Gender and Politics in the media

Parliament removes “gender” from equality law under pressure from Church, traditionalists

Despite Uneven Playing Field, Women Hope for Greater Wins in Kurdistan Polls Rudaw With parliamentary elections due in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region later this month, female politicians are hoping to have more women in the regional legislature, despite what they say is an uneven political arena that is unfair to women.

“I am running for a seat in order to have one less man enter the parliament,” said a female candidate for the September 21 polls, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We cannot keep waiting for a women’s quota and for political parties to take us into the parliament.”

Women’s representation: Reduction in local govt seats decried The Express Tribune The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and civil society members expressed concern over the reduced number of women’s seats in local government bills enacted in Punjab and Sindh in a meeting held on Tuesday.

The participants who considered the development a major setback to efforts to increase women’s representation, demanded all political parties represented in the provincial assemblies not to roll back the 33 per cent quota for women at all tiers of local government introduced during ex-president Gen. (retd) Musharraf’s regime.

LHC moved against female lawmakers ‘elected’ on reserved seats Pakistan Daily Times Applicant stated that under the constitution, these ladies were not termed as elected representatives as they were not properly elected. He requested to restrain these ladies from acting as elected representative.

He had submitted in the main petition that there were 188 seats reserved for women in parliament and provincial assemblies. He stated it was an illegal and unconstitutional, as under Article 226 of the Constitution all elections shall be held by secret ballot. He said every year these reserved seats costs Rs 1 billion on salaries, perks and privileges of these women, which is burden on the national exchequer.

Women’s rights and gender equity Malaya Few women have demonstrated the kind of raw courage needed to stand up for women’s rights shown by Habiba Sarabi in fiercely patriarchal Afghanistan. A medical doctor who had a chance to live a lucrative life after she fled from the Taliban in 1996, she instead devoted herself to teaching women and providing medical services in refugee camps. She resumed the same work back in her country after the fall of the Taliban and was soon appointed the country’s first woman Minister and, later, its first and only female provincial governor. Living and working in a society where there is “extreme hostility towards women assuming public roles,” Habiba’s “courage and determination are astounding”.

A Matter of Interpretation: Parliament removes “gender” from new law under pressure from Church, traditionalists ArmeniaNow.com Use of the terms “gender” and “gender equality” in Armenia’s new law equal rights stirred major discontent among those believing that the ambiguity of the words set a legal ground for gradual destruction of Armenian families. Pressured by public criticism and the concerns expressed by the Armenian Apostolic Church, the government has replaced “gender” by “equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women”.

Christians against People’s Numbering union leader Khachik Stamboltsyan interprets the notion of gender as implying “socially consolidated acquired behavior”, meaning “a man that feels like a woman”.

Over Thousand Women March to End Gender Based Violence in …  AllAfrica.com About one thousand women have presented a memorandum to the Mpumalanga Provincial Government in a bid to end gender based violence. The marchers comprised of women from Independent organisations, civil society, organised labour, faith based organisation and the community.

…The march was part of Women’s Month planned activities to enhance government’s efforts to reach out to all women and support their economic empowerment and social emancipation.

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