Gender and Politics in the media

Pregnant in India? No marriage for you! Minister urges women to deny spouses sex. Clinton On Why Women Must “Dare”.

Women’s rights at stake if Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations collapse GlobalPost (blog) Heather Barr, the Afghanistan researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, last month released an article, which cited recent political developments in calling the future of Afghan women’s rights “dark.” After today’s events and the …

The power of sex … Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

Minister urges women to deny spouses sex New  MDC secretary general and cabinet minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has urged women to deny their husbands conjugal rights unless they register to vote and cast their ballot in the next election.

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga told a party rally in Cross Dete: “Our husbands have failed to play their role. Now it is up to us women to take it upon ourselves to change the political status quo in the country.

“If your husband has not yet gone to register to vote then you must deny him his conjugal rights. If he does not have a registration slip to show that he has registered then do not give in.”

Encouraged by strong applause from the crowd, she went on to claim that women were the hardest hit by the country’s financial turmoil.

In Mongolia, an Incumbent Vies with First Woman Candidate The Asia Foundation – In  Asia Last year’s parliamentary elections increased the number of women parliamentarians from three to 13, out of a total of 76. Regardless of whether Ms. Udval wins, her candidacy signifies an important step in increasing women’s political participation in …

Importance of Women Participation in Election … 5 min


Hillary Clinton: Why Women Must “Dare To Compete” In Politics Forbes Are female politicians doing enough to encourage other women to run for office? In a conversation with a Toronto audience last week, Hillary Clinton ignited further speculation around a potential 2016 presidential run. “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime,” said Clinton to an enthusiastic audience of thousands. “I hope that we will see a woman elected because I think it would send exactly the right historic signal to girls, women as well as boys and men. And I will certainly vote for the right woman to be president.”


This Indian bride is one of 151 who participated in a mass wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad on February 22, 2013. Participation in mass marriages are on the rise to combat wedding expenses that often bankrupt a bride’s family.

Pregnant in India? No marriage for you! GlobalPost NEW DELHI, India — You’d think conservative politicians would favor marrying off poor, pregnant women as soon as possible.

Yet in recent weeks, officials in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have been doing just the opposite: Requiring women to undergo pregnancy tests before they can participate in a government-sponsored mass marriage scheme, and banning them if they “fail.” What gives?

Urban feminists initially interpreted the move as yet another example of conservative India’s attempts to restrict female sexuality and deny women control over their own bodies. The state’s social justice minister said the pregnant would-be brides were “scandalous and reprehensible” and said his department planned to make parents testify in writing to their daughters’ virginity.

Labour TD says new Magdalene compensation fund is a ‘small but significant … Labour TD for Wicklow, Anne Ferris, has said that the Magdalene redress fund announced by the Government on Wednesday is a ‘small but significant step’ in helping survivors ‘move on with their lives’. Anne Ferris said these women have ‘endured the most …

Magdalene laundries support scheme unveiled BBC News The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses where thousands of women and girls had to do unpaid, manual labour. Payments will range from 11,500 euros (£9,000) for women who spent three months or less in a laundry, to a maximum of 100,000 euros …

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