Gender and Politics in the media

S. Korea’s budget on gender equality expected to spike. Woman have right to refuse forced marriage, non-consensual sex in marriage.

Ensure gender balance in elections New Era WINDHOEK – Pendukeni Ivula-Ithana has called on Swapo Party members to ensure 50/50 gender representation during party elections at all levels.

She was speaking at the official opening of the party’s district conference and elections in the //Karas Region. She emphasised that the party’s election rules and procedures call for the identification of candidates to reflect the national character of the party and the inclusion of women in order to correct the difficult socio-economic realities faced by Namibian women. “Women are more than half of the Namibian population and more than 52 percent of voters, yet women hold fewer elected positions than men in our government across the country.

Ministry of Gender in 50-50 Camping of Empowering Women AllAfrica.com Dedza — Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare in partnership with Women’s Legal Resource Center (WOLREC) has embarked on a programme that aims at mobilizing the participation of women in preparation of the forthcoming tripartite elections.

District Community Development Officer for Dedza, Maria Gama said during a meeting that attracted different political party representatives that the ministry has come up with this programme in order to achieve the millennium development goal of 50-50 campaign.

Spotlight on minority women’s activism Times of India Away from the media glare, these women work tirelessly for their “sisters in distress.” Battling hostility from conservative, male-dominated clergy within the community and indifference from the government, Muslim woman activists have now reached a milestone.

The story of their struggle, till now largely unrecognized, has finally been documented. From Seclusion and Exclusion to Inclusion: Indian Muslim Women And Their Initiatives, a report prepared by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Mumbai and Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), is arguably the first study on the status of Muslim women’s NGOs in India. The 134-page document will be released in the city on October 22.

BJP to file cases against Rahul for objectionable statements Zee News Indore: Taking strong objection to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s alleged derogatory remark against tribals during his Shahdol rally, BJP’s Vice-President Prabhat Jha said that the party would file two separate cases against him (Rahul) in a court in Bhopal tomorrow.

Addressing a Congress rally in Shahdol on October 17, Rahul had reportedly asked tribal women, if they were “raped” during the BJP’s 10-year-long rule in Madhya Pradesh, Jha claimed at a press conference.

“Asking such a question to women in public is highly objectionable and malicious. The BJP will file two separate cases in a local court in Bhopal tomorrow. The first case will be for defamation and and the second one would be under the Prevention of Atrocities Act against Rahul,” he said.

Fund women for polls, says NCW’s draft ‘Bill of Rights’ Times of India MUMBAI: MUMBAI: Every woman shall have the right to refuse forced marriage, non-consensual sex within marriage or any medical treatment she doesn’t want to undergo. The state will rein in khap panchayats and other vigilante groups to prevent them from inhibiting women’s freedom. These are some of the ambitious provisions incorporated in a new ‘Bill of Rights’ being drafted by the National Commission for Women (NCW), a statutory body mandated to guide the Centre on policy matters affecting women.

‘Women and Girls Should Have Access to All Rights Under Our … AllAfrica.com Vice President Alhaji Abu Bakarr Sidikie Sam-Sumana last Friday said that women and girls should have access to all rights under the laws of Sierra Leone, in order for the country to be deemed as progressive.

The vice president, while officially launching ActionAid-Sierra Leone’s strategy paper II -“Claiming rights to end poverty”, reaffirmed government’s commitment to empower women and ensure that they have their fair share of representation in decision-making processes in the various spheres of governance.

Fiji’s National Council of Women wants more women in politics Radio New Zealand International The National Council of Women in Fiji is embarking on a project that aims to increase the representation of women in politics in the lead-up to the elections …

S. Korea’s budget on gender equality expected to spike next year GlobalPost SEJONG, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s budget for gender equality is expected to spike next year as the government keeps pushing to improve the overall welfare conditions and economic participation among women, a government budget plan showed Monday.

According to the budget plan that the finance ministry submitted to parliament for approval, the government wants to spend about 22.43 trillion won (US$21.1 billion) on gender equality next year. This is up 68.6 percent from the 13.31 trillion won set aside this year for the same purpose.

China to open 11th National Women’s Congress Global Times The ACWF said the congress will also summarize progress made by Chinese women in boosting social and economic development over the past five years and …

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