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Iraqi women suffering silent emergency, survey finds

BAGHDAD (IRIN) - Marking International Women’s Day on 8 March a new survey has painted a grim picture for Iraqi women who it says are suffering a “silent emergency” as they endure insecurity, poverty and a lack of basic services.

US: Time to ratify women's treaty, groups urge

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 8 (IPS) - Rights activists in the United States are urging their newly-elected government to support global initiatives aimed at protecting women’s rights.

New report shows global gender pay gap bigger than previously thought

A new report released by the ITUC for March 8, International Women’s Day, has revealed that the pay gap between men and women worldwide may be much higher than official government figures. The report, “Gender (in)Equality in the Labour Market”, is based on survey results of some 300,000 women and men in 20 countries. It puts the global pay gap at up to 22%, rather than the 16.5% figure taken from official government figures and released by the ITUC on March 8 last year.

Charter of rights of working women

Women work every day. No matter where they live, their economic activity is vital to the economy and society at large, their communities, their families and their personal autonomy and growth as human beings.

More reading suggestions for Womens History Month: Women workers, and writers

Women’s History Month fittingly opens with International Women’s Day, March 8.

The gender card

Once again, we see that there are no boundaries when it comes to making outrageously sexist remarks with impunity. The latest example can be found in a nationally televised interview involving former Republican Congressman Dick Armey.

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Suggestions to read for Women's History Month

History, mysteries, novels, even vampires — some recommendations from our readers and staff.

What to read for Women's History Month

History, mysteries, novels, even vampires — some recommendations from our readers and staff.

Women at the helm, literally

ROME, Feb 13 (IPS) - Shipping used to be for men. Now women are starting to be seen commanding merchant vessels, oil tankers and cruisers, 'manning' ships and operating liner engines.