Gender and Politics in the media

Miliband meets Feminism 3.0. Page 3 girls ‘an anachronism’. African women blazing a feminist trail.

Ed Miliband flirts with Web 2.0 meets Feminism 3.0 …We also now know from his lengthy Labour Party Conference speech that he’s a feminist. Ok he didn’t quite drop the f bomb. But he name-checked women’s lack of equal representation in Parliament, in the part of his speech designed to make him seem ‘down with the kids’ – gay marriage, young people getting the vote, and women’s equality – were all neatly packaged together in one stanza.

Page 3 girls ‘an anachronism’ Times of Malta There is no place in the modern world for pictures of topless women in newspapers like The Sun, Ed Miliband said today. But the Labour leader said he will not ban Page 3 pin-ups if he becomes prime minister after the 2015 general election.

Mr Miliband said he was ready to speak with Sun editor David Dinsmore about his objection to the pictures, saying he did not want his sons Daniel and Samuel to grow up in a society where women were portrayed as sex objects.

In his keynote speech to Labour’s annual conference in Brighton yesterday, Mr Miliband said women were right to object to “everyday sexism” in British society.

Women and children first? Public Finance At this season’s annual party conferences, the race has been on to court the all-important female vote. Labour’s promise of an extension of free childcare is a challenge to the coalition, but only if it can deliver.

Over the past five years of the economic downturn, women have been on the front line of the struggle to stay financially afloat. They have borne the brunt of public sector job cuts and pay freezes. Too many have seen their employment rights eroded, and yet they are still the ones, in the majority of households, who have to balance the household budget in the face of falling wages, rising costs and reduced support from government.

Julia Gillard says she’ll pursue education and women’s issues in life … The Age Julia Gillard says she’ll pursue education and women’s issues in life after politics … in which she says she will be pursuing education and women’s issues on the …

MP Chris Fearne has proposed a bill to outlaw female genital mutilation, whether in Malta or abroad when it is carried out on Maltese residents.

Private member’s bill to criminalize female genital mutilation MaltaToday A private member’s bill presented by Labour MP Chris Fearne seeks the criminalisation of female genital mutilation in Malta or on Maltese residents abroad.

The bill’s purpose is to make a provision for the offence of genital mutilation, forced sterilization and forced marriage, when it is carried out on women who are in Malta or have residence in Malta even if they are not in the country.

Addressing the press, Fearne said that whoever performs FGM should be liable to punishment of imprisonment, whether the act is carried out in Malta, irrespective of the girl’s nationality, if it is carried out by a foreigner on a Maltese resident and if a Maltese resident is taken abroad for the intervention.

Saudi Arabia worst on women’s legal issues Reuters In the last half century, women’s rights worldwide have improved significantly and yet in almost 90 percent of the 143 countries surveyed in the World Bank study, …

Female philanthropists need to take a lead role in women’s issues … Third Sector Female philanthropists must take a leadership role in tackling women’s issues such a reproductive health and protection, according to the founder of the …

African women are blazing a feminist trail – why don’t we hear their voices? The Guardian Rwanda’s parliament is now almost two-thirds female, while Malawi, Liberia and Senegal have women at the helm. Western feminists, take note.

What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – namely women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.

Early reports from the parliamentary elections last Monday indicate that women now hold nearly 64% of the seats. Prior to the genocidal conflict in 1994, the figure was just 18%.

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