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D&I Weekly News Round-Up: IWD 2024 Special Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Friday the 8th of March was International Women’s Day, and in this special edition, we talk about various new reports (including the impact of climate change on women-led households), what IWD is about, a new initiative fighting period poverty, and leadership programs for women.

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The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. Here you can read more about this year's theme, "Invest in women: Accelerate progress" by the United Nations.

Women in leadership

Insightful article about leadership programs for women. While such programs can help to promote women into leadership roles, larger structural changes are needed for their effect to be long-lasting.

Women and climate change

A new report “The unjust climate”, released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), shows that in developing countries, households led by women suffer substantially greater economic losses from the impact of climate change than male-headed households.

Gender gap

The World Bank just released the latest edition of the “Women, Business, and the Law” report. It reveals that the global gender gap is wider than previously thought, with women having less than two-thirds of the legal rights men have when taking into account legal differences involving violence and childcare.

Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of access to sanitary products, which affects girls and women around the world – and can have a far-reaching impact on their education, health, and well-being. The government of Catalonia, Spain, has now started providing free reusable menstrual products, benefitting over 2.5 Mio people. Read more here.


The United Nations Human Rights theme for IWD 2024 is "Invest in women and girls' leadership and participation for peace." In this videoVolker Türk, the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlights the importance of having women at the tables of power.

Gender roles

The LEGO Group has just revealed findings from new global research looking into the effect of biased language. More than 3 out of 5 girls reported that they feel pressured by society’s message of perfection. Read more here

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