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Tonga launches mock parliament to boost women’s rep. Can the World’s Women Save Syria? A woman’s world in post-revolution Libya?

Getting more women involved in politics and decision making in Solomon Islands Solomon Star Last week I attended the opening of the Mock Parliament debate about Constituency Development Funds.

It was great to see so many women in the Parliament Chamber.

As a representative of one of Solomon Islands Development Partners and a guest in Solomon Islands over the past two years, I have attending many meetings focusing on development policy and issues. I have often been struck by how few women, particularly Solomon Islands women, are present at these meetings.

The Solomon Islands National Development Strategy Policy on Gender Equality is to “Advance gender equality and enhance women’s development ensuring the active contribution and meaningful participation of both Solomon Islands women and men in all spheres, and at all levels, of development and decision making”.

Tonga to launch mock parliament to boost women’s representation Radio New Zealand Tonga is to run a mock parliament for women to encourage more women to get involved in politics and address the current gender imbalance in the house.

Currently Tonga only has one woman in parliament, who was appointed by the prime minister rather than elected.

Mock parliaments for women have already been held in various Pacific countries, including Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and most recently, Solomon Islands.Tonga’s Speaker of Parliament,  Lord Fakafanua, says he hopes the mock parliament will encourage and empower Tongan women to enter politics.

Women Under-Represented in All Political Structures in Nigeria,Says Mark The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, on Monday in Abuja said that women were underrepresented in all political structures in Nigeria.

Mark, who was represented by Sen. Helen Esuene, said this at the Nigeria Women Strategy Conference, with the theme: “Building Bridges of Opportunity; 2015 and beyond.”

He said that though women had participated actively in politics in the country, they had nothing to show for their participation except to mobilise for the electoral success of other people.

The Senate president stressed that marginalisation of women could be addressed through the collaborative efforts of men and women.

Women should get 50% positions in 2015 —House leader Nigerian Tribune Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Honourable Mulikat Akande-Adeola, on Monday, said the expectation of Nigerian women in the forthcoming 2015 election was to increase women’s representation in elective and appointive positions to 50 per cent.

This came as she commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment towards actualisation of stipulated minimum quota of 35 per cent women representation in political positions and offices.

Honourable Akande-Adeola stated this during the Nigeria Women strategy conference themed: ‘Building bridges of opportunities; 2015 and beyond’, maintained that “in fact, our expectation is that from 2015, the federal, state, and local governments will increase women’s representation in elective and appointive positions to 50 per cent in order to complete the affirmative action aspiration for women.”

A first for conservative Saudi Arabia: a female newspaper editor (CNN) Like other Saudi women, she’s not allowed to drive or move around freely. But Somayya Jabarti will soon be setting the news agenda for thousands of readers in the Middle Eastern kingdom.

In what appears to be a first for male-dominated Saudi Arabia, Jabarti has been appointed editor of a major newspaper, the English-language Saudi Gazette.

She will take over as editor-in-chief from her longtime mentor, Khaled Al Maeena, the outgoing editor said in an article published Sunday on the newspaper’s website.

“I’ve had the goal almost as long of wanting to see a Saudi woman enter the male-dominated bastion of editors-in chief,” Al Maeena wrote. “It was not a question of gender but of merit that decided and earned her this opportunity.”

Children Need to Know All About Gender Based Violence In their combined efforts to rescue women and children from gender based violence, women organizations including TAMWA, TGNP, TAWLA, TGNP, CRC and ZAFELA are conducting awareness campaigns in selected districts of the country.

Dubbed the Gender Equality & Women Empowerment Programme (GEWE II), the initiative aims to educate and empower women on appropriate knowledge on gender based violence, the purpose being to create awareness and help them take measures, including reporting such cases to the police.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights, according to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Women’s “It will be our constitution” campaign launched with 50000 sms messages Libya Herald The German ambassador Christian Much launched the women’s “it will be our constitution” campaign by sending the first of 50,000 SMS messages at an event in Tripoli yesterday.

The Gender Concerns International ( and Women for Democratic Transformation Platform (, with the support of the German government, organized an event at the Radisson hotel under the banner “It was our Revolution. It is our election and it will be our constitution” to increase Libyan women’s participation and role in local politics.

Upon launching the SMS campaign, the German ambassador noted that his country benefited from being governed by a woman. He highlighted Thursday’s constitutional elections as the beginning of the process and the launch of 50,000 SMS messages for increased women’s role and participation will be an important part of that process.

Women were vocal during the revolution, but being heard can be hard

A woman’s world in post-revolution Libya? Deutsche Welle When Gadhafi was pronounced dead in October 2011, it was the end of the revolution and of the regime that had held the nation in its grip for 42-years. After eight months of battle and bloodshed, the future shone with a promise brought within reach by the power of unity.

Having played an active role – as fighters, doctors and correspondents – in the events leading up to that moment, Libyan women were emboldened and hopeful the country they were helping to redefine would be a place of liberal values and reasoned thought. And some have fared well.

In 2012, Omnia Etayari started her own training and consultancy firm with no certainty of how it would be received. Her client list include government authorities, banks, oil companies and insurance companies, all of whom she says have been unwavering in their support.

Can the World’s Women Save Syria? Daily Beast She is known only as “Delegate Three” and her remarks to the world were simple.

“If your countries are keen on achieving peace in Syria,” she said to the United Nations Security Council during a closed session last month known as an Arria Formula meeting, “then they must know that this cannot be done without women and that we cannot be excluded from determining the future of our country.”

During the past few months, a chorus of international voices, have joined Delegate Three in seeking to insure that the latest efforts to end the Syrian conflict do not exclude the interests and unique perspectives of half the population. Petitions from around the world – in meetings convened by UN Women and international organizations, in statements from member states and top diplomats, and Delegate Three’s own appeal, made just days before the UN-brokered talks were set to open between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces – have apparently not fallen on deaf ears.

BJP Launches Henna Campaign to Woo Female Voters The New Indian Express In an attempt to strike a chord with female voters ahead of the April-May general elections, the women wing of Jharkhand BJP has launched ‘Mehendi Lagao’ (apply henna) campaign in the pilgrim town Deoghar.

“We have launched a door-to-door campaign and apply mehendi (henna) in the form of lotus, the party symbol, on the palms of women voters since last week to garner support for the prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,” Mahila Morcha President Usha Pandey told PTI today.

Slamming the Manmohan Singh-led UPA II for its “failure on all fronts,” Pandey said, “It has flunked on all fronts – from curbing price rise, to providing security to women.”

Pandey also criticised the coalition government in Jharkhand headed by Chief Minister Hemant Soren for rise in cases of rape and violence against women in the state.

South Korean Government Launches First Survey on Economic Life of Married Women Women of China The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in the Republic of Korea recently launched a survey on the economic life of married women, showing 58 percent of them had quit their jobs after getting married or having children.

This is the first survey on married women’s economic life and employment launched by the South Korean government, which polled 5,854 married women aged between 25 and 59.

The results of the survey also showed that 51.3 percent of the married women who had resigned are still stay-at-home housewives. About 53 percent of them expressed a desire to go back to work, but most of them believed they wouldn’t be able to find a job better than their previous one.

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