More International Women’s Day Stories

GLOBAL

Best Banks for Women? Examining the Banking Industry on International Women’s Day
GoBankingRates.com
March 8, 2013

Photo: JodiWomack

We ladies have it rough when it comes to money. It may be 2013, but we still earn less than men. We also live longer — a plus, for sure — but it means we also have to save for an average six extra years of retirement. We also often run the household finances, acting as family CFO, but have a harder time gaining the information and resources we need to improve our financial literacy.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the banking industry recognized these facts and helped us out a little? Well, it turns out, some banks are actually doing just that. Read more.

Why Men Matter: Driving Social Change to Achieve Gender Equity
Huffington Post
March 8, 2013
Over the last 20 years, programs that encourage men and women to reevaluate rigid expectations about gender and challenge inequality in their communities have produced some promising results. This can have a powerful impact on health. For example, risk-taking behaviors associated with being a man, such as substance abuse and unsafe sex with multiple partners, are often seen as ways to affirm manhood. At the same time, the need to appear invulnerable makes men less likely to seek necessary medical help. To date, however, the vast majority of programs that address societal gender messages have been aimed at men and women separately. Read more.

INDIA

After India Gang Rape, Fighting for Change
Voice of America
March 8, 2013
“Just to be able to walk on the street, wearing what I want to wear and not be stared at, that’s a privilege,” says Swati Varma, who is a psychologist. “Most of the time when we go out here, we have to be very conscious of what we are wearing, because all the eyes, both men and women, are on us. So personally I am here, because I just want to be.” [Watch the video]…Women’s rights activists like Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, who were pinning their hopes on lawmakers, have been disappointed so far. Krishnan believes proposed legislation in parliament falls short on the issues of police accountability and marital rape. Read more.

ANGOLA

World marks International Women’s Day Friday
Agencia AngolaPress
March 8, 2013
Luanda – The world is marking this Friday, 8 March the International Working Women’s Day. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Read more.

UNITED STATES

Citi Announces Support for Vital Voices, Women’s World Banking as Part of Effort to Boost Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion of Women Around the World
Enhanced Online News
March 8, 2013
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citi and the Citi Foundation today announced support for two initiatives with a mission to advance the financial inclusion and economic empowerment of women around the world. The Citi Foundation and Citi Women have launched a Vital Voices program to connect a global network of women business leaders with women entrepreneurs to grow their small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and foster broader economic opportunity. Read more.

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