Interesting Articles for Your Consideration & Use


‘Women, Business & the Law 2016: Getting to Equal’ World Bank Group
Getting to Equal measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. It provides quantitative measures of laws & regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities in seven areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, going to court, building credit and protecting women from violence.

Key Findings (PDF, 1.6MB) – 28 Pages
Download Full Report (PDF, 3MB) – 272 Pages

‘16 Girls, 16 Stories of Courageous Resistance for Rights’ UNFPA – November 25, 2015Very special stories of young women defending their rights against the social norm.

‘Women, Religious Freedom, Gender Parity, Sustainable Development’ By Brian J. Grim & Jo-Anne Lyon – World Economic Forum



The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC – accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session.

Kay’s CSW60 Presentation – 2016 Area Meetings
Part1 and Part 2

UN information & video: An exclusive look behind the scenes at the United Nations

Stakeholders tackle how to make the SDGs a reality for women and girls
Development Goals – Gender Equality Needs to Be at the Core of National Policies + Increased Data, Monitoring, Accountability – “The final panel of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum emphasized civil society’s role in monitoring and implementing the 2030 Agenda. These groups are essential in giving women a voice, in channeling collective action and advocacy, and in demanding gender-responsive action.”

‘UN Sustainable Development Goals – What’s Next from a Feminist Perspective?’ By Ana Inés Abelenda. Great summary & forward looking

‘Why Women? Inclusive Security and Peaceful Societies’ By Marie O’Reilly – October 2015
There is overwhelming quantitative evidence that women’s empowerment and gender equality are associated with peace and stability in society.

Direct Link to Full 16-Page 2015 Publication

‘UN General Assembly Passes Resolution on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, but not by consensus – Significant Number of Countries Vote No or to Abstain’ Concern for advocacy for rights of Human Rights Defenders, and very much for Women Human Rights Defenders.

‘Why I Am A Male Feminist’ by Joe Keefe, President & CEO, Pax World Funds

Global Connections Television (GCTV)
GCTV Interviews




AAUW: Barriers and Bias – The Status of Women in Leadership



An Economy for the 1%: How privilege and power in the economy drive extreme inequality and how this can be stopped

New York Times: How to Bridge That Stubborn Pay Gap

‘Map to Find Individual US State Data on the Status of Women’ – Provides Data on Women’s Progress in 50 States. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, & promote women’s equality.

‘Women’s Leadership on Gender and Climate Change’ Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice

‘10 Years of the Global Gender Gap’ World Economic Forum
Country / Economy Profiles: On LEFT SIDE OF PAGE: Click to Access Information on Country of Choice.

As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops

The 24/7 Work Culture’s Toll on Families and Gender Equality

How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Unpaid

Making Women Count: The Unequal Economics of Women’s Work



‘On Universal Children’s Day, UN Says World Remains ‘Deeply Unfair’ Place for Children’
For every child, a fair chance: the promise of Equity – girls – UNICEF
Direct Link to Full 48-Page 2015 Report

‘The Hunting Ground’ This award-winning documentary is powerful, and can/should be used to promote serious problem-solving discussion in every US community with a college campus. The more famous film ‘Spotlight’ focuses on the institutional cover-up of sexual exploitation within another revered institution; there are interesting parallels.

‘Why Women Quit Science’ This article is also related to the closeted climate of sexual harassment & subtle intimidation found in universities.

If Zonta is to promote STEM careers & support (help to empower) young women, here is an important arena for advocacy…. Here are a couple AAUW resources on these subjects:



Women and Chemicals: The Impact of Hazardous Chemicals on Women In our modern societies, women and men are all continually exposed to hazardous chemicals in their everyday lives. But women are often differently exposed due to their (entrenched) gender roles and because of biological susceptibilities and health impacts. WECF, an international network of civil society organizations working for a healthy environment and gender-just society in over 50 countries, presents a deeper look at the nexus between gender roles and women’s exposure to hazardous chemicals worldwide with its publication of “Women and Chemicals“. WECF looks at the impacts of e.g. highly hazardous pesticides, mercury, and endocrine disrupting chemicals on women’s health. Women and Chemicals was developed with support and expertise from the United Nations, civil society and scientific institutes.

‘Why as a Woman, Do I Resist Asking For Help?’ By Rosjke Hasseldine – 11/18/2015
How Social Media is Disrupting the Live of Teenagers

FIDH – Worldwide Movement for Human Rights
See International Women’s Day Video:

Today, the world celebrates women’s rights. One day out of 365. One day in a world wherein from the time they are born until they die, women experience discrimination and violence at every stage of their life.
During this International Women’s Rights Day, FIDH is highlighting this sad fact in a video. FIDH reminds us that the struggle is not just for a day, and calls for actions to continue daily so that women’s rights can progress.



‘A CEO’s Guide to Gender Equality’ McKinsey & Company – The case for gender equality is strong. Why is progress so slow?



Suggested reading: Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor by Katrina Roseblatt, Ph.D.

‘The Hunting Ground – Film on Sexual Assault on USA Campuses’ Follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice, despite harsh retaliation, harassment & deterrents at every level.

‘Australia – National Framework for Prevention of Violence Against Women & Their Children’ November 10, 2015 – No country in the world has a national, evidence-based road map to prevent VAW. Our Watch is creating one in Australia.

‘Preventing Youth Violence – Highly Significant for Mothers, Grandmothers, Girl Sisters’ World Health Organization – WHO
Direct Link to Full 86-Page 2015 Report

Index of topical info & discussions

Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course – Thought for Action Kit: Direct Link to Full 40-Page 2015 Publication

Orange Your Day!


Women’s UN Report Network

Video: Changing the Conversation on Women’s Status in the United States
IWPR’s new video shows the incredible amount of media attention and conversation the Institute sparks through its credible, rigorous research on the status of women in the United States.
VIDEO – The Status of Women in the States provides data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women’s equality.
The national 2015 edition, the first since 2004, of the Status of Women in the States series made a significant impact on shifting the media conversation on women and inequality this year—from a cover feature in Glamour Magazine and a viral Daily Show segment to local news stories about community initiatives to address the gender inequalities highlighted in the report. Visit our coverage page for a full listing.
Explore Status of Women in the States:

* Download the 2015 National Report on the Status of Women in the United States: Full Report
* Download individual topical chapters – or explore the 7 topic areas through interactive maps.
* Click on your state to see report cards and detailed state fact sheets.