Gender and Politics in the media

What Facebook’s 58 Genders Mean For Politics. Women Head Recruitment Drive for Far-Right EDL.

‘Not good enough’: Gender inequality in Greater Manchester politics and lack of female councillors Mancunian Matters Across Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs, figures for the number of female councillors compared to male leave a lot to be desired.

Salford comes out worst, with just a quarter of their councillors female.

Labour councillor for Cadishead Christine Hudson said: “I didn’t know we were the lowest – when I joined there were only a couple of women, so to me it has got better.

“But obviously we are not good enough and we need to do a lot more. I would like to see it evenly balanced so you have the views of both men and women.” …

Stafford Soroptimists take their battle to stop violence against women to Prime Minister David … Staffordshire Newsletter DETERMINED Stafford campaigners fighting to stamp out domestic violence against women will take their petition to Downing Street next week.

Stafford Soroptimists have been collecting signatures for the last few months in a bid to convince the Government to do more to stop the violence.

The petition calls for an end to sex for sale advertising in all its forms and ensure perpetrators of any violence against women are brought to justice.

Women’s Assembly gears up for austerity fightback Morning Star Online Hundreds of women met at the weekend to discuss the effects of austerity on the world’s largest “minority,” as activists prepare for the upcoming People’s Assembly national conference.

In the opening speech of the Women’s Assembly Against Austerity conference on Saturday, former Labour youth minister Dawn Butler said: “In my career, I was often told I would not progress because I didn’t have a penis.”

The assembly was kicked off by trade unionists and politicians including Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish TUC assistant secretary Ann Henderson and TUC equality and employment rights head Sarah Veale.

Joint communiqué: MPs of three states to focus on women issues The Express Tribune Women parliamentarians from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom on Saturday promised to work towards addressing women’s issues, particularly those related to mental health and education in their countries.

The commitment was expressed in a joint communiqué issued at the end of a three-day meeting of the women from parliaments of three countries on Saturday.

This was the third such meeting organised under the Parliamentary Partnership Programme between Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Parliament of Pakistan and Britain’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Women Head Recruitment Drive for Far-Right English Defence League International Business Times UK A new generation of female members of the English Defence League – self-styled “EDL Angels” – are driving up membership of the far-right anti-Muslim protest group, it has emerged.

The EDL Angels are led by 42-year-old Gail Speight from West Yorkshire, who says she represents the changing face of the extremist movement. The group is keen to recruit more female members – currently there are only 200 Angels in the group – and claims it will tackle immigration issues close to women’s hearts.

Speaking to The Sun, Speight claimed that, as the poster girl for the female EDL membership, she had been approached by women whose daughters had been groomed and abused by older Muslim men, and Muslim women and girls to afraid to speak out about female genital mutilation – and vowed to fight for their rights.

What Facebook’s 58 Genders Mean For Politics Forbes Facebook very recently introduced a drop-down menu with 58 gender identity choices to embellish the classic Male and Female.  It includes arcane categories such as “neutrois” and “two-spirit” and takes one over the 6-colored rainbow Gay Pride flag.  Facebook now takes us somewhere very far over the rainbow.

This columnist fully shares Alex Schultz’s, Facebook’s director of growth,aspiration to contribute to “a more understanding and tolerant world.”

Still, this caused a brief splash of national incredulity. Brilliant cultural critic Steven Colbert, for instance, reportedly skewered it.  Understandably so.

Companies with fewer than 1000 staff may escape gender reporting The Guardian Companies with fewer than 1,000 employees could be exempt from reporting on gender balance in their workplace under changes reportedly being considered by the Coalition government.

Businesses with more than 100 employees currently have to report on the gender makeup of the workplace to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The government is preparing to increase the number of employees needed for gender reporting to 1,000 to save money on “red tape”, the Australian Financial Review reports.

Employment minister Eric Abetz is currently considering a range of changes and is expected to make a final decision in April.

Feminism and the Goal of Obsolescence The Stanford Daily I once asked my friend if she was a feminist. Her response: Of course not.

Why not? Feminism, by its strict dictionary definition, is simply the idea of guaranteed equality between men and women — an idea evident to almost everyone today. So why is there such a distaste for the term? Why doesn’t everyone identify as a feminist?

This aversion to the word “feminism” is not uncommon: The well-publicized portrayal of feminists as angry, man-hating women has perpetuated the notion that feminism is destructive, dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. As a result, people who support the ideals of feminists do not identify as feminists, and those who doidentify as such are marginalized and immediately labeled as radicals.

Income and gender equality can boost Hong Kong’s economic growth, says IMF’s Lagarde South China Morning Post When Christine Lagarde says Hong Kong should adopt social and economic policies to enrich a broader swathe of society and empower more women, she says it with a passion that one does not expect from the leader of a dry financial body such as the International Monetary Fund.

The tall, charismatic Frenchwoman stresses her economic prescription is based on hard technical research by IMF economists rather than her own idealism or personal views, but she is plainly more fired up by this topic than were any of the men who preceded her as IMF managing director over the past 70 years.

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