from Photographers' Blog:

A widow’s refuge offers solace to the sorrowful

March 8, 2013

Vrindavan, India

By Adnan Abidi

The sound of applause echoing in the dingy shelter forced a smile on the face of Tulshi Dasi. An expression she had almost forgotten since her world turned white. The reason: she could now write and had just finished writing the English alphabet on a blackboard. And all this at the age of 70! She had never felt this empowered and never knew that learning was so much fun. As Dasi wrote a new chapter in her life in the grimy shelter in Vrindavan, that she shares with many women like her, her companions, around 50 odd widows applauded her progress.

from Photographers' Blog:

Underground with Bosnia’s women miners

By Dado Ruvic
March 8, 2013

Breza, Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Dado Ruvic

Since I started photography, miners have always been an attractive subject matter for me. They provide all photographic elements in one place. Throughout the years, I have often worked on stories below ground for the local newspaper, spending shifts with miners. As March 8th neared, I came up with the idea to do something different related to International Women's Day. The story, which I had planned a few years earlier but had no reason to shoot, was now ready: Women miners.

from The Great Debate UK:

Feminism shouldn’t be an F-word – Annie Lennox

March 8, 2011

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Annie Lennox is a singer, song-writer and performer. She is also a Global Ambassador for Oxfam, working to raise awareness about on AIDS and women's issues. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters is hosting a live blog on March 8, 2011 to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

from The Great Debate UK:

Lack of women’s voices on FTSE boards unacceptable

March 7, 2011

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Alison Steed is a multi-award winning journalist and commentator on financial issues, and she is also the owner of the personal finance website for women and families www.MyMoneyDiva.com. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women’s Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011

from The Great Debate UK:

Success against the statistical likelihood of failure

March 7, 2011

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Sandra Giannone Ezell is Managing Partner of Bowman and Brooke LLP’s Richmond, Virginia, office and a trial lawyer. The opinions expressed are her own.Thomson Reuters is hosting a live blog on March 8, 2011 to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

from The Great Debate UK:

Sarah Brown calls for action against maternal mortality

March 7, 2011

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Sarah Brown is Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance and author of Behind the Black Door published by Ebury Publishing on March 3, 2011. Follow her on Twitter @SarahBrownUK The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women’s Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.

from The Great Debate UK:

Join the quiet revolution – Kristin Davis

March 7, 2011

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Kristin Davis, star of the show and movie Sex and the City, is an Oxfam Global Ambassador. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women’s Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.

from The Great Debate UK:

Women and the science education question

By Elisabeth Kelan
March 6, 2011

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Elisabeth Kelan is a lecturer in the Department of Management at King’s College London. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women's Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.

from The Great Debate UK:

What do women want?

March 6, 2011

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Vicki Hazelden is the managing partner of international law firm Walkers' Dublin and London offices. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women's Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.

from The Great Debate UK:

We’ve come a long way, baby – but we have far to go

March 6, 2011

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Lara Pingue is a Personal Finance producer for Reuters.com.  The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host an International Women's Day follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011.