Access & Disparities

Despite recent progress, women do not have equal access to educational opportunities. Socio-economic and racial disparities persist, particularly for immigrants and women of color. More effort needs to be focused on improving access to college preparatory and post-secondary education for low-income girls. Efforts need to include comprehensive sex education and teen pregnancy prevention as well as extended and flexible degree programs for single mothers. More focus is needed on making “hard sciences” (physics, chemistry, engineering) and technology more appealing to girls both in the classroom and as part of after-school activities.

The Celebrating Women Breakfast

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05/13/2010

The Celebrating Women® Breakfast is the signature event of The New York Women’s Foundation®. It brings together over 2,000 individuals to celebrate the contributions of extraordinary women while raising millions of dollars for the collective effort to eradicate poverty and make New York City a more just and equitable place to live, work and play.
 

Location: New York Hilton

Jennifer Buffett: Women and Girls Key To Solving Global Poverty

Jennifer Buffett is a member of the ICRW Leadership Council, a team of high-profile visionaries helping to advance ICRWs mission to empower women, achieve gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. Each understands the important role ICRW plays in showing that investing in women and girls creates sustainable social and economic change. They know that when women and girls have the confidence to reach their full potential, their families, communities and countries prosper.

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Social Watch Gender Equity Index 2009

Social Watch developed the Gender Equity Index (GEI) to make the gender inequities more visible and to monitor their evolution in the different countries of the world. The GEI is based on information available that can be compared internationally, and it makes it possible to classify countries and rank them in accordance with a selection of gender inequity indicators in three dimensions, education, economic participation and empowerment.

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http://www.socialwatch.org/sites/default/files/GEI2009_eng_0.pdf

Iraqi Refugees: Women’s Rights and Security Critical to Returns

The Iraqi refugee crisis is far from over and recent violence is creating further displacement. Iraqi women will resist returning home, even if conditions improve in Iraq, if there is no focus on securing their rights as women and assuring their personal security and their families’ well being.

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http://www.refugeesinternational.org/policy/field-report/iraqi-refugees-womens-rights-and-security-critical-returns

The Global Gender Gap Report, 2009

This WEF report assesses countries on how well they are dividing their resources and opportunities among their male and female populations, regardless of the overall levels of these resources and opportunities.

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http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/report2009.pdf
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