GAD News Feed for July 18 - 24, 2015


July 18 - 24, 2015

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MB/July 23, 2015/World/AFP

Ex-UN climate chief ousted from India think-tank amid sex claims


Former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri was ousted from his post as head of an Indian think-tank Thursday after a backlash over his return to work while facing allegations of sexual harassment.

PS/July 19, 2015/World/ Ralph Jennings

2 women to vie in Taiwan presidential election for 1st time

TAIPEI — Taiwan's top two political parties have each nominated a woman for president in 2016, a historic first signaling acceptance of female leadership and kicking off a campaign highlighted so far by clashing views on ties with rival China.

MB/July 19, 2015/News/Ben Rosario

Bill filed vs violence against elderly


A ranking House of Representatives official has called for the enactment of the Anti-Violence against Senior Citizens Act to impose measures that would protect the elderly from various acts of violence.


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UN Women/July 24, 2015

Financing for development outcome bolsters gender equality

At the first of three international meetings which will shape international development, world leaders acknowledged the key role of gender equality in development at the recent Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa. At the conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda endorsed a global framework that will shape the development cooperation agenda for the next 15 years and provide financing for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the standalone, comprehensive and transformative goal on achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. - See more at:

WFP/July 23, 2015

Bangladesh: Empowering Women Against Natural Disasters

ROYGANJ UPAZILA, SIRAJGANJ – Holding a makeshift soil leveler with one hand, directing her peers with the other, Sima Rani Das stood ankle-deep in mud along the roadside. "Everybody make sure to drink water," she said, as the sun had reached its zenith and the temperature was up in the 30s. About 25 women were fortifying a road-cum-embankment, built to prevent flooding and support a road in Rampur village.

Time/July 23, 2015/ Jay Newton-Small

Hillary Clinton, Republicans Play Different 2016 Gender Cards

Lost in Donald Trump’s wowza of a speech in South Carolina on Monday, where he revealed Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number, was his tiny mockery of Hillary Clinton. About 30 minutes into the speech, Trump asks: “Who would you rather have negotiate against China, for example? … Trump or Hillary?”

BBC/July 23, 2015

Spain raises marrying age from 14 to 16

Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, having had the lowest marrying age in Europe. Before the age was raised, boys and girls could marry at the age of 14 with the permission of a judge. It is now level with most European countries.

LA Times/July 20, 2015/ Alexandra Zavis

Saudi women find ways into the workplace

When Sofana Dahlan wanted to study law, she had to go to Egypt to do it. The subject wasn't offered to women at universities in her native Saudi Arabia. Nearly 20 years later, she is an accomplished lawyer and entrepreneur who has helped launch the businesses of numerous artists, designers and other creative types. Her career is evidence of a slow but seismic shift in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, which has long relegated women to the status of legal minors.