Will these elections herald Israel’s ‘Year of the Woman’? Women voters in India want to stand up and be counted. No Coptic or female quotas in new elections law.

Women playing greater role in refugee camps blogs.aljazeera.com Fatima Tirmanini and Malika Moussa are two female candidates hoping to get elected to the administrative council that will look after the refugees. The election is largely symbolic, but offers a glimpse into a practice alien to Syria: free election. Tirmanini and Moussa have a long way to go. They come from a conservative background where prejudice and gender discrimination are very common. To win the election, they have to convince swing voters that they can deliver and up to the task.

Saudi- Al-Kuraya sees greater focus on women’s issues MENAFN.COM Naturally, with the inclusion of women in the council, we will witness greater focus on issues pertaining to women’s rights in the Kingdom and to ensuring that Saudi women are empowered by their female representatives in the council. In addition, I …

Israel’s growing gender gap Haaretz “The objectives behind the index are firstly to understand to what degree there is or is not improvement in gender equality, which is the most important measure of a democracy, and from there to understand the source of the inequality – what needs to …

Will these elections herald Israel’s ‘Year of the Woman’? Haaretz The proud feminism of an unprecedented number of women political leaders is new to the Israeli political scene. But after the elections, there will be a lot of work to do to translate this into real leverage and real change for women in Israel.

Labor targets undecided female voters via kids Jerusalem Post With two days left to the election, Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich on Sunday focused her campaign on female voters by speaking to future voters at the end of their day at preschool. “Would you like a red balloon or a blue balloon?,” Yacimovich asked a …

Parties vie for women’s votes Ynetnews Israel will hold its general elections on Tuesday, but according to recent polls, 20% of women have yet to decide who to vote for; sending the parties on a mad dash to secure women’s support. Labor was the first to launch its women-targeted campaign on …

Women’s groups troubled by draft elections law Daily News Egypt The draft elections law initially stated that women should be included in the top half of electoral lists, but this condition was removed by the legislative committee of the Shura Council. The women’s front had also wanted a 30 per cent female quota in …

No Coptic or female quotas in new elections law Daily News Egypt Egyptian women demonstrate in front of the Egyptian Shura Assembly demanding more rights for minority groups and against the new election law, on January 14, 2013 in Cairo. Egypt is due to hold parliamentary elections, possibly in March or April.

Salafis slam FJP over female candidate requirements in draft elections law Egypt Independent Members of the Salafi Dawah and the Nour Party have criticized the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party over the recently-passed parliamentary elections law. Salafi Dawah Vice Chairman Yasser Borhamy said that the law will make it harder for …

Minister calls for law on corporate gender equality The Local.se Sweden’s equality minister Nyamko Sabuni has proposed a new law requiring companies to strive for a balance between women and men in the boardroom.”The business community is not living up to its own agreement on gender quality. Therefore, we are now proposing a law which requires gender balance in corporate management teams,” Sabuni wrote in the Dagens Nyheter daily on Saturday.  Sabuni explained that the Liberal Party would like to amend the law to require companies to set up and follow clear goals to encourage gender quality and combat discrimination, stopping short of direct quotas.

Gender equality in Denmark doesn’t stop at the beauty salon Reuters COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark, which like its Nordic neighbors prides itself on promoting equal treatment for men and women, is taking gender equality all the way to the beauty salon. The Board of Equal Treatment effectively ruled last month that …

Denmark takes gender equality to the hairdressers TVNZ Denmark takes gender equality to the hairdressers (Source: Photos.com). Source: Photos.com. Denmark, which like its Nordic neighbours prides itself on promoting equal treatment for men and women, is taking gender equality all the way to the beauty salon.

Guatemala’s war on women Amnesty International Guatemala’s war on women. Guatemala’s war on women. María Isabel Franco, killed in 2001 at age 15, was one of the hundreds of women and girls who are violently killed in Guatemala every year.

Natives are under-represented in Parliament – and for women and youth, it’s … Globe and Mail And youth representation has only increased over the last few elections after falling sharply in the 1980s and 1990s. Women’s representation has been worse. Until 1962, the number of women elected in each general election could be counted on one hand, …

Women voters in India want to stand up and be counted Reuters India (blog) Several years ago, a dinner-table conversation about state elections in Himachal Pradesh veered towards a candidate who gave away pressure cookers to woo women voters. Of course, bribing voters is illegal, but I remember wondering whether all I wanted …

Congress to convince allies to support women’s bill Times of India The issue of the pending bill was brought up during the second day of group discussions on women empowerment at the Chintan Shivir on Saturday. Party MP from Mumbai Priya Dutt, while interacting with media, said that it was the Congress which had …

The Senate women’s caucus Casper Star-Tribune Online Years ago when one of the wits in the House moved to the Senate, he was unimpressed. This place is like a morgue, he declared. This was an exaggeration, of course. But no question the Senate is more sedate and moves at a slower pace than the hectic …

Heitkamp: Women in Congress an agent for change Williston Daily Herald To put that in perspective, since the Senate was established in 1789, 39 women have served with Rebecca Latimer Felton serving for one day in 1922, qualifying her as the first woman senator. Hattie Caraway, of Arkansas, was the first to win election in …

Senate Women of the 113th Congress CBS Evening News Senator Barbara Mikulski, Dean of the Senate  Women, speaks with CBS Evening News on the …

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