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7 Worst Excuses for Ignoring Women’s Rights By Kunsang Dolma. A Gender Perspective Matters in Defense and Security

6 lady senators to fight for women’s rights Sun.Star SIX lady senators are expected to bring forth the issues and concerns of women in the legislative halls of the Congress, said newly-elected Senate President Franklin Drilon. Drilon said the Senate is making history in the 16th Congress with half of its …

USAID and Hed Host Women’s Leadership Program Partners … AllAfrica.com Kigali, Rwanda (July 23, 2013) -The critical issues surrounding women’s leadership and gender equality are taking center stage this week at a partners meeting …

Having a Gender Perspective Matters in Defense and Security Diplomatic Courier When the United Nations Security Council adopted the Resolution 1325 in 2000, it was the first time the Security Council firmly placed the role and rights of women on the international security agenda. This represented a significant political shift, progressively reiterated by four other resolutions that have supplemented the original. The Resolutions 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960—better known as “the related resolutions”—provide support for Resolution 1325 and concrete areas for implementation.

This body of resolutions calls for the deployment of women in peace operations, inclusion of women in decision making on peace and security, and asserts women’s leadership and role in conflict prevention, management and resolution. It also calls for training on gender and conflict and the need to have subject matter expertise in the field, including in the area of sexual violence in conflict, which is recognised for the first time as a tactic of warfare and a matter of international peace and security. These resolutions on women, peace and security have proved to be an important tool to promote gender equality, to protect those who are most vulnerable in conflicts and their aftermath, and to enhance the participation of women in building peace and security. However, more than twelve years after the adoption of the UNSCR 1325, there is a way to go before women will have fully assumed their rightful place in matters of peace and security.

The 7 Worst Excuses for Ignoring Women’s Rights By Kunsang Dolma Phayul Tibetan women haven’t always pushed for equality. I personally didn’t know that the way Tibetan women are treated isn’t normal until I witnessed the independence and respect women enjoy in other parts of the world. I was abused sexually and physically by several Tibetan men in both Tibet and in India, and I accepted it because I didn’t know any better. I didn’t like it but I quietly accepted it because I thought the way I was treated was just the way the world works. Now that I know mistreatment of women, and the mentality underlying abusive behaviors, is not normal or okay, I’ve decided it’s time for me to speak up. Times are changing and, one by one, Tibetan women like me are starting to raise our voices for better treatment.

In response, some Tibetan men have shown their support without hesitation, others have listened and thought about what women are saying before re-examining their views, and then there are those who make excuses for ignoring women’s rights. Although the people making the usual excuses repeat them confidently, their excuses are hardly convincing. Here are seven of the worst:…

Two women parties to run for seats in Chechen parliament Russia & India Report Two women parties take part in the parliamentary election for the first time. The present parliament is bipartite. At the previous parliamentary election in 2008, …

Beyond the Double Standard: Towards a Real Liberation Politics New Socialist Group The hierarchical family and gender relations play an ideological and political role … the separation of class and gender politics, which elides the consideration of …

Nigeria: We Were Blackmailed to Vote on Child Marriage- Mark Codewit Global Network He made this known when he played host to some women organisations and … the lawmakers to revisit the voting exercise, with a view to deleting the section.

Pakistan elects first woman speaker SBS Pakistan’s new parliament has elected the country’s first female speaker from the party … Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party scored the most votes in February 18 …

6 women among premiers meeting in Ontario Globalnews.ca “It will shift in our minds our sensibility about who can lead and how they will do it.” But the appearance of gender equality can be deceiving, experts say. Even though six provinces and territories are led by women, female representation hasn’t …

Conservative continuity maintained despite cabinet shuffle Cape Breton Post While the Conservatives tout the prominence of these women, it is fair to say that in the real world of power politics in Ottawa, none of these women are on the front bench. Not one of these women is in a major economic or foreign policy portfolio, and …

More female leaders, but other groups still absent at premiers’ meeting Montreal Gazette Even though six provinces and territories are led by women, female representation hasn’t improved in the legislatures, said Christine de Clercy, a politics professor at the University of Western Ontario. In fact, studies suggest that the gains made …

Sole woman in Mali presidential race spreads word on the streets The Guardian Haïdara Aïssata Cissé, the only woman standing for president in Mali’s upcoming elections, is greeted by deafening chants of “Chato! Chato!”, her nickname. Cissé is clearly popular among the market traders in Niaréla, the old business district of …

UN Women acting chief calls for more visibility around sexual violence Global Times In a recent interview with Xinhua, UN Assistant Secretary- General and Acting head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Lakshmi Puri said, “we are very grateful that there is such intense focus now on an issue …

Public service fails senior women The Canberra Times One of the project’s leaders, Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards, said this was the first time a gender equality research project had been undertaken on such scale in the service and that it exposed a yawning gap between what the federal bureaucracy …

Ministry to lay Affirmative Action Bill before Parliament by September Ghana Business News She said the Ministry firmly believe that an equal representation of women and men in decision making would reflect a more accurate composition of the society. Nana Oye Lithur said the law is the only way for Ghana to attain gender equality with …

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