Gender and Politics in the media

US: Obama-Women Senators Dinner Set For Tuesday. Canada: Minister sorry for telling MP to ‘listen to your father’. All-male club: membership restricted.

Canada won’t close gender gap for 228 years at current pace: Report Toronto Star Even though six of Canada’s provinces and territories have female premiers, women’s representation in politics and on corporate boards has grown by just 2.3 per cent in the past two decades, says the study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives …

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt apologized in a committee hearing to NDP MP Niki Ashton for telling her to listen to her father. Ashton had wanted the Conservative to address violence against aboriginal women rather than Bill S-2, which concerns family assets in the event of an aboriginal marriage breakdown. Photograph by: FRED CHARTRAND , THE CANADIAN PRESS

 

Aboriginal Affairs minister sorry for telling NDP MP to ‘listen to your father’ The Province OTTAWA — Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has apologized after telling an NDP MP to listen to her father about supporting a Conservative bill to protect matrimonial rights on reserves. Valcourt made the comment in response to criticisms from MP Niki Ashton, whose father Steve Ashton is a cabinet minister in the Manitoba government. At committee hearings on the bill Tuesday, Ashton told Valcourt and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose to pay more attention to First Nations demands for a national inquiry into violence against aboriginal women. “Maybe you should be listening to your father,” Valcourt responded…

Ashton immediately responded that she was “offended” by Valcourt’s reference to her father. “If we’re talking about paternalism, it takes many forms. Asking me who I talk to or don’t talk to from my family is not part of what we’re talking about in this committee.”

Female senators to dine with Obama Video on NBCNews.com: All 20 women in the Senate have been invited to a private dinner at …

Obama-Women Senators Dinner Set For Tuesday – Huffington Post President Barack Obama has invited the 20 women elected to the U.S. Senate for dinner at the White House on Tuesday, another chapter in his effort to develop closer ties with Congress. Since March, Obama has taken …

Female senators need more seats at the table – Washington Post The 20 women currently serving in the Senate have been invited to dinner with the president on Tuesday, an event which follows similar sit-downs the president has had with Republicans and Democrats, both at the White House and at a Washington hotel.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis: GOP Must Do More to Attract Women Voters Newsmax.com Republicans fared poorly with women voters in the 2012 presidential election, and a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee and Maggie’s List, a political action committee aiming to help elect conservative women to Congress, said it is …

Access to polls: Forgotten rights: Where women shy away from ballot boxes The Express Tribune In 2008, a combination of crackling megaphone announcements, local jirga meetings and Friday sermons were used to reinforce the exclusion of women from the voting process. Those who managed to brave their way to polling booths were terrorised …

Touching base: Sheah (centre) having a chat with a shopkeeper in Section 8, Petaling Jaya during his morning walkabout recently.

GE13: Female voters deciding factor in PJS constituency The Star Online FEMALE voters in Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS) can be the determining factor in the GE13 as statistics showed that they make up half of the registered electorate. Barisan Nasional, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and even independent candidates contesting for parliamentary seats had acknowledged that female voters are a deciding factor for their success come polling day on May 5.

‘Let Market Women Conduct Elections,’ PDP Challenges Oshiomole, EDSIEC
CHANNELS We want to have a neutral body composed of civil society groups, Nigerian Bar Association members, market women, students… let them come and conduct these elections. So that the world will know exactly what the thinking of the mind of Edo people is …

Assurance from political parties sought Himalayan Times KATHMANDU: Election Commission Chief Nilkantha Upreti today urged all women to lobby with political parties to ensure proportional representation of women in the upcoming CA elections. Women have been demanding at least 33 per cent representation …

All-male club: membership restricted The Hindu This time, a total of 170 women contestants are in the fray. This, however, reflects a large presence of Independents rather than the willingness of mainstream political parties to accommodate more women in the electoral arena. The much-talked about …

Leaders commit to 33 percent women representation in CA Himalayan Times At an interaction on ‘Guarantee of women’s participation in the upcoming CA election’ organized by Sancharika Samuha in the capital on Tuesday, the leaders said they would respect the result of the 2008 CA election in terms of women’s representation.

Election system no obstacle to encourage women’s … Speaking at a programme in the Capital on Tuesday, Chief Election Commissioner Nil Kantha …

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