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“Advancing Women to the Corporate Boardroom” Research Report

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 novembre 2019

Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the technology community in the Washington, D.C. area, along with American University, today announced that our region experienced a dip in the number of women serving on publicly traded corporate boards in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each year, The Leadership Foundry, a signature program of WIT, and American University publish a research report on gender diversity on the region’s corporate boards.The Leadership Foundry’s 9th annual report, “Advancing Women to the Corporate Boardroom,” provides in-depth analysis of the number of women board members from 162 publicly traded companies headquartered in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.Most notably, the 2019 research reveals:
Women hold 15.75% (231) of the 1467 board seats at publicly held companies in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. region. This is a 0.05 percentage point decrease from the 2018 study.
Of the 162 companies surveyed, 14.8% (24) had a critical mass of women (three or more) serving as board directors, representing a slight decrease in the number of companies from the 2018 study.
The trend from 2010 to 2019 continues to show companies in our region slowly, but steadily adding women to their boards. In 2019, there were 32 companies in the entire region with no women serving on their board, down from 34 in 2018.
The number of women in power positions on corporate boards shows that 6% of the companies with critical mass have at least one woman in a power position. This year is the first time the report has counted this information across all companies. Eight of these companies, or 33%, have two women in power positions.

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Therapy for Women with Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 ottobre 2019

Context Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing treatments for hormone driven cancers, today announced a Phase 2 clinical collaboration with the Wisconsin Oncology Network. This clinical collaboration will evaluate whether the addition of Apristorto the antiestrogen, fulvestrant, can enhance outcomes for patients with metastatic breast cancer whose cancer has progressed on prior therapies.
The study will be coordinated by the Study Chair, Dr. Sailaja Kamaraju, an Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and study’s Primary Investigator, Dr. Kari Wisinski, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Final study design and other details will be announced upon enrollment of the first patient, expected in early 2020. “The majority of breast cancer patients have hormone driven breast cancer. The hormones estrogen and progesterone drive breast cancer progression in those patients, but antiestrogens are the only antihormonal therapy available to clinicians. Therefore, treatment of those patients to date has consisted of antiestrogens alone or in combination with agents, including CDK4/6 inhibitors, that enhance the antitumor activity of antiestrogens. Given the broad use of antiestrogens, antiestrogen resistance is now a major clinical challenge,” said Dr. Kamaraju. “We believe that a progesterone receptor antagonist has the potential to address antiestrogen resistance, which we believe will lead to better outcomes for patients. This study, run in parallel with other Apristor breast cancer studies, including a window of opportunity (neoadjuvant) study at SOLTI and a first line (1L) biochemical recurrence study at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will provide clinicians with a complete picture of how Apristor works in advanced ER+,PR+,HER2- breast cancer and inform the design of a future Phase 3 trial.”

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Women in Toys Inventors Pitch New Products

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

Women from around the world will pitch their latest toy, game and play product ideas on October 1st at the Women In Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) Empowerment Day https://www.womenintoys.com/empowerment-day/ in Dallas, Texas. More than 500 women have presented their products at this game-changing annual event where women receive personalized mentoring and support in face-to-face meetings with executive decision makers at Walmart, Hasbro, Spin Master, Play Monster, Jazwares, Basic Fun!, Wicked Cool Toys and Goliath Games.
At this year’s 8th Annual WIT Empowerment Day, held in collaboration with Walmart, more than 90 women entrepreneurs will pitch their products and ideas and benefit from feedback, advice and mentoring with industry leaders. This single mother, who sold her house to develop and launch Blinger, met with Walmart buyers and several toy companies at Empowerment Day, including Michael Rinzler, co-President of Wicked Cool Toys. Michael recalls, “The minute I met Angie, it felt electric. She was so passionate about her product. It’s fantastic that creators have this incredible opportunity to pitch their concepts and learn the in’s and out’s of the toy business.”After Empowerment Day, Angie signed a licensing deal with Wicked Cool Toys and in only a few months, Blinger was being manufactured. One year later, her product has landed on Walmart’s Top Rated by Kids Toy List, Amazon’s Top 100 Toy List, and is now available at all major US retailers including Target, Walmart and Amazon, in specialty stores including Claire’s and Justice, and is distributed in 35 countries.Past Empowerment Day mentors and speakers have included dozens of industry and entrepreneurial heavyweights, including Mark Cuban, billionaire business maverick and iconic serial entrepreneur, Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of an American manufacturer of children’s educational toys, Melissa & Doug, and Norma Rosenhain, founder and CEO of the global brand ideas and activation agency, Creata.

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CEUS Safely Assesses Suspected Liver Tumors in Pregnant Women

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 settembre 2019

A team from the University of Munich in Germany has safely performed contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) scans in pregnant women with suspected liver tumors, and found that this minimally-invasive diagnostic imaging tool provided information essential for their care.
CEUS uses injectable suspensions of microscopic bubbles known as ultrasound contrast agents to enhance conventional ultrasound images and provide reliable, real-time images in a variety of clinical settings. Ultrasound contrast agents are approved throughout much of the world for imaging adults and children, but they are not yet approved for imaging pregnant women.“CEUS was safely performed on all of the pregnant women without adverse fetal or maternal events,” according to Professor Dirk-Andre Clevert, who led the study and described the results Thursday at the 34th annual “International Bubble Conference,” a medical conference in Chicago devoted to developments and trends in the CEUS field.“In a few cases, CEUS quickly showed that immediate therapy was required,” he added.The retrospective study used CEUS to evaluate liver lesions of unknown origin in six pregnant women.“CEUS is a very safe and useful imaging modality, and was extremely well tolerated by our pregnant patients,” Professor Clevert said.
“By comparison, CT and MRI scans can raise concerns during pregnancy due to harmful ionizing radiation and cerebral gadolinium deposition, respectively,” he added. Ultrasound contrast agents are used to help diagnose cancers throughout the body, to monitor chronic diseases and the effectiveness of therapy, and to diagnose heart disease and other serious medical conditions.

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Three Alliant Women Named Top Women in Benefit Advising

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2019

Three Alliant women have risen to the top of the employee benefits field, earning the lauded Top in Benefit Advising designation from Employee Benefit Adviser. Hailing from across the nation, Alliant’s Top Women were among 20 professionals who, according to the publication, “exemplify the best the employee benefits advisory space has to offer.”
Alliant’s 2019 Top Women honorees are:
Catherine Borbone, Executive Vice President (Alpharetta, GA)
Amy Fossum, Senior Vice President (Seattle, WA)
Brandy Oglesby, Senior Vice President (Austin, TX)
“Catherine, Amy, and Brandy exemplify Alliant’s high standard of excellence in the employee benefits space and have proven time and again they are exceptional leaders both inside and outside of the office,” said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. “In a profession that is defined by outstanding service, our three Top Women and are truly second to none.” Employee Benefit Adviser Top Women are recognized for their leadership and excellence on a personal and professional level. Honorees come from markets throughout the U.S. from agencies with a range of sizes and specialties.

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Unum named a best place to work for women

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2019

Employee benefits leader Unum (NYSE: UNM), has been recognized as one of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes. The ranking is based on an independent survey from a sample of 60,000 U.S. employees, including 40,000 women. Unum scored particularly high for its pay equity, family support, and parental leave policies, and diversity among top executives and board members.“Our commitment to inclusion starts at the top,” said Liz Ahmed, executive vice president of People and Communications at Unum. “Supporting and advancing women in the workplace is a critical part of our larger focus on inclusion and creating a world-class workplace for our 10,000 employees.”Unum has a Women’s Professional Network employee resource group dedicated to increasing the richness of opportunities for women and nurturing a gender intelligent culture. Last year, Unum introduced six weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents. Additional resources for new moms include flexible working policies, lactation rooms at each of Unum’s offices, free Milk Stork services for mothers traveling for business, a simplified tool to help new moms plan for maternity leave called LeaveLogic, and a Working Moms network.Unum was previously recognized by the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index for efforts to advance women in the workplace, and the Women’s Forum of New York and the 2020 Women on Boards organization for female representation on the corporate board.As part of the Forbes study, companies across 24 industries employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations were evaluated, and the 300 hundred employers receiving the highest scores were added to the 2019 ranking. To see the full ranking and learn more about the methodology, visit http://www.forbes.com/best-employers-women.

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WOC Responds to Pope’s Comments on Women Deacons Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 maggio 2019

WOC’s response to Pope Francis’ remarks May 7 indicating that the Vatican study commission on the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church has been unable to reach consensus:
For centuries, women have served in the tradition of Phoebe (Rm 16:1) and our parishes and communities are blessed by their gifts. Women are called to be deacons — by God and their communities — and model diaconal service for the Church. Recognizing the ministerial gifts and vocations of women is not optional. In his recent exhortation, Christus Vivit, Pope Francis wrote: “A Church that is overly fearful and tied to its structures can be invariably critical of efforts to defend the rights of women, and constantly point out the risks and the potential errors of those demands. A living Church can react by being attentive to the legitimate claims of those women who seek greater justice and equality” (42). We call on Pope Francis to act as the leader of a living Church, not an overly fearful one. The claims of women who seek justice and equality in ministry are legitimate, and must be attended to in a spirit of courage. We must not allow our attempts to study the past prevent us from moving where the Spirit calls us today: to be a Church with doors open to the fullness of women’s gifts and vocations.

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Seventh Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Golriz Lucina is the Head of Creative at SoulPancake, an inspiring entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, that creates daily socially conscious videos about human connection. Lucina is also co-author of the New York Times bestselling book SouPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions; and co-host and executive producer of the SoulPancake interstitials on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday series. With an academic background in media and publishing and a passion for storytelling, Golriz leads the ideation and development of SoulPancake’s content and is the creative force behind the brand’s distinct aesthetic and a wide body of work which has amassed a community of 10M fans and over 1B views worldwide. SoulPancake.com. Speakers for the event also include experts, Erica Ledesma, Kassia Borycki, Thecia Jenkins, Jessica Gomez, Dr. Carey Yazeed, and Lindsay McPhail, among many others. Closing remarks will include comments from National Keynote Dr. Deborah Cohan.Breakout sessions are developed around this year’s theme—Creating Impact: Imagine, Navigate, Adapt & Build—and are headed by regional leaders whose goals are to foster leadership in business, government, and non-profit organizations that more fully reflect our region. Young professionals, mid-life women balancing family with work, and top-rung professionals can all benefit.“Being a part of the Women’s Leadership Conference is all about connecting and using those connections. Don’t be afraid of change and make that impact you need to move forward,” said Rhonda Klug and Stacey Derrig, 2019 Conference Co-Chairs.The conference will be held on Friday, May 10, from 7:45 AM–5:30 PM at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR 97520. To register for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference of SO, go to http://www.WomensLeadershipConference.net.

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Women About Symptoms, Hormones and Latest Treatments for Menopause

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 novembre 2018

As approximately one third of a woman’s life is spent post-menopause, doctors from Yale University hosted Yale’s “One-Day Medical School: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Menopause but Were Too Afraid to Ask” event on October 25, 2018 to provide essential health education for women 45+.“Public health and medicine improvements over the past 150 years have increased the life expectancy of women into their late 80s. While the age of menopause onset has not changed, the transition to menopause has larger implications as it relates to sexuality and overall heath, both physiological and psychological,” says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale University. “It’s important for women to recognize the early signs of menopause and learn how to cope with hot flashes, changes in sleep quality, joint and muscle health, sexual functioning, and hindrances to comfort in everyday life.” Live stream available at: https://www.faboverfifty.com/events/day-medical-school/

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Women’s Ordination Advocates to Host Parallel Synod Events in Rome

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 settembre 2018

Rome Thursday, 4 October, 15:00 Casa Santa Maria alle Fornaci, Piazza Santa Maria alle Fornaci, 27 A panel discussion, “Discerning Women: Voices Outside the Synod,” will feature the voices, witness and testimony of women called to priesthood, international feminist theologians, and activists calling for a Church that works for justice and inclusion in the world.Women’s Ordination Conference resists the Vatican’s attempts to silence the voices of women in decision-making and sacramental roles by lifting up all women who are called to priesthood and all people who call for equality in Church structures. The pain of this closed door is felt deeply around the world and perpetuates discrimination and injustices against women and girls in society.”One of the things that the current crisis in the Church brings to light yet again is the reality that when you have men alone in positions of decision-making and authority, it creates a clerical culture where the reputation of priests gets prioritized over the needs of the people of God,” said Kate McElwee, Executive Director of Women’s Ordination Conference. “It is more urgent than ever to create a new way of being church that includes people of all genders together in transparent, accountable sacramental leadership.”
Jacqueline Straub: Born in 1990 in Sigmaringen in the south of Germany, Jacqueline has felt called to be a Catholic priest from the age of 15. She studied Catholic theology in Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), Fribourg (Switzerland) and had graduated with a Master’s degree in Catholic theology in Lucerne. She works as a freelance journalist, TV editor and author. Her book, Young, Catholic, Female, was released in Italian, Giovane cattolica donna. Perché voglio diventare prete and will be available from her publisher Gabrielli Editori at the event.
Paola Lazzarini, Ph.D: is a sociologist, trainer and freelance journalist who wrote the Manifesto for Women for the Church (Donne Per La Chiesa), published in L’Osservatore Romano and throughout Italian media outlets. Dr. Lazzarini started several regional women’s groups throughout Italy to discuss the Manifesto and ways to take action. Dr. Lazzarini lives with her husband and daughter in Cagliari.
Zuzanna Radzik: is a Catholic theologian and journalist from Warsaw (Poland). Initially interested only in Jewish-Christian relations, she discovered that it is hard to do any work in the Church while being a woman. She just published Emancypantki. Kobiety, Które Zbudowały Kościół, her second book about women in the Church and Christian feminism, and continues her effort to uphold Catholic feminism in Poland.
Jamie Manson: is a columnist and books editor at the National Catholic Reporter. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. She is editor of Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by Margaret Farley (Orbis, 2015). Her writing has won numerous awards and her activism on behalf of women in the church recently garnered her the Theresa Kane Award for Women of Courage and Vision from the Women’s Ordination Conference.

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Men and women come from nowhere to travel into nothingness

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 luglio 2018

For years I have hoped and in the end I have almost reached the certainty that a movement like Five stars could perfectly embody the existential discomfort of a people like the Italian too long animated by a great hope that, despite the notices of the opposite sign, managed to end to feeling in tune with his political class. Without wanting to pretend to go back in time I think of the change in the change from the world scenarios resulting from the collapse of the “communist dream” and the awakening of “respectability” with clean hands in our house. We opened our credit line with berlusconism intercalating it with the groups that recalled the left center of Prodi and now of D’alema, now of Bersani and now of Renzi-Gentiloni but every time we came out disappointed but not defeated . Hope, we all know, is the last to die and ours is now octogenarian. But if the years pass and hope still remains strong and unshakable we owe it to the great desire that is in us in seeking not perfection, which is not of this world, but a political class that knows how to embody the dream of a people to be governed with wisdom and moral direction.
Now even the Pentastellati show signs of a worrying failure and leave us hopelessly orphans of a reference point that seemed to us to be going the right way. Because? Because it is not enough that the ideas are good, we need to find the right men and women. They eventually embody that ideal that we have made and must know how to represent it with strength and determination. And if today the political project wobbles is not the fault of the ideas but of those who can not express them concretely. There is also good that there are men and women come from nowhere on condition that their role is not humiliated by their lack of firmness, the emptiness of their ideals because they are cultivated on the surface and easily taken away by the first breath of wind. And this, unfortunately, is happening at home pentastellati. And the risk is that in the end even hope can no longer find shelter. (Riccardo Alfonso)

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Women in Art: l’arte al femminile

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 maggio 2018

Cagliari Mercoledì 23 maggio, a partire dalle 15.10, si terrà a Cagliari, presso l’Aula Coroneo della Cittadella dei Musei di Cagliari, una conferenza sulla figura di Peggy Guggenheim, collezionista d’arte americana che, soprattutto tra il 1938 e il 1946, ha creato la nota collezione d’arte in Europa e in America.La conferenza prevede una breve introduzione del dott. Giacomo Dessì, giornalista e presidente dell’associazione Artecrazia, a cui farà seguito un intervento più approfondito della prof.ssa Simona Campus, docente di Museologia all’Università di Cagliari e Direttrice Artistica dell’EXMA. Verranno presi in esame i temi biografici di Peggy Guggenheim, la sua figura eccentrica ed il ruolo di collezionista avuto all’interno del mercato dell’arte. Sarà l’occasione per guardare alla storia dell’arte anche dalla prospettiva dei collezionisti, raccontando il ruolo di primaria importanza che alcune donne hanno avuto nell’influenzare gli artisti e le tendenze nel mondo dell’arte. Proprio per ciò la conferenza rientra nel progetto di più ampio respiro Women in Art, che ha già visto la realizzazione di un concerto di pianoforte e che si chiuderà a settembre con una mostra fotografica. Ingresso libero.

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MEPs call for zero tolerance for violence against women

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 luglio 2017

european parliamentBruxelles. The EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention will provide a coherent European legal framework to prevent and combat violence against women and gender-based violence.
Women’s rights and Civil liberties MEPs welcome the signing of the EU accession of the Istanbul Convention on 13 June 2017 and make following recommendations:
urge Member States to speed up negotiations on the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention;
EP should be fully engaged in the monitoring process of the Istanbul Convention following the EU’s accession;
Member States should allocate adequate financial and human resources to prevent and combat violence against women and gender-based violence;
victims should be compensated, in particular those living in areas where the protection services to the victims do not exist or they are very limited;
appropriate training, procedures and guidelines for all professionals dealing with the victims of all acts of violence should be available;
promote a change in attitudes and behaviours;
combat sexism and stereotyped gender roles – promoting gender-neutral language and address the key role of media and advertising;The denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls, says the text. MEPs reiterate that women and girls must have control over their bodies.The Istanbul Convention ensures that culture, custom, religion, tradition or so-called “honour” cannot be a justification of any acts of violence against women. Committee MEPs call on Member States to adopt measures to address new forms of crime, including sex-extortion, grooming, voyeurism and revenge pornography, and protect victims, who experience serious trauma leading sometimes even to suicide.
Finally, MEPs stress that the EU’s accession will bring better monitoring, interpretation and implementation of EU laws, programmes, funds and better data collection.
“Violence against women is too often seen as a private issue and too often tolerated. It is a serious crime and it must be punished as such. Too many women and girls are still harassed, abused and raped in Europe, in public places, at home and now even on the social media, where persecution is affecting an entire generation of young women. With our report today we give the voice to many women and girls to break the vicious circle of silence and fear and shift the guilt from victims to perpetrators. We send a strong message to the Member States to take their responsibility and proceed with the ratification and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. Time has come to move from words to action”, said co-rapporteur Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SV).
“The LIBE and FEMM committees have made a decisive step forward to protect the fundamental right of women to live free from violence wherever they are in Europe. The EU accession will provide a coherent legal framework to combat violence against women from prevention to support for all victims. Time is running out, considering that one third of all women in Europe have experienced physical or sexual acts of violence. Once again, I strongly urge Member states which have not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention, to do so as quickly as possible. The EU accession does not exonerate them from national ratification and we need to join forces to eradicate violence against women, once and for all”, added co- rapporteur Christine Revault d’Allonnes-Bonnefoy (S&D, FR).

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Frost & Sullivan Leads the Way with GLOW, An Innovative Approach to Ensuring Growth & Leadership of Women

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 giugno 2017

london-centralLONDON GLOW (Growth & Leadership of Women) is Frost & Sullivan’s global initiative aimed at supporting and enhancing growth and leadership of its professional women. The company plans to lead the way as an innovative global organisation that recognises the huge benefits that diversity at every level can bring to a company.
There has been much media coverage on the importance of leveraging women in the workforce Frost & Sullivan research shows that gender gaps in salary, titles, and opportunities are closing. As a company that focuses on supporting its clients to accelerate growth through innovation, Frost & Sullivan is leveraging its strategic know-how to find inventive solutions to close this gap.It’s no secret that, for a long time, men have made the majority of decisions on product design, sales and marketing, and R&D. However, the key buyers and influencers of products and services are often female. Furthermore, technological advances and standardisation are increasing competition across industries, making it difficult for companies to differentiate themselves. Reaching the end user has also become much more complex, and selling a product or service now requires creative thinking. Tapping into the female segment for talent not only provides organisations with a new perspective, it gives them an inside look into the thinking of people who make at least half of the purchases worldwide. “Frost & Sullivan is applying its unique research methods and strategic skills to tackle these global challenges that many organisations face,” noted Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Global Vice President Alpa Shah. “Collected data shows that the company starts out of the gate at full speed: whereas the number of men and women on staff is quite close for junior to mid-senior levels, women drop off considerably as one moves up the ladder. Reasons for this decline may be children or family, work-life balance, insufficient incentives, better opportunities elsewhere, or lack of recognition. However, Frost & Sullivan is determined to change this statistic: the company’s Board and Partners recognise that innovation is only possible by bringing new perspectives to the table. By mentoring and empowering the best and brightest women, Frost & Sullivan aims at incorporating more women into the critical corporate decision-making needed to thrive in this competitive landscape.” An extensive survey of the organisation will help identify the gender gaps and determine the career growth needs of its staff. After analysing the results, training modules will be developed, and policies changed, in order to support both men and women. The changes will positively impact the entire workforce by giving everyone the skills and tools needed to better communicate, negotiate, and collaborate. The outcome of this process will give the company a significant edge.

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Percorsi bibliografici: Women’s suffrage

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 maggio 2017

Roma Mercoledì 24 Maggio 2017, ore 9:00 / 23 Giugno 2017 Biblioteca di area di studi politici Pietro Grilli di Cortona Via Gabriello Chiabrera, 199. Dal 24 maggio al 23 giugno la Biblioteca di area di studi politici Pietro Grilli di Cortona allestisce il suo settimo percorso bibliografico dedicato alla storia del suffragio femminile. Il tema della rassegna è offerto dalla conferenza American Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1848 …to 2017 che Ellen DuBois (University of California, Los Angeles) terrà il 24 maggio al Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche Aula 2C ore 16,30, nell’ambito del corso The United States and the World in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 maggio 2017

dublinoDublino. A new scientific study published today in the BMJ shows that telemedical abortions are highly effective. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas in Austin, Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. They looked at the data of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used the service of Women on Web. Women on Web is an online service of telemedicine initiated ten years ago by Women on Waves. Women living in countries where access to safe abortions is restricted can use it to access information and be referred to a medical doctor to receive a medical abortion The results provide the best safety evidence to date for self sourced medical abortion through telemedicine – and have important implications for millions of women worldwide, say the researchers.About a quarter of the world’s population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws. Globally, each year an estimated 43,000 women die as a result of lack of access to safe legal abortion services through their countries’ formal healthcare systems. Millions more have complications.Yet little is known about the safety and effectiveness of medical abortion provided through online clinics.So a team of international researchers led by Abigail Aiken at the University of Texas, analysed self reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receiving and using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy.
Almost 95% reported successfully ending their pregnancy. Seven women (0.7%) reported receiving a blood transfusion and 26 (2.6%) reported receiving antibiotics. No deaths were reported.Ninety three women (9.3%) reported experiencing any symptom for which they were advised to seek medical attention and, of these 87 (95%) sought attention. None of the five women who did not seek medical attention reported experiencing an adverse outcome.
“For the millions of women worldwide living in areas where access to abortion is
restricted, the findings show the vital role played by self sourced medical abortion in
providing an option with high effectiveness rates and few reported adverse outcomes,” they conclude.In a linked editorial, researchers in Canada say, while findings from self reported data must always be treated with some degree of caution, these “reassuring study data support growing calls for reform.” They point out that repeal of legal restrictions “would support the safest and most equitable abortion care for women in Irish jurisdictions. Until then, for the first time in history, women of all social classes in a legally restricted yet high resource setting have equitable access to a reasonable alternative: medical abortion guided by physicians through telemedicine,” they conclude.

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Women with low skills have fewer opportunities in the EU labour market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

europeToday’s job market is constantly increasing requirements on competencies across all sectors. This poses a major challenge for the 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education. Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job. These are some of the findings from a new study on gender, skills and precarious work from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) out today.
“European labour market forecasts show the biggest future demand is for high-skilled jobs in the male-dominated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These job opportunities are not available for people with low levels of education and women in particular, are missing out. That is why equal access to affordable and good quality training is so important to provide new skills needed for the jobs of the future,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
Over 6 million women and 2 million men without upper secondary education across the EU have never been employed. 14 % of women and 5 % of men with low qualifications have been out of the labour market for 10 years or more. As a result of the financial crisis, long-term and youth unemployment, pose serious challenges for the EU in achieving the EU2020 employment targets
“Low qualifications put people at a higher risk of precarious employment, which means very low pay, few working hours and insufficient job security. Almost half of women with low qualifications (45%) work in a precarious job compared to just over a quarter of men with the same level of education (26%). EIGE found that women in general are more likely to work in these types of jobs than men, regardless of their level of education. More than a quarter of women employees in the EU have precarious work,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
The recently communicated European Pillar of Social Rights aims to improve the working and living conditions of citizens. It stresses the need for equal access to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning. Upskilling can unlock untapped potential in the EU, especially when it comes to women’s participation in the workforce. Opportunities for upscaling skills must go together with fair working conditions that improve the quality of work for all.
The research note ‘Gender, skills and precarious work in the EU’ was prepared at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU (2017). The findings have informed Council Conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU labour market.

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Abortion ship sailed outside Mexican territorial waters for second time

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 aprile 2017

Abortion shipWomen on Waves sailed out again with several women to international waters today from Zihuatanejo, Mexico. There was no interference from the authorities. The ship did not need any special permission for coastal sailing.
The last 2 days 70 women from all over Mexico called the safe abortion hotline. We received calls from Quintana Roo to Oaxaca with of women needing abortions because of a variety of reasons, including failure on their contraceptives, out the fact that they had been raped and are too afraid to reach out for legal local health services (abortion is legal in cases sexual violence in all states).The hotline also received many calls from Mexico City, where abortion is legal and free. Many women still did not know they could have safe abortions in this City. Every Mexican woman has the right to information. Even after the ship leaves Mexico the hotline will continue to provide women information with safe abortion options. Hundreds of Mexicans have expressed their support for the campaign. The success of this action shows that the Mexican society is ready to discuss abortion beyond each person’s individual beliefs, taking into account the human rights of women and the secular nature of the Mexican State. This campaign was an international collaboration between Women on Waves and more than 30 Mexican organizations and human rights defenders that are working tirelessly to protect and promote the human right to a safe abortion.

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European research needs both women and men

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 ottobre 2016

Brussels/Vilnius The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the European Commission today addressed the challenge of making research organisations and the higher education sector equal for both women and men by lbruxelles-1aunching a new tool to support the research community: GEAR, the abbreviation for “Gender Equality in Academia and Research”. The two institutions provide universities and research organisations with practical steps to make institutional change in the research sector, which is still dominated by men. The tool was presented to top political decision-makers and leaders of academia in Brussels.EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas said: “In Europe, we have come a long way in promoting gender equality in science. But while women now account for about half of the PhD graduates, they are still underrepresented among researchers, full professors and heads of institutions. Therefore I call on research organisations and universities to further promote equal opportunities amongst their staff with the help of gender equality plans and the sharing of best practices.”The GEAR tool gathers the good practices of universities and research organisations and bases itself on the findings of EU funded projects in the field of Gender Equality Plans and institutional change.In the global market for ideas, attracting talent is a key for innovation and success. In addition to companies, universities and other research performing organisations have to compete for the best. Making sure that no one is left behind because of their gender or discriminated against on other grounds is also essential. EIGE’s Director Virginija Langbakk explained: “European research cannot afford not using its full potential. We must make the best use of every person’s knowledge and transform existing barriers into opportunities. The GEAR tool helps universities and research organisations create an environment that empowers and inspires both women and men. Improving our talent pool will also contribute to a more competitive Europe.” According to the She Figures 2015, women in the European Union represent more than half of graduate students in 2012, but account for only 33 % of all researchers. The gender gaps are even larger among top academics and heads of higher education institutions. Gatekeeping and vertical gender segregation is still a persistent reality in the research sector. Today we presented a tool to make institutional change happen.

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Positive experiences by Irish women using online abortion service Women on Web reported in new scientific publication

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 ottobre 2016

dublinoThe study examined both the demographics and circumstances of 5,650 women requesting early medical abortion between 2010 and 2015, and the experiences of 1,023 women who completed abortion from January 2010 to December 2012. Women were diverse with respect to age, pregnancy circumstances, and reasons for seeking abortion. Results were peer-reviewed and published in the international journal, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). Study findings include:
Among women completing early medical at-home abortion, 97 percent felt they made the right choice and 98 percent would recommend it to others in a similar situation. The only negative experiences commonly reported by women were the mental stress caused by pregnancies they did not want or felt they could not continue, and the stigma, fear, and isolation caused by current restrictive abortion laws.The feelings women most commonly reported after completing abortion were ‘relieved’ (70 percent) and ‘satisfied’ (36 percent).
Women with financial hardship had twice the risk of lacking emotional support from family and friends.
“Women in Ireland and Northern Ireland accessing medical abortion through online telemedicine report overwhelmingly positive benefits for health, wellbeing, and autonomy,” Aiken said. “This examination and subsequent findings provide a new evidence to inform the policy debate surrounding abortion laws in Ireland and Northern Ireland.” Funding for this research was in part provided by infrastructure grants for population research from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.The study was published online first at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.14401/full

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