Gender and Politics in the media

World: Saudi in new crackdown on female drivers. Edging out old-timers, female politicians take their seats.

One person, one vote The Nation A precedent was set in the May 2013 general elections, when local politicians and tribal elders colluded to bar women from casting votes in several areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Wana. No action was taken against this illegal act.


An elderly voter casts her ballot during the by-election in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

Disenfranchisement of women: Repolling likely…The Express Tribune ISLAMABAD: Re-polls at polling stations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa constituencies where women were barred from voting in Thursday’s by-elections are likely to be held by next weekend, official sources said.

The results of the nine polling stations each of NA-5 Nowshera-I and NA-27 Lakki Marwat were withheld following reports that women were not allowed to vote by local elders.

Talking to The Express Tribune, ECP officials said they will submit the record of the concerned polling stations to the Peshawar High Court on Monday. PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan had taken notice of reports of women being barred from voting in the two constituencies.

PHC notice on women voting ban may prevent future abuse of civil …The Express Tribune Without the court’s intervention, parties with sway in NA-5 Nowshera and NA-27 Lakki Marwat (where women were barred from voting) could rest their electoral …

Election Board Defeated in High Court The woman who was banned from being nominated to stand in the election in Swaziland because she was wearing pants has won a High Court case to have …

Changing trends: Edging out old-timers, female politicians take their seatsThe Express Tribune The major-league of political parties today might paint a picture of male leadership but the by-elections in Sindh on Thursday, in which Pakistan Peoples Party’s Shazia Atta Marri and Shamsun Nisa Memon won from Sanghar and Thatta, proved that women in politics should not be undermined when it comes to defeating their male counterparts.

The female candidates secured unprecedented victories – Shazia won against the the Hur Jamaat, which hasn’t lost from NA-235 since the 1970s under the leadership of Pir Pagara, and Shamsun Nisa bagged NA-237 from the influential Shirzai group of Thatta.

Saudi in new crackdown on female drivers Authorities in Saudi Arabia are in the midst of a new crackdown on femaledrivers after several women in the conservative Gulf kingdom were caught behind the …

Demand for 33 percent representation for women on backburner Republica Demand for 33 percent representation for women on backburner … protest programs demanding 33 percent women´s representation in the new CA has fallen …

Sharp Increase of Women Voters in Pakistan … “It was a life-time experience to cast my vote for the first time. It renewed my hopes for the nation,” said Saadia, a first-time female voter from the Khyber …

Women lawmakers advocate women empowerment DhakaTribune The Election Commission has a vital role to play in ensuring women’s participation … nominate more women for parliamentary and local government elections to …

As girls hold key, parties give them their own wheels Hindustan Times SOI media incharge Manveer Chaudhary details the strategy, “We always felt a sort of disconnect between male leaders and the female voters. Separate cars …

How The Chilean Presidential Elections Are Challenging Sexism … Bustle The two main candidates for Chile’s upcoming presidential elections are women. The highest position of power in a conservative country is being fought for by …

Zimbabwe: Women Score Some Election Victories, but Miss the 50 … Harare — Women’s representation in the Zimbabwe parliament shot up from 19% to 34% in the recent elections, thanks to the quota in the new Constitution.

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