Gender and Politics in the media

Morocco’s Islamists modify gender equality plan. Activists demand LEGO make more female characters.

Morocco’s Islamists modify gender equality plan Morocco’s Islamist-led government on Friday presented a new European Union-funded plan to promote women’s rights and equality, but without earlier measures to legalise abortion and support single mothers.

The plan, which is funded with €45 million (Dh165.2 million) from the EU, contains 150 measures to improve women’s equality in the health and education sectors, and access to government employment, Minister of Women, Family and Social Development Bassima Hakkaoui said.

Her predecessor, Nouzha Skalli, said an earlier draft of the plan included a law legalising abortion in certain cases as well as protection for single mothers.

Gender equality activists demand LEGO make more female characters New York Daily News A community of gender equality activists has launched a petition asking LEGO to move forward with a proposed series that actually includes girl pieces — a rarity among toy giant’s products. The campaign highlights the Female Minifigure Set, …

Women entrepreneurs bridge the gender gap Arab News These challenges relate to the conservative nature of the Kingdom, access to finance, opportunities and training. A Saudi woman who runs a cake shop in Riyadh said that the restrictive conditions in the country did not stop her from starting her own …

Want chicks, not women: UP minister caught on tape demanding girls for sex India Today An expelled woman leader of the SP, Madhu Pandey, has shared an audio recording of a purported conversation with Rambabu Yadav, the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Labour Enforcement Board, asking her to arrange young girls for him instead of middle- …

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