Advancement of Women – June 20, 2017

France elects record number of women to parliament

Gulf Times – June 19, 2017: France voted a record number of women into parliament, election results showed on Monday, after President Emmanuel Macron’s victorious Republic on the Move (LREM) party fielded a gender-balanced candidate list.

Of the 577 newly elected lawmakers, 233 were female, beating the previous record of 155 set after the last election.

That sent France leapfrogging from 64th to 17th in the world rankings of female parliamentary representation and to 6th place in Europe, overtaking Britain and Germany, according to Inter-parliamentary Union data compiled at the start of June.

LREM, which won an overwhelming majority in Sunday’s ballot, had the highest proportion of women elected, at 47 percent.


#LoveCoats project to empower refugee girls

Gulf News – June 19, 2017: Dubai: To mark World Refugee Day on June 20, NRS International and professor Helen Storey, a social artist at the London College of Fashion, are launching the ‘#LoveCoats’ project to empower girls of Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan from July 9-17.

The #LoveCoats concept was created in collaboration with Tiger (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading) Girls and taken forward in Dubai during the annual Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (Dihad) in March.

The collaboration invites Tiger Girls in Zaatari refugee camp to participate in the #LoveCoats project. It aims to empower 1,250 adolescent girls through fashion and design and plans to develop their technical skills to make clothes to battle the next winter.


Indian TV ruled by women, says Urvashi Dholakia

Gulf News – June 16, 2017: Actress Urvashi Dholakia, who will soon be seen in the upcoming TV series Chandrakanta, says Indian television is widely ruled by women.

“I am sure television could not have grown so much without being accepted by the audience on the ground of women’s representation,” she said. “I see no point of going down to feminism and saying that we represent women as they are discriminated by men all the time.”

She added: “There are all kinds of people on the face of this Earth. Some women are dominating, some are dominated, some are holding a strong personality, some are grey, but each to its own. I think more than representation, it is the matter of perception.”


Famed Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja tells aspirants

Al Arabiya English – June 17, 2017: Being the first Emirati woman in the UAE to successfully pursue filmmaking is one of the few things Nayla Al Khaja is recognized for.

Nayla Al Khaja is an Emirati director and producer that has contributed a lot to the UAE film industry and brought laurels to the country.

Al Khaja has become an inspiration for all the aspiring filmmakers, especially women, in the UAE and the region.


Elevate Social, KAFD launch women empowerment drive

Trade Arabia – June 11, 2017: Elevate Social Businesses, in partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), has launched a new initiative to empower women in Jordan with training on entrepreneurship skills, supply essential products for sale in low-income Jordanian communities, and create a women’s network.

Elevate Jordan will work with 100 women in the Mafraq region which has been impacted by a large refugee influx, in its six-month pilot project, providing them with a new livelihood opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. Elevate and KAFD recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding reflecting their commitment to this new project.


80% of This Public Company’s Directors Are Women

Fortune – June 19, 2017: At a time when most companies are struggling to recruit and retain female directors, one company boasts a board in which women outnumber men four-to-one.

On Monday, Travelzoo (TZOO, -1.00%) announced that it has the highest female-to-male ratio of any NASDAQ or NYSE-listed company (a group that includes nearly 6,000 businesses). The board includes five directors, two of whom are new additions: Rachel Barnett, the company’s currently general counsel across Travelzoo North America, Europe and Asia Pacific; and Carrie Liu, executive director of Fosun China Momentum Fund, a Chinese investment group.


Revealed: The top 20 most influential women in British sport

The Telegraph – June 19, 2017: To mark the start of Women’s Sport Week, Telegraph Sport asked the most influential women in British sport who they thought had greatest impact on sport in this country. The result is a top 20 of influential women, complied by influential women.

Our panel of 14: Tracey Crouch MP, Baroness Grey Thompson, Dame Heather Rabbatts, Judy Murray, Alex Danson, Maggie Alphonsi, Liz Nicholl, Jennie Price, Casey Stoney, Sally Hancock, Clare Connor, Kadeena Cox, Nicole Sapstead, Annamarie Phelps.

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