Archive for July, 2012

Are you a Star Tech Global Entrepreneur?

Esther Dyson (pictured), a longtime angel investor in technology startups, discusses what makes a successful entrepreneur and what doesn’t. Learn about her former company: and her new interest here.

Read:  Angel Investor Esther Dyson on the Traits of Rock Start Tech Leaders

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women’s Health and Wellbeing in South Sudan

According to “South Sudan:  The biggest threat to a woman’s life,” the South Sudan has the worst reported maternal mortality rate in the world.  Why?  Childbirth and pregnancy, rather than conflict, are the nation’s biggest killers of girls and women.

“One in seven South Sudanese women will die in pregnancy or childbirth, often because of infections (from puerperal fever and retained placenta), haemorrhaging, or obstructed births, with a lack of access to healthcare facilities playing a large role in their deaths,” Small Arms Survey (SAS) found.

Read the entire article here.

Illustration credit:  Public health in disarray in South Sudan.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


Women Are a Key Driver to Global Economic Growth

The Economist Intelligence Unit created the Women’s Economic Opportunity (WEO) Index.  The index measures progress in the economic advancement of women and aims to look beyond gender disparities to the underlying factors affecting women’s access to economic opportunity.

Women drive economic growth. In the second half of the 20th century, the entry of women into the workforce helped to propel most of the world’s developed economies. But women remain the world’s greatest pool of untapped labour: Nearly one-half of the world’s working age women are not currently active in the global economy. As governments worldwide seek short- and long-term fixes to waning economic performance, expanding opportunities for the 1.5bn women not employed in the formal sector will take on even greater importance, as will removing the legal, social, financial and educational barriers hindering women’s productivity.

Download the free index and report here (you must complete the registration form to download the report).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Let’s Talk and Let It Be Via Cellphones the World Over

What can be done for all the women who struggle with inequalities right now?

In a world where women hold less than 20 percent of all legislative seats, 70 percent of the poorest people — those who live on less than $1.25 a day — are women, and 4 million more women die each year than men, a result of poor families’ preferences for male infants and underinvestment in women’s and girls’ health.

We CAN do something about it.

Start by giving a cellphone to every woman on the planet.

Read:  A Cellphone for Every Woman

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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