Wikigender Connect: September-December 2015
Welcome to your new Wikigender!
A new version of Wikigender was launched and presented on 16 December at the OECD, with the kind support of International Organisation of La Francophonie, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Development Agency, and in collaboration with Genre en Action. For the first time, the platform is available in French and includes a new user-friendly interface. The new French platform will ensure that the Francophone communities can participate, engage and access new data and research on gender and development. Wikigender will also place the spotlight on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on SDG 5, looking at key issues such as the role of social norms in development, gender statistics, and tracking progress on SDG gender targets.
Men out-earn women by $27,000 a year: new data from the WGEA
The second year of data collected by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency covers 12,229 employers and represents over 40% of employees in Australia. This world-leading data reveals there has been some progress towards workplace gender equality but stubborn pay gaps persist across industries, occupations and management levels. While the data confirms stubborn gender pay gaps and under-representation of women in management and leadership roles, it also reveals measurable progress on employer action in support of workplace gender equality.
The Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal
The Women, Business and the Law report measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in seven areas. The 4th edition of the Women, Business and the Law report covers 173 economies, including 30 economies that were not previously covered. The report finds that the majority of economies have legal gender differences, with 155 economies out of 173 impeding women’s economic opportunities with at least one law.
This edition builds on the growing body of research and empirical evidence that stresses the importance of legal and institutional frameworks in shaping women’s economic rights and opportunities and improving gender equality. For the first time, it explores laws in areas such as gender discrimination in access to credit, financial support for parents, care leave for sick relatives, child marriage, marital rape and protection orders for victims of domestic violence., with data current as of April 2015.
UN Women Empower Women in Spanish
The UN Women Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, along with the Global Compact Network in Panama, Sumarse, recently held a business forum to officially launch the Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Economic Empowerment: EmpowerWomen.org, as well as the Women’s Economic Principles. Read more (also in Spanish)
The International Development Cooperation Meeting on Gender and Media
Wikigender was present at the meeting on 7 December, in advance of the launch of the redesigned platform. Find out more!
Wikigender University 2016
- The United Nations University (UNU-GEST) have joined the Wikigender University Programme, with 15 fellows who will write articles on a wide range of gender equality issues.
- Northumbria University also joined the Wikigender University Programme in January, with students following the “Gender, Media and Society” module to write articles under the theme “Gender in the Media”.
Stay tuned for their upcoming articles!
“Six Days: Three Activists, Three Wars, One Dream” (trailer)
“This inspiring documentary, which follows three brave human rights defenders in Liberia, Abkhazia, Georgia and Iraq over six days, gives insight into the everyday struggle to improve the situation of women worldwide. SIX DAYS shines a necessary light on some of the most urgent and important human rights issues facing women today: girls education, honor killings, bride kidnappings and women’s health issues.” More information.
Taking the Lead: Sexual Violence Survivors Forging Hope in Colombia
This mini-documentary was produced by the Nobel Women’s Initiative and MADRE, as part of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence. The documentary follows the stories of sexual violence survivors and women human rights defenders dedicated to breaking the silence around sexual violence in Colombia. These survivors and defenders mobilize by using art therapy, community gatherings and the media to speak out about sexual violence and urge justice for perpetrators. Their work is gaining momentum across the country, with survivors calling loudly for a world where women’s bodies are not used as battlefields.
Key links from our partners
- UN Women: see their “year in review” of gender equality in 2015
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics data:
- FAO’s featured articles and publications
Stay tuned via the Community Portal!
The Community Portal is where you can access the latest information on gender equality, and where you can contribute by sharing your news and data!
- Read the daily media review
- See past and upcoming events
- Access a list of relevant publications
- Participate and exchange in the forum!
- Sign up on Wikigender and become an active member of the community! Find out more.