Gender and Politics in the media

Saudi Arabia’s First Female Film. Fayemi’s wife urges sustained protest against child marriage.

MPs reject motion for women’s special seats Daily Nation He was supported by the Assistant Minister for Works, Communications and Power, Galgallo Godana, who claimed that Mati was only using the motion as a way of attracting women’s vote in the next elections. When Sir Humphrey put the question on Mati’s …

Child marriage: Fayemi’s wife urges sustained protest against Senate’s decision DailyPost Nigeria Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has urged more men and women of good conscience, civil society organizations, feminists and social justice crusaders to lend their voice to the ongoing outrage about the move by the Senate to legalise child marriage. In a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Akin Oyedele, the governor’s wife described the lawmakers move as self-serving and at variance with all international conventions and protocols on the rights of the child, which Nigeria has ratified.

Portrait Unveiled Of Edna Watson, 1st Female MP Bernews “We have had women’s suffrage here only since 1944, you know. The 1948 elections were the first time a woman could run for office. The thing all came up very suddenly. I was asked one Thursday to stand for parliament. The next Thursday I was in.”.

Segregating votes: Women may vote for women in new KP LB reforms The Express Tribune Despite the traditional hurdles discouraging women to vote, the province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa registered a particularly enthusiastic female turnout in this year’s general elections. However, poor organisation, social taboos and Taliban proved to be …

 

The 7 Reasons We’re In Awe Of This Woman: Saudi Arabia’s First Female Film Director Marie Claire.co.uk In the conservative area Wadjda comes from, respectable girls do not ride bikes or even laugh in public. To give you an idea of the obstacles film director Haifaa had to overcome, here’s a little bit of background: men and women are forbidden from …

Female citizens affirm significance of political franchise Kuwait News Agency This opinion was expressed by a number of eligible female voters in interviews with KUNA, with some noting the high need for such participation to elect lawmakers who advocate women rights, namely the right for housing, education, health care, in …

Taleban-style edict for women spreads alarm in Afghan district  Khaleej Times  One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s main religious advisers will not overturn a decree issued by clerics in the north reimposing Taleban-style curbs on women, in another sign of returning conservatism as NATO forces leave the country. Just days …

Elders ban women from shopping alone in northwest Pakistan GlobalPost Tribal elders and Islamic clerics in northwest Pakistan have barred women from shopping in bazaars without a male relative, elders and an official said Saturday. The decision was taken on Friday in the Karak district of conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa …

‘Women should have double vote’ The Express Tribune Speaking at a seminar on Participation of Women in Electoral Process at National Level organised by the South Asia Partnership (SAP) on Thursday, he said, “Women should be given the right to vote for general seats as well as a vote to pick women …

US launches push to boost women’s role in Afghanistan Reuters There is growing fear among many in Afghanistan that a withdrawal of U.S.-led forces after elections in 2014 could undermine the position of women and see them retreat, especially if the Taliban increase their political hold. “It is a unique effort to …

Afghan women get empowerment boost UPI.com Afghanistan is scheduled to hold provincial and presidential elections next year. Past elections were seen as skewed in favor of President Hamid Karzai. Women in the Afghan political system are marginalized and female leaders are often killed for …

Scrapping of maternity fees a boon for women but youth still await gains Daily Nation Soon after being elected, he allocated the Sh6 billion previously set aside for an election run-off towards the establishment of a new interest-free fund targeting women and youth. The youth have also been granted a 30 per cent share of government …

Kuwaiti experts urge support for woman political empowerment ‘Females face … Arab Times Kuwait English Daily KUWAIT CITY, July 16, (KUNA): Kuwaiti academics and journalists on Monday attributed the low number of women candidates for the National Assembly elections to the lack of support and encouragement from the civil society institutions. The fact that only …

Egypt Cabinet has women, Christians; no Islamists Bellingham Herald It does not include members of any Islamist parties — a sign of the enduring division that follows the removal of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president. The interim president’s spokesman had earlier said posts would be offered to the Muslim …

Women’s seats on Constitutional Commission “insufficient” says lawyers’ group Libya Herald It says that the allocation of six seats for women is “insufficient where women represent 49 percent of the population”. It also fears that “the measures outlined in the Election Law to fulfil the quota may have a negative impact on women’s …

2014 Indonesian elections present an opportunity for female candidates Common Ground News Service Jakarta – With less than a year to prepare, Indonesian female candidates are gearing up for their 2014 general election campaigns. But if Indonesian women want to make a mark on national politics and achieve the gender equality they have been working …

Indonesia Penalizes Parties in Fight for Women: Southeast Asia Businessweek Among Indonesia’s most prominent female politicians are the daughters of former presidents. Megawati, who lost the last two presidential elections to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is the daughter of Soekarno, the country’s first president who …

Female MPs on reserved seats ‘fail to perform and grow’ The News International The campaign was aimed at building capacities of women political leaders and providing continuous leadership development for elected women parliamentarians and aspiring women politicians at local as well as provincial government levels. The project …

A Libyan woman flashes the victory sign at Tahrir Square, during the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in Benghazi, Libya, Feb. 17. Libyan women have been energized by revolution and see the country’s transition as a chance to raise their status in a society that has long excluded them from positions of authority. Mohammad Hannon/AP/File

 

In liberated Libya, women struggle to raise their hand Christian Science Monitor The experience led her to the conclusion that just as women were essential in war, so they would be essential in peace. In July 2012 she was one of more than 600 female candidates standing in elections for Libya’s General National Congress (GNC), which …

Women Need Enlightment On Political Participation-Binta Bello AllAfrica.com But like I said, what we are focusing our attention on now is to let the women populace realize their strength, that we have a larger percentage in the Nigerian voting population. And you know there is no way I will be a mother and I will instruct my …

Weakened Chilean conservatives pick woman to take on Bachelet Terra.com Chile’s weakened conservative UDI party said on Saturday it has picked Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei as its new candidate in the November presidential election, which is expected to see former President Michelle Bachelet triumph. Matthei steps in after …

Government okays bill to boost female presence on judge selection panel Jerusalem Post In the bill’s preamble, it explains that the purpose of the bill is to ensure proper representation of women for the powerful committee that selects judges by obligating the various groups that choose committee members to each pick at least one woman.

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