Gender and Politics in the media

Egypt’s Constitution Draft Drops Gender Equality Article, Women’s rights at a standstill in Jordan, Women shut out of Syria’s opposition leadership

Egypt’s Constitution Draft Drops Gender Equality Article Al-Monitor Members of the Constituent Assembly drafting a constitution agreed to repeal Article 68, which recognizes equality between men and women.

Women shout slogans as they hold pictures of former Egyptian women leaders during a protest in support of women rights in the constitution in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Oct. 4, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Women’s Rights at a Standstill in Jordan New York Times Others say that their absence in high-profile political posts is an understandable result of the way women are traditionally viewed in politics. Jordan’s conservative culture, the argument goes, makes it difficult for women to play prominent political …

Women shut out of Syria’s opposition leadership WECT-TV6 Conservative Republican Rep. Allen West is still fighting for votes two days after Election Day. But now he’s doing it in the courtroom.More >>. Election Day has come and gone and Republican Rep. Allen West is still fighting for votes – in the …

Women shut out of Syria’s newly elected opposition leadership, undermining … Fox News “Where are the women?” Fariza Jahjah, a math teacher from the southern Syrian town of Sweida, said in a raised voice across several rows of seats. A heated discussion ensued, with many of the male delegates saying women needed to be represented in …

Syria opposition in exile fails to elect women Salon British Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested that Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that would guarantee an end to the nation’s civil war. U.S. officials in the region had no immediate comment Wednesday.

Qatar tackles barriers to women at work Moneycontrol.com The same phenomenon is at work in other Gulf countries, where women’s hunger for education has not yet been reflected in representation in leading positions in government and business. Women in Saudi Arabia represent 57 per cent of university …

Government to quantify household works done by women in India Economic Times Tirath said a large part of the male dominated patriarchical society undervalued the contribution of women’s labour in the household, even though immense and very labourious work is done by women in both rural and urban areas, which helped in enhancing …

A Fresh Start for Women in Myanmar? New York Times (blog) U.N. Women, of which Mr. Hendra is a deputy director, is planning to set up its first representation in Myanmar soon. As I write in my Female Factor column this week, there was another ”first” last month for women in Asia, when the Association of …

Woman could break Chinese political glass ceiling CNN Hong Kong – A record number of American women will hold U.S. Senate seats after Tuesday’s election. In China, there is speculation over whether a woman will also make history by ascending to its top political core.

Women assume bigger role in Party Chinadaily USA China has progressed steadily in improving women’s representation at national congresses of the Communist Party of China over the past decade, a trend which experts said will contribute to gender equality and social stability. Among the 2,270 delegates …

20 lakh Rajasthan women not in voter’s list Daily Bhaskar Concerned over the abysmal rate of women representation in the state which is already notorious for a skewed child sex ratio, the EC has directed officials to visit villages and create awareness about the importance of elections and voters’ list. The …

Inaction on Gender Bill means less women in parliament after Sierra Leone’s … Swit Salone “I still blame the women in the political parties. I always say that women do not know the power they have; we always say to them you are a woman first before you belong to a political party. Not all of them with party symbols will win.

Keeping the Veil On Women’s Electoral Participation AllAfrica.com Mora — Cameroon’s new biometric registration of voters may end up disenfranchising many potential voters, especially women in the country’s predominantly Muslim north where cultural practices may prevent them from having their photos taken.

Nobel laureate wants more women in politics Africa Review Ms Gbowee, who was Tuesday speaking in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, which is hosting the 5th edition of the West African Women’s Policy Forum, urged women to intensify their demand for governance space despite the reluctance by the men. (Picture, October 9, 2012. Liberia’s joint Nobel Peace Prize 2011 Leymah Gbowee (left) meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia. Ms Gbowee, wants more women in leadership roles.  FILE | AFP)

Rare implementation of international standards on women’s right to participate … The Zimbabwean Women in Zimbabwe constitute 52% of the population meaning that they are in the majority. This statistic does not translate to women’s proportionate representation in decision-making processes. Women are under-represented and are often left on the …

Swaziland – Urgent Action Needed to Boost Women in Decision-Making AllAfrica.com Gender Links (GL) is calling on the Government of Swaziland to institute a legislated quota to increase the representation of women in all areas of politics and decision-making following the just-ended urban local elections. GL has further called on …

Is SA ready for a woman president? Independent Online The outcry over the statement by Mpumalanga ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) provincial secretary Clara Ndlovu that South Africa is not ready for a woman president, has led to timely public debates about women’s representation and leadership in our …

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