INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2014

March 7, 2014

Gathering of Brahmin Women via Shutterstock

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, we present a selection of Carnegie Council's resources from the past year.

Women Who Inspire Us

As part of our Centennial project, Ethics for a Connected World, we launched Thought Leaders Forum, interviewing role models from around the globe on the world's greatest challenges. Here are some of the extraordinary women recently featured in this series. (This section also includes an Ethics Matter interview with Zainab Salbi.)

Hawa Abdi, Somali Human Rights Activist, Gynecologist, Founder of one of the Largest Camps for Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia
"Hate must be eliminated. We have to change hate to love." (March 2013, transcript)

Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development
"I do think the fact that now girls go to school as much as boys in many places is absolutely fundamental. It reflects and reinforces a changing norm, which says that women have equal status and rights." (March 2013, transcript, and audio and video clips)

Chan Heng Chee, National University of Singapore
"I would like to see a global ethic emerging and accepted by all the communities in the world on women. We have declared long ago that women are equal. We recognize the equality of women. But not many countries really practice that." (October 2013, transcript, and audio and video clips)

Bineta Diop, Femmes Africa Solidarité, African Union's Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security
"For me, leadership is also feminine. I always say that the men who have feminine values are part of the criteria for me to look for in leadership. It is that touch, that caring, giving, solidarity. Those are things that for me are very fundamental in leadership." (March 2013, transcript, and audio and video clips)

Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation, former President of Ireland, and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 
"...when you undermine poverty, it has a huge differential impact on women and men. It's women who still have to provide the food, get the water, get the firewood, try to hold the family together. Therefore, we need more women at the table." (March 2013, transcript, and video and audio clips)

See also her talk, Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice. (Public Affairs, March 2013, transcript, audio, and video)

Ethics Matter: Zainab Salbi on Women, War, and Self-Empowerment
Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International
Ms. Salbi discusses her personal journey from growing up in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to becoming a global champion of women's rights. She also focuses on the realities of women's lives across the Middle East and proposes constructive ways to change negatives to positives. (April 2013, transcript, audio, and video)


Women and World Peace

Viewing Peace Through Gender Lenses
Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida
Feminist theorizing of peace suggests a number of transformative observations such as making invisible violence visible. (May 2013, Ethics & International Affairs article)

Book Review: Sex & World Peace
Helen M. Kinsella, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sex & World Peace clearly and forcefully lays out the links between women's security and international and domestic security, thus providing a clear template for change. (May 2013, Ethics & International Affairs book review)


Family Planning

New Family Planning Technologies Expand Options for Women
Judy Manning, USAID; Zeda Rosenberg, International Partnership for Microbicides
The picture could not be clearer: A woman's health and livelihood are threatened when modern family planning methods are out of her reach. (September 2013, Policy Innovations article)


Overcoming Violence against Women

Chile's Opportunity to Eradicate Violence Against Women—and Set an Example for the Region
Julia Taylor Kennedy, JTK Consulting Services
If Michelle Bachelet regains the Chilean presidency in the 2013 election, she has the opportunity to create a lasting legacy for women. What's needed is a multi-pronged approach that properly funds and enforces regulations, but even more importantly, goes to the root of the problem by bringing about cultural change. (October 2013, Carnegie Ethics Online article)

Protecting Women Refusing to be Victims of Violence
Layli Miller-Muro, Tahirih Justice Center
In this wise, inspiring talk, Miller-Muro tackles uncomfortable ethical questions, such as cultural relativism and our responsibilities towards those in trouble. (October 2013, Carnegie New Leaders, transcript, audio, and video)


Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight
Stephanie Hepburn, Author and Journalist
Victims of trafficking are both young and old, male and female. They can be found working in factories, fields, brothels, private homes, and innumerable other settings. They may be hidden behind walls or seen in plain view. How can trafficking be stopped? (May 2013, Public Affairs, transcript and audio)