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For all the girls and women in our lives

We are currently witnessing a backlash that can only happen when change, real change, is so close to us. While women the world over are demanding, marching, fighting and hoping for equality, their rights, safety and dignity are being equally challenged. Here's the thing. We are right to have this hope, because the very fact that women's true equality is possible is the reason that it is being challenged so hard from opposing powers. 

As the women's world cup takes place this June, it only seems right to reflect back on the immense progress made by girls and women everywhere around us. It is also equally an important moment to not overlook the punishing pushbacks we are bearing witness to. From women's reproductive rights in the U.S., the rape being used as a war weapon in Sudan and the safety of women under threat in lawless areas, we can never stop hoping and fighting for women's equality, no matter how hard we are being challenged. 

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The good

female leaders are making waves

It has been estimated by the World Economic Forum that it will take our global societies over 100 years to close the gender pay gap if we continue to make progress at the current rates we are seeing. Yet if the past few years have taught us one thing, is that progress is inherently linked to us channelling the right mindset. When we come together and fight for equality we see women make sweeping political victories, as seen in the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, or in Rwanda's where women make up now 68% of the parliament or taking on c-level positions as seen in Iceland and other parts of the Western world. 

Yes we still have a long way to go, but the gender gap across education, pay, political participation and health is closing. We just cannot stop demanding it. And we can never think we've done enough. 

 

Global Gender Gap Index 2017 (WEF)
The bad

violence against women in Pakistan is still rife

Gender inequality, discrimination and violence against women continues unabated in Pakistan, and especially prevalent in rural areas of the country. As seen in the case of countless stories of violence against girls and women, the government – too often riddled with corruption – fails time and time again to take executive action against this 'trend'. 

In response to the continued discrimination against women and the lack of action taken by leading bodies to inch closer toward equality and the cease of this gendered-violence, Aurat Foundation, eastablised in 1986, is a non-profit, non-governmental grassroots organisation that "committed to create widespread awareness and commitment for a just, democratic and caring society in Pakistan, where women and men are recognised as equals, with the right to lead their lives with self-respect and dignity."

Learn more about Aurat Foundation and see what you can do to support them and help end violence against women in Pakistan. 

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Take a part in ending violence against women in Pakistan

by Yair Oded

Aurat Foundation works to end violence against women in Pakistan and promote socio-political equality between the sexes. Support their mission today.
From women around the world
Zuzana Caputova

New Slovak President Zuzana Caputova: a proof that politics can be done differently

by Magdalena Rojo

On Saturday 15 June, Zuzana Caputova will be inaugurated as the first female president of Slovakia.
Dutee Chand

India’s newest champion for love

by Tish Sanghera

Dutee Chand, a 23-year old from a remote village in central India, is a remarkable woman in many ways.
Bride trafficking

Marginalised Christian girls suffer under Sino-Pak ties

by Shadi Khan Saif

Brought together by the 20th Century geopolitical scenario in the region, China and Pakistan have bolstered their one-sided alliance over the years.
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Ama Lorenz is a freelance author and journalist. After her graduate degrees in economics (TU Berlin), communication and media science (Cambridge University) and journalism (TU Dortmund) she completed her internship at the Berlin offices of the Washington Post and the BBC.


She works as a journalist and correspondent for various international television stations and online media. As a writer she contributes pieces on policy, environment and culture to several newspapers and print magazines.


Ama Lorenz graduated from secondary vocational training in editing at the Bloomberg Institute in New York City, scriptwriting and creative writing at the Film School Hamburg/Berlin and in video journalism at the Berlin School of Journalism. Since 2012 she has also gained intensive experience as editor-in-chief for diverse political online magazines in German and English language.

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Country focus
Canada
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Known for its civility, calm-mannered citizens, maple syrup and vast landscape, Canada is the world's second largest country in terms of its sheer size, however its relatively low population of just over 37 million makes much of its land uninhibited. Both French and English are the official languages spoken in Canada.

Its democratic parliamentary structure follows that of Britain as the country is made up of former British colonies. Canada's long stretching border with the U.S. means that it has close ties with North America when it comes to trade, like the extensive NAFTA, however as an economically wealthy and developed nation, Canada stands its grounds when it comes to U.S. negotiations.