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World: Women head three major parties in Israel’s elections. Saudi women seek wider representation. Six women in Tobago election race

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Tel Aviv on Nov. 27. Photo by Nir Elias/Reuters

Women head three major parties in Israel’s elections The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. For the first time in Israel’s history, three of the major parties are headed by women. The Labor party headed by Shelly Yacimovich is expected to become Israel’s second-largest party, Hatnuah headed by former Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni is set to win seven seats, and the dovish Meretz and Zahava Gal-On is projected at five seats in the 120-seat parliament.

Chief electoral official for women polling staff Times of India AGARTALA: Chief electoral official (CEO) Ashutosh Jindal mooted the idea of deploying women polling staff in the upcoming assembly election on an experimental basis considering the peaceful atmosphere in the state and the enthusiasm among the female …

Outcry over India gang rape pushes window to gender equality wide open, says … Reuters India NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) – The unprecedented public protests and national debate over the treatment of women following a brutal gang rape and murder case in India suggest the country could play a pioneering role in advancing gender equality around the …

Field more women in elections, Smriti Irani tells State BJP Deccan Herald BJP Mahila Morcha National President Smriti Irani on Wednesday appealed the party State organisation and Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to field more women candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections. Speaking after inaugurating a State-level …

Congress to target women voters ahead of 2014 polls Livemint With general secretary Rahul Gandhi expected to take over the reins of the Congress, the Jaipur session will witness for the first time a large number of younger members participating in discussions and putting forward suggestions.

Women’s issues still hanging, Saudi activist says gulfnews.com Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s king granting women seats on the country’s top advisory council has come against the backdrop of heavy restrictions on women, who are not allowed to travel, work, study abroad, marry, get divorced or gain admittance to a public …

Saudi women seek wider representation MENAFN.COM A group of Saudi women pose for a commemorative picture during the First National Forum for Businesswomen in Riyadh in this file photo.  Following the decision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to …

Tunisia: UN expert group calls for guarantees on gender equality and women’s … AfricanBrains The United Nations Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice called on the Government of Tunisia to adopt stronger constitutional provisions on gender equality and non-discrimination, and to implement temporary special …

Female under-representation in parliamentary elections criticised Daily News Egypt In a strongly worded statement the party bases its claims on the legislature’s decision not to include a condition that female candidates must be listed in the top half of electoral lists. In previous elections women were mostly placed at the bottom of …

Promote women candidates for by-elections- WILDAF Citifmonline Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) is calling on all political parties who want to contest the two by-elections in the Buem and Akatsi South Constituencies in the Volta Region to prioritize women as candidates for the elections. It says …

Party Pushes for Better Female Representation in Parliament AllAfrica.com An Egyptian political party “Misr” announced on Monday that it holds on to its initial stance of women’s status in the electoral list for the proposed amendments in the elections law. The party’s official spokesman, Walid Abdel Moneim, called on all…

Gender Equality, A Criteria For Success Of Vision 20:2020 – UN Leadership Newspapers Nigeria needs to ensure equal participation of women in economic, social and political activities, if it is to achieve the objectives of Vision 20:2020, a UN official said. The Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Ms Michelle …

Six women in Tobago election race Trinidad Guardian There are six women contesting the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election on January 21, the largest number ever, and it is hoped there will be a greater female presence in the THA in the coming years. The expectation is coming from Hazel Brown, head …

Why many women in the North lost the 2010 Assembly Election – Report GhanaWeb A number of reasons including cultural barriers and practices, low literacy level of women, women voting against women candidates and the lack of finances for campaign have been identified as the major causes of many women losing the 2010 District …

Narok County Women in Politics AllAfrica.com For a long time, the Maasai community has discriminated against women when it comes to leadership. In the history of the community only three women have ever defied odds to be elected as leaders in Narok county. Surprisingly, the three were only …

Women’s fears grow over chaos at Thursday polls The Star Women aspirants in Migori county have said lack of money, security and violence are some of the challenges they are facing in the campaigns. During a one-day workshop organised by two local NGOs in Migori town, the aspirants said violence in polling …

Electoral Lists to Include Copts, Women – Head of Islamist Party AllAfrica.com The Building and Development Party’s electoral lists in the upcoming parliamentary elections will include Coptic candidates as long as they meet the criteria the party requires for those who will apply for candidacy, head of the party Nasr Abdel Salam …

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