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This month's issue
While you are waiting, October's issue is full of fascinating articles. We are asking is child labour wrong? Girls in Bolivia's new child union don't think so (see Women/Work) and are demanding respect from society for their labour (and give us your view in our poll at the foot of the page). In Politics, Denmark has a new woman prime minister and you can read a statement on increasing women's political participation from UN women leaders, and research on peace and gender. In Family and society, there's a list of the best and worst countries for women and an article on the pros and cons of pirate husbands in Somalia. In Arts there's a comment on the furore over pop-star Rihanna's in-your-face raunch. And in Science and technology we celebrate Thai and Kenyan women's scientific achievements. In Health, there's a warning about injectable contraceptives and HIV infection, and a rise in breast cancer in UK Asian women. In Law, a US lawyer is protesting at the treatment of jailed women in childbirth. In the Mind, body and spirit post you can engage in debate over the Pill - or the lack of it - and its transformative effects on society. And, for a giggle, look at the men in pin-up poses in the And another thing section of this blog.
Our special feature this month will be a collection of links on Women in the Arab Spring. Look out for it coming soon!
We hope you will find this blog a useful resource and a provocative and productive place for debate. We look forward to your comments and feedback.
Anna Purna

Friday, 21 October 2011

Women/Science and technology: chemistry, Wangari Maathi, technology

Chemistry prizes
Four Thai women chemists have won L'Oreal fellowships in a year designated the international year of chemistry by UNESCO: http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-from-news/257343/top-thai-women-chemists. They worked on areas as varied as nanotechnology, shrimp molecular biology, and diagnostic tools for genetic diseases.

Death of a Nobel laureate
http://allafrica.com/stories/201110060053.html Wangari Maathai, scientist, first Kenyan woman PhD holder and first African woman Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died last month. This link celebrates her work and that of other Kenyan women scientists, and this:  http://allafrica.com/stories/201110070046.html her life and work. Here she is in action, telling a moving and meaningful tale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGMW6YWjMxw.

Celebrating women in technology
http://womenshistory.about.com/b/2011/10/07/ada-lovelace-day.htm - Ada Lovelace day commemorates the daughter of poet Lord Byron who invented the computer 'operating system' and was inaugurated in 2009  to celebrate women in technology. A biography of Ada Augusta Byron Lovelace is available here: http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/sciencemath1/a/bio_lovelace.htm .

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