Gender and Politics in the media

UK: All-female shortlist for would-be Burnley Labour MP. NZ: Shearer risks backlash after axing man-ban plan.

All-female shortlist for would-be Burnley Labour MP Burnley Express Burnley’s Labour parliamentary candidate will once again be a woman after a decision was taken to have an all-female shortlist.

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) made the decision, just as it did in 2005 when Kitty Ussher was eventually elected as MP. In 2010, Burnley’s Labour members voted from an open list, but current group leader Julie Cooper was chosen as the candidate. She was defeated by Liberal Democrat Gordon Birtwistle. Coun. Cooper has once again thrown her hat in the ring and is the likely favourite to run as Labour’s candidate in the next General Election, probably in 2015.

How Kevin Rudd will continue campaign for the female vote Women’s Agenda EMILY’s List national co-convener Tanja Kovac says her group will soon conduct exclusive polling in marginal seats in the lead-up to election day, “of women, by women, for women — to assess public policy from a women’s perspective, making recommendations to the ALP about how to win the women’s vote”. In previous years the data has proven crucial in gauging which policies are likely to hit home….

Shearer risks backlash after axing man-ban plan Otago Daily Times …But despite that endorsement, some party members said they were concerned about the way the women-only proposal was scrapped rather than being presented for members to vote on at the annual conference – raising the prospect of another power struggle between the caucus and membership at the November conference.

Carmel Sepuloni, who hopes to secure the Waitakere selection again next year, said she was undecided on women-only selections. But she did have some concerns about the manner in which it was scrapped before going to the membership.

Go Home The Men (and One Woman) Who Might Be Afghanistan’s Next… The New RepublicShukria Barakzai, a fierce women’s rights advocate and member of parliament. Barakzai was a university student when the Taliban took control in 1996. Her family fled but she stayed in Kabul, where she was kicked out of university and forced to wear a burkha. The day the Taliban was ousted, she celebrated by throwing away her burkha. Barakzai is one of the few to have openly announced her candidacy, though she stands no chance. “Afghanistan has not reached a point where they will elect a woman,” Majidyar says.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: Fatimah (centre) with participants of the Women Director Training Programme.

‘Have more women as decision-makers’ levels’ The Borneo Post KUCHING: More needs to be done to promote gender equality to strengthen women’s representation and allow women equal access to decision-making positions at all levels of society. Highlighting this yesterday, Minister of Women, Family and Community …

Egyptian Women’s Voices Must Be Heard Without Threat Of Violence Bernama The acting head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Lakshmi Puri, stressed the role women have played in the political life of the country and called for zero tolerance against all forms of violence against …

Hot air over Rosy bill in parliament The (subscription) The government did not allow UNP Colombo District MP Rosy Senanayake to present a private member’s bill seeking to amend the Local Authorities Elections Act to allocate 30 per cent of the representation in local government bodies for women and 20 per cent for youth. Chief Government Whip Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena objected to the bill citing that it had not followed accepted procedure.

Gunawardena pointed out that any bill or amendment to a current Act should be referred to the Attorney General first and should have the AG’s observations accompanying it. The Minister said that MP Senanayake’s bill had not been referred to the Attorney General, therefore, the bill could not be permitted to be presented.

Urging Cambodian political parties to support women & children’s causes The debate on ‘Special Measures to Solve Women’s and Children’s Issues’ was jointly organized by the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the Committee to Promote Women in Politics, the Women …

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