Gender and Politics in the media

World: Merkel offers childcare incentives in vote countdown. New book on women rights in Islam.


FILE – Evelyn Matthei, presidential candidate for the Independent Democratic… (Luis Hidalgo/Associated…)

In Chile’s all-woman presidential race, candidates are childhood …  Washington Post Their history is the history of Chile. Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei were childhood friends whose fathers became top generals on opposite sides of the country’s deep political divide.

Bachelet’s father supported socialist President Salvador Allende until the 1973 coup ended one of Latin America’s oldest democracies. Matthei’s father ran the military school where Gen. Alberto Bachelet was tortured to death for refusing to line up behind dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Merkel offers childcare incentives in vote countdown Channel News Asia …Under her helmsmanship, the 59-year-old, who is seeking a third four-year term, has also introduced changes to paternity leave aimed at helping men take on a greater share of the childcare burden.

Germany spends 200 billion euros ($265 billion) annually on its family policy but has been criticised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Europe for hindering women from being able to combine work and motherhood.

German women have on average 1.3 children, one of the lowest rates in the industrialised world, and, according to the federal statistics office Destatis, 27 percent of under three-year-olds were cared for outside the home last year, compared to one in two in France….

33 percent representation sought for women in local govts The NCSW said that the local bodies’ elections should be held on party basis. Steps should be taken to hold the elections in FATA and women should be given …

Women’s meaningful representation in forthcoming LG elections …The News International The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) on Wednesday strongly recommended to all political parties in provincial assemblies to adopt …

NEC Stresses Gender Parity in Politics The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the … in tackling the challenges that impede increased women’s participation in elections.”

Hope For Women publishes book on women rights in Islam to … Minivan News …The book, titled “Women’s Rights Through an Islamic Lens”, has been compiled by Hope For Women with support from renowned local Islamic scholar Dr Ibrahim Zakariyya Moosa.

Minivan News was told during the launch that the publication attempts to challenge a perceived emergence of more religious conservative viewpoints in Maldivian society regarding the role of women and gender equality.

Issues addressed by the book include polygamy, a husband’s right to beat his wife, inheritance and the right to divorce.

Laws on women’s issues: All-female committee to start dialogue soon The Express Tribune To initiate consultation with different stakeholders on laws for women’s issues, the Sindh government formed an eight-member committee comprising female …

Why new constitution must emphasize women’s rights IPPmedia Women members of the Ilala Constitution Councils in Dar es Salaam in dialogue to brainstorm issues concerning constitutional reform. Photo: Lucas Lukumbo.

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