U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” ...

Jun 23, 2014

Personnel bureau sets 30% target for recruiting women

The Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs has drafted a basic policy for hiring and promoting government employees in which it calls for recruiting more women as urged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, officials said. The basic policy calls for increasing the ratio of female ...

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

Jun 21, 2014

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

by William Pesek

Ayaka Shiomura’s tears show why Shinzo Abe’s talk of empowering Japan’s women is still more hot air than policy. The Tokyo assemblywoman two days ago urged colleagues to budget assistance for women struggling to balance work and child rearing, and to offer funding for ...

'Be visible,' top female lawmaker urges women

Jun 21, 2014

'Be visible,' top female lawmaker urges women

Japanese women in leadership positions need to do more to become role models for those trying to rise through the ranks if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign against gender inequality is to succeed, according to the nation’s top female lawmaker. “The most important thing ...

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The department improved its rating of strategic rival China, citing Beijing’s steps ...

Jun 20, 2014

California to investigate 39 female inmates sterilized without consent

The illegal sterilization of dozens of female prisoners in California demands an investigation, a report said Thursday. The state audit asked California’s medical board and the California Department of Public Health to look into 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in 39 illegal sterilizations ...

India in 'dereliction of duty' over rapes: U.N. watchdog

Jun 20, 2014

India in 'dereliction of duty' over rapes: U.N. watchdog

Indian law enforcement and justice authorities have shirked their responsibility to fight sex attacks, a U.N. child rights watchdog said on Thursday amid uproar over the horrific gang rape and lynching of two girls. “There has been a dereliction of duty in relation to ...