Tag: Equality

‘15 Percent Pledge’ Calls On Major Retailers To Support Black-Owned Businesses

‘15 Percent Pledge’ Calls On Major Retailers To Support Black-Owned Businesses In recent months, as COVID-19 swept across the United States and disproportionately affected people of color, and in the last week, following the death of George Floyd and a wave of protests calling for an end to police brutality and racial injustice, many people have wondered how they can…

Women’s Rights To Take Center Stage In 2020

World leaders, civil society and the private sector are preparing to make 2020 the biggest year yet for the advancement of women’s rights. Over the course of the year, thousands of people are expected to attend high-level UN events and forums in Mexico City and Paris to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing platform for action, a landmark agreement to end gender…

The Day Women Went on Strike

BY SASCHA COHEN  On Aug. 26, 1970, a full 50 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, 50,000 feminists paraded down New York City’s Fifth Avenue with linked arms, blocking the major thoroughfare during rush hour. Now, 45 years later, the legacy of that day continues to evolve. Officially sponsored by the National Organization for…

Saudi Women React to New Travel and Work Rights

A wave of hope swept through Saudi Arabia when the government there announced in early August that it would soon extend significant new rights to women.  The changes, which started applying at the end of August, were anticipated to dramatically change the conservative kingdom’s so-called guardianship system, allowing women to get passports, travel, work, keep custody of minors and register births and divorces without…

Sweden Is the Best Country For Women to Live In

A country that is no stranger to their global rankings was recently named the best country in the world for women by BAV Consulting and the University of Pensylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Asa Regner, Sweden’s Prime Minister since 2014, credits the ranking to decades of advocating on behalf of women’s rights and putting systems in place in the federal government to…