Gender and Politics in the media

Despite threats, Pakistani women cast votes in election. Women stopped from voting in Taliban stronghold.

Despite threats, Pakistani women cast votes in election The Journal News | LoHud.com Saturday’s historic elections mark the country’s first transition from one elected government fulfilling its term to another – without a military coup – and Pakistan’s 37 million registered women voters are eager to make an impact. Badam Zari is …

Defiant Pakistani women vote in record numbers North Queensland Register Literacy rates are low in this country – around 35 per cent among rural women – so voters check their names with a thumbprint before, one by one, they are given their ballot papers and instructions to place a stamp next to the symbol of the party they …

BBC News – Pakistan elections: Women voters … bbc.co.uk 1 min People in Pakistan have taken part in landmark national and provincial polls with millions of …

Women participate enthusiastically in elections PakistanToday.com.pk Like Kausar, millions of women voted at their respective polling stations in the four provinces, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). 27 year old Taliha said at a political rally that she would vote for Imran Khan of Pakistan Tekrik …

Taliban Stop Rural Women from Voting in Pakistan … ibtimes.co.uk Women in rural areas of Pakistan are being prevented from voting in today’s general election, according to local residents. Messages were broadcast from loudspeakers at mosques warning tribesmen in Taliban-controlled areas of North Waziristan not to allow women to leave their homes to cast their ballots.

Female cops deputized as BEIs in ARMM areas in wake of teacher’s killing Inquirer.net COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Following Sunday’s violence in SK Pendatun town in Maguindanao that led to the killing of the education district supervisor, the Commission on Elections has put the town under its control, with deputized police officers …

Pakistan’s game-changing election euronews.com The Taliban has threatened to target the vote. A woman working at a polling station said, “Many female staff have already refused to work because of the threats and they’re scared. I trust in Allah.” Tens of thousands of security personnel have been deployed to make sure people can vote safely.

Women participate actively in Pakistan’s general election Sin Chew Jit Poh ISLAMABAD, May 12 (Xinhua) — Kausar Parveen, 62, got up at 5 in the morning, finished her domestic chores and left home at 7 to cast vote for her favourite political party in Pakistan’s northern district of Chakwal on Saturday which was the general …

Discriminating women The Frontier Post Some areas of Malakand and Batgram also saw women being deprived of their right. A number of rights activists approached political parties convincing them not to hinder women’s vote. The parties reluctantly agreed to the demand but later made a U-turn …

Impressive Women Turnout In Pakistan Elections 2013, Especially In … Carbonated.tv Mohmand Agency, which is a district in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, is one of the most supremely conservative societies of Pakistan. This time around, the district has witnessed an impressive and a much unexpected turnout of women.

The electoral participation of women in the twin cities was historically unprecedented. PHOTO: AFP

Women, youth make themselves count as agents of change The Express Tribune Presiding Officer Khadijatul Kubra in Satellite Town was amazed at the turnout of women voters, which she said she had never witnessed during 30 years of election duty. By 1 pm, 789 women had cast their ballots at Kubra’s polling station — around 64 …

Pakistanis vote in landmark elections – Central … aljazeera.com 4 min Women’s turnout is traditionally low in conservative areas. … The election marks the first …

Voter turnout: Women throng polling stations across the city The Express Tribune The constituencies where most women were seen include NA-122, NA-125, NA-126 and NA-128. The presiding officers in these areas said the women’s vote had played a decisive role in determining the results. Women voters were among the most …

Women Voters’ Influence In Pakistan’s Election … live.huffingtonpost.com 10 min Fears over security concerns around Pakistan’s election rose after letters circulated warning …

PTI’s Hashmi sails through comfortably Business Recorder (blog) With a significant participation of women in general elections in federal capital, candidate of Tehrik-e-Insaf Javed Hashmi comfortably defeated PML-N candidate Anjum Aqeel Khan in Islamabad-I (NA-48), whereas, tough competition was seen among PML-N, …

Defiant Pakistani women vote in record numbers … smh.com.au 1:30 min Women have voted in record numbers in Pakistan’s general election, many defying tradition, party orders, and Taliban threats of violence to cast a ballot. But millions still missed out.
Most of women in Malakand Division fail to cast vote The News International The participation of women in election was encouraging in a region where women were often barred from casting votes in elections. The majority of registered women voters couldn’t cast votes, though the number of women turning up at the polling stations …

Preventing women from voting a national crime, says KP minister The News International She expressed her satisfaction at the participation of women in the elections. The minister maintained that she was feeling happy because all those women polling stations, where turnout used to be zero in the past, were having voters in large number.

Feature: Women participate actively in Pakistan’s general election Xinhua Most of the female contenders in 2008 elections came from political families but this year many new and young women are taking part in politics mainly due to the emerging party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI). As a former cricketer and philanthrope, PTI …

Women stopped from voting in Waziristan Business Recorder (blog) Women were stopped from voting in the general elections on Saturday in North Waziristan, residents said. North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous districts on the rugged border with Afghanistan which are a haven for militants.

JI, ANP, PPP decide barring women from voting in … PakTribune.com LOWER DIR: Key political parties in Lower Dir district have entered into an informal agreement to bar women from voting on May 11 general elections, sources privy to the development said. Reports say that the front men of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), …

Women, youth turn up in large numbers The News International Women and youth that many thought may not show up on the Election Day turned up in large numbers at polling stations across Islamabad to exercise their right to franchise. Much to everyone’s surprise, enthusiastic youngsters started arriving early in …

Women On The Ground In The Pakistani Election … video.answers.com 3:24 min Sehrish Khan, a graduate student & Imran Khan supporter in Lahore, Pakistan, describes what …

Threats fail to deter voters from polling vote The News International Interestingly, a large number of women voters were seen in the suburbs of Peshawar, the most sensitive and volatile areas where earlier women were barred from casting votes, including Badaber, Masho Khel, Matani, Sorezai, Mashogagar, Adezai, …

Pakistani women defy clerics and custom in elections The Guardian Election authorities say there has been an increase in women candidates this year. But social traditions and threats from the Taliban still hold back female candidates and voters. Few women that stand in regular constituencies are likely to win, least …

Women participation: Voting in the shadow of dreams The Express Tribune Women across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) were expected to be a tentative swing vote. And in the face of blatant and frequent threats from the Taliban, women still showed up – even in areas considered ‘highly sensitive’ like Badhaber. Some even defied the …

Women deprived of right to vote in KPK areas The Nation Once again the womenfolk were deprived of their right to vote on Saturday in general election as in some parts of the KPK and FATA, no woman voter turned out to cast her vote. InLower Dir, a jirga decided a day earlier not to allow women to vote …

Local jirga bars women from casting vote The Express Tribune According to local news reporters, local jirgas barred women to cast votes. “In Dherai, Malak pur, Matwanai, no women polling held as elders in the areas unanimously decided not to allow women to cast votes. The decision was accepted by all political …

Posted by Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui Business Recorder (blog) A Jirga (an assembly of tribal elders) barred women voters from exercising their right of franchise. The tribal elders who met in the Pahar Khel Thal area of Lakki Marwat gave their verdict against women’s casting votes after nightlong deliberations here.

Up North: Women not allowed to vote in five villages The Express Tribune PESHAWAR: Men folk in five villages on the outskirts of the city adjacent to the Shalober area of Khyber Agency Landi Bala, Landi Payan, Sangu, Achini and Haji Banda did not allow their women to cast their votes as per the local Pakthun tradition and …

Women stopped from voting in Taliban stronghold Oman Tribune In North Waziristan, many women live in purdah, confined to women-only quarters at home and prevented from leaving the premises without a male relative. On Wednesday, pamphlets were handed out in Miranshah warning tribesmen not to let women vote …

Women abstain voting in upper parts of Hazara The News International “Our culture doesn’t allow us to send our women to the polling stations to cast votes and this is why local people decided not to send their women…

Women in Mohmand Agency make history The Express Tribune Female voters of all ages were seen in large numbers in NA-36, Mohmand Agency, in what was the first time in the conservative tribal belt. But people were not so lucky in North Waziristan’s NA-40, and in NA-41 and NA-42 South Waziristan, where many …

Defiant Pakistani women vote in record numbers Brisbane Times Women have voted in record numbers in Pakistan’s general election, many defying tradition, party orders, and Taliban threats of violence to cast a ballot. But millions still missed out. South Asia Correspondent BEN DOHERTY writes from Khyber …

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