Gender and Politics in the media

Swaziland: Woman beats man for the 1st time. Saudi women allowed to work in restaurant kitchens.

Disenfranchisement of women continues despite tall claims The News International Like the May 11 general elections, the practice of disenfranchisement of women in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also seen in the country’s largest by-elections, particularly in Nowshera and Lakki Marwat districts. Subsequent reports said women also didn’t vote due to the ban imposed by local elders and political workers in the recent by-elections in Mardan and Bannu districts.

However, this time Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Dost Mohammad Khan took suo moto notice after receiving reports about banning women voters from exercising their right to franchise and summoned top officials of the province. He directed the high-ups to ensure that the women voters are able to cast their votes across the province, particularly at the 18 polling stations in Nowshera and Lakki Marwat either by extending the polling time till 6:30 pm or through re-polling if the ECP made such a decision.

Those who prevent women from voting to face action: ECP The News International He called for action against those trying to bar women from casting ballot. …the act of depriving women from casting their votes in some areas of the country.

Woman beats man for the 1st time Times of Swaziland Nkhaba Constituency gave the 2013 Parliament baton to one of its women Shainah Maseko in Saturday’s Primary Elections. It was a first for a woman in the constituency’s history to beat males in the race for Parliament, even though this is the primary stage of the elections. The 57-year-old amassed a total of 363 votes, followed by public transport businessman Hoppy Shiba with 294 votes and third-placed was Mandla Mdluli with 125 votes.

Saudi women allowed to work in restaurant kitchens Manama: Saudi women have been allowed to work in restaurants even though their contributions will be limited to kitchens, a senior labour official has said.

“Saudi women can be hired to work in independent kitchens or in kitchens linked to restaurants or to fast-food restaurants or to sweet-making shops,” Fahd Al Takhifi, the assistant undersecretary for development, said. “In all cases their work is according to religious regulations and general interest. Women will work in special sections independent from areas where men work,” he said, quoted by local daily Al Riyadh on Monday.

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