Updated: French gender equality (Opinion) plus: Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Italy and more

France

NEW France’s women’s minister in focus as spotlight shines on gender politics The Guardian France’s new minister for women’s rights has promised to rush through a new sexual harassment law, as feminists warned they would stay vigilant over equal rights issues despite the record number of women in the new cabinet.

NEW John Lichfield: Najat Vallaud-Belkacem – the young Muslim woman at the heart of France’s modern regime independent.co.uk (Opinion) Thirty years ago, a four-year-old Moroccan girl emigrated to France to join her father. Yesterday, she became the official “face” of the new French government. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 34, is the youngest member of the cabinet which assembled yesterday under the chairmanship of President François Hollande. She is the Minister for Women’s Affairs and will be the official spokeswoman for the government and, therefore, the mouthpiece for “Hollandism”.

Hollande’s cabinet shows Sarkozy how to do gender equality – see, easy The Guardian (Opinion) For the first time, the French cabinet has an equal number of men and women, thanks to increased parity in higher education.

Women comprise half of Hollande’s new Cabinet China Post Socialist President Francois Hollande, in line with custom, approved the appointments, which give women half of the 34 posts — as he had promised during the campaign — a first in modern-day France.

Hollande’s honeys: New French President unveils his cabinet of beauties Daily Mail Carla Bruni has only been out of the Elysee presidential Palace for a matter of days. But already a new line-up of glamorous political beauties is threatening to make the French former first lady a distant memory.

Royal face off with ‘The Rottweiler’ Daily Mail DOLLED UP in a black chiffon dress, nude tights, high heels and white coat, France’s new first lady needed no lessons in elegance.

Hol-la-lande! French cabinet shows who wears the pants (PHOTOS) rt.com Stylish Mesdames and Mademoiselles filled the presidential Elysee Palace just days after the former first lady bade au revoir to her glittering years in the residence. The newly sworn-in president got together with his glamorous cabinet.

Africa

Egypt’s presidential election: an all-male affair Independent Online Less than a week before Egypt’s presidential election, Reham Raouf has not yet decided for whom she is going to vote. That’s because not one of the presidential candidates can be trusted to promote women’s rights, says the young doctor.

Libyan women hope for gains in elections Video link to YouTube: Libyan women struggle for political empowerment Aljazeera Buoyed by the winds of change sweeping the region, Libyan women are eyeing a far greater role for themselves after next month’s national assembly elections.

Nigeria needs more women in politics - Olurode Daily Times Nigeria Olurode, in a paper presented at the 2012 Africa Conference, University of Texas, Houston, in the United States, also advocated better funding for aspiring women politicians.

Kailahun Women Demand Equality in Governance AllAfrica.com The women of Kailahun said they are strongly determined to make history by influencing the electorates to cast their votes for women candidates as well as political parties whose manifestos demonstrate faithful commitment to promoting gender equality.

Research shows deficit in women’s involvement in democracy Ghana Broadcasting Corporation The Executive Director of Wildaf Bernice Sam reiterated her concern about the low representation of women in Parliament saying the NDC has only 12 females contesting for parliamentary seats while the NPP has 23.

Brong Ahafo Traditional Women Leaders attend workshop on Peaceful Election GhanaWeb Mr Opoku urged the queen mothers to embark on educational campaigns and awareness creation on core ethical issues such as honesty, integrity, love, patriotism and tolerance, as well as desisting from harassment and intimidation of others, as a means of securing a peaceful and fair elections.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Women Follow Politics as Baseball, but Struggle to Get in the Game Feet in Two Worlds For Dominican men, discussing politics is as popular as baseball. For Dominican women, becoming politicians is what the game is all about. The increase in women’s participation in the island’s political scene, where this year three females are running for vice president, seems to be awakening interest among women here in New York.

Candidates fight for “change” vote in Dominican election Reuters Fernandez’s wife, Margarita Cedeno, is running as Medina’s vice president. Popular with women voters, Cedeno, a 44-year-old mother of two young daughters, used her position as first lady to work for poverty reduction and children and women’s issues.

Italy

Sardinian Town Bows to Italy’s ‘Pink-Street’ Project Women’s eNews Italy has very few women’s names on its signs for streets and plazas, according to female geographers. In an effort to end this “cultural invisibility,” they are pushing for a 50-50 division in male-female signage.

Opinion

Unending struggle for gender equality gulfnews.com (Opinion) Simply creating avenues for women to excel in society’s mainstream is not enough; they must be encouraged to join men in building a new social order

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