The Great Debate UK

International Women’s Day in a post-gender world

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Elisabeth Kelan-Dr Elisabeth Kelan is lecturer in the Department of Management at King’s College London. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

To mark International Women’s Day, the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business will be launched in New York on March 9, 2010.

It springs from a collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and contains comprehensive recommendations on how women and gender have to be considered in modern organizations across the world.

While the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles points to the sustained inequality between men and women in the workplace, many young women in the global north see International Women’s Day and specialist events for women as outdated. They seem to believe that they live in a post-gender world where gender no longer matters.

Confusion and disorder reign at Beijing + 15

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Annette Lawson

- Annette Lawson is chair of National Alliance of Women’s Organisations in Britain. She has an OBE for services to diversity and is founder and Chair of The Judith Trust, which works for better lives for people with both learning disabilities and mental illness needs. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

It is 15 years since the great women’s conference – the 4th World Conference on Women – was held in Beijing.

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