• The UN has a great report on the economic cost of descrimination against women in Asia-Pacific (UN):

“Discrimination against women has cost Asia-Pacific billions of dollars every year. The Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2007, launched on 18 April 2007 by the United Nations regional arms, has found that barriers to employment for women cost the region $42 billion to $47 billion annually.

A further $16-$30 billion a year is lost through gender gaps in education. When the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) decided to undertake research on the costs of gender inequality, the aim was to build a bridge between social and economic policies”

  • Ms. Magazine writes about Amnesty’s recent report on the U.S.’s failure to properly protect Native American women from rape and to hold their attackers responsible (Ms. Magazine).

Authors of the report concluded that the high rate of rape results primarily from a lack of government funding, limited staffing, and confusion regarding tribal and county jurisdiction in cases of sexual assault.

Even when reported, many of these rape cases fail to be prosecuted because, even though over 86 percent of rapes against Native women are committed by non-Native men, tribal councils have no jurisdiction over non-Native offenders, the US Department of Justice reports.

  • Are Women Being Chased out of the Blogosphere? That’s what the Wahsington Post asks in their report on online intimidation of female bloggers (Washington Post).

As women gain visibility in the blogosphere, they are targets of sexual harassment and threats. Men are harassed too, and lack of civility is an abiding problem on the Web. But women, who make up about half the online community, are singled out in more starkly sexually threatening terms — a trend that was first evident in chat rooms in the early 1990s and is now moving to the blogosphere, experts and bloggers said.