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  1. More than 150 #100Women debates going on around world asking if women are under pressure to conform
  2. Women in London have been discussing whether you need to be beautiful to succeed in the workplace
  3. Email stories and comments to on Tuesday 1 December 2015

Live Reporting

By Pippa Stephens, Elaine Okyere, Harry Low, Josephine McDermott, Sarah Buckley, Neil Arun, Lesley Sixsmith and Jasmine Coleman

All times stated are UK

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What a day of debates it has been! We started off with women in Samoa and Australia, and we wound down with our panellists in Argentina and Chile - stopping many times in many countries along the way, from India to Uganda to Belgium and the US. Here are some of the highlights of the day:

  • A Sierra Leone women's group's song for gender equality
  • The self-possessed schoolgirls of Nara in Japan
  • The debate about whether it is ever okay for a woman to be subservient
  • Afghan MP Shinkai Karokhail describing how the "uneducated and under-empowered half" of Afghan society is bringing up the other half

We hope you found our day of debate informative and entertaining. Thank you for staying with us. 

Schoolgirls in Nara
Spreading good cheer in Nara, Japan
Women in Sierra Leone
Singing for gender equality in Sierra Leone

Hello Migreat South Asian Bloggers Network!

South Asia

Migreat South Asian Bloggers Network

'Body, change and opportunity'

Mexico City

Alan Hernández Pastén says: "The debate is over now. The girls think the most repeated words are inequality, role, gender quotas, live goals, unprotected. Also the words body, change and opportunity were important."

Women 'need to be honoured from birth'

California debate

This came to us from Grass Valley, California, where the conclusion was women need to be honoured from birth.

'Feminism, rights, strength, equality and justice'

New York

Thanks to Nicole Rajani at the International Women's Health Coalitionin New York for sending in their buzz words: feminism, rights, strength, equality, and justice.

Welcome to our stateside sisters in Maine!


Maine women

Watch: Debate highlights

If you missed any of the day's 100 Women debates around the world on the themes of leadership, image and relationships, here are some of the top picks.

'Practise radical self-acceptance'

New Zealand


Guerilla feminists joining in our debate

Wisconsin, US

US feminists

'Rape is a male problem'

Nevada City

Nevada City circles

Shout out to Nevada City in the US


'There was equality in Afghanistan a long time ago'

In my opinion, there was equality between men and women in Afghanistan a long time ago. However, nowadays men seem to have most of the power. Three decades of war in the country fomented an instability that robbed women of the opportunity to gain basic education

NazilaWomen For Afghan Women in New York
Woman in NY

Behind the scenes: Tanzania debate


Here's a look behind the scenes of Tanzania's 100 Women debate today. Judging by the music, it seems it was a jolly day.

'Lacking nuance'

#100women questions are lacking in nuance. Why not ask how women are affected by and confronting #climatechange?

'Women who speak out are seen to be 'bossy''


In Ghana the debate is being held across the city of Accra on WhatsApp. 

Those taking part have discussed whether they feel pressured to behave like a typical Ghanaian woman. 

Ghana participants

As a woman, I feel pressured. I am not allowed to speak my views on situations whether at home or in the society because I'm a woman, and women who speak boldly on issues are seen to be bossy.

YayraGhana debate

Kabul primary teacher describes being shot

A debate in Kabul picks up on the oppression of women that inspired 100 Women in the first place. 

At the Afghanistan Open Jirga this primary school teacher describes being shot in the arm and says the authorities did nothing about it.  

'Palatable' female leaders

@ainakhan5 tweets:

Palatable type of female leadership is US First Lady, although focus almost always on fashion choices e.g Jacky O @MichelleObama #100women

'Abortion should be safe, legal and accessible'

Are we pandering to or challenging social prejudices?

'Women should not be sexualised for being assertive'

A good time - despite it all

From the Mexico debate:

Despite everything I think it's a very good time to be a woman in Mexico


Our crew in Tanzania

Gender inequality in four teenage girls

You're welcome, Shaimaa!

Domestic violence and women's progress discussed


At the La Casa del Encuentro debate in Buenos Aires they discussed sex and relationships and the link between violence and women's progress.

"In violent relations, when a woman starts progressing, violence increases," said one participant.

La Casa del Encuentro debate
La Casa del Encuentro

'Eliminate pressures to comply sexually'

From the Harvard University debate:

We would eliminate the pressures for women, and everyone else for that matter, to comply with another person's sexual desires. Too often, these are due to force or coercion

'Like asking permission to speak'

From the Mexico City debate

Most of the time as women, sometimes you need to apologise just for trying to say something with men colleagues, is almost like we are asking permission all the time before we even speak


Welcome to Mexico!

Mexico City

Hello everyone, the #100women debate in Mexico City is going to start in about five minutes!

Alan Hernández
Women in Mexico City

Panel discussion 'skewed'

Too much talk about having a family and children. If you are lucky enough to have children you cannot imagine the impact not having children has on your relationship. Pity that some members of the panel were given far more airtime than others.

Melanie Sullivan

Success and assertiveness

A comment from the debate at Harvard University:

If success in a relationship is defined by mutual respect, comfort, and support, then women who don't conform to expectations of being subservient will most likely have more success because they are actively exercising their right to make their own decisions

Girl guides: 'You can't marry someone you haven't had sex with'


"You can't marry a person who you haven't had sex with - you are committing for life to someone you don't fully know'."

Coming up: Mexico, US, UK, Argentina and New Zealand

Mexico, the US and the UK are debating in this hour including @Migreat and @IntlWomen.

We'll bring you updates from live events until 22:00 with Argentina, the US, the UK and New Zealand joining in.  

Trendsmap shows where you've been tweeting about #100Women

Here’s a Trendsmap video for 12 hours showing where in the world people have been tweeting about #100women.

Trendsmap graphic

'Why should sex before marriage be put on women?'

"I struggle with this thing being pushed on women alone. I have a son and girls and I give them both the same message," said  Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, at the BBC 100 Women debate in London.

"I think we get to the bedroom far too quickly and we need to spend more time in the dining room and the lounge talking to each other."

BBC 100 women debate

We need to spend more time in the dining room."

More discussions with men, please


The topics of beauty, appearance, conforming and self esteem are, among all the others you are dealing with, very appealing because they do refer to psychological conditions that we all experience in our daily life, being a woman or a man. If anything, I would like to see discussions where men are more directly involved.

Oliviero GodiProfessor, University of Milan

Sex is about 'valuing yourself'

"I don't think it is about the sex - and whether you have sex before marriage," said author Jenny Garrett.

Jenny Garrett

 "There is something about respecting yourself and whether you are a man or a women just valuing yourself."

'It's love, not compulsion'

Uzma Alkarim tweets from Pakistan:

Sisters serve food for brothers, and they do all the out door work for sisters...out of love n care compulsion #100women #karachi

We love the respect we get by men when we are out, in public transport, public places...we enjoy "ladies first" status #100women #karachi

Taking issue with the phrase 'having it all'

"Isn't the whole expression 'having it all' ludicrous," said relationship columnist Tash Bell, at the BBC 100 Women in London.   

"It's all an evil conspiracy to make women feel like a dog turd"

Tash Bell

Nobody has it all!"