Gender and Politics in the media

World: Badam Zari becomes Pakistan’s 1st tribal woman to stand. Gender is not a social construct.

Badam Zari and Nusrat Bibi – the symbol of emancipation for Fata’s women? DAWN.com In this photograph taken on April 2, 2013, Pakistani Badam Zari (R), a candidate for upcoming general elections, speaks with a woman during her campaign in Khar, the main town of Bajaur. -Photo by AFP. There is more to Fata (Federally Administered…

Badam Zari becomes Pakistan’s first ever tribal woman to stand for election New Statesman However, a female resident from Bajaur district made history yesterday, by becoming Pakistan’s first ever tribal woman to stand in elections. Badam Zari is a 40 year old housewife, with no children. “I want to reach the assembly to become a voice for …

Illiterate Pakistan housewife makes vote history AFP Badam Zari, 53, has little chance of winning, but her enthusiasm has been seized upon as a step towards emancipation in one of the most conservative parts of Pakistan, where women live in purdah and many are barred from even voting. “I am contesting …

FATA women’s participation in elections a good sign: Gilani Pakistan Observer Lahore—Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Senior Vice Chairman of PPP, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that filing of nomination papers by two women from tribal areas to contest National Assembly elections is a heart- …

Mamata targets women in new election tactic to garner support and build party … Daily Mail “The party’s women’s cell has formed various teams at the block-level across West Bengal that will be canvassing for Trinamool candidates in the panchayat elections,” state health minister (independent charge) Chandrima Bhattacharya said describing the …

Two women likely to be elected in PN casual elections Malta Independent Online PN candidates who failed to make the cut on 9 March are hoping to make it to parliament through the casual elections scheduled for Wednesday with five seats up for grabs. These casual elections are expected to pave the way for Marthese Portelli …

Gender is not a social construct Irish Times Attention male readers. How would you like it if Michael Noonan introduced a tax on men in reparation for the violence that men have visited on society over the ages?

Well, such a law was proposed by a radical feminist/green lobby in Sweden, where they take gender equality seriously. Unfortunately, I think they are getting it very wrong.

This law was never close to being enacted, but Sweden is making progress with gender-equality in other areas, as reported by Christina Hoff Sommers in The Atlantic in December. For example, Swedish toy company catalogues must show images of boys playing with dolls and girls with guns, and vice versa, and in 2012 the Swedes introduced the genderless pronoun “hen” instead of “han” (he) and “hon” (she).

PTI list for reserved seats of women shocks many in party The News International The PTI has finally submitted its lists for the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly reserved seats for women in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which, on the one hand, shows a bulk of new comers attaining prominence and, on the other hand, …

Parties against KPU’s pro-women quota Jakarta Post Political parties have demanded that the General Elections Commission (KPU) be more understanding in its implementation of a 30-percent quota for female candidates on lists of candidates contesting the 2014 legislative elections. Most political parties …

Shura Council ends rule putting women at top of electoral lists Egypt Independent The Shura Council gave initial approval on Tuesday of amendments to the House of Representatives election law that could give women lower positions on electoral lists. Members of the Shura Council Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed …

Barriers to voter registration pose problems for women The News International The report also makes longer-term recommendations to integrate the region into Pakistan’s mainstream, including reserved parliamentary seats for women and measures to increase the registration of female voters and details many challenges in the way of …

Two tribal women to contest election Peninsula On-line Badam Zari (right) talks with journalists about her decision to contest election from Federally Administered Tribal Areas, in Bajauar near the Afghan border, yesterday. KHAR/TIMERGARA: Two women, one from Pakistan’s northwestern Bajaur tribal agency …

Women should be given party tickets on general seats also: Speakers Pakistan Observer Quetta—The speakers urged all political parties to award ticket to women on general seats instead women reserved seats in elections 2013 if they are sincere in their claim of equal rights of men and women and gender …

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