Gender and Politics in the media

‘Yes Scotland’ activists and women voters. Internet revolutionized Mormon feminism. ‘Hello! My Name Is: Feminists Unite’

MP discusses independence with Ellon women Inverurie Herald Local ‘Yes Scotland’ activists organised a coffee morning last weekend which welcomed around forty women voters, mostly unsure how they are voting in September’s Independence referendum.

Women were able to enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss issues surrounding Scottish Independence at Ellon’s Buchan Hotel last Saturday morning.

The local Ellon ‘Women for Independence’ group planned the event, which also welcomed Scottish National Party MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford, who was available to discuss issues and answer any questions.

In the Spotlight: International Women’s Day: What action will you take? Peoria Journal Star I like to talk to my daughters while getting ready for work. It’s one of my favorite times of the day.

On a recent morning, I was telling my youngest daughter about a friend who started a school in Guatemala to help poor girls get an education. She said she loved my passion for learning. I told her my favorite passion is change so that she can live in a world where girls can learn and grow the same as boys do.

Panelist: Internet has revolutionized Mormon feminism Salt Lake Tribune Speaking on a panel of feminists from different faiths, Strayer pointed to the differences between now and the 1970s, when Sonja Johnson defied the LDS church in supporting the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.

“Sonja Johnson had 10 people writing letters and doing phone calls for the pro-ERA Mormon group,” said Strayer. “Today, tens of thousands of Mormon women, anonymous or not, communicate on a daily basis.”

The symposium at the Salt Lake City Main Library was titled, “We Will Sing and Not be Silent: Women, Faith Traditions and Leadership.” Various University of Utah programs also were sponsors.

Conservative MP calls for public veil ban Asian Image Muslim women should not be allowed to cover their faces in public as there is no formal requirement in their religion, a Conservative MP suggested today.

Philip Hollobone was putting forward a Bill seeking to prohibit the wearing of face coverings, in particular the Muslim veil and balaclavas.

Presenting his Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill, the Kettering MP expressed regret that his campaign had “come to this”.

Speaking during the Bill’s Second Reading, he said: “But there’s growing concern amongst my constituents and across the country about the increasing number of people who are going about in public places covering their faces and this is causing alarm and distress to many people in our country.”

Isabel Allende set to become Chile’s first female senate leader FRANCE 24 Almost half a century after her father was killed in a violent 1973 coup d’état, the daughter of Salvador Allende is set to become the leader of the Chilean senate following a decision on Thursday by the country’s new centre-left coalition government, which won power in November last year.

“My father, as we know, served as senate leader for three years, and for me, it comes as an immense honour and with great pride to be the first woman [leader] in the history of the senate,” Allende told major Chilean radio station, Radio Cooperativa, on Thursday.

One of Allende’s first duties as senate leader will be to place the Chilean national sash on president elect Michelle Bachelet at her inauguration on March 11.

Fine Gael spent more on papers, magazines, flowers than on women’s development programme Irish Times Fine Gael has spent more on papers, magazines and flowers than it has on its women’s development programme.

The party also spent more on motor expenses than it did on women’s development. And its spending on travels, meeting and subsistence was also greater than on women’s development.

Fine Gael will have more than 100 female candidates standing in the local elections, the largest number of any political party, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the ardfheis last night.

Despite Push, House Republicans Have Recruited 33% Less Women Candidates TIME Last June, House Republican leaders announced with much fanfare Project GROW, or Growing Republican Opportunities for Women, a program designed to elect more women to Congress. “Women are the majority, and we need to do a better job, and that’s what this is all about,” Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, chairman of the House GOP‘s campaign arm, said during the roll-out, referring to the fact that women proportionately have voted in greater numbers than men since 1980.

Three months later, Roll Call reported that the group had an initial list of 13 female candidates that they would be helping. A 14th woman, Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters, who was running in a special election, was later added. Five Republican congresswomen endorsed Peters and held a fundraiser for her in December. “Kathleen is exactly the kind of strong woman we need more of in Congress,” Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner said at the time. “Congress needs more mothers, grandmothers and community leaders who know what it’s like to wake up every day and go to work for your family and the community.”

Hello! My Name Is: Feminists Unite Tiger Newspaper Clubs at South Pasadena High School often have a tendency to lose member enthusiasm after the initial excitement of Club Rush, but Feminists Unite has maintained a consistently passionate group for two years.

Junior Suki Sekula founded the club in 2012 to spread feminism’s misunderstood message of equality.

“I was just fed up with an ignorant view of women,” Sekula said. “The reason I started this club [was] to show that feminism is for everybody. Feminism should be natural and it’s important for youth to take on the movement and realize its importance in our changing society.”

Sustainable Development Goals: Where do Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Stand? Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday File: The eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG8) that took place 3-7 February 2014 in New York is the most recent in the series of consultations with governments and civil society on how to shape a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1] to merge with the new post-2015 development framework. AWID looks at the extent to which this intergovernmental process has included gender equality and women’s rights in their deliberations, and what areas remain a challenge as negotiations begin.

Women Empowerment Must for India’s Development: Rahul Outlook Formally kicking off his party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today paid obeisance at the dargah of renowned sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah and held a road show in Barabanki.

Gandhi arrived at the state capital this morning and held an “off-the-record” interaction with editors and bureau chiefs of various media organisations.

Later, he met aanganwadi workers and women self-help group members at a village on the outskirts of the state capital. During the meeting, he laid stress on women empowerment and promised to take up their problems.

Assam Woman burnt to death by husband for kissing Rahul Gandhi Jagran Post Congress ward member Bonti had a quarrel with her husband after she gently kissed on Rahul’s cheek. In a fit of anger, her husband set her on fire, resulting in her death, reports claim.

After burning Bonti to death, the man also set himself in flames and is now admitted to a nearby hospital in a critical situation, suffering 40 percent burn injuries, reports said.

The police have launched an investigation into the matter and no official statement has come out yet. It is also not clear whether the burning incident has any link with the kissing episode.

We no longer have to fight for gender equality, Emirati women say ulfnews.com Abu Dhabi: Despite Emirati women still having to do the lion’s share of housework they have proved themselves to be top achievers in the workplace.

“Not only do women work hard, they work harder than men. They are more committed and ambitious even if they are married and have children,” Saba Al Tukmachy, manager of career and competency development at Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), told Gulf News.

Around 42 young Emiratis, including 16 women, who graduated from the fourth cycle of Enoc’s UAE National Development Programme (NDP), were honoured during a ceremony on Tuesday. The programme was established in 2010 to provide Emiratis with specialist training on leadership and management and to strengthen their involvement in the workforce.

Women to assume greater role in Balkan militaries Southeast European Times A new United Nations Development Project (UNDP) study urges the Balkan militaries to increase the number of servicewomen and provide them with positions and tasks of greater responsibility.

The study is part of UNDP’s regional project supporting gender equality in the defence sector that is co-financed by the Swedish military and the Norwegian government.

Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Macedonia participate in the project.

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