Gender and Politics in the media

Gender inequality costs global economy trillions a year. Men who buy sex in Sweden need help: report.

2014 elections: Parties that ignore women’s rights aren’t worth your vote  Daily News & Analysis Feminist filters for the 2014 elections: Women’s participation in politics and better representation at every level is intrinsically important. But it must be accompanied by an integration of gender concerns in the thinking and rhetoric of the political class. Swarna Rajagopalan analyses how and why we must vote for a party with the right gender rights credentials


Women working at the Bank of America in 1970. In 2014, there is no country in the world where women have equal political and economic power to men. Photo:Getty.

Gender inequality is costing the global economy trillions of dollars a year New Statesman According to a recent UN report, the progress made in the past 20 years towards reducing global poverty is at risk of being reversed because of a failure to combat widening inequality and strengthen women’s rights. The UN’s ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, has found that the number of people living in developing countries has more than halved from 47 per cent in 1990 to 22 per cent in 2010, but argues that many of the 1 billion people living in the 50-60 poorest countries will be left behind as the rest of the world gets richer.

Around the world, different groups are marginalised and discriminated against, but discrimination against women is universal. It’s a shocking thought that in 2014, there is no country in the world where women have equal economic and political power to men. As well as holding back billions of women from achieving their full potential, and asserting their right to live full, healthy lives, this is having an impact on the global economy too. Is, as the UN suggests, the reason for global wealth creation shifting from the West to fast-growing Eastern economies in part due to women’s increased economic participation? Most certainly.

Women for Election brings its gender equality campaign to Brussels Irish Times Women for Election, a non-partisan group promoting gender equality in politics, brought its campaign to Brussels yesterday with a two-day visit to the EU capital.

Among the delegation were 20 female candidates from Ireland who are contesting this year’s European and local elections, to be held on May 23rd.

Candidates met a number of senior EU officials during the day, including European Commission secretary general Catherine Day, who is Irish. European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly addressed the group yesterday evening.

POLITICAL PARTIES URGED TO PROMOTE WOMEN ISSUES The Jet Newspaper The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre encourages all political parties to ensure that women are on their agenda in the lead up to elections this year. While it remains non-partisan, FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali (pictured above) says the Centre is very political in its advocacy and lobbying for women’s human rights.

As one of the strategies, Ali says the FWCC is preparing a paper to be submitted to every political party and to anyone contesting the next elections for the protection and promotion of women’s human rights.

Included in this is women’s access to justice, economic empowerment, women’s participation in development, nation building, women’s equal access to resources, women in decision making and environmental degradation and its impact on women.

Yemen moves toward gender equality Yemen Post Now that Yemen will look to draft its new constitution, in keeping with all NDC resolutions and findings, Yemen Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohammed Saeed al-Saadi noted that nation intends to institutionalize gender equality by embedded such values within the constitutional text.

For a country such as Yemen where tribal and Islamic tradition wears heavy, a move toward gender equality will represent a clear break from the past and introduce Yemen as a women rights pioneer in the region.

Uganda making strides in gender equality in schools… New Vision The just released Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring report shows that over the last decade, Uganda made a 95% progress in addressing the gender gaps at primary level.

According to the Education Ministry statistics, the net enrollment for girls at primary level increased from 82.3% in 2000 to 97.2% as today, while that of boys moved from 88.8% for boys in 2000 to 96.3%. Gender parity has grown from 48:51 (girls to boys) in 2000 to 50:51 today.

The EFA report notes that the equal enrolment ratios for girls and boys is the first step forward in improving the quality of education. “A schooling environment that is free of discrimination and provides equal opportunities for boys and girls helps children to realize their potential.

Sweden Threatens Businesses With Sex Quotas as Women Snubbed Bloomberg 

Sweden may consider forcing corporate boards to appoint more women after finding voluntary programs failed to bring about greater gender equality.

Companies must “much more carefully take a look at recruitments to boards this spring and at the annual general meetings and we must then see that improvements are being made,” Finance MinisterAnders Borg said yesterday in Stockholm. “If we see another year of things moving sideways” Sweden will “gradually move towards being forced to launch quota legislation,” he said.

Men who buy sex in Sweden need help: report The “Anti-prostitution work needs to focus even more on men’s role,” according to the report entitled Men and Equality.

The report was compiled for Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Maria Arnholm by a group of experts, including academics, an entrepreneur and a trade unionist.
Sweden was the first country in the world in 1999 to make it illegal to pay for sex but legal to work as a prostitute.
However, despite thousands of fines — up to 7,500 kronor ($1,164) in some cases — no one has been imprisoned for the crime as provided for under the law.
Although Sweden’s sex purchase law is supported by a majority of Swedes, the authors of the report say more needs to be done to target men who continue to pay for sex.
“First of all it’s about bringing attention to men who buy sex. Men’s attitudes to paying for sex need to be discussed more, despite the difficulties in finding out about those who pay for these services,” they wrote.

Women empowerment bill sails through Punjab Assembly The Nation LAHORE – Punjab Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to set up a commission for underlying objective of expansion of opportunities for socio-economic development of women and elimination of all forms of discrimination against them.

The commission has been mandated to examine the government policy and programmes in order to materialise the objective of gender equality, empowerment of women and ensure their representation in political process. It would also make an assessment of the implementation of government policies on women empowerment and making suitable recommendations to the authorities concerned.

Fight for women’s rights is critical Independent Online Katherine Robinson writes that we have come some way in the quest for women’s rights, but the election is unlikely to gain ground for gender equality.

While South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy this year, the country will also be holding its national election, the first since 1994, without Madiba. If the past two months are anything to go by, we will surely witness one of the most interesting, perhaps entertaining, elections yet.

With a likely drop in the vote for the ANC, we will also see a decline in women’s high representation in government, hampering this major stride made in the past two decades.

Indian women rally to back demand for more seats in parliament Reuters India NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of women gathered in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday, demanding that the male-dominated parliament approve a bill giving women a stronger political voice in this patriarchal country.

The Women’s Reservation Bill – which provides for one-third of the seats in national and state assemblies to be reserved for women – has the potential to become one of the most empowering laws for women in India, activists say.

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