THIS WEEK'S TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
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HOST: DR. SURENDRA KAUSHIK, Founder of Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women's College and Chairman of Helena Kaushik Education Foundation
Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women's College is improving standards at international, national, and local levels for a better world through women's education and empowerment. The college is located in Rajasthan, India.
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This is a weekly women empowerment discussion on AV radio. The program focuses on coordinating international and intercultural efforts to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development through our global network of university students, scholars and friends and colleagues who work to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society. An important and fundamental empowerment resource is education, especially higher education.
Women empowerment involves conscious or unconscious efforts by the woman or and with the woman to be equipped with information, knowledge, skills and to have access to platforms which enables self discovery, dreams, freedom from fears, and realization of potential.
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There have always been female rulers. Egyptian Queens are believed to have governed from around 3000 BCE and the first to be named by the sources without any doubt is Ku-baba, who ruled the Mesopotamian City-State of Ur round 2500 BCE.
However, it was not until during and just after the World War I that the first few women became members of the revolutionary governments in Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Ireland. Nina Bang, Danish Minister of Education 1924-26, was the first woman to be minister in democratically elected parliamentary government. First female Prime Minister and President in 1960 are Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first female elected Premier Minister and in 1974 Isabel Perón of Argentina became the first woman President - one woman had been Acting Head of Government and two women Acting Heads of State before that.
Nevertheless, development was slow and it was not until the end of the 20th century that female ministers stopped being unusual, though a number of countries don't have women in their governments at the moment. Sweden became the first country to have more female ministers than male in 1999. With 11 women and 9 men and in 2007 the Finish government had 60% women. And, in 2009 Monaco became the last country in the world to have its first female member of government. The United Nation has had 8 Secretaries-General since its inception in 1945. The Secretary-General acts as the de facto spokesperson and leader of the United Nations. The Secretary-General role was envisioned by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a "world moderator," but the office was defined in the UN Charter as the organization's "chief administrative officer" (Article 97). Nevertheless, this Secretary-General role is not restricted to a specific gender and does has not prevented the office holders from speaking out and playing important roles on global issues, to various degrees.
This week we will explore and discuss the proportion of seats held by women in national leadership roles. Are we making progress altogether?
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Women, Economists, Activists, college professors, Women activist, all interested in women empowerment, community leaders, teachers, girls preparing of r college