The Power of Gender Parity for Business and The Economy

Women matter to companies—they are their employees, their suppliers, their customers, and members of the broader community. A more gender-equal economic and business environment—and society—can benefit companies in a myriad of ways. Businesses mustn’t leave policy makers with the brunt of the responsibility on gender issues; they have a very significant role to play and it is in their interest to do so. Two new McKinsey reports underscore the economic and business case for gender parity and … [Read more...]

A global upturn in 2014, Simon Baptist

Once a month, The Economist Intelligence Unit produces a comprehensive forecast for the global economy. It's popular with our clients, and also provides a useful opportunity for me to step back and look at the bigger picture. What is driving growth, or impeding it? What are the risks to watch out for? In this month's forecast, newly published, we have identified two opposing but related forces as key to the economic outlook in 2014. On the one hand, the upturn in the rich world, … [Read more...]

AGOA: Building on Today and Looking Forward Beyond 2015

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: An Empirical Analysis of the Possibilities Post-2015   AGOA: Building on Today and Looking Forward Beyond 2015 – A Conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman On August 5, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings hosted U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for a conversation about the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Signed into law in May 2000, AGOA offers African countries that open their economies … [Read more...]

Greek Myths and Reality

The Brookings Institute shares: Greek Myths and Reality The crisis Greece has been going through has been one of the most serious challenges any country, anywhere, has faced in peace-time. It has also had a big impact on Europe. A successful Greek recovery is crucial, not only for Greece itself, but for the whole of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region. Greece has and can continue to have a stabilizing role in the region, and has played this role particularly effectively after George … [Read more...]

Dambisa Moyo – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of one of our world's greatest female minds in the area of the one form of energy that is upside down at this time in history: MONEY. A multi published, world acclaimed author of many books, this powerhouse has taken our globe's world of finance by storm, offering her solutions through her speaking, writing and more ... Also finding time to devote to philanthropy, this woman's mission of choice is the development of children … [Read more...]

World Bank: Women Key to Economic Growth

Currently, barriers of law and custom stop many women from getting financing for business. Removing those barriers can help overcame the gender gap, and unleash economic growth. To learn more, go to: www.womensfinancehub.org RELATED Investing in Women Health - In countries where women have adequate access to reproductive health services -- such as family planning, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric and neonatal care -- maternal and newborn deaths are rare. … [Read more...]

Australia occupies top rank yet again in OECD’ s better life index!

The OECD's Better Life Index ranks the world's developed economies on quality-of-life criteria. 1. Australia 2. Sweden 3. Canada 4. Norway 5. Switzerland 6. United States 7. Denmark 8. The Netherlands 9. Iceland 10. United Kingdom For over fifty years, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has helped governments design better policies for better lives for their citizens. It provides a forum in which leaders and policy makers can work together to … [Read more...]

Warren Buffett Says Women are the Key to Fixing the Economy!

Who wrote these words?   The moment I emerged from my mother’s womb…my possibilities dwarfed those of my siblings, for I was a boy! And my brainy, personable, and good-looking siblings were not. My parents would love us equally, and our teachers would give us similar grades. But at every turn my sisters would be told — more through signals than words — that success for them would be “marrying well.” I was meanwhile hearing that the world’s opportunities were there for me to … [Read more...]

“Critical Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises: Why Gender Matters”

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the economics symposium “Critical Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises: Why Gender Matters” being held in New York from 21-22 January 2013 "Good morning, It is great to be here with all of you! UN Women is pleased to co-sponsor this symposium with the International Association for Feminist Economics. I would like to thank the Editors of Feminist Economics, Diana … [Read more...]

White House Women’s Update – Know About the Tax Deal

Last night, Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. That means middle-class families won't see an increase in their income tax rates. We've avoided the fiscal cliff. President Barack Obama makes a statement with Vice President Joe Biden, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Jan. 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) President Obama will sign the … [Read more...]

The Fiscal Cliff Has Been Avoided, But at What Cost?

The Fiscal Cliff Has Been Avoided, But at What Cost? Some thoughts on the new fiscal agreement: The economy needs a stimulus, but under the agreement, taxes will go up in 2013 relative to 2012 -- not only on high-income households, as widely discussed, but also on every working man and woman in the country, via the end of the payroll tax cut. For most households, the payroll tax takes a far bigger bite than the income tax does, and the payroll tax cut therefore -- as CBO and others have … [Read more...]

Global economic outlook for 2013 revealed

Growth of the world economy has weakened considerably during 2012 and is expected to remain subdued in the coming two years, according to the United Nations in its latest issue of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 (WESP), published today. The global economy is expected to grow at 2.4 per cent in 2013 and 3.2 per cent in 2014, a significant downgrade from the UN’s forecast of half a year ago. This pace of growth will be far from sufficient to overcome the continued jobs crisis … [Read more...]

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives back in fashion

BETRAKA, December 2012 (IRIN) - Madagascar’s traditional midwives, or ‘matronnes’, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower maternal and newborn death rates. “We have more work than ever,” said matronnes Bertine, 52, and Marnette, 51. The women, who are cousins, … [Read more...]

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