India, has over 70 events, and Nigeria has 25: two countries which don't score particularly highly when gender equality is measured. Even Saudi Arabia has 1 event. So why do Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, the four countries which founded International Women's Day in 1911 have a total between them of only 7 events?
This weekend we mark the 103rd International Women's Day. It's an opportunity to celebrate women's social, economic and political achievements and, just as importantly, to highlight the barriers to full equality that still exist, more than a century on.
This year's International Women's Day has the theme of 'Equality for Women is Equality for all' as designated by the United Nations. Within that theme...
Increasingly the attention on girls and women at the heart of social and economic development means that how girls are educated and what skills women bring to the workplace come to the fore. I have just returned from a remote and rural part of northern Ghana where I travelled with Sport Relief to see how the education projects they support - Voluntary Service Overseas and Afrikids, are making a difference for marginalised and vulnerable children.
At the start of this year CALM named 2014 as 'Year of the Male', an opportunity to understand why 77% of suicides in the UK are men. A challenge has come back that even the name 'Year of the Male' is too political and would upset feminists. This has left me thinking long and hard. It seems strange that it's OK to talk about women's issues but not men's.
Women do make a vital contribution to the global economy, and International Women's Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness of this and how the female economy is the key to a sustainable future.
International Women's Day takes place this Saturday, and will be celebrated with events across the world. The theme this year? 'Inspire Change'. Taking that notion on board, this year at HuffPost we have decided to move the conversation on. While it's all too temping to go over the same old arguments - so many of them still far from resolved - it's also time to look to the future and celebrate those paving a way for the next generation.
Whenever I bring up the topic of gender equality, be it with friends, co-workers or acquaintances on social media, there is always someone who will try to point out that gender inequality is no longer really an issue in Western society...
People can be happy (and healthy) while having large amounts of fat on their bodies. Of course they can. But, I can't say I've ever met anyone who got fitter and shed excess fat who said it made them less happy with their body.
It's barely spring and already I've started getting emails about summer - or should I say 'bikini season'. Here's fair warning: anyone who pings me a message with those two words in the subject line should expect an instant redirect to the trash folder. I hate the term - am completely sick of it - and here's why.
I've spent most of my working life in a male dominated environment. My focus has been on getting on with the job and doing whatever I've done to the best of my ability. However, I have always been aware that others would observe my career progression as a female engineer with interest, and maybe see me as something of a role model.