Gender and Politics in the media

Gender equality: Activists want a more feminine workforce in Pakistan. Call for women representation in peace talks.

2015 – Lawmakers Seek More Elective Offices for Women Female parliamentarians in the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to canvass for more elective offices for women politicians ahead of the 2015 elections.

Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, House Leader Mulikat Akande-Adeola said female lawmakers have since mapped out strategies to achieve their goal.

She said as part of the strategies, the female lawmakers would organize a women conference titled, ‘Building Bridges of Opportunity: 2015 Elections and Beyond.’

Women urged to work together Solomon Star LOCAL women intending to contest the upcoming national general elections have been challenged to work together inorder to enter Parliament.

Director of the womens development division within the ministry of women, youths and children affairs Janet Tuhaika made the statement at a welcome dinner Monday night at Iron Bottom Sound hosted for the women who are currently attending a weeklong Mock Parliament session.

“Working together to accomplish your aims and goals to enter parliament.  Be motivated and work together to achieve your target.”

She said a lot of women from various sectors are looking forward to contest in this national election through the support of the ministry.

Gender equality guaranteed in Tunisia Jakarta Post The new Tunisian constitution that came into effect  Monday guarantees equality for women in all fields, including in the political arena, a Tunisian professor of women studies says.

Houda Zaibi Belhassen of the University of Tunis told a seminar in Jakarta on Tuesday that many of her countrywomen were satisfied with the new constitution. Many even considered it a breakthrough for the predominantly Muslim nation.

The new constitution was endorsed after two years of exhaustive and often acrimonious debate by the Constitutional Assembly, which was elected in November 2011 with a dominant Islamists faction. A new election based on the new constitution is scheduled later this year.

Gender equality: Activists want a more feminine workforce in Pakistan The Express Tribune  

Pakistan is second from bottom out of 136 countries, based on the female population in their workforce.

KARACHI: The International Women Leaders Summit was organised for working women to “learn from mutual experience and cross border exchange”, said New World Concepts CEO Yasmin Hyder, while speaking at the Movenpick Hotel on Tuesday.

The inaugural address was given by United Kingdom Senior Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Sayeeda Warsi via an online video chat where she spoke of women empowerment leading to national economic growth.

The first female president of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, Neera Saggi, was the keynote speaker at the event where prominent national and international spoke about empowering women in the workplace. “No matter how different we appear, there is more that unites us than what divides us,” said Saggi.

Gender equality reporting is not ‘red tape’ The Conversation Amid the federal government’s broader agenda to cut red tape, business groups are reportedly lobbying the federal government to weaken legislation requiring companies to report on gender equality measures.

The Business Council of Australia, previously a supporter of such reporting is said to be among the lobbyists arguing it is too onerous and expensive.

Legislation for workforce gender equality was first introduced in 1986 and revised in 1999 and 2012. It applies to all private sector employers and higher education institutions that employ 100 or more people.

World Radio Day spreads message of gender equality Vereinte Nationen (UNO) 12 February 2014 – Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is a powerful communication tool, which reaches remote communities and vulnerable people. It gives people a change to participate in the public debate – regardless of illiteracy, gender, age or poverty. It is a low cost medium, which reaches people irrespective of their educational level, and in many places it has a strong and important role to play in emergency communication.

Call for women representation in peace talks Daily Times ISLAMABAD: The ongoing process of negotiations between the government and Taliban will fail to achieve legitimacy without adequate representation of women, said the Pak-Afghan Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PAWFPD) on Tuesday.
By restricting the negotiating team to men alone, the government has consciously disregarded the huge sacrifices of country’s women as victims of terrorism, said PAWFPD group leader Sameena Imtiaz.
“Women as mothers, wives, daughters and sisters have suffered more pain than men in the war against terrorism. But they have been denied a voice. Not a single woman was invited to the All Parties Conference nor the ongoing dialogue process,” she said.

Pledge to boost women’s rights Gulf Daily News BAHRAIN yesterday stressed its commitment to implementing laws to improve the status of women and ensure they become key partners in decision-making.

A 30-member team, including Shura Council member Dalal Al Zayed and MP Sawsan Taqawi, outlined the plan during the 57th session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva.

It was headed by Supreme Council for Women (SCW) vice-president Dr Shaikha Mariam bint Hassan Al Khalifa.

Representatives of civil societies also attended, along with Bahrain’s National Institution for Human Rights, to highlight Bahrain’s achievements and challenges.

“Women have become key partners in development in its various aspects. Their participation rate has increased in the labour market, as well as in the economic, social and cultural spheres, in addition to the continued efforts to empower women at economic and political levels,” said Dr Shaikha Mariam.

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