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Podcast: Women and the Circular Economy, A Chat with Dr. Alice Kaudia and Dianne Dillon Ridgley

Two leading promoters of female equality, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Kenya’s environment secretary and Dianne Dillon Ridgley, acclaimed women’s rights activist and environmentalist, discuss why many women are already practicing circular economy, how women’s associations can help achieve gender parity and why women still need affirmative action.

We Need to Talk About Non-Gender-Conforming Media Workers, Too

Women’s magazine Marie Claire announced last July the addition of a new name to its masthead: author Janet Mock was named contributing editor. The news received wide media attention, not just because of Mock’s résumé but because of her gender identity as well. Mock is a professional writer who happens to be a transsexual woman. In the stories about her appointment, her gender identity and her new job were talked about in the same breath. Student Reporter talked with transsexual and intersex journalists about their perspectives on having a presence, voice and career in the media.

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Apply: Female Presence in the Changing Media Industry (Reporter, Global)

WHEN MEDIA MEETS TECH: Can two male-dominated industries merge and still allow for a significant female presence? Female representation in US newsrooms has not improved since 1999, according to the third annual Status of Women in the US Media report in February 2014 despite a growing number of women graduating from J-schools. As the male-dominated media industry increasingly flirts with the digital world of the tech industry, this Student Reporter’s newsroom obsesses over the space available for women to have a presence, a voice, and a career in the changing media environment. Five university students who are passionate about writing and about issues of gender equality are invited to build a digital newsroom obsessing on the topic of women in the media industry over the next two months. The project:

The project will focus on three features of the media industry: trends and innovation; leadership and organizational structure; sociology and psychology.

Die Jungs des Genfer Autosalons 2014: Wandel und Stereotypen in der Autoindustrie

Beim 84. Genfer Autosalon bietet sich den Besuchern bisweilen ein ungewohnter Anblick: Statt über Motorhauben drapierter Hostessen stehen vermehrt elegant gekleidete Männer in gut sitzenden Anzügen an den Ständen. Freundlich begrüßen sie die Besucher, führen sie zu den Autos und erklären ihnen die technischen Finessen der aktuellen Modelle. „Die Mehrheit der Hosts am Stand sind sicherlich immer noch Frauen, doch es arbeiten bedeutend mehr Männer in dieser Position als vor fünf Jahren,“ sagt Marc Brunner von USP Partner, einer Recruitment Agentur für den Einsatz von Messe- und Eventpersonal. Mit einem Wandel des Frauenbildes in der Autoindustrie hat diese Personalpolitik allerdings kaum etwas zu tun – im Gegenteil: „Bei Premium-Fahrzeugen hat der Kunde den Anspruch, ein technisches Gespräch halten zu können.

Floating Health Care: Runa Khan has a Simple Solution to Bangladeshi Development

NARAYANGANJ, Bangladesh–“I never reach for the stars,” says Runa Khan during our interview. As the founder and director of Friendship, a Bangladeshi non-governmental organization (NGO) in a country of more than 20,000 NGOs, this is quite the statement. “I look at the stars, I see the stars—I want that. But…the key to the work that Friendship does is simplicity.” Khan, an emerging leader in satellite health and social service provision to the coastal areas of her home country, is not afraid to cause a commotion. Khan, born and raised in Dhaka, is the brains, and beauty, behind Friendship, an NGO that began work converting river barges to sustainable health clinics in the vulnerable chars, islands made of sediment in the North.

Empowering Muslim Women, One Treadmill at a Time

Istanbul – where the East and the West collide – is the only city in the world to sit on two continents. This city has seen scores of people fighting to call this land their home, shining light on another great battle that is being waged all over Turkey today. Currently, the vast majority of the population is Muslim – obviously to varying degrees of piety. Also, due to its position as a conduit of trade and culture between the East and the West, it has also developed a strong secular mentality. Thus, it is hard to differentiate which norms are based in religion, and are thus more difficult to alter, and which are social, and consequently more amenable.