Gender and Politics in the media

Ire: Want to get into politics? Here’s how to go about it. If gender quota directive is to work, parties must recruit women.

French Parliament debates gender equality Bill Legalbrief (subscription) – The French Parliament has begun debating new far-reaching legislation that would, if passed, impact elements of gender equality, including abortion rights and wage equality, notes a Jurist report.

The Bill for equality between women and men was prompted by statistics which showed that, among other things, French women earn 25% less than their male co-workers and that only one of every seven of the 36 500 mayors in France are female. The new law would also eliminate the current requirement that women prove they are in ‘distress’ before they may legally terminate a pregnancy.

Want to get into politics? Here’s how to go about it …Speaking to Women for Election, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation aiming to bring a gender balance to Irish politics, said people need to consider what is there preference is.

“We would stress that all the political parties are actively looking for good, competent and capable candidates around the country and people who are interested in their community and representing it politically should put their hands up and actively enquire about the potential of running for the local elections either as an independent or with a party that represents their values,” said co-founder Michelle O’Donnell Keating.

“We are obviously aimed at women, and there is especially a great need for women interested in politics in rural areas to step forward,” she said.

05:10 – Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in …


If the gender quota directive is to work, parties must recruit women … Irish Mirror Encouraging a greater number women to enter politics is obviously a good thing.

You only have to look at female political dynamos like Joan Burton, Mary Lou McDonald, Mary O’Rourke, Nora Owen and past presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese to prove what women can bring to the table.

But if the gender quota directive is to really work, parties must actively recruit females with a zest for politics and not just enter token candidates with no chance of being elected.

The whole purpose of the reform is to increase political representation so there needs to be fresh thinking to entice women of substance to Leinster House.

Under the new law, parties will have to ensure at least 30% of candidates in the next General Election are women – or face losing half the State funding they receive every year.

Just 275 of 1127 candidates declared for local elections so far are … Irish Times With the line-up nearly completed ahead of the local elections in May – when 949 seats are up for grabs in 137 electoral areas – Kerry and Limerick have emerged as gender equality black spots.

So far, just six women are in the running in Kerry for membership of the 33-member council, as opposed to 38 men.

Only 18 per cent of candidates in Mayo are women, while Limerick fares even worse, where there are 40 seats.

Where are all the women in Davos? The under-representation of women at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos has been one of the more obvious elephants in the room.

At an event where Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, one of the most unequal developed nations when it comes to female representation in the workforce, pledged that “women will shine” as part of his economic policies, the proportion of women attending has fallen to 15 percent from 17 percent in 2011. Only 16.9 percent of board seats on Fortune 500 companies are held by women, and they are often the only people with two X chromosones on the board.

Clark queries gender divide at Davos NZ City Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is querying the lack of women at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the world’s most powerful people meet.

Miss Clark rolled her eyes when she was told how many of the delegates at the annual meeting were women, the Telegraph reported.

“Often the response from people who organise these events is that they cannot find enough women. If you look you can find them, they exist,” she said.

Organisers of the forum, which brings together 2500 of the world’s top political and business leaders, said 16 per cent of this year’s participants were women.

This was a slight drop from the 17 per cent who attended in 2013 but a rise from the nine per cent in 2002.

Advancing women’s participation in politics is a work in progress EurActiv The principle of equal access for women and men to electoral mandates and elective functions has been a constitutional principle since 1999 in France, but the country is lagging behind. Time to legislate and ensure women’s representation in leadership positions, writes Tokia Saïfi.

Tokia Saïfi is a member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party (EPP) and a former French minister for sustainable development.

“France remains in mid-league in terms of women’s representation in its elected assemblies. The country is lagging behind Rwanda (in first position) Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Angola and Italy.

These figures demonstrate that it is still necessary to legislate to ensure true representation of women within economic, political, institutional leadership positions at both national and European level; as these areas often remain men’s hunting ground.

Feminist economists respond to the recent IMF Discussion Note … Thomson Reuters Foundation FRIDAY FILE – In September 2013 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a Discussion Note called Women, Work, and the Economy: Macroeconomic Gains From Gender Equity. The report examines “whether women have the same opportunities as men to participate in labour markets in the first place, [or] in other words, are women empowered to contribute fully to global economic growth and prosperity?”

In this two part series we share responses to the report from leading feminist economists. In part one Dr. Mariama Williams gives a critical analysis of the Discussion Note, highlighting the positives and shortfalls of the various sections of the Note. In part two Prof. Stephanie Seguino with Assistant Prof. Elissa Braunstein and Dr. Anit N. Mukherjee take a look at some of the shortfalls in the report related to gender wage gap, how macroeconomic policies perpetuate gender inequality, female labour force participation rate (FLFPR) and unpaid care work.

European Parliament to Vote on ‘Nordic Model’ of Prostitution that … International Business Times UK The European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee has voted through a report that recommends the adoption of the ‘Nordic Model’ of prostitution laws.

Put forward by Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP for London, the report recommends the EU takes on the Swedish model of prostitution laws, which punishes the clients of prostitutes, rather than the sex workers themselves.

The model was recently voted through in the French parliament. Led by Women’s Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the bill means anyone found paying for sex will be fined €1,500 (£1,250) for a first offence. If caught a second time, the fine would be increased to €3,000.

Marina Yannakoudakis MEP: The EU Commission’s gender quotas … Conservative Home European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding is now famous in Britain for her criticism of David Cameron’s immigration policy and her recent call for a United States of Europe.

However, as a third-term European Commissioner, the bouffanted Luxembourger has long courted controversy with her plans for EU interference in football player transfer fees, mobile phone roaming charges, and Member States’ policies on Roma. Her latest Sisyphean task has set her in opposition to Conservative MEPs as she tries to introduce a compulsory 40% quota of women non-executive members on boards by 2020.

Reding’s plans were adopted by the European Parliament at the end of last year. The proposals were so radical that even Labour MEPs were forced to abstain, in spite of their support for a gender quota imposed at the EU level. I and my fellow Conservative MEPs were the most effective opponents of the legislation and it is hoped that David Cameron together with member state allies can block the plans at the level of the European Council.

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