Resilience, Peace and Security

Concrete ceilings, the Nobel gender gap and other must-read gender stories of the week

A woman rests at the Cais das Colunas in front of the Tagus River in downtown Lisbon, Portugal November 16, 2015.

Image: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Saadia Zahidi
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#notokay. 1 million women share stories of sexual assault. (Money)

Male scientists are “brilliant,” female scientists are “productive”. (Time)

Women of colour and the ‘concrete ceiling’. (

Women a minority among top earners. (

What will it take to keep women in STEM? (Harvard Business Review)

Scale of sexual abuse in UK universitieslike Savile and Catholic scandals’. (Guardian)

Violence against women ’overused‘ on UK TV. (

Men are more violent when there are more women around. (New Scientist)

Conflicts expose women to violence, but the Arab world is finding ways to fight back. (The Conversation)

Women in Tunisia fight to preserve their rights by becoming skilled politicians. (

Nigeria: why women should join politics. (All Africa)

Indonesia to meet Asian nations over maid welfare. (Straits Times)

The bronze ceiling in Central Park. (Time Out)

Are the Nobel Prizes missing female scientists? (Live Science)

Extraordinary pictures by female war photographers on the front line. (Daily Mail)

One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner.
Source: An extract from Violence Against Women, infographic,, 6 November 2015.

Quote of the week

“I can’t stress enough why women’s political participation is important. (...) It is, of course, because it’s the right thing to do, because it will create better democracies, and because it’s an opportunity to bring fresh air to politics and new types of leadership.”

Michele Bachelet, President of Chile
The New York Times, March 2012

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