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Iran: Woman barred from office for being too beautiful. Power to the daughters.

Taliban kidnaps female Afghan politician, attacks undermine …Toronto Star KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—Taliban fighters have kidnapped a female parliamentarian in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province, a local police commander said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of high-profile, violent attacks on women.

Successive, often deadly assaults on women working in state institutions are fuelling concern that hard-won women’s rights are eroding as international forces prepare to withdraw next year.

Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was travelling by car with her three daughters, who were taken but later released, the police commander said. However, the kidnappers were demanding four Taliban prisoners in exchange for the parliamentarian.

Kakar, a member of the lower house, was the second female parliamentarian to be attacked in Ghazni in less than a week. Her husband denied the attack, saying she was travelling abroad, but the Kakar tribe’s elder, Samad Khan, said attempts were underway to reach an agreement with the Taliban.

Restoring the right to work and education has been a cornerstone of the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai, but patriarchal attitudes have remained entrenched.

Give Women Their Rights To Leadership-Forum Ghana A national women’s forum that seeks to review the setback which retards women’s increased representation in decision making positions in Ghana yesterday …

New constitution should consider gender equality IPPmedia Denying widows the right to inherit from their deceased husbands’ estates, low representation of women in leadership positions, child marriages and many …

In her defence: A national campaign against declining sex ratio. Photo: AP

Power to the daughters The Hindu A campaign for gender equality, ‘Beti Zindabad’ will see volunteers from ActionAid and its partner organisations engaging with rural panchayats and urban local bodies from August 15 to October 2 to bring up the issue of sex selective abortions for consideration across Gram Sabhas through special meetings.

Special Gram Sabhas will be held in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh.

The preparation for the national campaign against declining child sex ratio began almost a year ago when it was conducted in a phase-wise manner at a regional level in many States. Encouraged by the response from several villages, the volunteers now aim to advance further a nationwide debate and discussion on the critical and urgent need for recognising women’s and girls’ rights as human rights in both rural and urban parts of the country.

Guest Column: What About Men’s Rights? Valley Advocate To many, the very notion of men’s issues or men’s rights seems laughable. But if women were dying in 90 percent of workplace fatalities and three out of four …

‘We don’t want a catwalk model’: Woman voted ‘too attractive’ for … New York Post An electoral candidate in Iran has been denied a place on city council despite winning enough votes because she is deemed to be “too attractive”.

The Independent reports that Nina Siahkali Moradi, 27, received 10,000 votes, placing her 14th out of 163 candidates for the city of Qazvin elections. The council only elects the first 13 across the line but the person placed 14th is listed as “the first reserve.” However, when the elected mayor gave up his seat, Ms. Moradi was disqualified.

“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” a senior Qazvin official was quoted as saying in the Times.

Ms. Moradi is a graduate student of architecture.

Nina Siahkali Moradi earned enough votes for a spot on the city council in Iran, but officials said she was “too attractive” for the role.


Barred from office in Iran for being too beautiful The Observers Siahkali, who campaigned under the banner ‘A Younger Mind for the Future of Youth’, learnt of her disqualification a week after the elections took place on June 14, the same day as Iran’s presidential elections. Candidates are allowed to run only if they pass a multitude of detailed background checks by the judiciary, intelligence ministry, police and National Organisation for Civil Registration. It is unusual for candidates to be disqualified after elections; ‘unsuitable’ candidates do not normally make it through the initial background checks.

Over 200 women run for Chechen parliament Russia & India Report Over 200 women and over 400 young people under 30 are among candidates. According to Kadyrov, the large number of parties participating in the elections is …

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