Advancement of Women – January 22, 2018

Africa’s first elected woman president has transformed Liberia

Newsweek – January 22, 2018: On Monday, Liberia inaugurated a new president and the nation’s first female vice president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ended her presidency the way she began it—shattering precedent. The first woman to be elected president of an African nation has become the first Liberian president in 44 years to yield political power to a freely elected successor… To understand the legacy of Africa’s first elected woman president, we must go beyond today’s headlines and examine her 12 years in office.


Davos 2018: The World Economic Forum Tries to Meet the #MeToo Moment

Fortune – January 22, 2018: Can the World Economic Forum, maligned for years as an elite boys’ club, meet the #MeToo moment? Early signs indicate that—at the very least—it’s giving it a valid try. In its most obvious nod to the on-going conversation, WEF in November announced the co-chairs for the annual meeting—seven women and no men:

  • Sharan Burrow, General-Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Belgium
  • Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE, France
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C.
  • Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM, USA
  • Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chair, Mann Deshi Foundation, India
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

WEF later confirmed to Fortune that this is the first time only women have served as the meeting’s co-chairs.

At the five-day meeting itself, there are at least two panels that tackle #MeToo issues head-on—titled, “How Do We Stop Sexual Harassment?”and “Gender, Power, and Stemming Sexual Harassment.” (For context, there are about 150 events—panels, speeches, press conferences and Q&A sessions—on the WEF schedule for the week.)

Women’s March 2018 by the numbers and images

San Diego Union Tribune – January 22, 2018: Gatherings ranging from the hundreds to the hundreds of thousands took place all across America over the weekend as men and especially women marched for the empowerment of women and against President Donald Trump’s views on issues like abortion and immigration.

Billed widely as the “Women’s March,” organizers brought out prominent politicians and celebrities to speak and many participants carried signs with messages like “elect more women” and “my body, my choice.” The marches took place in cities large and small, in places like Omaha, Nebraska (8,000) Casper, Wyoming(350) and Raleigh, North Carolina (17,000).

Here’s how the marches looked in some of the country’s largest cities as well as estimates of how many people attended from organizers and city officials.

Los Angeles: 600,000 | Chicago: 300,000 | New York: 200,000 | Denver: 50,000 | San Diego: 37,000 | Seattle: Tens of thousands | Boston: 10,000 | Fort Worth: 5,000 | Washington, D.C.: Thousands

Saudi Arabia allows women at football game for first time

BBC News – January 12, 2018: Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate at a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country… But even segregated as they were, their presence in the stadium marked a significant moment for the Kingdom.

It follows a series of reforms intended to modernise the country. Earlier on Friday, ahead of the football game, there was another small sign of change: the country’s first car showroom dedicated to female customers was opened.For the first time, women will this June be allowed to get behind the wheel, after it was announced in September that a ban on women drivers would be lifted.


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