Women’s News: 17 Things You Should Never Say To A Single Woman

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People love to comment on a woman’s single status.

In a July 2013 blog for the Huffington Post, Melanie Notkin explained: “Being single is seen as a chronic problem that needs to be solved and those who just had it solved want to share their secret, i.e. the secret to finding love and getting married.”

Unsolicited comments about singleness come in many forms, but they’re almost universally frustrating. Single women generally don’t want to be pitied or set up on dates with people who are clearly so wrong for them by well-meaning friends.

We asked our Twitter followers what comments single women hate hearing. Here are 17 things you should never say to a non-coupled-up lady:

1. “Have you tried online dating?”

2. “How come nobody is interested in you?”

3. “When was the last time you went on a date?”

4. “You’re lucky, I wish I was single.”

5. “Maybe some day.”

6. “I can’t believe you’re still single!”

7. “Why are you single?”

8. “The right guy will come along when you stop looking.

9. “Why haven’t you gotten married?”

10. “When are you going to find a decent man and settle down?”

11. “There must be something seriously wrong with you.”

12. “But there are so many nice guys out there!”

13. “When did you last have sex?”

14. “When you get your life together, things will fall into place.”

15. “You should focus on settling down instead of going back to school.”

16. “When are you going to have kids?”

17. “When you become a real adult and live with someone…”

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/things-never-say-to-a-single-women_n_3983752.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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Women’s News: Empowering women is key to building a future we want, Nobel laureate says

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New York — Empowering women and girls with more choices and more freedoms is crucial to achieving a better future for all, Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate and a founder of UNDP’s Human Development Index, said Thursday.

Women agency and freedom are among the crucial means for enhancing development,” Sen, professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, told a panel on “Securing the Future We Want: Gender Equality, Economic Development, and Environmental Sustainability” alongside the 67th UN General Assembly.

The way in which economic progress is judged in the contemporary world … tends to give a much larger role to men’s needs and demands despite all the progress that has been achieved in enhancing the voices of women in the last half-century,” he said, calling for  stepped-up efforts to make women’s lives “more free, more robust, and more empowered.”

Sen was a seminal contributor to the first Human Development Reports (HDRs), UNDP’s flagship publication, and Human Development Index—which were developed in collaboration with the Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq.

The HDI aims to measure national progress beyond gross domestic product through indices such as gender equality, child survival rates, and educational attainment.

Countries that have expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and work in recent decades have largely achieved greater prosperity and moderated population growth while limiting child mortality and achieving social progress for all, Sen said. “These greater opportunities and freedoms…have had truly astonishing results,” he said. “There is an overwhelming need to pay attention to the needs of girls and women.”

Bangladesh, written off as a basket case” in recent memory, has achieved tremendous strides since the 1970s in reducing child mortality, increasing life expectancy, and reducing fertility from seven children per woman to 2.2 children per woman, Sen said. “In contrast with India, in each area Bangladesh has come from behind and surpassed it. And the moving force has been the rapid development of women’s empowerment,” he said, adding, “Bangladesh is the only country I know of in which the number of girls in school exceeds the number of boys.”

“Women’s empowerment is catalytic and central” to achieving social and environmental goals, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said. “Women are central actors making the case for the sustainable development triple-win strategy”—meaning economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability.

The panel included former Finnish president Tarja Halonen and Amina Mohammed, founder of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Winnie Byanyima, Director of UNDP’s Gender Team, moderated the discussion, which marked the launch of a new publication, Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development, and Environmental Sustainability.

Read More:  http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/articles/2012/09/27/empowering-women-is-key-to-building-a-future-we-want-nobel-laureate-says.html

Women’s News: Laws without implementation not enough for women’s empowerment: Sonia Gandhi

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NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of rising crimes against women, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said making laws for their empowerment is not enough as they will have to be implemented properly on ground.
“We realize that by just making laws and announcing policies would not be enough to empower women. Along with it, policies and laws will have to be implemented properly on ground,” she said while addressing a gathering at the launch of the Ahimsa Messenger scheme, under which volunteers will be created to spread awareness on women’s issues.

“We should end all acts of violence against women and initiate all steps so that women feel safe and become fearless, empowered and they are given the respect,” Gandhi said.

The Congress President’s statement on the issue comes at a time when the number of incidents of crime against women are witnessing a rising trend.

Urging the people to launch a “social revolution” for empowering women, the Congress President said, “The most fundamental issue that the mindset and old thoughts of our society have to be changed. Giving women equal status as men is a very big challenge and the wall of discrimination amongst women has to be demolished.”

Gandhi said it is the collective responsibility of all women to initiate this process of giving equal status to women right from their homes.

“We all know that the social outlook of our children is formed inside the four walls of our homes. The girl in the family should be given the same status as that of her brother in a family. Girls too have a right to get education, development and employment as that of the boy in the family,” she said.

Read More:  http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-08-31/news/41642180_1_congress-president-sonia-gandhi-giving-women-empowerment

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Women’s News: ‘The Counselor’ Posters Remind Us That Women Still Aren’t Allowed To Age

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When men age, they get wrinkles. When women age, they get airbrushed. At least that’s the lesson that can be gleaned from looking at the new posters for Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor.”

The promo shots, which we first saw on Sociological Images, depict the upcoming film’s stars: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz.

The male stars (who we’re sure have had their photographs retouched as well) are allowed to keep their human skin.
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However, Diaz and Cruz look like poreless, plastic dolls. (Spoiler alert: These undeniably gorgeous women — aged 41 and 39, respectively — do in fact have both pores and wrinkles in real life.)
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These images, while visually striking, are not the real problem. They merely illustrate the unwavering message that women get that they should not “let themselves” age. And if they do, they have failed — which is why the anti-aging industry rakes in billions of dollars a year.

In an August 2013 op-ed for The Guardian, the anonymous blogger “Invisible Woman” eloquently summed up why the message that women should fear aging is so damaging:

The pressure … to look young is robbing us of the opportunity to experience one of the many benefits of middle age: contentment with who we are. We must not allow ourselves to be talked into believing the fairy story that ageing — and time itself — can be stopped.

 

Take note, Hollywood.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/women-aging-the-counselor-posters_n_3956905.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s Health: 7 Things You Need To Know About Women And Alcohol

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There’s a lot that can be said for alcohol. Moderate drinking has been shown to have some pretty significant potential health benefits, most of them cardiovascular in nature. And enjoying a glass of wine or two (again, moderation is key) can be a great way for people to unwind over, say, a leisurely dinner with family or friends.

But as most of us know, there’s a much darker side to alcohol consumption. “Throughout the 10,000 or so years that humans have been drinking fermented beverages, they’ve also been arguing about their merits and demerits,” the Harvard School of Public Health says.”The debate still simmers today, with a lively back-and-forth over whether alcohol is good for you or bad for you.”

It pays for everyone to be as informed as possible about the potential pluses and minuses so that we can bring our best selves to that debate, and make responsible, healthy decisions about what’s best for us. And it can be argued that it’s particularlyimportant for women to be well-informed, given that alcohol poses specific risks to us. That’s why we put together this list of seven things that everyone should know about women and alcohol. Think we left any big ones off? Let us (and your fellow readers) know in the comments below. Cheers, to drinking safely, everyone.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/women-alcohol-facts_n_3831152.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

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