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 »

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

Roma women: Exposing inequality


Filed under: Gender equality Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

Since its early days, the Decade of Roma Inclusion has focused primarily on four priority areas: employment, education, health and housing. Even though gender equality is a cross-cutting issue, attention to this area has been significantly smaller throughout the years. Usually, gender equality is treated as an isolated category, rather than a social factor that… Read more »

Judicial integrity: The missing link?


Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Human rights Social inclusion

The integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to protecting human rights and fostering economic development. But is this enough to ensure social justice and an inclusive legal state? Unfortunately, for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the lack of access to justice is widespread. And it… Read more »

Women in the police means a better response to community needs


Filed under: Gender equality Governance Peace and security Social inclusion

Having more women police officers is essential if law enforcement agencies are serious about combating sexual and gender based violence. This interrelationship has long been established (see: Progress of the world’s women: In pursuit of justice (pdf)) and most recently the outgoing United Nations Police Adviser, Ann Marie Orler, said that there is a critical… Read more »

Preventing domestic violence in Tajikistan


Filed under: Gender equality Health HIV Human rights Poverty Social inclusion

Is violence against women becoming the norm in Tajikistan? According to the Millennium Development Goals Women and Men in the Republic of Tajikistan (pdf) report, approximately half of all women in Tajikistan believe that violence by a husband against his wife is acceptable. The rates are even higher among rural residents. This is not acceptable…. Read more »