Gender and Politics in the media

MP Mkhosi Dlamini: women have proven to be a shame before their Majesties for failure to elect themselves during the recent national elections.

HRH Princess Sabeeka congratulates female winners of BCCI Board elections Bahrain News Agency Manama, Feb. 16. (BNA) – Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women, has praised the landmark achievements of Bahraini women through being elected directly to the 28th Board of Directors of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

HRH Princess Sabeeka voiced the stances as she sent today congratulatory cables to Afnan Rashid Al-Zayani, Deema Rasoul Abdulla Al-Haddad, Shaikha Hind bin Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Ahlam Youssef Othman Janahi, marking their victory in BCCU Board elections.

She pointed out such a victory, reflecting national efforts to continue the nation-building and development process, reaffirms Bahraini women’s resolve to play a crucial role in the nation modernisation march, within a real and effective partnership with men.

India cannot become super-power without empowering women: Rahul Zee News Tumkur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who launched the party’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in South India on a two-day visit to Karnataka, on Sunday addressed his first all-women rally in Tumkur a day after he addressed a rally in Belgaum where he attacked the main opposition BJP for rampant corruption and looting the state.

Rahul’s rally, whose idea was oriented from his views on need for women empowerment, focused on women and the aim to bring more women forward in the election process. Rahul, who was recently named the co-chairman Congress Campaign Committee for the Lok Sabha polls, said that unless the women of India are empowered, the country can never become a super-power. “We want to use your (women’s) strength in the progress of this country,” Rahul said.

Power and beauty: Women in Philippine government GMA News I am fascinated by the power and influence of women in Philippine government.

I know I risk getting caught up in gender wars, but it seems to me appropriate to recognize this peculiar circumstance. How did it come to pass that women, in a substantially Catholic nation, would rise so broadly to positions of authority? They are not the nuns of government, they are the priests.
The Philippines has had two women presidents during modern times. The United States, none.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago rises to the pulpit frequently to draw the attention of the entire  nation – its press corps, its legislators, its people – to the wayward ways of government  officials. Her forte is the law and sex jokes. She has done more to advance the rule of law  in the Philippines than an entire court system. She succeeds because she has the  ability to talk straight, talk loud, and take the edge off the debate by poking fun at herself.

More women in public office would be better for country Nashua Telegraph After witnessing the frustrating gridlock in Congress in 2013, many Americans are wondering what 2014 will bring. Election season is upon us and electing new blood to Congress will help this country get back on track. Electing women in particular, will change the way Congress operates and will help Congress be more representative of the U.S. population.

Growing up in southern New Hampshire, I did not fully understand the powerful voice our state has in United States politics. It wasn’t until my junior year at Salem High School, when I had the chance to job-shadow then-Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, that I really became interested in public service. Sen. Ayotte inspired me to think not just about “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” but rather, “what problem I want to solve.” As I’ve started my career in the political world, I have realized first and foremost that actions speak louder than words. This was exemplified when the women of the Senate took the necessary steps to end the government shutdown this past October.

Most Women Appeal on Marriage and Family Issues Women of China Up to 68.3 percent of the 5,043 appeals for help received by Guangzhou Women’s Federation last year, a provincial women’s federation organization based in Guangzhou, capital city of south China’s Guangdong Province, fell into the marriage and family category.

And in the category, the top two issues filed on were domestic violence and extramarital affairs, accounting for respectively 14.1 and 12.5 percent, according to the federation.

Su Pei, the president of Guangzhou Women’s Federation said the difficulty in protecting married women’s rights is partly on account of imperfect laws and regulations, which have proven ineffective in curbing the rate of domestic violence.

You are a shame before Their Majesties, MP tells Lutsango The Swazi Observer Kwaluseni Member of Parliament Mkhosi Dlamini says women have proven to be a shame before their Majesties for failure to elect themselves during the recent national elections and implored them to go back to the drawing board and look into doing better in 2018.

The Kwaluseni legislator, who had a landslide victory over his competitor Purine Bhembe, said failure for none election of females in the elections solemnly rested upon women as they failed themselves and no one else.  Addressing members of Lutsango regiment during the Valentine’s Day campaign on rising up for a violence free Swaziland at the Mavuso Trade Centre yesterday, Dlamini said women in the country should have a self introspection and find out why only one woman was elected into parliament.

Gender and development in Africa: Roundup of recent research Journalist’s Resource As is the case in many developing countries — as well as in advanced economies such as the United States – women in sub-Saharan Africa still often lack access to the same chances for economic success as their male counterparts. While there has been some progress on the third Millennium Development Goal to “promote gender equality and empower women,” as indicated in the 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report, there is still a long way to go when it comes to equal education and economic opportunities for women.

This economic marginalization has been the result of various historical and cultural factors, and research in this discipline is revising a number of assumptions. In a 2012 policy working paper for the World Bank, “The Contribution of African Women to Economic Growth and Development: Historical Perspectives and Policy Implications Part I: The Pre-Colonial and Colonial Period,” Harvard University historian Emmanuel Akyeampong and World Bank economist Hippolyte Fofack provide a contextual overview of gender discrimination throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They conclude that it is necessary to go back further in African history to the pre-colonial period in an effort to understand the true roots of gender inequality…

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