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Flanders Today // The powers that be
Flanders’ 10 most influential women on work, convictions and choices.

In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The following year, National Women’s Day was observed in the US, eventually spreading to the rest of the world and recognised every 8 March. As statistics on work, violence and poverty show, the struggle for equity continues. We spoke to three of Flanders’ most influential women about their jobs, their personal lives and their dedication to their convictions.
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Flanders Today // Citizen Initiatives Against Poverty
As the euro-zone crisis takes its toll on unemployment and poverty levels, a number of average citizens in Flanders are taking the initiative to do something to help. While we found some who set out to help the poor directly, many are simply encouraging everyone to live more simply and share more generously.
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Flanders Today // Sp.a opens debate on expanding euthanasia law
Belgium has one of the most liberal euthanasia legislations in the world, and yet there are still many citizens who cannot make use of it. Spurred on by the law’s 10-year anniversary, some politicians are beginning to ask the question: Should minors and people suffering from dementia also be allowed to choose euthanasia?
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The NextWomen // Profile of Iba Masood, founder of Gradberry
Before me sits Iba Masood, a twenty-three year old Dubai-based entrepreneur and finalist of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award who, together with her co-founder Syed Ahmed, has developed an web-based career portal that helps address one of the world’s most worrying trends: rising youth unemployment.
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The NextWomen // World Women's Forum – reflections
This week marks the 7th edition of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville, France. While many of the topics discussed are the same as previous years, here’s what’s glaringly different about this year’s forum: there are loads of research reports floating around.
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IPS News // Interview with Marleen Temmerman
Roughly 134 million women are “missing” worldwide as a result of sex-selective abortions and neglect of newborn girls. Complications in childbirth are responsible for the deaths of over 350,000 women annually, 99 percent of them from developing countries.

Against this backdrop, the appointment this past October of fifty-nine-year-old Marleen Temmerman – known as ‘Mama Daktari’ in Kenya, where she worked as a gynaecologist for many years – as head of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a promising move in the right direction.

IPS correspondent Sabine Clappaert spoke to Temmerman, an illustrious Belgian physician, about her plans to weave the reproductive health agenda tightly into the WHO’s mission.
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IPS News // Entrepreneurs and Women: Key to Growth in Africa
RThe international financial crash of the late 2000s created more than a global economic recession: it accentuated popular doubts about the paradigms on which our economies are built and prompted a closer look at two crucial drivers of economic growth: women and entrepreneurship.

At the recently concluded Women’s Forum held in France earlier this month, a pivotal point on the agenda was how to promote sustainable economic and social development in the world’s second fastest growing region: Africa.
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The Word // Upper Crust
If you remember just one thing about this paper on dining etiquette, let it be this: never, ever upstage anyone. Even if you know that what they’re doing is incorrect or terribly impolite, etiquette demands that you always remain gracious. “Whatever you may have been told, etiquette is first and foremost about making people feel at ease,” says Brussels etiquette coach Melody Kissoon.
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The Word Magazine:
Altered states
The smooth operator
Enter the inventor
A life in skin

The Bulletin
Let’s get down to business studies
The state the job market is in

Destiny Magazine:
Interview Yolanda Cuba
Leading the Pack - Wendy Luhabe
Making change happen

Flanders today
With a little help from my friend (Online)
When "defeat" is a four-letter word (PDF)
Giants of a small country (Online)
Isala & Louise, portraits of Belgian feminist pioneers (Online)
Sex and the sea (Online)
The young lions of art (Online)
Two daddies and a mommy (Online)
Leading by example (Online)
Mothers know best (Online)
Women speak up (Online)
The little pill that could (Online)
The politics of motherhood (Online)
Looking for soul food and a place to eat (Online)
The promised land (Online)
Pump down the volume (Online)

Women’s News Network:
Ukraine based FEMEN defies ‘sexism’ in efforts to stop human traffickers
Female Genital Mutilation: not Europe’s problem, or is it?
Ugandan midwife speaks current health needs of Africa

Women’s Views on News:
Changing the world: spotlight on tomorrow’s female leaders
Ensuring the future of an aging Europe: why women matter

IPS News:
South Africa’s ‘Traditional Courts Bill’ Impairs Rights of 12 Million Rural Women
A headscarf is also a scarf over the head
Bin Laden’s death may sour relations

IDN Magazine:
Interview with Designers Republic

Original English texts of published Dutch articles:
The art of clown
Who is that woman? Adele Bloch-Bauer
No sex please, we're women
The undeniable importance of denial

Stadia Magazine:
Front-row experience