A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Women’s News: No, Women Aren’t the New Men

Women’s News: No, Women Aren’t the New Men

Women’s Health: A Day for the History Books on Women’s Health

Women’s Health: A Day for the History Books on Women’s Health

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Mariéme Jamme

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Mariéme Jamme

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Mariéme Jamme

Born in Senegal, Mariéme Jamme is a London based CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur with a passionate commitment to helping empower her fellow Africans through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and economic development.
Philanthropist and currently the CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a UK based company that helps IT organizations (Editors and Software Vendors) gain a foothold in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
She recently founded iConscience a think tank uniting business experts and like-minded individuals in a friendly atmosphere to brainstorm ethical scenarios for sustainable business, social, technological and environmental development in Africa.

Mariéme is also an international speaker, and co-founder of Africa Gathering, the first global platform bringing together entrepreneurs and others to share ideas about development in Africa. She has forged a worldwide reputation as a tireless advocate for education, good governance and health on the African continent.

A frequent attendee of TED Conferences and organiser of TEDx Accra & Dakar, Marieme has spoken at various conferences around the world about Africa, good governance, poverty, women in Africa, sustainable development, education and new media & technologies.

Mariéme uses her knowledge of African dialects and languages to facilitate communication between governments, investors, businesses and communities in Africa. Recently helped Google, IBM, Shell, organise conferences in Africa. She advises and supports many women and children’s charities such as the NSPCC, Oxfam, Plan International, the White Ribbon Alliance, the Gates Foundation, the Acumen Fund, Weforest, Cancer Research, the Hunger Project, and the Freedom Project.

Prior to leading the SpotOne team, Mariéme worked as an asset manager at Citibank, JP Morgan and Lloyds TSB and in various software companies such as Primavera INC (now Oracle), Microsoft, Osiatis and CA. Since then, she has been working closely with businesses, investors and governments in Africa to encourage accountability and help them increase investment in education, agriculture, infrastructure and new technologies.

Her current work includes advising the UK Home Office on how to help members of the African Diaspora transfer their knowledge and skills to their countries of origin and acting as a mentor for the black youth in London as part of the Mayor Mentorship program.
Marieme is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Guardian Newspaper Global Development sections for which she now contributes regular articles.

Recent departures in new directions for Mariéme include her appointment in Washington DC as a judge for Africa Rural Connect, a programme of the US National Peace Corps that pools ideas aimed at meeting the needs of African farmers, a seat on the Board of Free Generation International, an organization fighting human trafficking and slavery and She has recently become a board director of the Hive Colab in Uganda, business accelerator and incubator for East African technologists.

Mariéme has just moderated for to the State Department in the USA a Forum on how African are usingSocial media. Mariéme is a mother of one child who is now 10 years old.

Women’s Health: A Day for the History Books on Women’s Health

By Debra L. Ness

President, National Partnership for Women & Families

There are some important dates for American women to remember and teach to our daughters:

  • 1848: The first women’s rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York, calling for equal treatment of women and men under the law
  • 1916: Jeannette Rankin is the first woman elected to Congress
  • 1920: The 19th amendment is ratified, affirming women’s right to vote
  • 1932: Hattie Wyatt Caraway is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate
  • 1968: Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman elected to Congress
  • 1972: Title IX is approved, opening doors for women in athletics
  • 1973: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Roe v. Wade, affirming women’s right to privacy
  • 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to join the Supreme Court
  • 1984: Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman named to a national ticket
  • 1993: President Clinton makes the Family and Medical Leave Act the first bill he signs into law

Now, add to that August 1, 2012, the day when American women finally won free access to the kind of preventive care that keeps us healthy, prevents costly and often-deadly conditions like cancer and detects such diseases in their earliest stages when they can be cured.

The Affordable Care Act now ensures that new insurance plans cover preventive health care without cost sharing requirements, such as co-pays, that for too long have put these critical services out of reach for so many women.

No longer will women go without birth control because they cannot afford the co-pays.

No longer will women go without the HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection screening and testing they urgently need.

No longer will cost prevent pregnant women from being tested for gestational diabetes.

No longer will cost prevent new mothers from getting the counseling, support and supplies they need to breastfeed their infants and give them a healthier start in life.

And, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, no longer will girls and women at risk for domestic violence go without potentially life-saving screening and counseling.

And to all this, I say: “It’s about time.”

Yet all of these common sense, life and money-saving advances continue to be threatened by a stubborn minority who somehow think walking backwards is progress. Since President Obama signed the health care law, the House of Representatives has voted more than 30 times to repeal all or part of it – including specific votes to roll back these very benefits. And now some in the Senate are attempting to repeal the law.

Despite these efforts, the health care law is already helping millions of women. Already, the Affordable Care Act has covered women’s annual breast exams, mammograms and pap tests at no cost. Older women with Medicare are saving money on prescription drugs and have the opportunity to sit down with their doctors every year to talk about their health and how to stay healthy. And in 16 short months, when the rest of the law kicks in, millions of women will have access to affordable coverage that has, until now, been out of reach. Women will no longer face exclusions due to diseases they have fought and defeated like breast cancer. And women will no longer be charged higher premiums than men simply because of our gender.

The Affordable Care Act is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Let’s make sure it stays on the books and in the history books.

Women’s News: No, Women Aren’t the New Men

By Dr. Peggy Drexler

Author, research psychologist, and gender expert

When the news broke — or, more specifically, when the paparazzi broke the news — that actress Kristen Stewart had cheated on her longtime boyfriend,Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson, many in the media pointed to her total failure as a “role model to women.” Good girls, the argument seemed to go — or, at least, girls lucky enough to land a “good” guy — owe it not just to their partner but also to society as a whole not to mess it up. Men, on the other hand — well, cheating might not win them any points, but it’s something that men do. It’s that same old double standard that has plagued women for years: girls are sluts, guys are studs. Think about it: When’s the last time you saw an adulterous male celebrity being publicly chastised for being a terrible role model to young boys? Exactly.

At the same time, when a 16-year-old gymnast cries on international TV, she’s criticized for being “too emotional,” “too girlie.” The implication here is that she’s weak. So what’s the lesson? It’s certainly not about women “toughening up” or that women should act like women only when society deems it appropriate. In fact Jordyn Wieber should be celebrated for expressing her very real and understandable disappointment in an age-and situation-appropriate way. And the media should stop feeling the need to compare every female action to its male counterpart.

It’s hard to do. In part, that’s because every so often, some study comes out that seems to naturally want to pit women against men. When research reveals that women are getting more freedoms, more job offers, more money, more lovers, the inevitable and entirely predictable conclusion is that — for better or for worse, often in equal measure — women are becoming more like men. That can mean women are out-earning male colleagues, waiting to have babies, not “settling” for marriage, or the ones more likely to initiate an affair or a split.

Gender equality is not for women to “overtake” men or actually be men. Women are women, and men are men. And the evidence of women acting in ways that might not be considered traditionally female — or, in the case of Wieber, evidence that they are — has nothing to do with male versus female. Instead, what’s happening is that women are getting more choices and more confidence to make those choices. What’s happening is the decline of expectations, long and slow though it may be.

Two recent studies reported that women are getting less traditional about relationships, while men are getting more so and that marriage is at an all-time low. Some pundits point to modern women too busy climbing professional ladders to put similar effort to their relationships — the subtext: The end of marriage is all women’s fault. But the argument that women are opting out of marriage because they no longer need men is largely flawed.

Earlier this year, an Atlantic piece about the 30-something author’s refusal to “settle” pegged the decline in marriage to a sort of feminist victory. Women, the author pointed out, are more educated, successful, and financially self-sufficient than ever before; men, on the other hand, are going in the opposite direction. As a result, women don’t need men — not for security, fulfillment, or even babies — and especially not socially inferior men.

But marriage hasn’t been about needing men — or needing “better” men — for decades. What’s really happening is that women these days have more opportunities than ever before, plain and simple. Women aren’t opting out of marriage out of some new masculine evolution. They’re opting out because they can, or they want to.

Are men more like women and women more like men? Not really. What’s changing is society; finally, slowly, getting out of the way of women’s ability to live the life they want not the one others expect. As Alike, a brave 17-year-old African-American teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian said to her father in the movie Pariah, “I’m not running I’m making a choice.”

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