Gender and Politics in the media

UK: MP to Acknowledge Women’s Work in the Community. US: Obama signs spending bill including ‘comfort women’ issue.

UK
Is Gloria De Piero Labour’s secret weapon in the battle for women’s … The Guardian 
Amid the plastic chairs and custard creams in the cafe of the shiny new Morrisons in Hoddeson, Hertfordshire, Gloria De Piero, MP, in heels and purple dress, cuts a striking figure. A group of workers, in green and white uniforms, have gathered shyly, but De Piero doesn’t give anyone a chance to feel intimidated, shaking hands and gabbling away about waking up at 3am after working for seven years at GMTV.

She says she knows they probably don’t think much of politicians. “I’m not here to get you to vote Labour,” she says. “I’m not here to talk politics, I’m going to try and not talk too much at all. It’s about listening.”

For the next hour or so, other than prompting a few quieter ones to have their say, she is true to her word.

Local MP to Acknowledge Women’s Work in the Community 104.7 Minster FM As is often said: where there’s a woman, there’s a way.

And today near Helmsley, local MP Anne McIntosh is holding a seminar to bring that thought to the fore.

The discussion will touch on common issues faced by women, and the wider role they play in rural North Yorkshire communities.

Miss McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey,  told Minster FM: “I’m blessed by having such a brilliant and active Women’s Committee in my constituency. They include farmers, charity volunteers, businesswomen, church wardens, and countless other occupations.

US

Women make up Pa.’s political minority, say gender isn’t issue Tribune-Review Women make up about half of the population but remain grossly under-represented in key political offices that shape policy and render legal decisions at the federal, state and local levels, said politicians and political experts.

“It’s been a slow climb here,” said Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University, which is hosting a campaign-training seminar for women in Shadyside on Saturday and another one in Philadelphia next month.

Last year’s seminar in Pittsburgh drew about 80 women.

Shriver Report finds Latinas are eager for workplace change VOXXI Earlier this week we were awed by the flawless feminist essay penned by none other than Beyonce.

The essay entitled “Gender Equality Is a Myth” puts forth the argument that gender equality is impossible to attain until men and women work together to achieve it. She goes on to say that for change to happen we raise young men to believe in gender equality and treat women with respect.

Her essay created a huge media uproar and has since shined light on the issue of women in the workplace and equality among the genders.

Obama signs spending bill including ‘comfort women’ issue Yonhap News WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a spending bill which includes a highly symbolic provision on Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of Korean and other Asian women.

The signing of the bill came a day after Congress passed it in order to keep government spending going for the fiscal year 2014.

The legislation includes language calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to encourage the Japanese government to address the issue of the “comfort women.”

Women in California Politics: ‘A Gender Gap in Ambition’? KQED (blog) The election landscape in California was shaken up this week. Two veteran members of the state’s House delegation announced their retirements. Republican Buck McKeon, whose district runs north of Los Angeles, is stepping aside after more than two decades in Congress. And Bay Area Democrat George Miller is calling it quits after 40 years.

Within hours of Miller’s announcement, Contra Costa County state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier declared his intention to run for Miller’s seat.

“It was a day for me to get started on replacing him, which has been a lifelong hope that I could do,” DeSaulnier says.

India

Want 50 percent women’s quota in parliament, Congress: Gandhi Business Standard Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday encouraged greater women representation and participation in parliamentand the party.

Addressing the All India Congress Committee meet at the packed Talkatora Stadium here, Gandhi said: “I can see five-six women sitting in front of me but I want to see the day when half of this hall is filled by them.” The audience cheered and applauded.

“I want half of the members of parliament and party workers to be women. We will fight your (women) battle, help you progress, empower you and respect you,” he said.

All-women police stations in 6 districts in Kerala The Hindu Opening a new chapter in policing in the State, all-women police stations with women Station House Officers (SHOs) to deal with all issues, including law and order and crime investigation, will begin functioning in six districts on March 6.

This was announced by State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanian in response to queries at a two-day national seminar on ‘Empowering women cop,’ organised by the Kerala Police, that began here on Friday.

The State Police Chief was asked to give the reply to the question that was posed to retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi during a Q&A session after the keynote address. “Though the State had set up the first women police station in the country in Kozhikode in 1973, we could not go forward. We are trying to rectify it for the last one-and-a-half years,” he said. The State Police Chief told women civil police officers who participated in the workshop that within two months “we will have more. The process to recruit women sub-inspectors in the executive cadre has got the government’s nod.”

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