Young women and men behave very differently online, with men taking a higher part in public activities such as debates. They are also more likely to post their opinions on social and political issues or take part in online voting. There is increasing evidence, too, that young women censor themselves to avoid being judged harshly online.
Officials realised that clearing the main highways first benefited car drivers, more of whom tended to be men, rather than footpaths and cycle paths, more often used by women. So the city decided to start by snowploughing the streets and paths around daycare centres, then areas around the largest workplaces and schools, before moving on to office districts and main roads. The result? Gender-neutral snow clearing with fewer injuries, since pedestrians are more likely than motorists to be injured in icy weather.
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According to the United Nations, in June 2016 only 22.8% of all national parliamentarians were women – up from 11.3% in 1995. Meetings like the one in Reykjavik serve a pragmatic purpose, identifying practical measures to dismantle barriers holding up further progress and gathering evidence on the influence of women in powerful positions.