Gender and Politics in the media

In conservative West Bank city, all-female ticket runs in Palestinian municipal elections

In conservative West Bank city, all-female ticket runs in Palestinian municipal elections The Associated Press HEBRON, West Bank — A new group running for municipal elections in Hebron is offering residents an alternative to politics as usual in the conservative West Bank city: Women at the helm, instead of men. The all-female list, which is called “By Participating, We Can,” is gearing up for next month’s vote with a campaign that aims both to win at the polls and to convince voters that women can lead just as well as men. “Men here traditionally want their women to stay at home, and when they allow them to go out to work, they send them to do traditional jobs like teaching,” said Maysoun Qawasmi, the 43-year-old group leader, who entered the race this week. “But we want them to go further, to work like men in all possible jobs they can.” See also Washington Post  San Jose Mercury News  Houston Chronicle  Al-Bawaba

Vote More Women Into Parliament – Ghanaians Told Daily Guide The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called on Ghanaians to vote for women to represent them in Parliament come December 2012 to strengthen the governance of the country.

DMK to decide on percentage of seats for youth, women in elections The Hindu Karunanidhi distributes awards to senior party leaders. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will soon decide on the percentage of seats to be allotted to youth and women for the Lok Sabha and other elections, party president M. Karunanidhi said on Saturday.

International seminar gives the key to increasing women in politics Ahram Onlinen a unique gathering, celebrated women from all over the world shared ideas, experiences and challenges in seminars on “women in politics,” on 11 and 12 September. Participants came from Bhutan, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Afghanistan, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt and Denmark among others. The Christiansborg seminar, organised by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, opened three main subtopics: women in local politics, young women in politics and women in transition countries.

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