Advocates have long argued that the mistreatment of sex workers is a byproduct of endemic stigma and criminalization, which expose workers to discrimination, violence, structural poverty, and the increased threat of sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease. Though many sex workers do struggle with economic or social hardship, activists say the trade's underlying moral problem lies not with the profession, but with the society that systematically condemns it.
Counterproductive gender biases keep gender equality stagnating: women lead only 4.2 percent of our largest pubic corporations, make up only 14 percent of top officers in corporate America and fill a measly 18 percent of board seats.
How can you pay it forward this year on International Women's Day is a question we ask ourselves as we join millions around the world to celebrate the courage, resilience and dignity of women who inspire change after surviving war and conflict.
In spite of these strides, millions of female workers are getting the squeeze in today's economy. Even as women break the glass ceiling in business and politics, they still earn on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by men -- and unions are a big part of the solution.
Today, women around the world are marking International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing attention on the many things we still need to do to achieve equality for women and girls.
I imagine what this aspiring lawyer would have thought of her only daughter Nancy becoming a top lawmaker in the country -- the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives. I carry my grandmother's dream with me every day.
On this International Women's Day, it's time to rectify past inequities -- after all, women's rights are human rights -- and ensure that women and girls can live in cities with safe public spaces where they can flourish now and into the future.
More than a century has passed since the first International Women's Day, and as we look back to past accomplishments and forward to future goals, we urge readers to take action in one of the most pressing challenges facing women internationally: the present state of maternal and newborn health in developing nations.
With Cold War-style politics gripping Eastern Europe this week, it seems fitting that one of the most iconic Soviet holidays is upon us: International Women's Day, which began as a socialist celebration of women's economic, political and social achievements. The holiday has become a modern-day marker of women's progress worldwide, such as the narrowing of the gender gap in workplaces and the fact that women outnumber men among university graduates worldwide. But it is also a reminder of the work that still lies ahead, which raises the question: how will economic, societal and technological shifts impact gender equality in two decades? In other words, imagine International Women's Day in 2035.
These are the types of observations that followed Anne Marie Nyiranshimiyimana wherever she went when she first began working with us on the Ministry of Health's district hospital construction in Butaro, a northern province in Rwanda in 2009.
Climate change is here. It is happening, and it is affecting women at a greater rate than men. While our effort to limit carbon emissions and assist those impacted by climate change is no small task, involving more women in these negotiations is something that we can change immediately.
It's great that women's empowerment groups are flourishing. But the physical world is still built by men.
In celebration of Women's History Month, March 2014, here is my poem, "Victim": Victim she grabs the dictionary from the shelf she splashes through ...
Who's going to hold your hand through yet another burnt batch of crepes and tell you to keep at it until you get 'em right?
That's a whole lotta chatter going on amongst moms and there seems to be no end in sight as countless numbers of moms join the "mom blogger" fold in an effort to support each other where society continues to fail them.
Since the early 1900s, the world celebrates International Women's Day each March. In the earlier years, there was not much to "celebrate." Today, there is. The past three decades have witnessed real progress towards gender equity.