Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn. World: Gender equality is progress for all.

Poll paints unflattering portrait of party leaders The Times (subscription) Female voters see Ed Miliband as slimy and boring, Nick Clegg is spineless and wet, while David Cameron is posh, out of touch and rich, according to a survey.

The poll by Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative peer, asked voters to describe the party leaders. The results do not make pleasant reading for any one of the three politicians.

What do women think of the three main party leaders? The truth is not very flattering London Loves Business Women find David Cameron “pompous” and “incompetent”. The only good news for Dave is, that women seem to like Ed Miliband even less: he is “boring” and “slimy”. Still, no time for smug one-upmanship: with the general election looming, and women’s vote proving (yet again) decisive, the PM had better get his act together.

Actually, this is not an impossible mountain to climb as women are a forgiving lot. The PM must eat humble pie: women appreciate that. He must show he likes and respects his female colleagues. Women like that, too. And he must show he cares about women’s “issues” – ie their children and their elderly parents.

David Cameron had better eat humble pie with women voters – quick Telegraph.co.uk (blog) Women find David Cameron “pompous” and “incompetent”. The only good news for Dave is, that women seem to like Ed Miliband even less: he is “boring” and “slimy”. Still, no time for smug one-upmanship: with the general election looming, and women’s vote proving (yet again) decisive, the PM had better get his act together.

Actually, this is not an impossible mountain to climb as women are a forgiving lot. The PM must eat humble pie: women appreciate that. He must show he likes and respects his female colleagues. Women like that, too. And he must show he cares about women’s “issues” – ie their children and their elderly parents….

Parties should sign up to 40% target for women in winnable seats to overhaul ‘white, old male … WalesOnline Political parties should each sign up to a target of 40% female candidates in winnable seats at the next local council elections in a bid to improve representation, a government-backed report has concluded.

The report from an expert group on diversity in local government also called for a mentoring scheme to develop skills of possible members and a publicity and education campaign to inform the public about local government.

Chair of the group, head of Sport Wales Professor Laura McAllister, said the measures were “not about being politically correct or ticking boxes”.

The panel was established by Local Government Minister Lesley Griffiths after a survey revealed most councillors were white, male and over 60.

Uttlesford Labour party marks International Women’s Day in Dunmow Herts and Essex Observer SAFFRON Walden Constituency Labour Party will mark International Women’s Day on Saturday March 8 with an event in Dunmow.

Members of the Socialist group will be out in force in the town throughout the morning asking female residents how their lives – both locally and nationally – could be improved by Labour winning the 2015 election.

Jane Berney, Saffron Walden CLP’s parliamentary spokeswoman, will be there to meet and talk to locals.

Six bidding to be Labour MP for Blackburn Blackburn Citizen LONDON barrister Sara Ibrahim has emerged as a serious challenger to Kate Hollern in the contest to become Blackburn’s Labour candidate in the 2015 general election.

The 57-year-old borough council leader has received several nominations from ward branches. But Ms Ibrahim has also been well backed, gathering a local following.

The last of the six women to apply for the seat, which has an all-women shortlist, she is a cont ributor to the ‘Left Foot Forward, Labour blog, and appears to have support at national and regional level.

Abbie Wightwick: George Clooney, free chocolate, affordable child care – what do women really … WalesOnline Ask what women really want and you’re liable to get a lot of raucous laughter and nudge, nudge, wink wink, wisecracks.

But sadly there is more to life than George Clooney and free chocolate. What we really want, is to be able to go to work without being bankrupted by child care which doesn’t even quite cover the hours needed.

Years after maternity rights were belatedly bestowed upon women we are still limping along without high quality, affordable childcare for all.

Ireland

Women candidate quota legislation could be forced on parties Irish Examiner So far only Sinn Féin and the anti-austerity parties have 30% women candidates for the coming local election, according to the Women For Election group tracking the numbers.

Mr Rabbitte said that perhaps the quota system could also be applied to local elections, but they would wait to see how the numbers stacked up for the May vote.Parties that do not field a minimum 30% of women candidates will lose half of their state funding under legislation introduced last year, but there was no similar targets set for local authorities.

World

Can women tip the scales in elections? Kawartha Media Group PETERBOROUGH — Where do you begin in order to get more women into leadership roles in politics?

While the YWCA and the local chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women know rallying women to get involved in politics won’t lead to an immediate shift in the number of women sitting in Parliament, they say new research suggests there are ‘mini tipping points’ women can tackle to influence change at higher levels of government. At an upcoming Women in Politics session on March 25, the groups will turn to local women to determine where women can start.

Political parties urged to mainstream women’s rights in poll manifestos Hindu Business Line NEW DELHI, MARCH 5: With the 16th Lok Sabha election process kicking off amid growing crimes against women, nine women’s organisations have raised issues, such as political and land rights, food security, safety and employment.

“The outcome of these elections will greatly impact women’s struggles for safety, equality and progress… These issues need to be mainstreamed in the political agenda and in future Government policy,” said a statement issued by All India Democratic Women’s Association, the National Federation of Indian Women, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, YWCA, All Indian Women’s Conference, Joint Women’s Programme, among others.

Awareness drive for female voters Times of India Kolhapur: City mayor Sunita Raut stressed on the need for women to exercise their right to vote at the Tararani Sabhagriha at the district collector’s office on Tuesday. She was addressing a training organized for women representatives of the local self-governing organizations across the district.

The training was organized by the district administration for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and was attended by the representatives from the Kolhapur zilla parishad (ZP), Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC), Panchayat Samitis and municipal councils from the district.Raut said, “The voting percentage of women is less as compared to the percentage of votes cast by men during the election. It is the duty of the women representatives to educate women to participate in the election process.”

Gov’t fund sought for parties with more women candidates Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Although the Philippines is considered as the most gender equal country in Southeast Asia – and the 5th most gender equal country in the world – having more women in key government positions remains to be a work in progress.

Two Akbayan representatives want to address this gender gap by challenging political parties to field more women during elections, and government to set up a fund that will reward them for doing this.

Under House Bill 3877 or the proposed Women Participation and Representation in Political Parties Act of 2013, congressmen Ibarra Gutierrez III and Walden Bello seek to give political parties access to the Women in Political Parties Empowerment Fund if 30% of the official candidates they will field are women.

Gender equality is progress for all Ballymena Times Celebrated annually around the world on March 8, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day, designated by the UN, is “Equality for women is progress for all”.

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 during International Women’s Year 1975.

Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

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