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    International Women's Day 2006

    Check out today's events around the world - perhaps there is one near you!

    (France has only one listed - disappointing)

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    Hey it is womens month so celebrate all month long!
    The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. ~ Don Juan Matus
    We are Virginia Tech… We must laugh again… No one deserves a tragedy… We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid…We are better than we think and not quit what we want to be…We are the Hokies…We will prevail, we will prevail, we will prevail. We ARE Virginia Tech! ~ Nikki Giovanni

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    plenty of room for improvement in our lives though

    This is your life (if you are a woman)
    Published: 08 March 2006

    1% of the titled land in the world is owned by women

    A baby girl born in the UK is likely to live to 81 - but if she is born in Swaziland, she is likely to die at 39

    70% of the 1.2 bn people living in poverty are women and children

    21% of the world's managers are female

    62% of unpaid family workers are female

    9% of judges, 10% of company directors and 10% of top police officers in the UK are women

    Women comprise 55% of the world's population aged over 60 years old and 65% of those aged over 80

    £970,000 is the difference between lifetime earnings of men and women in the UK finance sector

    85m girls worldwide are unable to attend school, compared with 45m boys. In Chad, just 4% of girls go to school.

    700,000,000 women are without adequate food, water, sanitation, health care or education (compared with 400,000,000 men)

    Women in full-time jobs earn an average 17% less than British men

    Women in part-time jobs earn an average 42% less than British men

    67% of all illiterate adults are women

    1,440 women die each day during childbirth (a rate of one death every minute)

    1 in 7 women in Ethiopia die in pregnancy or childbirth (it is one in 19,000 in Britain)

    In the US, 35% of lawyers are women but just 5% are partners in law firms

    In the EU, women comprise 3% of chief execs of major companies

    12 is the number of world leaders who are women (out of 191 members of the United Nations)

    Men directed 9 out of every 10 films made in 200

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    and on the positive side

    It's a woman's world

    OK, so there's a long way to go. But right across the globe there are signs that progress for women - in education, health and political power - is an ideal that's becoming a reality. Terry Kirby reports

    Published: 08 March 2006

    Prime Minister Designate: Portia Simpson-Miller
    Elected prime minister designate last month, 60-year-old Simpson-Miller is president of Jamaica's People's National Party and 'an advocate for the poor, dispossessed, the oppressed, and all those who remain voiceless and faceless in the corridors of power'

    Protection from rape
    It was not until 1997 that the Peruvian government repealed a 1924 law that allowed men who rape women to escape punishment by marrying their victims. In gang rape cases, all of the men would go free.

    President-Elect: Michelle Bachelet
    Bachelet, aged 54, was elected the first woman president of Chile in January, beating billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera. She is now head of the military that kidnapped and tortured her and her mother during Pinochet's regime.

    Working women
    Only about 6 per cent of women do not work because of home-making responsibilities, only slightly above the number of men, at 5 per cent. In Greece, the comparative figures are 75 per cent and one per cent.

    Boardroom power
    In 2002, the government ordered that at least 40 per cent of their board members should be women. As of January this year, only 17 per cent of publicly owned companies have met this requirement; the remainder and have until next year to fully comply or face legislation.

    Breast cancer survival rates increase
    In North America and western Europe, breast cancer survival rates for women have improved dramatically because of increased screening and better drugs. In France, more than 70 per cent of sufferers now have a 20-year survival rate.

    President: Mary McAleese
    Brought up in the tough Belfast area of Ardoyne, McAleese, aged 54, was no stranger to political turmoil when she was elected president in 1997. She was unopposed for her second term, saying her mission was to 'build bridges'.

    President: Vaira Vike-Freiberga
    The first woman to be head of state in an Eastern European country, Vike-Freiberga renounced her Canadian citizenship to become Latvia's president. Aged 68, she speaks fluent French, English, German, Italian and is tipped as the next UN secretary general.

    Working mothers increase
    The number of women with young children under five who are employed has risen from 21 per cent in 1983 to 52.2 per cent in 2003, one of the highest rates of increase in the industrialised nations.

    Medical test for women drivers scrapped
    In 2002, the government repealed a requirement that women underwent a gynecological examination to qualify for a driver's licence; the law, dating from the Communist era, was based on the idea that certain 'women's diseases' could inhibit driving.

    A majority of students
    In Cyprus, 75 per cent of university students are women, the highest proportion in the world. Other countries with more than 60 per cent include Mongolia, Cuba, Bulgaria, Latvia and Qatar.

    Chancellor: Angela Merkel
    Germany's 'Iron Lady', aged 51, grew up in the old East Germany and emerged out of the pro-democracy movement that swept eastern Europe in the 1980s. She was Chancellor Helmut Kohl's youngest minister, going on to become chancellor in October last year, ending the era of Gerhard Schroeder

    Czech Rep.
    A majority of university teacher
    This country has the highest percentage of women university teachers in the world, making up 52 per cent. Other countries with more than 40 per cent include Latvia and St Lucia, (49 per cent) Cuba (45 per cent) and Mongolia (43 per cent)

    Ministerial majority
    Sweden became the first country to have a majority of female government ministers in 1999. Women now occupy 55 per cent of ministerial positions in government.

    President: Tarja Halonen
    One of the most popular presidents Finland has ever had, Halonen braved initial conservative public opinion when she was voted into office in 2000. She was foreign minister from 1995 to 2000.

    President: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    Aged 67, Johnson-Sirleaf was elected president in October last year, seeing off the challenge of former Liberian football star George Weah. She is the survivor of a long period of political strife in which Liberia was torn apart by civil war.

    Burkina Faso
    Banning female circumcision
    One of 16 African states to ban the practice, over the 10 years the percentage of young girls illegally circumcised has been halved from 70 to 35 per cent.

    More education for young women
    In 1987, only one in every 10 pupils in secondary education in Ghana was a girl Ð now 45 per cent are female. Investment in education and schemes to encourage girls to stay in school mean that three years ago, 15 of the 52 graduates from the Ghana Medical School were women.

    More women MPs
    Although women only account for 16 per cent of all MPs worldwide, in Rwanda 48.8 per cent of all MPs are women, ahead of Sweden (45.3per cent) and Norway (37.5 per cent)

    Success combating HIV/Aids in women
    While much of sub-Saharan and southern Africa struggles to cope with HIV/Aids, Uganda has led the way. Since 1992, infection rates among pregnant women in urban areas have fallen from around 30 per cent to 11 per cent

    Prime Minister: Luisa Dias Diogo
    Minister of Finance under her predecessor, 47-year-old Dias Diogo became Mozambique's first woman prime minister in February 2004. Her biggest challenge is to improve the finances of her heavily indebted country.

    New civil rights for women
    In 2001, Turkey's parliament revised the country's Civil Code, formally acknowledging women's equality. Women no longer need their husband's permission to work outside the home, enjoy equal property rights, keep their maiden names and be entitled to sue for divorce.

    Fewer mothers dying in childbirth
    The expansion of medical care and implementation of family planning programmes in the last 20 years has decreased maternal mortality in Iran from 240 per 100,000 to just 37.4 per 100,000.

    Female suffrage granted
    Kuwait's parliament voted to grant women electoral rights last year. It was the last country in the world where only men had the vote. A few weeks later, the first female minister joined the cabinet. The country now has more registered female voters.

    Prime Minister: Begum Khaleda Zia
    Without much schooling or attending university, 59-year-old Begum has twice been elected prime minister, in 1996, and in 2001. Her husband was also once president of Bangladesh but was murdered in 1981.

    Help for domestic victims
    Ninety per cent of cities and provinces in China have now established regulated legal and counselling centres and advice lines for female victims of domestic violence.

    Reversing legal discrimination
    In 2002 Nepal's parliament passed civil code changes that partially legalised abortion and updated many other discriminatory laws, including inheritance rights, divorce and sexual violence.

    President: Gloria Arroyo
    Forbes recognised Arroyo as the fourth most powerful woman in the world after she became president in 2001. Aged 58, she survived a coup against her in her first term and a senate investigation into her husband's dealings.

    Sri Lanka
    President: Chandrika Kumaratunga
    Kumaratunga, 60, was elected president in 1994, following in the footsteps of her mother Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who was the world's first woman prime minister. Chandrika's father was assassinated when he was Prime Minister. Her husband was also assassinated, and she is the survivor of an assassination attempt.

    New Zealand
    Prime Minister: Helen Clark
    re-elected three times in New Zealand, Clark started as the first woman parliamentarian in 1980 as a 31-year-old. Now 56, she is responsible for the political reform that has put a brake on the emigration trend that had threatened New Zealand's demographics.

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