Gender and Politics in the media

All about gender equality in a database. Quotas and Women in Egyptian Politics.

Women watiting to cast their ballots in Hyderabad, Pakistan in May. Photo:AP

‘High turnout of women in Pak. polls’ The Hindu In the General elections in May that saw an unprecedented voter turnout of 55 per cent, many women voted for the first time, overcoming threats of violence, prompting senior journalist Dr. Shahid Masood to say that the rights of women to vote is not a given in Pakistan.

The elections were keenly monitored by the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and Gender Concerns International (GCI) through the gender lens. A report released earlier this week by GCI and Aurat Foundation highlighted several concerns of women voters, especially in remote and tribal areas.

West Island elections dominated by women candidates WEST ISLAND – Some big changes are on the way in the West Island. An unprecedented number of women are campaigning to be mayor in four municipalities. Senneville, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Baie d’Urfé and Beaconsfield all have women on the tickets hoping to take their respective towns’ top jobs. “I’m really looking forward to that, we’re moving forward,” Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue mayoral candidate Paola Hawa said. The town councillor is making her first ever run for mayor.

She says it would be very interesting to all four towns run by female chief executives.

NCSW demands release of gender disaggregated electoral data The News International National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz on Thursday suggested Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to release gender disaggregated electoral data of all stages of May 11 elections so that further interventions regarding women political participation can be designed accordingly.

She said information on rejected votes can also give vital insight into the need of voters’ education among women. She demanded reserved seats for women in the AJK Legislative Assembly as it is implemented in national and provincial assemblies.

All about gender equality in a database West – Welfare Society Territory Gender equality promotion passes trough institutions. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) launched on 1st October its Resource and Documentation Centre (RDC). In fact, the RDC is the first place to search, find, inter-act and learn about equality between women and men in the European Union. The Centre makes available data, tools, methods, good practices and resources on gender equality in order to give space to discuss and debate key issues on this argument. The objective is to create a European historical archive in order to have a political and programmatic memory about non-discrimination gender.

Women Rights Organisations Strategize for Democracy in Zimbabwe Reuters AlertNet The women’s movement campaigned for a peaceful election, where people would be free to go and vote. Asked about their observations and credibility of the …

UN must strengthen laws to protect migrant domestic workers The Guardian As the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has noted: “Femalemigrant workers engaged in domestic services are one of the most vulnerable groups of …

‘Child marriages also affect other communities’ The Star Online … in Malaysia are not confined to rural areas or Muslim families but are rampant in other communities as well, says the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality.

Big parties deny women candidates a fair share Himalayan Times The UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and the Madhesi Janadhikar … a mockery of calls from several quarters to field at least 33 per cent women candidates.

Quotas and Women in Egyptian Politics Council on Foreign Relations (blog) As a result, women won 23 percent of parliamentary seats in Tunisia and 17 percent of National Assembly seats in Libya. In Egypt’s post-revolution elections, …

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