Hong Kong: Paternity leave plan labelled ridiculous by gender equality campaigners, Egyptian Election Law Obliges Parties to Involve Women

New Year Honours: Cherie Blair Awarded CBE For Services To Women’s Issues … Huffington Post UK Cherie Blair was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours for her services to women’s issues and charity. Mrs Blair, 58, has used the prominence she gained as wife of former prime minister Tony Blair to raise both funds and awareness for a wide range of …

Colorado’s gender-gap reversal defies ‘war on women’ Washington Times DENVER — Colorado’s Debbie Brown, a savvy former Republican campaign operative, made it her mission in 2012 to disarm the biggest guns in the Democrats’ “war on women” strategy. Even though President Obama won the state, Mrs. Brown’s efforts …

New Senate to have largest class of women WCSH-TV The new Congress being sworn in this week will have a record number of women, including 20 in the U.S. Senate. That’s a far cry from 1979 when retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) first arrived. There were only 16 …

Hillary Clinton: The ‘Most Admired Woman’ in the world Washington Post (blog) A new Gallup poll again hands the secretary of state the title of the “most admired woman” in the world, with 21 percent selecting her. First lady Michelle Obama comes in a distant second at 5 percent, followed by Oprah Winfrey at 4 percent. The poll…

The 24 Best Moments For Women In 2012 Huffington Post With the November 6 election, New Hampshire became the first state to have its executive and all of its national representatives be female. Newly elected Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Ann McLane Kuster (D) joined sitting …

Su-mei Thompson of The Women’s Foundation says the city has far to go to catch up with other developed economies. Photo: David Wong

Paternity leave plan labelled ridiculous by gender equality campaigners South China Morning Post The government’s proposal to give new fathers three days’ paid leave when it already grants its civil servants five days’ paternity leave has been condemned as absurd by a group campaigning for gender equality. “Civil servants have five days … when I say it’s ridiculous, I am asking why should the private sector have only three days,” said The Women’s Foundation’s chief executive Su-mei Thompson.

Inclusive women representation matters Jakarta Post In this election, there was a stronger presence of women who campaigned to their peers to vote and raised their voices to protect their rights, as well as a significant increase in those women who cast their ballots. Women’s representation has …

13 women in poll fray in Meghalaya Times of India SHILLONG: At least 13 women candidates, including the lone lady legislator from the state, are expected to contest the Assembly polls in Meghalaya in 2013 with more political parties coming up to field ladies. This is by far the biggest number of women …

No genuine gender equality in India, claims Chinese newspaper Indian Express Beijing: A state-run Chinese newspaper sees the case of the gangrape of the 23-year-old girl, who died in Singapore, as a demonstration of the inability of Indian democratic system to solve problems and “lack of genuine equality” in the nation.

Up against sardars: First woman to contest elections from Ghotki The Express Tribune GHOTKI: In an area where sardars boast of male domination, Raheela Shar is all set to become the first woman in the history of Ghotki to contest elections. Shar, presently the district president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) women wing, …

Egyptian Election Law Obliges Parties to Involve Women Novinite.com Egyptian political parties approved on Tuesday amendments to the law on elections to the lower chamber of the Egyptian parliament, the People’s Assembly, presidential administration spokesman Yasser Ali said. The amendments oblige political parties to …

Demands for Equal Representation of Women in Parliament AllAfrica.com Egyptian non-governmental organizations and political parties have urged for the amendment of the elections law in a manner that allows an equal representation of women in the parliament and local councils. Head of women’s union in Egypt, Hoda Badran, …

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