The confidence question? Meet the investment lady

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security Social inclusion

Is the problem of gender inequality being compounded by a confidence gap? A recent article in The Atlantic says yes – evidence suggests that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed in today’s world, it takes as much confidence as it does competence. We thought about this in Moldova where men hold most elected… Read more »

The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »

Gender inequality: How much does it affect development in Europe and Central Asia?

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

Inequality between women and men has been clearly identified as one of the causes blocking development over the last two decades. It is often difficult to establish evidence based causal links between impacts of gender inequality on a country’s development because of the lack of available sex-disaggregated data. And because of limited data, we also… Read more »

Crowdsourcing an end to violence against women and girls

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Gender equality Human rights Peace and security Social inclusion

Today is 8 March – International Women’s Day. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, this day has been celebrated since the early 1960s to embrace the evolving role of women in society and to promote awareness of the ongoing fight for equal social, political, and economic rights. You may think that all the battles have… Read more »

Young women and men say no to kidnapping (a.k.a. “bridenapping”)

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Filed under: Central Asia Development 2.0 Gender equality Human rights Peace and security

I want to talk about the suicide of three Kyrgyz young women, Venera, age 20, Nurzat, 19, and Yrys, also 19. After they were kidnapped (or “bridenapped” as it’s known when a young woman is kidnapped for marriage), Venera hanged herself in December 2010, Nurzat hanged herself in March 2011, and Yrys committed suicide in… Read more »

Women in the police: challenging stereotypes

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security Social inclusion

This summer, we organized three seminars on gender equality in the security sector, at the request of the Ministry of Interior. Part of the work of the Women Police Officer’s Network, the seminars were designed to educate women police officers on gender equality and gender based discrimination, while creating an atmosphere to exchange information and… Read more »

Unlikely allies: Can social networks help build new business?

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

It’s a paradox: Montenegro’s poorest citizens live in the northern region (pdf) endowed with 100 percent of surface water reservoirs and hydro-electric potential, 67 percent of the cultivable land, 71 percent of the timber mass, 70 percent of cattle stock, and immense potential for year-around sustainable tourism. This paradox is most evident in the tourism sector,… Read more »