India: NCW for a separate law to protect trafficked women. Nepal: Laws on Inheritance: Women still fighting for equal rights.

Madhya Pradesh to focus on low women voter turnout areas Daily News & Analysis ECI issues instructions to states to focus on low women participation areas under sveep plan for Lok Sabha polls.

Although a good turnout of female voters has been recorded in the recent Assembly elections, the Election Commission of India wants to identify areas where the women turnout has been low and reasons for it.

The ECI has issued instructions to states to focus on low women participation areas under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) plan for the forth coming Lok Sabha elections.

Civil society seeks gender-based data for vote Peninsula On-line ISLAMABAD: To add to the hype surrounding local bodies elections, non-government organisation and human rights groups have urged the election commission to prepare and release gender disaggregated data.

Addressed to the Prime Minister, Senate chairman and chief ministers, the letter demands categorised data to strengthen democratic culture.

What they said on gender in 2013 Manica Post We have come to yet another year end. 2013 was full of challenges, activism, achievements and new developments. Gender issues covered a lot of stuff throughout the year which was intended to make everyone aware of different aspects of gender in Zimbabwe and around the world.

It is my hope that what was covered went a long way to assist those who needed the information.

Just a random reflection on some of the topics covered under, Gender and Health, Gender and National Development, Gender and Culture and Gender Based Violence.

Laws on Inheritance: Women still fighting for equal rights E Kantipur KATHMANDU, DEC 26 As gender-based violence heats up the streets and conference halls in the country, 12-year-old discriminatory laws on inheritance wait to be overturned either by gender-sensitive justices or by the new Constituent Assembly (CA). When it comes to rights to inheritance, existing laws treat a daughter’s marriage as equivalent to a son’s death.

The Interim Constitution 2007 states that sons and daughters are equally entitled to ancestral property. Despite this insertion and the introduction of Gender Equality Act the same year, however, a woman’s rights to inheritance are still based on her marital status as dictated by the eleventh amendments made to the Country Code earlier in 2001.

 

CM Raje is one of 28 women among Rajasthan’s 200 MLAs.

In the five new assemblies, women outnumbered 8 to 1 Indian Express In the five assemblies newly elected, the number of women remains low as ever. Of the 630 MLAs, only 71 (11 per cent) are women, barely an eighth of the 559 men. The previous assemblies had 67 women among the 630; only Madhya Pradesh has improved on its last count.

The Mizoram assembly will go into its third straight term without a single woman though the number of female voters in the state far outnumber the males. Rajasthan, whose previous assembly topped the list for the proportion of women members in assemblies, a modest 14 per cent, has maintained exactly that, while Delhi too has stayed put at 3 per cent. Chhattisgarh has slipped from 12 per cent to 11 per cent, with one woman fewer. Madhya Pradesh’s women MLAs have gone up from 25 to 30 in 230, or from 10.87 per cent to 13.04.

NCW for a separate law to protect trafficked women The Hindu Concerned at feminisation of migration, which has often resulted in women being trafficked and becoming vulnerable to harm, including abuse at work, poor living conditions and health risks, the National Commission for Women has recommended special laws to protect them.

The panel has also demanded a national policy for domestic workers, and asked the Ministry of Women and Child Development to formulate a draft integrated plan of action to combat trafficking in women and children.

Modi notably inactive on women’s issues, says NYT Free Press Journal Washington: The Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s record on women’s issues has been dismal, reports.

According to the New York Times, the Gujarat’s CM since 2001, called for the establishment of a Nari Adalat in each of the more than 200 administrative units in Gujarat, but his record on women has always been poor.
According to Oxfam India, more than one in three married women in Gujarat is a victim of domestic violence.
Despite this, Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city, was found this year to have just one officer to register complaints of spousal abuse, provide legal aid, monitor cases and take victims to shelters, the report said.

BDP names female mayor candidates Hurriyet Daily News The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has announced 32 female candidates for provincial and district mayor seats for the upcoming local elections, including the party’s co-chair Gültan Kışanak, who is announced to be running in Diyarbakır.

The party also announced some female co-mayors for seats the male candidates will run for.

Although co-mayorship is not defined by law, the party says it wants to actualize it in practice to maintain equality.The BDP’s other chairman Demirtaş, who will not run for Parliament in the next elections due to the BDP’s two-term rule, also claimed to be wanting to run for the mayor of Diyarbakır, but the party administration’s decision to nominate a female candidate prevented Demirtaş from running.

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