UK: Porn, twerking, feminism: hits and misses for women in 2013. French firms warned of fines for not complying with gender equality

Women on boards: it’s not a problem of supply but rather of demand The Guardian …According to the 2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500, released on 10 December, the US is at a standstill when it comes to women’s representation on boards and executive offices. Women hold 16.9% of corporate board seats and this figure has shown no significant increase in the last eight years. Also for the fourth consecutive year there has been no year-on-year increase in the number of women executives in the US.

Europe, too, has shown only modest progress in recent years, with women accounting for 16.6% of board members of large publicly listed companies in the EU 27 member states. In the UK, we have seen some movement with Lord Davies’ 25% target figure of women on FTSE 100 Boards perhaps galvanising corporations into action with women now occupying almost 19% of seats.

Porn controversy, twerking and feminism: the hits and misses for … Telegraph.co.uk In a year where ‘penis beaker‘ became ‘a thing’, Miley Cyrus brought us twerking and that MTV VMA performance, Lily Allen sang about her baggy vagina, Angelina Jolie revealed she’d had a double mastectomy and David Cameron wouldn’t call himself a feminist (only to promptly change his mind), there’s no doubt that 2013 has been an entertaining mix of highs and lows for women.

Our interactive graphic, above, explores the startling hits and misses that have come our way over the past 12 months. And we’ve chosen four such moments below, to give you a taster. But what’s your verdict? Have women had a good, bad or damn ugly year?

‘More women must contest elections Gulf Daily News A BAHRAINI woman who announced her candidacy for next year’s parliamentary elections hopes more females run for public office. Businesswoman Fouzia Zainal is making a comeback after being defeated in the parliamentary and municipal elections of 2006.

She secured 2,599 votes in the Central Governorate’s eighth constituency, which covers Riffa, Ma’ameer and Nuwaidrat. She also pulled out of the 2010 elections to take care of her ill husband, but told the GDN yesterday she was ready to encourage more women to take up decision-making roles.

“This time I feel it’s the right time to contest and I may win a parliament seat,” she said. “I feel my step will help several other potential Bahraini females to come forward and contest for the top job.

2016 Dream Ticket: Hillary And Michelle Seattle Medium …It is long overdue for a qualified and experienced women to be elected president and vice president of the United States. Here’s a way to do both at one time: I propose and endorse the election of Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton as the next president of the United States and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama as the next vice president of the United States in 2016.

Think about how millions and millions of voters would readily desire with great enthusiasm to have the historic opportunity to vote for two former first ladies of the U.S. to be president and vice president. Today, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are the most popular and well respected women in the nation.  But this is not to be reduced to a mere popularity contest.  The truth is both Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are very qualified, experienced and capable of leading the United States.

GOP lead in female governors targeted Boston Globe (Subscription) For the GOP, often accused of waging a ”war on women,” this advantage offers a powerful tool in the competition for female voters. ”We have to show …

KEWOSA on campaign to improve number of women in politics The Standard Digital News MOMBASA, KENYA: Kenya Women Senators Association ( KEWOSA) has kicked off a drive to encourage more women to vie for political positions so as to meet the one third gender rule. “Following the provisions of the Constitution and the Advisory Opinion of the High Court, KEWOSA intends to carry on with the campaign on progressive realization of the ? Gender requirement by year 2015,” said nominated Senetor Naisula Lesuuda. KEWOSA indicated that there is need to establish women associations in the County Assemblies similar to KEWOSA and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association ( KEWOPA). The decision was arrived at following a five day workshop in Mombasa County with the theme ‘Women Leadership in Kenya.’

French firms warned of fines for not complying with gender equality … The Guardian …The French government has warned 500 companies they face fines for failing to comply with gender equality laws.

Women’s rights minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the firms had been given an ultimatum to comply with anti-discrimination legislation dating back several years, but were still dragging their heels.

She said five companies were already being fined “penalties of several million euros for each month … until they bring themselves in line with the law”.

“It is no longer a virtual sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of enterprises, but a real one. Suddenly the companies are sending us their professional equality plans. More than 4,000 have done so since January,” Vallaud-Belkacem told Europe 1 television.

“But to be efficient, it [the legislation] has to be dissuasive and above all plausible,” the minister, who has said that fining businesses who break the law is a “last resort”.

Nationals women on politics and the ‘bloke ceiling’ ABC Online …The Nationals welcomed a third woman into their party room in September, when Michelle Landry was elected as the new LNP member for Capricornia in central Queensland.

She joins her Senate colleagues Fiona Nash from NSW, now the Assistant Minister for Health, and Victorian Bridget McKenzie.

It’s the second time the National party room has simultaneously had three women in its federal parliamentary ranks.

Sushilkumar Shinde lectures states, but fails himself in recruiting …Economic Times NEW DELHI: The home ministry has been repeatedly asking states to step up the representation of women in their police forces to 33% but is hardly leading by example, having admitted to a parliamentary committee that it can’t boost this to even 5% in central paramilitary forces from 1.9%….

Freed Pussy Riot member: Russia’s Putin showed … worldnews.nbcnews.com KRASNOYARSK, Russia — A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who was freed from prison Monday said President Vladimir Putin’s decision to release her showed that he was a weak leader.

“I would like to see Putin as a clement leader, but he is far from it,” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, told NBC News through a translator after she was released from the prison in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. “I see it as a weakness because to free us when we have until two months left is not much after we have served two years. I would see it as a strength if he would free other political prisoners.”

Fellow bandmate Maria Alyokhina, 25, was also released on Monday. The pair had been due to get out in March 2013, but were freed sooner under an amnesty declared by Putin on Thursday. A third member of the band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was let go early on a suspended sentence.

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