Southern Baptists Seek Even More Male Domination, All Six Saudi Women Candidates Lose
*The Southern Baptist Convention is weighing a proposal to bring the world's largest Protestant missionary group for women under the control of the denomination, a move that critics say would reinforce the conservatism and male dominance of the SBC.
Source: Chicago Tribune
*During Black History Month, Macy's marketed a second shipment of baskets made by Rwandan women, many of whom were widowed during the country's genocide. Some weavers say the business helps them cope with HIV-AIDS.
Source: Women's eNews
*Cabinet minister Portia Simpson Miller is set to become Jamaica's first woman prime minister after being elected president of the nation's ruling political party.
Economic Justice/In the Workplace
*San Jose State University Foundation's chief operating officer has filed suit against the university, claiming it has refused to pay her comparably to others in similar positions because of her gender and race.
Source: Knight Ridder
*Women are earning 15% less than men in the European Union, the European Commission has said. In its annual report on gender equality, released on Friday, the Commission called on EU member states to do more to close the gender gap in employment.
*Voters rejected all six women candidates in a chamber of commerce election in eastern Saudi Arabia, according to preliminary results. The polls for the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry were only the second time in Saudi history that women have run for elected office. Women and men are strictly segregated in the conservative kingdom, and women were not allowed to vote in the country's first nationwide municipal polls last year.
*There are still too many complaints of sexual abuse against United Nations troops, the head of peacekeeping operations has said.