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A new report by Statistics Canada says that in 2018 women in their core working years earned 13.3 per cent less per hour than men, marking a 5.5 percentage point improvement over the past 20 years.
The report says in 2018 female employees between the ages of 25 to 54 earned $26.92 per hour, which is $4.13 less than their male counterparts.
That means that women earned roughly 87 cents for every dollar earned by men.
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15 ground-breaking projects from around the world were announced as winners of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award.
The winning projects range from an app that’s helped plant over 122 million trees, to a “climate positive” burger that’s taking the fast food industry by storm, to an innovative technology that produces clean electricity from the ocean.
- Impossible Foods: Creating Plant-Based Alternatives to Meat | Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Macau: Impossible Foods is creating realistic plant-based replacements for meat products. These alternatives are more sustainable and help displace market demand for meat products.
- Alipay Ant Forest: Using Digital Technologies to Scale Up Climate Action | China: Alipay, one of the world’s most popular online payment and lifestyle platforms, has used the power of its digital technology to plant more than 122 million trees by encouraging their users to reduce their emissions, such as by biking to work, going paperless and buying sustainable products.
- Ghent en Garde: Creating Structural Change through Local Food Policy | Belgium: Ghent, a small city in northwest Belgium, was one of the first European cities to launch its own urban food policy. The policy demonstrates the potential to transform the food systems at the local urban level.
- Electricians Without Borders: Providing “Emergency Pockets” of Solar energy in Dominica | Dominica: Following Hurricane Maria in 2017 in Dominica, Electricians Without Borders put forward a solution designed to use renewable energy to secure an “emergency pocket” of power — supplying six health centers on the island with electricity in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
- Québec’s International Climate Cooperation Program I Canada: In 2016, the Canadian province of Québec introduced its International Climate Cooperation Programme providing climate finance and support to developing countries. It is one of the first subnational climate financing schemes, and one that is, uniquely, funded by the province’s own carbon market.
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- MAX Burgers: Creating the World’s First “Climate Positive” Menu | Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Poland: The Swedish restaurant chain, Max Burgers, launched the world’s first “climate positive” menu in June 2018. Each item on Max Burgers’ menu includes a CO2e label, empowering customers to better understand the climate impact of their meal.
- Natura’s Carbon Neutral Programme | Global: As the largest cosmetics manufacturer in Brazil, Natura is measuring and reducing emissions across its value chain, from the extraction of raw materials right through to their production and distribution.
- Apple’s Emissions Reduction Mission | | Global: Apple is on a mission to make its products without taking from the Earth. It has transitioned to 100% renewable energy for the electricity it uses in its offices, retail stores and data centres in 43 countries across the world, and currently is transitioning its entire supply chain to 100% renewable energy.
- Infosys’ Journey to Carbon Neutrality | India: Infosys, India’s second-largest Information Technology company, is one of the first companies of its type to commit to carbon neutrality. With over 229,000 employees and clients in 46 countries, Infosys has sought to address its significant carbon footprint in all aspects of its global operations.
- Young Women’s Grassroots Action on Climate Change | Sub-Saharan Africa: The Campaign for Female Education launched a breakthrough initiative to train young women from poor, marginalized farming communities across sub-Saharan Africa.
- Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Liveable Climate | USA: Mothers Out Front is a movement of over 24,000 mothers in the United States, working to protect their children and communities from the impacts of climate change.
- Women’s Action Towards Climate Resilience for Urban Poor in South Asia | Bangladesh, India andNepal: Indian NGO, Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, is on a mission to organise and empower women in low-income households to increase their resilience to impacts of climate change.
- Women’s Livelihood Bond Series | Global: Impact Investment Exchange is unlocking USD 150 million in capital through Women’s Livelihood Bond Series, which will empower over two million women in South and Southeast Asia. The Bond helps women access affordable credit, micro savings and insurance, agricultural inputs, as well as clean and affordable energy.
- Eco Wave Power: Generating Clean Energy From the Ocean | Israel and Gibraltar: Eco Wave Power has developed an innovative technology that produces clean electricity from ocean and sea waves. The company is pioneering in its sector by operating the only grid-connected wave energy array floaters in the world, which is operational under a Power Purchase Agreement.
- Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia | Zambia: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia works with the Zambian government and other stakeholders to build a more off-grid business-friendly regulatory environment.
It’s significant to note the research focused on outcomes in Florida where there may be cultural differences not representative of other parts of the United States or, indeed, the world.
In the United States, women are less likely than men to survive the years after a heart attack, even after accounting for age. And, according to a new study, that’s partly because of how women are treated—and the gender of the doctors who treat them.
Brad Greenwood, Seth Carnahan, and Laura Huang analyzed two decades of records from Florida emergency rooms, including every patient who had been admitted with a heart attack from 1991 to 2010. They showed that women are more likely to die when treated by male doctors, compared to either men treated by male doctors or women treated by female doctors.
“These results suggest a reason why gender inequality in heart attack mortality persists: Most physicians are male, and male physicians appear to have trouble treating female patients,” the team writes.
Lauren Matison, National Geographic:
As the last few clouds disappeared, the perfectly visible towers pierced the bright blue sky like a Gaudí masterpiece. I settled on a boulder by the lake with Sarah, a prison guard from Northumberland, England. “I’d never done any kind of adventure before this,” she said.
“I think the only real thing that was holding me back was me. The women on this trip always pull together and never make me feel like someone is better at something. I’m more confident now and want to experience much more of the world. I know there’s no limit to what I can do.”
Laura Manske, writing in Forbes:
Patricia Schultz, renowned author of the worldwide bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and the new Global Ambassador for Trafalgar, a guided-vacations company, she explains: “There are an astonishing number of women of all ages who no longer seek or need permission — nor emotional support or encouragement from spouses, friends or colleagues — to travel. They are gutsy and bold, courageous and impressively strong. Travel breeds resourcefulness and resilience.” Women who make travel a life priority “take on roles of leadership,” she continues. “Travel helps us understand our place in the world and understand more clearly the life we want to create for ourselves. It makes us better people — and invariably better wives, mothers, sisters and friends. Travel also helps keep us humble — and tolerant and respectful of other people and other cultures.”