UK: Nick Clegg: Liberal Democrats have let women down. Germany: Labour minister proud of Merkel’s legacy

The shaming of Nick Clegg: Deputy PM humiliated as inquiry rules he failed … Daily Mail The Deputy Prime Minister ‘made mistakes’ over the allegations against Lord Rennard, according to a highly critical report into attitudes to women among senior Liberal Democrats. Mr Clegg conceded that ‘women had been let down’ after the independent …

Nick Clegg: Liberal Democrats have let women down BBC News The Liberal Democrats have “let women down”, leader Nick Clegg has said, as a report following allegations of sexual impropriety by former chief executive Lord Rennard was published. The independent inquiry found Mr Clegg “should have asked more …

Nick Clegg: Liberal Democrat sexual misconduct report ‘makes sobering reading’ Telegraph.co.uk The review by Helena Morrissey, a businesswoman, found mistakes stretching back for 20 years in the way the Liberal Democrats dealt with sexual harassment allegations. She singled out Nick Clegg, and two ministers, Jo Swinson and Danny Alexander, …

Nick Clegg admits Lib Dems ‘let women down’ over ‘Lord Grope’ harassment … Mirror.co.uk Nick Clegg was rapped today for his bungled handling of the “Lord Grope” sexual harassment claims. A damning report said the women involved were failed by Mr Clegg, Danny Alexander and fellow Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson after they failed to investigate …

Lib Dem ‘failure’ over Rennard harassment claims – report Channel 4 News … Helena Morrissey to conduct an investigation into its handling of the affair. Women who worked for the Lib Dems made claims to Channel 4 News that Lord Rennard, the party’s most powerful official, had made unwanted sexual advances towards them.

Clegg: Party mistakes left women feeling let down ITV News Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. Credit: Press Assocation. Mr Clegg said: “It shows that stretching over a 20 year period a series of mistakes were made which left a number of women feeling seriously let down and for that there is absolutely no …

Nick Clegg Should Have Ordered Inquiry Into Lord Rennard Allegations, Report …  Huffington Post UK They were made by Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander and Jo Swinson. “I think you can make a mistake and learn from them, it’s different from setting out to mislead or to do something wrong.” Four women made allegations against Lord Rennard, but Ms …

Clegg Erred by Failing to Probe Sex Allegations, Morrissey Says Businessweek U.K. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg made a mistake by not ordering an official investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct made by women in his party against a senior lawmaker, an inquiry found. Newton Investment Management Ltd. Chief …

Lib-Dems failed to investigate Lord Rennard sexual misconduct claims Evening Standard 12 June 2013. Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats were guilty of a “failure” to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by former Lib-Dem chief executive Lord Rennard, an independent report found today. … She said in her report that the women rightly felt …

Nick Clegg ‘should have ordered Rennard sex harassment inquiry after 2008 … Telegraph.co.uk The accusations only became public in a Channel Four documentary earlier this year, when a series of Liberal Democrat women came forward amid concerns Lord Rennard had returned to party activism. The review by Helena Morrissey, a businesswoman, …

Clegg admits Lib Dems let women down for 20 years as damning report into sex … Daily Mail He added: ‘The report shows that the individuals who dealt with their complaints had the right motives, but there weren’t the right processes in place to support the women who’d come forward. And as Leader of the Liberal Democrats I take responsibility …

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman visits Kirkby Mansfield Chad The Rt Hon Harriet Harman, who is deputy leader of the Labour party, addressed a conference of MPs, councillors and activists on some of the barriers currently facing women in politics, business and the media. Afterwards, members were given the …

Opinion: Gender quotas are the sensible way forward Liberal Democrat Voice Research outlined by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows clearly that ‘the quality of corporate governance and ethical behaviour is high in companies with high shares of women on boards’. Given some of the behaviour of some major …

Still a long way to go to full equality This is Nottingham Gender equity can only be achieved when differences in women’s and men’s approaches to achieving a particular goal, or in management styles, is positively identified by all as ensuring best value in work, politics or daily life. You cannot legislate …

Hayle UKIP Viv Lewis mistaken for a woman This is Cornwall “I think voters in Camborne thought I was a woman and I think a lot of people think women should be able to run things. “Mrs Thatcher had been in the news a lot so that might have been in the back of their minds. “I suspect this because someone rang …

Votes for Puffins? How Women and Other Majorities Are Ignored Huffington Post UK Now that the campaigners The Womens Room are threatening to take the Bank of England to court over its decision to drop prison reformer Elizabeth Fry from the UK five pound note, thus leaving the Queen as the only woman on our notes and coinage, I am …

Rebecca Front and Jessica Hynes in “Up the Women”. Photograph: BBC

 

Modern feminists can learn a lot from Suffragette sitcom “Up the Women” New Statesman As longtime fans of the television series Spaced (has a sitcom before or since so hilariously conveyed twentysomething experience?), we were extremely excited about Jessica Hynes’ new venture, a comedy called Up the Women focusing on a Banbury craft group’s sudden interest in the Suffragette movement. The first two episodes of the three-parter aired on BBC4 this month, and it has already been recommissioned for BBC2, news that is unsurprising for anyone who’s seen it. Its slightly stagey feel lends itself well to the razor sharp lines and its comic characters have been well rendered, particularly that of Helen, a Lady Bracknell-esque character and the craft circle’s chair (played by Rebecca Front), who disapproves of women’s suffrage, saying “the present system works perfectly well. My husband votes for whom I tell him to vote. What could be a better system than that?”

What Would the Suffragettes Say if They Could See Us Here Today? Huffington Post UK They would look  globally, because gender equality, like democracy, exposes how interconnected we are, both at home and overseas. One shining example under the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, is DFID’s very explicit …

Germany

German Labour minister proud of Merkel’s legacy euronews The German Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen is considered a serious rival to Angela Merkel inside the conservative CDU. Von der Leyen is well known for her progressive views on social issues, such as a quota for women in top …

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