Gender and Politics in the media

NZ: ‘Labour hailed for women-only quota proposal’ or ‘Labour’s ‘man ban’ cheapens women’s achievements?’

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. – Source: Breakfast

Labour hailed for women-only quota proposal TVNZ Former National MP Jackie Blue has congratulated the Labour Party over their proposal to introduce women-only candidate selection.

Labour is poised to introduce new party rules to ensure half of its elected MPs are women by 2017 and would allow individual electorates to run “women-only” candidate selections.

…The current Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission, Dr Jackie Blue, told TV ONE’s Breakfast that in the last five elections the percentage of women MPs had not increased in any way, shape or form.

“It’s not acceptable when women make up 51% of the population to be currently only about 32% of MPs in parliament.

“We are in a society of equality and while women are underrepresented in politics, we do not have that equality at all.”

Former election candidate ‘disappointed’ after all-women shortlist blocks … Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News Cllr John Stockton (transport), told the Weekly News that an all-women shortlist had precluded his candidacy. Labour members instead picked Northwich councillor and former ICI employee Julia Tickridge, who has some family connections to Runcorn.

Pro-women plan rattles Labour New Zealand Herald Labour yesterday released proposed changes to its selection processes, including allowing local electorate committees to apply to the party’s ruling council to block men from running for some seats. It is part of a bid to lift the proportion of women …

Labour’s ‘man ban’ cheapens women’s achievements – Nats Manawatu Standard Labour’s proposed quota for its female MPs has been slammed by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, who says it cheapens the legacies of the country’s successful women. Jo Goodhew’s Labour counterpart Sue Moroney was forced to defend the proposal …

National critical of Labour quota system for women Radio New Zealand National says Labour’s proposed quota system for women in Parliament undermines women’s ability to succeed on merit alone. Labour is considering banning males from running for electorates which are struggling to get good female representation. The ban …

Pro-women plan rattles Labour Otago Daily Times Former Labour president Mike Williams says a proposal to allow the party to stop men from seeking selection as candidates in some electorates is “discriminatory” and will turn male voters off it. Several of Labour’s male MPs have also voiced concerns.

Divisions in Labour over ‘man ban’ The Nelson Mail Labour leader David Shearer may be on a collision course with the party’s left-wing rank and file over proposals to ensure half its MPs are women – a move that would also allow for “women-only” candidate selections. Mr Shearer declined to comment …

Labour’s barmy ‘man ban’ Stuff.co.nz Labour already has far more women in Parliament than any other political party. It can boast to have produced New Zealand’s first elected female prime minister – and one of its most successful. The Labour movement has produced inspirational women in …

‘Man ban’ not the way forward for Labour- Shearer New Zealand Herald He said Labour had recently had an excellent female MP – Meka Whaitiri – elected in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection which was an example of how more women should be selected. “It’s about making sure we get excellent candidates up and we select them it’s …

Maybe, would have to see more Independent Community Newspaper Some Labour Party members are baffled by a push to introduce new party rules that could lead to individual electorates running “women-only” candidate selections. The proposed rule changes, to be decided at the party’s annual conference in November, …

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