Conservatives in Egypt endanger ‘Stop FGM’ efforts. As gender equality rises, more Ugandan women seek divorce.

Only 8 of the total 231 stations in Karak have been allocated for women. PHOTO: ONLINE

Politically sidelined: Women remain excluded in first democratic transition The Express Tribune PESHAWAR: The scant number of polling stations for females and deteriorating law and order condition indicate women in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) will be at the receiving end regarding their participation in the upcoming polls.

“Women’s turnout is feared to be low in the upcoming elections,” said Qamar Naseem, program coordinator at Blue Veins, a non-governmental organisation working to increase women’s political participation. The reasons for this dismal situation are worsening law and order along with a lack of separate polling stations for women, he added.

As gender equality rises, more Ugandan women seek divorce; marriage now partnership of equals Washington Post More women are initiating divorces in Uganda, a conservative East African country where women are becoming empowered to leave a bad marriage in a way their mothers could not, rights activists and legal experts say….In 2004 a Ugandan court nullified a law that set the evidential bar impossibly high for women who wanted a divorce. At the time a woman was required to give evidence proving sodomy, desertion or — perhaps most strangely — bestiality on the part of her husband. He, in turn, had to prove only that the wife committed adultery.

Women and Change in Afghanistan GroundReport Noorjahan Akbar, 22, is an Afghan women’s rights activist and a prolific blogger. Although she is now studying in the United States, Noorjahan writes about the issues confronting women in Afghanistan for online magazines and blogs. Global Voices Online …

Bringing women’s issues to the fore The New Indian Express Shantha Kumari, a candidate contesting the Assembly elections from Byatarayanapura constituency, is clear she may not win the polls. “This is an opportunity for me to bring to light the plight of women in the city, especially in this constituency,” she …

Pakistan Elections 2013: Women And The Youth – Analysis Eurasia Review According to Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation, “Pakistan is a mysoginistic society and the reason behind discouraging women from casting vote or fighting elections is partly societal, parlty religious and partly cultural.

Malaysia Elections: Two women candidates out to prove critics wrong AsiaOne KUANTAN: Their names are about the closest thing the two women on the campaign trail share, aside from a sense of gender bias shown by some men in their respective constituencies. Murnie Hidayah Anuar, a 29-year-old human rights lawyer, is the PKR’s …

Elec-tion-ary: [Elections for women reserved seats] The Express Tribune ISLAMABAD: As per the Constitution 20 seats in the National Assembly were reserved for women. The seats were distributed among the provinces: 12 for Punjab, four for Sindh, and two each for Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Elections for these seats …

‘Campaign school’ for female politicians continuing in Athlone Westmeath Independent The course, billed as ‘Ireland’s first political campaign school’ was organised by a group called Women For Election, and received funding from the US state department. Twenty attendees, including representatives from all of the main political parties …

Saudi Women at the Helm: Beneficiaries of the Arab Spring Patheos (blog) One of the most crucial changes to take place is the announcement in 2011 by King Abdullah that women will finally be allowed to vote and run as candidates in municipal elections to be held in 2015. In a country where women navigate public space …

42 women contesting polls on general seats in KP PakistanToday.com.pk ISLAMABAD – A total of 42 women candidates are participating on 15 national and 27 provincial assembly seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the upcoming general elections. A large number of women are …

Politics in Pakistan is not just for men Deutsche Welle Women mostly stay at home. Outside they are only seen with burkhas, covering their body and faces with a veil. Only three percent of women can read or write. Badam Zari herself is not highly educated. “My decision to compete in the election is not only …

Increased conservatives in Egypt endanger ‘Stop FGM’ efforts WNN – Women News Network …But Nehad Abud Komsan, director of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, said the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood and more conservative Salafist politicians threaten those gains. “They come to say ‘we may have a law to make it [legal] in a …

‘National women leaders still blowing lot of hot air’ Daily Express Kota Kinabalu: More women are taking exception to Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s promise of better women’s representation in future General Elections. In support of former MPWS Chairperson Datuk Noni Said’s statement last week about “window …

Gender deficit in politics The Express Tribune The effort to bridge the gender gap in politics was made through electoral reforms during the Musharraf regime. The Local Government Ordinance 2001 reserved 33 per cent of the seats for women in the local government and the Legal Framework Order 2002 …

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