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    Who Says Women Don’t Build

    28 Jun 2010

    Women working on construction site in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet

    Women working on construction site in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet

    By Fabiana Frayssinet

    RIO DE JANEIRO: It looks like any other construction site: wheelbarrows full of bricks, boards and steel bars trundling back and forth to a soundtrack of hammers, saws and drills. But there is a difference: some of the construction workers underneath the hard hats are women.

    The women – seven of the 90 workers – are a new face of the labour market in Brazil. They have worked hard to reach the top of the scaffolding on this eight-floor building coming up in Rio de Janeiro. More »

    Slavery Casts a Long Shadow

    28 Jun 2010

    US domestic workers at a rally to demand justice.

    US domestic workers at a rally to demand justice.

    Hannah Rubenstein

    NEW YORK: Ayana rises before the sun. She bathes, dresses, and leaves the house before her daughters awake. Transferring from bus to train to taxi, she arrives at the high-rise apartment an hour later as the sky begins to lighten. She will prepare breakfast for the children, pack their lunches, see them off to school, clean the apartment, wash the laundry, pick the children up, take them to piano lessons and soccer practice, return to the apartment, bathe and dress them, prepare dinner, monitor homework, and wash the dishes.

    The sky will be dark again twelve hours later when Ayana boards the departing train. When she arrives home, her daughters will be in bed. She’ll kiss them goodnight and turn off the lights. More »

    Further, Not Far Enough

    28 Jun 2010

     Korean language professor Kwon Hye Yang, who currently lives in Japan, is proud of what she has achieved as a woman.

    Korean language professor Kwon Hye Yang, who currently lives in Japan, is proud of what she has achieved as a woman.

    Suvendrini Kakuchi

    TOKYO: Forty-six year-old language professor Kwon Hye Yang views her life as a typical example of the growing confidence of modern women in her home country, South Korea.

    “Compared to my mother and two older sisters, who are basically homemakers, I have led a life that put career ahead of family, and I am very happy about it,” says Kwon, who currently lives in Japan, where she arrived as a foreign student more than two decades ago to study.

    Back in 2003 South Korea noted the rapid transformation of gender relations in South Korea. In its report published that year, the non-governmental Korean Institute for Women and Politics acknowledged the vast strides taken by Korean women in education and employment over the past 20 years as a result of the country’s economic growth. More »

    The Terrorist, The Terrorised

    28 Jun 2010

    terroristterrorisedBATTICALOA: As a young woman, Ranjani (not her real name), a 32-year-old Tamil from Sri Lanka’s eastern Batticaloa district, only had bright hopes for her future.

    Then her dreams were dashed in an instant. In 1990 a group of secessionist Tamil fighters came knocking on her door, looking for new recruits to beef up their forces.

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tigers, as the combatants were known, were then fighting a bloody protracted war against the government for a separate state for the minority Tamils. At the time they came to Ranjani’s house, they were forcibly recruiting one member from each family in areas they controlled. More »

    Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. Special IPS TerraViva for the 2010 Annual Ministerial Review

    25 Jun 2010

    tvamrlogfinalThe 2010 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) will turn the spotlight on actions and progress made to meet the global agenda on women’s issues and to mainstream a gender perspective in all sectors. The purpose is to promote practical strategies to advance women’s participation as equal partners of sustainable development, peace and security, governance and human rights.

    On the occasion of the AMR (28 June – 1 July 2010) IPS will produce a special TerraViva ‘Equality and Empowerment of Women’. A printed version will be distributed in New York on Monday, June 28, and include in-depth coverage of the main issues discussed at the meeting, filed from some of the countries that will voluntarily report their progress on development goal 3 at the meeting. More »