Gender and Politics in the media

Women’s rights activist shot dead, Zimbabwe Police Arrest Women Over Protests, Feminist café in Lebanon

 Pakistan Daily Times  A young woman working for women’s rights in conservative tribal regions was killed on Wednesday in Khyber Agency bordering Peshawar, administration official and witnesses said…Fareeda told a Jamrud-based journalist a month ago that she was “under threat”. But she had not named the people threatening her.

 Voice of America Zimbabwean police arrested nine members of activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise Monday evening in the nation’s second largest city of Bulawayo, in what the group believes is a clampdown on its active campaign for the immediate release of the draft constitution.

 Al-Arabiya A feminist collective in Beirut has opened a cafe where it hopes the city’s residents can come together to discuss women’s rights issues. The cafe, called “Nasawiya,” Arabic for feminist, is one of several projects by the collective whose campaigns aim to raise awareness on issues facing women in Lebanon, such as sexual harassment in the work place, discrimination against female foreign domestic workers, marital rape and domestic violence.

 Bikya Masr However, women’s rights activists have not been silent in the face of hurdles like these. Take Bothaina Kamel, who exercised her right to run for president, and was Egypt’s first female candidate for the office. The victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential elections last week has raised serious questions about future political and economic relations between Cairo and the West

 Daily Beast As Libyans head to the polls this weekend to vote in their first national elections in nearly 50 years, there are two fundamental questions to ask about the prospects for women in post-Gaddafi Libya.

 AFP A detailed breakdown of the lawmakers has not yet been made public, however roughly half of them should be women, a first in Senegal after a law was passed in 2010 requiring gender equality on party lists.

 AFP DAKAR — Senegal will vote for new lawmakers in an election Sunday set to put more women than ever in the national assembly thanks to a new law which requires an equal gender balance on party lists.

 Afrique en Ligue The European Union (EU), determined to promote Gender Equality in Morocco, has granted the north African country 45 million euros, local media reported Wednesday, citing official sources.

 The Express Tribune Opinion LAHORE: I am moved to write this letter because of the recent shocking treatment meted out by the male legislators of the Punjab Assembly to the unfortunate women legislators serving on the reserved seats.

 The Age JOAN Dunlop, a global leader in addressing women’s issues who helped prod the United Nations to define a woman’s right to say no to sex as an essential human right, has died of breast cancer at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut in the US, aged 78.

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