Gender and Politics in the media

World: Pakistan Justice direct arrests on those who barred women voters. The Dearth Of Women In Iran’s Cabinet.

Delhi politicians to target new voters as women and young people … Daily Mail Months ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections, it is been observed that youth and woman voters are going to play a crucial role in selecting their political representative. Politicos can no longer ignore these sections of the society, as a large number of youth and women are getting themselves enrolled in the Delhi voters list.

Chief electoral officer of Delhi, Vijay Dev, said: “The youth voters, particularly those studying in city colleges have come forward for enrolment in the Delhi voter list. Earlier, the youth voters in the age group of 18-19 years used to be below one lakh but after the enrolments this year the number is touching the three lakh mark.”

A Pakistani soldier watches a voter cast her ballot during the country’s by-election in Peshawar on August 22, 2013 (AFP, A. Majeed)

Pakistan court takes action on bar on women voters AFP A high court in northwest Pakistan Thursday ordered the authorities to withhold by-election results of two constituencies where women were not allowed to cast votes, an official said.

…”The Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court has taken the suo moto notice of media reports that women were not allowed to cast their votes in two constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,” a court official told AFP.

The chief justice Dost Mohammad Khan has directed the authorities to arrest members of any jirga (elder’s council) who decided against women voting in Lakki Marwat and Nowshehra districts, the official said.

By-polls: Women voters absent in Nowshera and Lakki Marwat DAWN.com PESHAWAR: Women voters were absent from the polling stations in some parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as in the May 2013 elections, because they were …

Altaf Hussain condemns act of barring women from voting Business Recorder The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday condemned the act of barring women from voting. In his statement, Altaf Hussain said that it was violation of human rights to stop women for voting.

Women voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Nowshera and other areas were barred from casting their votes in by-elections.

NGO injects feminism into municipal election Jerusalem Post Less than 2 percent of mayors and 11% of city council members are female – two statistics that WePower, an NGO seeking to promote women’s leadership in all areas of society, hopes to change in a campaign launched ahead of October’s municipal elections.

Out of Israel’s 256 local authorities, only five are led by women, and one third of all local councils have do not have any women on them. WePower’s campaign supports female candidates, and hopes that soon there will be 30 female mayors and 1000 female council members, as opposed to the current 376.

Women leaders to discuss gender equality Gulf Today DUBAI: A delegation of 16 female senior level managers from the UAE is scheduled to travel to Sweden next week, to participate in the second edition of the …

Turkish women strive for gender equality Jerusalem Post Istanbul — Elif Kamisli sits with two friends on the patio of a streetside cafe in Istanbul. Even wearing a slim black dress, she is not hard to spot — she’s very …

Important that women issues championed in society, workplace … The Borneo Post KUALA LUMPUR: It is imperative that women issues are championed in … here Tuesday at the 11th Women’s Summit to deliberate on issues regarding the role …

‘Special Circumstances’ Behind Dearth Of Women In Iran’s Cabinet … rferl.org Iran’s new president apparently has an answer for those who have criticized the lack of women in his cabinet: They aren’t up to the task. Speaking at the Interior Ministry in Tehran on August 19, President Hassan Rohani provided some insight into what prevented him from nominating or appointing women to top posts in his government.

“In many professions, our women are educated and ready to accept responsibility,” Rohani was quoted as saying by Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency. “During government meetings I emphasized to my ministers to try to make use of the [talent] of women and young people. At the ministerial level, because of our country’s special circumstances, it did not happen.”

The assumption among Iran observers is that by “special circumstances,” Rohani was referring to the plethora of difficult issues the country faces, including biting international sanctions and a deteriorating economy. His comments are being interpreted to mean that he believes women are incapable of tackling such weighty problems.

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