect of Women's Economic Power in Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank, 2012.
- World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development, World Bank, 2012
- Women and Men in OECD Countries, OECD, 2006.
- Fact Sheet: Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, USAID, 2012.
- Poverty Reduction and Pro-Poor Growth - The Role of Empowerment, OECD 2012
Conventions and Committees
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 54th session (11 February - 1 March 2013)
- UN Economic Commission for Afirca - Gender Statistics
- The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
- Gender Equality Data and Statistics from the World Bank
- Highlights of the week (By Salema Gulbahar, Wikiprogress Coordinator 22.02.13)
- Gender Empowerment in India – Challenges and Opportunities (By Shailaja Chandra, Vice President of Initiatives for Change-Centre for Governance 21.02.13)
- The voices of young women. Do you hear them? (By Robbie Lawrence, Wikichild Coordinator 20.02.13)
- Rising against sexual violence! (By Estelle Loiseau, Gender Programme Assistant and Wikigender Community Manager)
- Spotlight! Gender Equality and Well-being (By Robbie Lawrence, Wikichild Coordinator 15.02.2013)
- Gender skew in missing children statistics cause for worry (The Hindu 26.02.2013)
Data shows that the number of missing girls exceeds boys by over 100
- The female factor (Al Jazeera 24.02.2013)
Syrian women are increasingly becoming weapons of war in the battle between government forces and the opposition.
- Making cities safe for women and girls (Guardian Blog 21.02.2013)
The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty is focusing on how to tackle violence against women and girls in public spaces. This posted is by Michelle Bachelet for IPS.
- Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a 'marital right' (CNN 18.02.2012)
- I am Rising: Michelle Bachelet's Message for the One Billion Rising campaign (YouTube 14.02.2013)
1 in 3 women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one billion women. On 14 February 2013 Eve Ensler's V-Day organization is inviting one billion women and those who love them to rise up, walk out, dance and demand an end to this violence.
- Talk point: ending gender violence. What works? (Guardian Blog 12.02 2013)
Condemnation of violence against women is widespread. But how do communities actually eliminate these attacks?
- Bangladesh ahead of India (Daily Star 07.02.2013)
Amartya praises gender equality