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What is the “world’s bill of rights for women”? New mag to cover global women’s issue.

Protest for women’s representation in Egypt constitution Ahram Online The Appropriate Communication Technique for Development (ACT), an Egyptian NGO, is calling for a rally on Wednesday in front of the Shura Council building to protest the absence of a women parliamentary quota in the amended constitution.

The protest will demand that a parliamentary quota is added to the charter’s article 11, which tackles the state’s role in protecting women and children and ensures equality between men and women…

Egyptian women losing rights at a fast pace: Thomson Reuters … Ahram Online A recent poll by Thomson Reuters Foundation has revealed that Egypt is the worst place in the Arab world for women.

“Here the revolution has unequivocally failed to deliver on women’s expectations. Violence is at its worst: over 99 percent of women and girls are subjected to sexual harassment, with little evidence of perpetrators being prosecuted,” says the report released on 12 November.

Based on the key provisions of the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which 19 Arab League nations have signed, Reuters Foundation polled 366 respondents – aid and healthcare workers, policy makers, journalists, academics, and lawyers – and asked for their expert opinion on how women are currently fairing in politics, society, the family system, the economy, and whether they have access to reproductive rights, and are protected from gender-based violence….

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi takes part in a protest against the military near Rabaa al-Adawiya square in Cairo, Egypt, October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Q+A-What is the “world’s bill of rights for women”?
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By Lisa Anderson

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Adopted by the United Nations in 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), often called the world’s “Bill of Rights” for women, is the only international treaty addressing all aspects of women’s rights.

Thomson Reuters Foundation used CEDAW as a framework to examine a sweep of factors affecting women across the Arab world, including gender violence, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and and attitudes towards a woman’s role in politics and the economy.

The expert survey of 22 states found Egypt to be the worst country in the Arab world for women, followed closely by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. The best countries were Comoros, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar.

Egypt ‘worst for women’ out of 22 countries in Arab world BBC News Egypt is now the worst country for women’s rights in the Arab world, according to a poll of gender experts. The study found sexual harassment, high rates of female genital mutilation and a growth in conservative Islamist groups contributed to the low ranking.

The Comoros islands came top in the survey, which was conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The poll surveyed more than 330 gender experts in 21 Arab League states as well as Syria.It is the foundation’s third annual study focusing on women’s rights since the Arab Uprisings in 2011.

Percentage of women in Parliament better than a decade ago: Low … Straits Times The percentage of women in Singapore’s Parliament is better compared to a decade ago and it is more important to anchor political representation on meritocracy rather than impose gender quotas, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling said on Tuesday.

Out of 99 seats in the House, 25 are currently occupied by women

New mag to cover global women’s issues Columbia Journalism Review In 2010, Daria Solovieva was sitting in a media business class at Columbia’s Journalism School, when she thought, ‘I could start my own publication.’ Fast forward three years, and Solovieva and a fellow j-school alumna are launching Valerie, a magazine aiming for deep-dive coverage of women’s issues globally.

Valerie, which went live November 1, bills itself as a space to “feature female writers, bloggers, photographers, bring you stories of inspiring women and feature economic, social and political issues impacting lives of women across the globe.”

Valerie is the brainchild of Solovieva, its managing editor, who is a freelance journalist based in Cairo, and Columbia classmate Ivy Ng. The work Solovieva has been doing in Egypt in the three years since her j-school graduation helped revive her interest in starting a media outlet with an international scope by and for women.

India’s Politicians Ignore Women Voters in Election Campaigns New York Times (blog) Two angry middle-aged women were seeking the help of a policeman and accusing two men hovering around them of making lewd remarks. “He called me a whore,” said one of them, pointing her fingers at one of the men. The accused man raised his hand to hit her.

A curious crowd gathered. The police officers, all men, did nothing to help the women. And then I saw one police officer pull at the clothes of one of those women and yell at her: “I will slap you!.”

We walked through the crowd to the police officer and identified ourselves as journalists. He seemed taken aback by our sudden arrival. It didn’t bother the two men who had been accused of sexual harassment. As we argued with the police officer about his failure to act, the crowd gradually dispersed and the women walked away. Two men who had happily joined the original harassers muttered about “women’s power” crossing all limits these days.

Julia Gillard: Gender revolution has failed Sydney Morning Herald …Ms Gillard, addressing a Victorian Women’s Trust event in Melbourne, said she stood by her statement that being the first female prime minister explained some things, but not all, about her tenure.

Ms Gillard said while it is up to the nation to think in a sophisticated way about that, the gender revolution of the last 50 years had failed to leave as deep an impact as hoped.

“In too many ways, that change has done no more than create a brittle veneer and when the veneer cracks, what lies beneath is deeply held cultural stereotyping, anger and misogyny,” she said on Sunday.

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