Half the world's population, but not with half the share of wealth, well being and opportunity. Women do not get half the media's attention, or an equal voice in expression - only 22 percent of the voices you hear and read in the news today are women's. In its analyses IPS redresses this huge imbalance - covering emerging and frontline issues while asking an often forgotten question: What does this mean for women and girls? IPS reports with the support of the Dutch Fund for gender equality and UNIFEM, and in line with the third Millennium Development Goal - to promote gender equality and empower women.

Thanks to the readers who participated in the
first Gender Wire Survey.

We will share the most interesting findings through
the IPS MDG3 website soon - http://www.ips.org/mdg3/



BRAZIL: Women’s Votes, Hard to Pin Down but Crucial
Mario Osava
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 2 - Female voters in Brazil could ensure an easy victory this October for the ruling Workers Party candidate, Dilma Rousseff. But recent polls seem to indicate that it is women themselves who are most reluctant to elect the country’s first female president.



Developing More Top African Women Research Scientists
Isaiah Esipisu
NAIROBI, Aug 2 - In a tiny village near Kisumu city in Kenya, scientific researcher Mary Anyango Oyunga spends most of her time educating women about something they have always done – grow sweet potatoes.



MEXICO: Craftswomen Weave a Better Future Out of Recycled Garbage
Daniela Pastrana
MEXICO CITY, Aug 2 - Women's laughter fills the rectangular room on the ground floor of a building that houses a school for 250 local children, on the southern edge of Mexico City's sprawling metropolitan area.



ISRAEL: Women Take On the Orthodox
Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
JERUSALEM, Aug 2 - Jerusalem is a city blessed but also cursed by its own holiness. No more so than here at 'Ground Zero', the religious epicentre within the walled Old City, beneath the most disputed holy site -- the Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary as known to Muslims, Har Habayit or the Temple Mount for Jews.



MALAWI: Innovative Campaigning by Women Candidates
Claire Ngozo
LILONGWE, Jul 30 - You will find Beauty Kasonda on her campaign trail at funerals, weddings, church functions or just about any local gathering in her community. Kasonda does not have the sort of funding her male counterparts have for campaigning in the country’s November 2010 elections but she is not letting that stop her.



POLITICS-GUINEA: Women Amongst Also-Rans in Presidential Elections
Saliou Samb
CONAKRY, Jul 30 - Celou Dalein Diallo gained a significant advantage over Alpha Condé, his main rival for the Guinean presidency, when a third candidate said he would back Diallo in a second round of voting in August. But what has become of women candidates for high political office in this West African country?



MADAGASCAR: Women Form Own Political Parties for Fair Representation
Lova Rabary-Rakotondravony
ANTANANARIVO, Jul 29 - Brigitte Rasamoelina and Yvette Sylla are women with two different approaches to politics in Madagascar. One formed a political party, while the other decided to legalise her organisation as an association. But both women are considering running in Madagascar's November elections.



Familiar Pledges on Child and Maternal Health in Africa
Wambi Michael
KAMPALA, Jul 28 - During the three-day summit of African Union heads of state, roughly 37,000 children and 2,000 women died across Africa, mostly from preventable causes, says a civil society coalition for child and maternal health. The coalition welcomed African leaders' pledge to make more resources available.



SIERRA LEONE: Defining New Role for Traditional Birth Attendants
Mohamed Fofanah
FREETOWN, Jul 28 - Posseh Sesay will never be able to bear children again following a tragic birthing experience at the hands of her village traditional birth attendant (TBA).