16 days of activism against gender-based violence launched. (UN Women)

16 days, 16 stories… from women in Pakistan who survived gender-based violence. (The International News)

Proposed law would add mothers’ names to marriage certificates in England and Wales. (The Guardian)

The reason American women over-medicalise childbirth has roots in racial segregation. (Quartz)

Firm launches six-month fully paid parental leave for all employees. (Daily Telegraph)

Women with a dependent child six times more likely to be economically inactive. (The Guardian)

Poor girls are leaving their brothers behind in education. (The Atlantic)

Women in tech are rising higher in China than in the US. (The Atlantic)

London has made almost no progress on cutting its gender pay gap since 1997. (BuzzFeed)

Chart of the week: At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries where representative data is available.
Source: UN Women.org

Quote of the week

“It is now widely recognised that violence against women, including harassment and harmful practices, are major barriers to the fulfilment of human rights, and a direct challenge to women’s inclusion and participation in sustaining peace. Without tackling it, we will never fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

António Guterres, November, 2017
Secretary General, The United Nations
Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 2017