The annual release of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report is always a moment of great shame for Asia’s leading economies. The relative gaps between Asian women and men on measures of health, education, economy, and politics are enormous, and not improving sufficiently, as highlighted by the recently published 2020 edition of this report.

  • Cyprus had an estimated 228,000 displaced people by the end of 2020 and this number also includes people displaced since 1974 .
  • In order for nurses to “link minds, hearts, and arms” to improve health across the globe, we must understand and appreciate our cultural values and differences.
  • Here are some of the Asian girls’ main peculiarities which differentiate them from Western females.
  • This special issue entitled “Women’s Leadership in Asian Cultures” discusses various issues in and challenges for women leaders within Asian cultures from various perspectives of nursing leaders from different countries.

Universal suffrage was introduced in Azerbaijan in 1918 by the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, thus making Azerbaijan the first Muslim country ever to enfranchise women. Most Bahraini women are also well represented in all of the major professions, women’s societies, and women’s organizations. Apart from having the right to vote, around one-quarter of the women of Bahrain are able to hold jobs outside the confines of the household. This collection of hidden testimonies of women in China, based on call-ins to a radio show in the 199Os, depicts what women think and feel about their world and their realities.

And women are also underrepresented in the political arena, accounting for only 10% of the members of the lower house of the Diet . The performance of Japanese girls was equivalent to boys in a recent study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development that examined 15-year-old students’ knowledge in reading, mathematics, and science.


The new government of the People’s Republic made a commitment to achieve equality between women and men. While advancing towards equality among men and women, the efforts met resistance in a traditionally Confucian society of male superiority. Traditional social norms and lagging economic development in Azerbaijan’s rural regions continue to restrict women’s roles in society and the economy, and there were reports that women had difficulty exercising their legal rights due to gender discrimination. This book by the leading expert on China’s feminist movement speaks to the modern-day realities of women in China – where the promise of the Communist revolution to deliver gender equality has been betrayed. Today’s women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of the rights and gains they achieved early on.

From Exotic to Invisible: Asian American Women’s Experiences of Discrimination

The Eastern Mediterranean route focuses on migratory movements in the EMR region, with Turkey being the key transit country. The EMR has witnessed increased migratory movements including a large number of refugees in 2015, mainly fleeing the Syrian conflict.

This special issue entitled “Women’s Leadership in Asian Cultures” discusses various issues in and challenges for women leaders within Asian cultures from various perspectives of nursing leaders from different countries. Each country has its unique cultural, social, and political situations that women leaders in each country have experienced. Subsequently, these individual articles reflect the unique leadership development experiences of these leaders in the unique contexts of their countries. Across the articles, however, some important commonalities can be identified, one of which is the emphasis on human resources and networks. As a result, nurse leaders across the globe frequently encounter gender-related challenges in developing their leadership style . This is especially true for those women in the countries embedded within strong patriarchal cultural heritages, who often experience more structural/organizational barriers and challenges, compared with women in more gender-neutral cultures .

The economic and political diversity in the sub-region have led to it being home to some of the largest migrant populations as well as the largest and most protracted displacement situations globally. The surge in employment opportunities in the six Gulf Cooperation Council 2 countries following the oil booms attracted millions of labour migrants from within and outside Western Asia. As a share of the total population, the GCC countries continue to host the highest shares of migrants in the world. In addition to millions of Internally Displaced Persons hosted in Western Asia, the subregion also hosts high numbers of refugees.

Although agriculture resulted in a stable food supply for permanent communities, the revolutionary aspect of this development was that the community could bring what they needed to make a new site inhabitable. This development made it possible to create larger communities and also helped to spread the practice of agriculture to a wider area.