Argentina made history and took home the Gold Medal of the South American Women’s Championship 2018 for the first time in 70 years. Argentina broke Brazil’s streak of regional titles that began at the 1986 edition of the South American Women’s Championship. Melisa Gretter was named the MVP of the tournament.

Argentina won the 2018 edition of the South American Women’s Championship after defeating Brazil, 65-64 in an emotional and intense Final. It all came down to the final minutes of the game and with 16 seconds to play, Brazil had a 64-62 lead. Debora Gonzalez tied the score at 64 with 13 seconds left and Brazil could not score, Gretter came away with the ball and was sent to the free-throw line after a foul. The Argentine point guard scored one of the two. Brazil couldn’t score from half-court and the Argentines celebrated the historic win.

Colombia stayed with the Bronze Medal after an 83-78 win over Paraguay. Colombia entered the last ten minutes of the game with a comfortable lead, but the Paraguayans started discounting from the difference. Colombia stayed calm and took the win, with Narlyn Mosquera leading the offensive for the host with 25 points.

Venezuela finished the South American Women’s Championship in 5th place following an 85-60 win over Ecuador.

Chile earned 7th place following an 80-70 win over Peru.


President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi of Egypt on Thursday 30 August, 2018 swore in twenty-one (21) New Provincial Governors, including the First Female Governor from the country’s minority Christian Community; Manal Awad Mikhael.

Manal Mikhael has been appointed governor of the coastal city of Damietta, becoming the first-ever Christian woman to hold such a position, private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported.

The 51-year-old woman’s previous post was deputy governor of Giza, home to the world-famous pyramids. Egypt has the largest Christian community in the Middle East, accounting for around 10 per cent of the country’s mostly Muslim population of 95 million. Egypt’s Christians have long complained of persecution and Islamist attacks.

President Al-Sissi, a Muslim, is popular among the country’s Christians, who backed his ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi following Mass Street protests against his divisive rule.

President Al-Sissi has courted the Christian community to an extent unseen for decades, visiting the main Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo on several occasions since he took office in 2014.

In 2016, the parliament, led by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sissi’s backers, approved a long-awaited law aimed at easing restrictions on building churches.


The first ever South American Women’s Football Players Forum took place last week in Santiago, Chile. Ex-players and academics were among those who spoke passionately about the past, present, and future of the women’s game in Latin America.

The forum was a significant milestone in what has been an incredible fightback from the female footballers of the continent against federations that have repressed them. Just two years earlier, starved of resources and recourses, the women’s game in South America was on its knees.

In June 2016 while Conmebol (Copa Libertadores de América) officials unashamedly headed back to South America from the USA with their heads held high after a record-breaking Copa America for the men, the female sides of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay were all listed as inactive by FIFA.

This inactivity was not down to a lack of desire to play from the women of course. It is simply an illustration of how little time and money their football associations have for them.

In response to Fifa’s rankings and the lack of interest shown by their own FA, the female footballers of Chile decided to set up their own players’ union (ANJUFF). Led by former Chilean international Iona Rothfeld, the union gained momentum quickly and was soon integrated into the men’s for more support.

As reported by Brenda Elsey in March this led to Chile successfully organizing and hosting the 2018 Copa America with all ten Conmebol nations present – somewhat unthinkable just a few months previous.


As Singapore moves towards becoming a smart nation, there is a need to encourage more women to enter science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields to help develop solutions for a digital age. Yet, the under-representation of women in STEM careers has not changed much in the last few decades. Globally, women account for only 20-25 percent of the STEM workforce, especially in engineering and computer science.

Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth, Grace Fu stated that as demand for graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is expected to grow, more women should thus be encouraged to pursue careers in these areas to reap the benefits, reports the Straits Times.

 “STEM industries will feature strongly in our future as we automate our production and digitalize our processes,” Fu said at the annual conference for the People’s Action Party Women’s Wing, which Fu chairs. According to Fu, women remain under-represented in IT and engineering courses. “We should encourage more girls and women to take an interest in the STEM and pursue a career in these areas to benefit from the fast-growing STEM industries and the many good-paying jobs out there.”

In Singapore, the intake of women in STEM degrees accounts for around 25-35 percent of the total intake for engineering and computing degrees, statistics from the Ministry of Education showed.


Source: The Straits Times

Egypt’s highest Sunni Muslim authority has stated that there can be no justification for molestation, in a country where many people often blame women themselves for the widespread problems they face.

In a statement, Al-Azhar blasted all forms of harassment as “a forbidden act and deviant behavior”.

“Criminalizing molestation must be absolute and free from any condition or context,” the statement released Monday said.

“Justifying molestation with the behavior or clothing of the woman is a misunderstanding, for harassment is an assault on the woman and her freedom and dignity,” it said.

Some 60 percent of women in Egypt said they had been victims of some form of harassment during their lifetimes in a 2017 report from U.N. Women and Promundo.

Three-quarters of men and 84 percent of women polled said that women who “dress provocatively deserve to be harassed.”

The divisions have been highlighted by a recent debate over a video posted on the internet by an Egyptian woman showing a man making unwanted advances on her in a Cairo street. The footage drew wide-ranging reactions online.

Public debate over harassment intensified in the aftermath of the January 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak. The protests demanding Mubarak’s ouster cantered around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where constant media coverage also highlighted attacks and helped show the public denial of the phenomenon. Following the 2011 uprising, anti-harassment graffiti spread around downtown Cairo, volunteers organized to rescue women from mob attacks, and more women shared their own stories publicly. In February 2013, women took to the streets to protest against such violence.

Source: Indiaexpress

FINCAD, the leading provider of enterprise portfolio and risk analytics for multi-asset derivatives and fixed income, today 23 August 2018 announced the recipient of their annual Women in Finance Scholarship award. The $10,000 award was given to Monica Carrasco, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Wealth Management at the Université de Genève.

FINCAD’s Women in Finance Scholarship is aimed at encouraging talented women who are working to further their education in Finance, particularly in the areas of derivatives and financial risk management. “This year our scholarship selection process was far from easy,” commented Bob Park, President, CEO, and Founder of FINCAD. “We heard from 260 applicants in 66 different countries, many of which demonstrated impressive qualifications in the areas of financial engineering and risk management. But ultimately, Monica’s remarkable range of experience, rich multicultural educational background and deep understanding of risk management and the capital markets secured her the spot as the 2018 winner.”

Monica is currently pursuing the CFA program, having already passed Level I. She received her bachelor’s degree in Finance Engineering from Universidad Privada Boliviana and went on to obtain both an MSc in Finance from Universidad de Chile and an MBA from Université de Franche- Comté. In addition, she has taken post-graduate courses in Econometrics, Strategy and Financial Risk Management, having completed the last one at the London School of Business and Finance. As she begins her studies at Université de Genève, Monica’s coursework will include comprehensive coverage of financial risk management and asset selection and valuation.

Monica has served as a professor of Finance at Universidad Privada Boliviana. Additionally, she has several years’ experience in banking and asset management firms.

Source: Business Wire

Rahi Sarnobat on 22 August 2018 became the first Indian female shooter to win gold at the Asian Games, achieving the rare feat after nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals.

The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.

Both found the target four times in the shoot-off, leading to another shoot-off where Rahi shot three and the Thai two, ensuring a historic gold for the Kohlapur-born shooter. The bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Minjung.

She was in the lead for the major part of the final and her first 10 shots were on target. She got a five out of five even in the sixth series. With her stellar effort, she became the second gold medalist from the Indian shooting contingent after 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary had shot gold in the 10m pistol finals on 21 August.

She is also the sixth Indian to shoot gold at the Games, joining Chaudhary, Jaspal Rana, Randhir Singh, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi. Her 34 points in the finals also ended up as a joint Games Record.

 Ms. Sarnobat, who holds the record being India’s first pistol shooter to win gold in World Cup back in 2013, had suffered a serious elbow injury last year. Realizing that she needed a tweak in her technique, she roped in Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a two-time world champion and Olympic medalist from Germany.

She is also a double gold medalist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and had a bronze in the 25m pistol pair event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.