Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Gender equality: all but richest women doing worse, single mothers and disabled bearing brunt of cuts.

Independent Scotland: Could It Be a Feminist Utopia? PolicyMic The latest Ipso MORI poll published this week shows increased support for maintaining union with the United Kingdom, with a widening gender gap of more women voting “No” than men; some reports have referred to this as the SNP’s “woman problem” ­(yes, really). Hysteria aside, it should be no surprise that woman are weighing up independence more with their “heads than their hearts.” Every citizen should use their wits rather than their emotional impulse to draw conclusions (unfortunately, it’s often the latter resource these debates tend to excite).

The government is accused of lacking a co-ordinated approach to gender equaliy, leaving the bulk of responsibility to culture secretary Maria Miller. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Government cuts threaten gender equality gains, warns report The Guardian Government cuts that disproportionately impact on women are in danger of reversing gains in gender equality, says a report published on Monday. The report, produced by an umbrella organisation representing 42 women’s and human rights groups, …

Gender equality must be a development priority in its own right The Guardian For all its limitations, the MDG on gender equality and women’s empowerment demonstrated the impact that a dedicated gender goal can have – as a mechanism to hold governments accountable for their responsibilities to women, as an advocacy tool for …

Italian envoy calls for protection of women’s rights… New Vision The Italian ambassador to Uganda has called for the protection of women’s rights describing it as a fountain of democracy.  Stefano Dejak noted that human rights issues the world over are some of the complex issues to handle. He applauded the Ugandan government for doing much to restore the rule of law. “A good democracy means happiness for its citizens. But I would like to emphasize the right and freedom of women. Citizens should be allowed to live as human beings and not as animals. The protection of women is very fundamental,” he said.

UPND Praised for Adopting Female Candidate in Feira Zambia Reports  The Zambia National Women’s Lobby has urged political parties in the country to consider adopting female candidates in the forth coming by-elections in a continued quest to meet the 2015 target for equal opportunity for women participation in decision …

Female candidates rush to learn campaign strategies Jakarta Post Female candidates running for next year’s legislative election are feeling the pressure to learn the ropes of campaigning fast, while fighting the stigma that their presence in parties’ candidate lists are mere formalities. All 12 parties contesting …

Repolling recommended in constituencies where women were not allowed to vote The Express Tribune She said that in Upper Dir, only one woman in Darora union council cast her vote, while in six polling stations in Lower Dir saw not even a single woman voted. The situation was no different in NA-28 Buner, where women only cast votes in 10 out of 27 …

Women voting: Gross mismanagement at polling stations The Express Tribune While there was a considerable increase in the turnout of female voters, women still faced challenges in casting their ballots, according to a report released on Monday by Aware Girls, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The NGO, which is funded by …

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