The Clintons and Gates’ Comes Together for IWD

The Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation launched a new project for International Women’s Day yesterday. The website for “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project” offers a trove of hard data and storytelling about global gender equality issues. The data viz elements may be particularly useful. “This site and The Full Participation Report are the result—home to 850,000 data points, spanning more than 20 years, from over 190 countries. Through data visualizations and stories, we aim to present the gains and gaps in understandable, sharable ways—including by making the data open and easily available.” (No Celiings

Quote of the Day: Barack Obama on International Women’s Day, “the gap between women’s inherent value and how many of them are treated every day is one of the great injustices of our time.” (VOA

I pledge allegiance to the Islamic State…Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance on Saturday to Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, according to an audio clip posted online. (Reuters


Bomb blasts killed at least 50 people in Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeast on Saturday in the worst attacks there since Islamist militants tried to seize the city in two major assaults earlier this year. (Reuters

Niger and Chad on Sunday launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq. (AFP

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned an attack on a Bamako nightclub that killed five people Saturday, including two Europeans and a Malian policeman, calling for swift justice. (AFP

Malian security forces mobilized Sunday to hunt the killers of two Europeans and three locals in a nightclub attack claimed by jihadists — the first to target Westerners in the capital. (AFP

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed deep disappointment after troubled talks to end more than a year of bloodshed in South Sudan broke off without a deal a day earlier. (Reuters

Even in death, the former revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, helped inspire the uprising that ousted his successor last year, and he came to the fore again at the country’s annual film festival. (AFP

Marking the progress in controlling its Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government dismantled a crematorium and removed drums containing the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims cremated during the height of the epidemic, whose last patient was discharged last week. (AP

Guinea-Bissau said on Sunday it had dismantled a criminal operation trafficking 54 children to Senegal, where it is believed they would have been forced by Islamic schools to beg on the streets. (AFP

Zambian President Edgar Lungu collapsed on the podium while presiding over a Women’s Day celebration in Lusaka on Sunday — less than two months after the 58-year-old took over from a leader who died in office. (AFP

The Somali government says it plans to use drones to fight the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab, targeting the militants’ bases and rural areas they still control. (VOA


The U.S. Peace Corps said it is temporarily suspending its program in Jordan because of the “regional environment,” highlighting growing security concerns among some foreigners after Jordan raised its profile in the battle against Islamic State militants. (AP

An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned until March 19 the trial of two Al Jazeera television journalists. (Reuters

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for “change”, 10 days ahead of a general election. (AFP

A Cairo schoolboy died on Sunday after being severely beaten by his teacher who has now been suspended, Egypt’s education ministry said as an inquiry was launched. (AFP

A Moroccan woman was arrested at a Spanish airport Saturday on suspicion of recruiting European and North African women to join the Islamic State group, authorities said. (AFP

The United Nations said on Saturday talks with Libya’s warring factions had made progress and delegates would return to Morocco next week for more negotiations after consultations at home on forming a unity government. (Reuters


Progress is being made on drawn-out border talks with India, China’s foreign minister said on Sunday, likening the process to climbing a mountain that becomes harder the closer to the summit you get. (Reuters

The Americas

The Colombian government and leftist guerrillas on Saturday jointly announced an agreement to remove landmines and other explosives from the battlefield in a sign of progress in their two-year-old peace talks being held in Cuba. (Reuters

Colombia’s government and the country’s biggest rebel movement announced an agreement Saturday to begin a pilot program for removing land mines as part of efforts to lower the intensity of a conflict that has lasted a half century. (AP

Hundreds of women are expected to participate Sunday in a march in New York City promoting gender equality by 2030. (VOA

…and the rest

Beyonce Knowles and Lady Gaga are among 36 prominent women who have signed a petition calling Sunday on the G7 and the African Union to tackle female poverty. (AFP

Human Rights Watch said all governments should ensure that women and girls with disabilities are included in programs to prevent gender-based violence. The group has released – what it calls – a resource designed for people with disabilities. (VOA


4 Ways “House Of Cards” Gets the UN Wrong (UN Dispatch

Visualizing the booming business of big tobacco (Humanosphere

Here are some of the countries where having a uterus can be dangerous (GlobalPost

Fifteen journalists, 15 voices for girls and women (Women Deliver

Venezuela on the verge of collapse? (CNN

A 12-Year-Old Girl Shows Us What It’s Really Like To Face TB (NPR

International Women’s Day: The fight for better maternal health care in Uganda (Guardian

Five myths about governance and developmen (ODI

Is gender inequality the main roadblock to achieving nutrition targets?  The Global Nutrition Report on gender equality (Development Horizons

The global women’s rights movement: what others can learn, a progress stocktake and some great videos for IWD (From Poverty to Power

Will There Ever Be Peace In South Sudan? (Daily Beast