Published 4 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing "I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet... if there are any girls out there that stayed up late to watch - I may become the next woman president, but one of you is next." The words of Hillary Clinton on becoming the Democrat nominee in July 2016. In the end she failed to smash the ceiling, but Hillary Clinton's choice of election night venue was anything but coincidental. The Javits Center is thought to have the biggest glass ceiling in New York City, and would have been the perfect setting for her to become the first woman president in US history. BBC 100 Women 2017 BBC 100 Women 2017: Who is on the list? Can women change the world in a week? But Mrs Clinton's defeat bucked the trend - the number of elected women in power globally has doubled over the past decade. … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Do female leaders improve women’s lives?
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Valeria Perasso Published 2 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing "We have a lot of yams, we just need buyers," says Rosalina Ballesteros. In Montes de Maria, the hilly region on the northern coast of Colombia where she lives and works, they had a particularly good harvest this year - but demand is low and yams are rotting. So the community put out a call for help - via YouTube. "We want to invite you to buy yams and help us," says the farmer in a 40-second video that went viral in Colombia. "Yams are good for arthritis, for constipation and during the menopause," her fellow female farmers-turned-YouTubers add enthusiastically, marketing their produce. Farmer Ainagul Abdrakhmanova, a 32-year-old mother-of-five, also asked for support, but in her case from a women's self-help group that gathers in her remote mountainous village in central Kyrgystan. … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Are rural women smashing the glass ceiling of agriculture?
Vice Premier and economic supremo Liu He said China was "ready to defend itself" against US President Donald Trump's planned tariffs. Liu spoke on Saturday with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to China's Xinhua News Agency. Liu said to Mnuchin that Trump's plan to level tariffs on nearly $50 billion (€40.4 billion) in Chinese imports violated international trade rules and that China was "ready and capable of defending its national interests and hopes both sides will remain rational," according to Xinhua. An investigation under the 1974 US Trade Act has found that China engages in unfair trade practices by obliging US investors to turn over key technologies to Chinese firms, according to US officials. However, Xinhua cited Liu as saying the investigation report "violates international trade rules and is beneficial to neither Chinese interests, US interests nor global interests." He said that Trump's executive order was not beneficial to the US or the world's … [Read more...] about Vice Premier Liu He says China ready to ‘defend itself’ against US tariffs
Rishi Sunak has quit as Chancellor and Sajid Javid has resigned as health secretary as Boris Johnson's leadership faced a fresh crisis following the Chris Pincher scandal. Mr Sunak said "the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously", adding "I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning." In an incendiary letter, Mr Javid said the British people "expect integrity from their government" but voters now believed Mr Johnson's administration was neither competent nor "acting in the national interest". Mr Johnson had tonight admitted "it was a mistake" to give Mr Pincher his job as deputy chief whip and said: "I apologise for it". Mr Sunak and Mr Javid's resignations come after Downing Street was accused of lying over the Chris Pincher scandal this morning, as Lord McDonald said Mr Johnson was briefed "in person" about concerns relating to the then Foreign Office minister. The publication of the … [Read more...] about Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign from the Cabinet
Stuff Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand "embraced" the 'Indo-Pacific' view of the world, in a foreign policy speech given to an audience in Wellington in June 2021. EXPLAINER: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been travelling around Europe this past week talking about it . The United States has signed up New Zealand to an economic strategy for it . And it’s now a common feature of political-speak across the world. But what is the “Indo-Pacific”? New Zealand, a nation understood to be in the Pacific, and the Asia-Pacific beyond that, has been late to discover this seemingly new region. Of course, the Indo-Pacific not new. This definition of the region has acquired a new meaning, however. And, given you will be hearing more about the Indo-Pacific in the future, here’s an explanation of where it’s come from, and what it is. READ MORE: PM Jacinda Ardern's message to President Joe Biden before US trip: Get on board with free trade Pawns of the … [Read more...] about Explainer: Why you keep hearing about the ‘Indo-Pacific’
Faisal Islam @faisalislam on Twitter Published 4 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Up until now it has been difficult to pick out much difference between the UK's economic numbers and those across Europe and the world. The size of the common global economic shocks from the pandemic and from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been the overwhelming driver of high inflation and slower growth for most European countries. But in recent days, the Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, has warned inflation is set to be higher for longer here in the UK, and growth in the economy weaker too. These gloomy forecasts echoed those made by the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which has 38 member countries. On Wednesday, Mr Bailey told a European Central Bank forum that "the UK economy is probably … [Read more...] about Why is the UK economy suffering more than other countries?
Top representatives from the United States and Chinese held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss a range of economic issues against the backdrop of soaring inflation in the US and much of the world, and the war in Ukraine. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He discussed issues ranging from the impact of the Ukraine war on the global economy, supply chain disruptions, and US tariffs on Chinese goods, according to the two countries' statements on the talks afterwards, which focused on different issues. Both countries released statements that addressed their own concerns . China raises US tariffs, US raises Chinese market practices China said it expressed concern "about issues such as the United States canceling tariffs and sanctions on China and fair treatment of Chinese enterprises." China's state news agency, Xinhua, said that the officials discussed that "jointly maintaining the stability of the global industrial and supply chains is in … [Read more...] about US, China officials address trade concerns amid Ukraine war
1. Russian forces move onto Donetsk next after taking hold of entire Luhansk Ukrainian forces are today concentrating on defending Donetsk province in the eastern Donbas after Russia claimed to have taken control of neighbouring Luhansk. The Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces were now focusing their efforts on pushing toward the line of Siversk, Fedorivka and Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, about half of which is controlled by Russia. The Russian army has also intensified its shelling of the key Ukrainian strongholds of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, deeper in Donetsk. On Monday, President Vladimir Putin claimed victory in Luhansk province and ordered his forces to continue their offensive in eastern Ukraine, as the five-month-long war entered a new phase. It came a day after Ukrainian forces withdrew from the city of Lysychansk, their last remaining bulwark of resistance in the province. 2. Kharkiv under constant bombardment as Ukrainian troops rally to … [Read more...] about Ukraine war: Six key developments to know about from Tuesday