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UK: Women: Cameron is ‘pompous’ but good with ‘family’. Yes campaign’s challenge: winning over female voters.

All-women shortlists could be allowed in FTSE 100 Telegraph.co.uk Business Secretary Vince Cable has backed recommendations which could see headhunters draft women-only shortlists for board-level posts, eliminating men entirely from the recruitment process.

All-women shortlists are not currently used in the private sector because they are fraught with legal difficulties and leave companies open to sex discrimination claims from men left out of the hiring process.

But Mr Cable has asked the UK’s equality body, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to create guidance for headhunters on when and how women-only shortlists could be used in accordance with the law, free from the threat of litigation.

Cable backs all-women shortlists for FTSE boards Financial Times (Subscription) Cable backs all-women shortlists for FTSE boards … in his attempt to reach a target of 25 per cent female representation on FTSE 100 boards by 2015.

‘Too many are straight, white men in their 60s’: How Wales should shake up local government diversity walesonline.co.uk 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.

The report makes several recommendations for the Welsh Government, local authorities, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), political parties and councillors ahead of the next elections in 2017.

Ed Miliband? He’s a slimy bore but David Cameron is pompous and Nick Clegg is spineless, say … Evening Standard Women think of Ed Miliband as “boring” and “slimy”, while they regard Nick Clegg as “spineless”, according to a survey.

Polling by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft asked voters for the first word or phrase that came to mind when they thought of the political leaders.

The millionaire former Tory deputy chairman separated the words mentioned by women and not by men, and vice versa, in the 20 most frequent responses.

Women say David Cameron is ‘pompous and incompetent’ – but also good with ‘family’ Mirror.co.uk A survey by former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft asked voters to give the first word or phrase that came to mind when they thought of the country’s political leaders

Women think David Cameron is “pompous” and “incompetent”, damning new polling reveals. A survey by former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft asked voters to give the first word or phrase that came to mind when they thought of the country’s political leaders .

Female voters name “family” when the PM is named – but also “Conservative”, “pompous” and “incompetent”. Mr Cameron fared better among men than women – but still inspired words including “Eton” and “Tory”.

Lord Ashcroft: The Conservatives don’t attract too few women. They attract too few of everyone. Conservative Home David Cameron tells Angela Eagle to “calm down, dear”. A number of female Conservative MPs decide they will not stand at the next election. Another is deselected. Ed Miliband derides the dearth of women on the government front bench. Several women are replaced in their jobs heading public bodies, prompting Harriet Harman to observe that it is “raining men in the Tory Party”.

To some, these stories and others like them constitute evidence that the Tories have a problem with women. As evidence goes, this is pretty flimsy. The academics Peter Allen and Philip Cowley have pointed out that within three years the Cameron Cabinet included exactly the same number of women as Tony Blair’s did at the same point in his premiership (though Mr Blair had rather more to choose from).

Sturgeon: winning over female voters is one of Yes campaign’s biggest challenges Herald Scotland Winning over female voters is one of the biggest challenges facing the pro-independence campaign over the coming months, according to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Polling suggests the majority of women are yet to be convinced by the Yes side’s arguments, with the latest survey by Ipsos Mori for STV showing 59% of female voters oppose independence, while 27% support it.

Speaking at a gathering of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon suggested women voters took a “more pragmatic” approach to the notion of independence.

Earlier, during her speech, the Deputy First Minister aligned herself with this position, stating that “a hard-headed analysis of what constitutional option will equip Scotland best for the future” should lead to a decision to vote Yes.

Scots Independence Poll Keeps ‘No’ Vote at 55%, Ipsos MORI Says Bloomberg The campaign against Scottish independence retained its lead in the latest poll by Ipsos MORI, with the largest gap in favor of staying in the U.K. among female voters and in more affluent areas of the country.

The survey for broadcaster STV found 55 percent of people wanted to keep Scotland in the U.K. with 29 percent in favor of independence and 16 percent undecided. The No vote was unchanged from the company’s poll in December, while the Yes vote slipped two percentage points.

Among women, 59 percent wanted to keep the status quo with 27 percent backing independence versus a split of 54 percent to 38 percent for men, Ipsos MORI said. In richest parts of Scotland, the gap in favor of remaining in the U.K. was 51 percentage points compared with six points in the most deprived areas, the survey found

Nick Clegg announces 2015 negotiating team Liberal Democrat Voice …The new team addresses the gender issue to an extent, including two very effective female parliamentarians. But with a membership of five, equal representation along any axis is impossible.  So once again the right/left, economic/social split is skewed to the right, while the gender split is skewed to the male.

Danny Alexander and David Laws provide some continuity as they bring with them their experience from 2010. David’s evidence-based analytical approach could provide a useful brake on over enthusiastic colleagues.

MP Gloria gives candid Red interview Mansfield Chad Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has opened up about her political and private life in a revealing new interview published in women’s magazine Red.

The shadow minister for women and equalities uses the interview to champion the choices that women make in life and to detail some of the decisions that she has made to get to where she is now.

Gloria (41) speaks about how she and her husband live in different cities most of the time in order to fulfil their own personal career ambitions and how she has never wanted to have children.

She also says that she believes that women should never be asked the ‘kids question’.

Ireland

Parties sticking with male candidates for local elections Irish Examiner Despite repeated promises by the four main political parties to get more women involved in local politics, only 15 out of 71 candidates standing for Cork County Council in May’s local elections are female.

Fine Gael — currently the largest party on the council with 22 seats — is fielding 28 candidates. Fianna Fáil, which has 12 seats, is fielding 22, while Labour, with seven seats, is putting nine into the field. Sinn Féin has just one seat, but is looking to increase that substantially and has put out 12 runners.

The number of seats on the council is to rise from 48 to 55 to allow for more representation following this summer’s abolition of the 12 town councils in Cork.

Women’s group calls for more family-friendly Dáil Irish Examiner The group will launch its ‘Building a Women-Friendly Oireachtas’ campaign this afternoon, which makes several recommendations to Government aimed at encouraging women to consider politics as a career.

The NWCI would like to see a 40% gender quota applied at cabinet level with maternity and paternity leave introduced to allow further flexibility.

Director Orla O’Connor said the Government needed to set an example for gender equality in Ireland.

France

Female French journalists want to conquer the front page West – Welfare Society Territory Female journalists rise up against gender discrimination in France. The organization of the “right representation of women in media and of gender equality in journalism” has launched today the campaign “Prenons la une!” (Let’s conquer the front page!). An initiative seeking help among both sexes to say stop to gender inequalities at work. Because female writers are tired of seeing themselves represented as professional journalists and experts on TV and radio shows for only 18%. And of being paid on average 12% less than their male counterpart. Or again, of becoming managing editors in less than 3 cases out of 10, despite their talent. What they demand and expect is very clear: the addition of gender equality principles in the deontology code of the French press; the presence of at least 50% of female journalists and experts in TV and radio broadcasting, the development of training course for the dismantlement of gender stereotypes addressed to new young writers and also useful to older and experienced ones.

AU

Women’s rights & class struggle The Guardian (Australia) Though it was no way the beginning of the women’s rights struggle, in those four and a half decades the struggles of the women’s movement, the trade unions and left and progressive political forces resulted in many social and economic gains for women.

It was a powerful part of that impetus that saw the Whitlam Labor government came to office in the early 1970s with a platform for social change.

Women benefited from the introduction of Medibank (now Medicare) and funding for women’s health that resulted in free, safe abortions, family planning, women’s refuges and other women’s services.

 

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Parliamentary Affairs articles on representation of women in parliamentary democracies. Free to access till the end of 2014.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the editors of Parliamentary Affairs have drawn together recent publications examining the representation of women in parliamentary democracies around the world. All papers are free to access until the end of 2014; please click on the links to download.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the editors of Parliamentary Affairs have drawn together recent publications examining the representation of women in parliamentary democracies around the world. All papers are free to access until the end of 2014; please click on the links to download.

Women’s Representation around the World: The Importance of Women’s Participation in the Workforce
Daniel Stockemer and Maeve Byrne

Strengthening Women’s Roles in Parliaments
Susan Markham

Cameron’s Problem with Women’: The Reporting and the Reality of Gender-Based Trends in Attitudes to the Conservatives, 2010–2011
Roger Mortimore, Gideon Skinner, and Tomasz Mludzinski

When Is Contagion Not Very Contagious? Dynamics of Women’s Political Representation in Scotland
Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay

Are Female Legislators Different? Exploring Sex Differences in German MPs’ Outside Interests
Benny Geys and Karsten Mause

Gendered Candidate Selection and the Representation of Women in Northern Ireland
Neil Matthews

Gender, European Integration and Candidate Recruitment: The European Parliament Elections in the New EU Member States
Cristina Chiva

Towards Parity Democracy? Gender in the 2012 French Legislative Elections
Rainbow Murray.

Attitudes Towards Women in Politics: Gender, Generation and Party Identification in Ireland
Yvonne Galligan and Kathleen Knight

‘Having it All?’ Women MPs and Motherhood in Germany and the UK
Joanna McKay

 

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‘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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‘Behind Every Great Woman Is an Effective Quota System’? Gender politics, least funny thing about comedy.

 

Labour MP for Ashfield, Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Women, visits and chats to mothers in Roath, Cardiff.

What Women Want: Welsh mums explain child care and school places difficulties  WalesOnline Surrounded by crawling babies and armed with baby milk and tea, a group of mums told former journalist turned Labour MP Gloria De Piero what women actually want. Her visit to the home of Cardiff mother-of-two Lucy Wheeler yesterday was part of her ‘What Women Want’ tour.

The MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, who became shadow minister for women and equalities in October, has already met different groups of women from across the UK. Other groups include a netball team in Darlington and a bingo club in Edinburgh.

Labour Stoke-on-Trent North hopeful Zaeba Hanif wants to be champion of the people Stoke Sentinel LABOUR activist Zaeba Hanif believes her selection as a Parliamentary candidate would ‘send shockwaves’ around the country.

The mother-of-two is among the eight women hoping to be chosen to contest the Stoke-on-Trent North seat for Labour in next year’s General Election.

Ms Hanif says that her experiences of raising a family, working and volunteering in the city makes her unique among the applicants. She claims that as MP she would be a ‘champion’ for ordinary people in Stoke-on-Trent North.

MP launches safety survey for young women Messenger Newspapers STRETFORD and Urmston MP Kate Green has launched a survey asking young women how safe they feel going about their daily lives, and whether they have experienced harassment, abuse or violence.

The survey is available on the MP’s website. The findings will be used to shape Labour’s policy on young women’s safety.

Ms Green said: “I know how important it is for women to feel safe whether they’re at school, working, travelling or simply having a night out.

“Labour wants all women to be safe, wherever they are.

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman WalesOnline Harriet Harman has refused to admit that mistakes were made over a historic paedophile rights campaign to which she has been linked, insisting she stood by her actions “all the way through”.

The deputy Labour leader insisted the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was “challenged” and “pushed aside” during its affiliation to a civil rights organisation she worked for and claimed she was the victim of a “politically-motivated smear campaign”.

Ms Harman and her MP husband Jack Dromey broke their silence after the Daily Mail ran a series of stories about their actions while officials at the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the 1970s.

These 6 Charts Prove Publishing Has a Long Way to Go Towards Gender Equality PolicyMic Every year for the past four years, VIDA, an organization devoted to women in literary arts, has tallied the gender disparity in the publishing world. The VIDA Count, as the tally is called, includes the number of women featured as both authors and subjects in reviews and articles in a variety of literary publications.

The 2013 VIDA Count has just been released, and while it reveals some progress (The Paris Review for example, has shown major strides towards equality) , other major publications likeThe New Republic and The Atlantic remain startlingly behind. VIDA’s list is an important reminder that despite what we may think and hope, “Women’s writing continues to be disproportionately omitted from the pages of career-making journals.”

Here are the most important takeaways from this year’s count.

‘Behind Every Great Woman Is an Effective Quota System’ – Is This the Future of Women in the … Huffington Post UK Another day, another demand for female quotas. From the boardroom to the cabinet, the call for women to be given a professional leg-up seems to be gathering momentum. First there was Fiona Hotston Moore’s well-articulated argument for David Cameron to introduce temporary quotas for women in top posts in politics and the civil service. Not to be left out, Labour “could” introduce quotas for women (and ethnic minorities) to address inequalities within boardrooms, according to shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna. Interestingly both Hotston-Moore and Umunna’s comments follow publication of a study by recruitment consultancy Green Park which found that only 12 of the FTSE 100′s 289 senior posts (chair, chief executive or finance director) were filled by women.

Are we ready for a female president? Bachmann says no. Washington Post (blog) A lot of Americans still “aren’t ready” for a female president, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told syndicated columnist Cal Thomas in an interview earlier this week. ”I don’t think there is a lot of pent-up desire for a woman president,” she said.

The reaction to Bachmann’s latest comment is no surprise.

“I found her remarks shocking and disappointing, especially since she took the initiative to run for president herself,” said Marianne Schnall, author of “What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?” ”Why would she do that if she felt this way?”

Even Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lost his own bid for the presidency in 2008, told CNN’s Piers Morgan that former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton “would most likely” win if the election were held tomorrow.

“I just have a very different reading of the political scene,” McCain explained. He cited “the growth of women” in Congress, as well as the many female mayors and governors throughout the country. “We’re proud we’ve had women governors here in Arizona, two in a row.”

Clinton: Men also responsible for women’s rights Macon Telegraph (blog) WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that men are also responsible for advancing rights and opportunities for women around the world. The former secretary of state says “it’s not a women’s issue” but, in her words, “a responsibility that we all share.”

On Tuesday, Clinton presided over Georgetown University’s annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. She says it’s not a mistake but a message that all three winners are men. Clinton is contemplating a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Gender politics are the least funny thing about comedy Irish Independent (blog) 

The BBC’s proposal to ban all-male comedy panels has thrown up an interesting conversation about the future of comedy.

Earlier this week, Dara O’ Briain, who was initially mis-quoted as being against the idea of ‘token women’, clarified his position and called for more female comedians to enter the arena.

And therein lies the rub.

Gender quotas are never a good idea. They marginalise women, and turn the genders against each other. Opponents make the argument that the best person for the job is shunted for one with the right chromosomes, and women selected for jobs this way can be taken less seriously as contenders, as workers and as professionals. Gender quotes could stigmatise the women they’re attempting to empower.

However, without gender quotas, how do we ensure equality? We can’t.

Afghan Youth Debates: Men Preventing Women From Voting is “Biggest Challenge” Institute for War and Peace Reporting Students living in the Ghoryan district of Herat province in western Afghanistan have questioned local officials on a wide range of election-related issues as the country gears up to elect a successor to President Hamed Karzai.

Undergraduates attending the IWPR-backed debate on January 23 were keen to learn more about women’s rights, the role young people can play in the elections, and the role of the media.

Karimi, a participant, asked the panel why women should bother taking part in the April 5 elections and what obstacles they might face if they tried.

International Conference on Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia Peace Research Institute Oslo ​The Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) are jointly organizing the International Conference on “Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia”. This is the final conference for a collaborative project entitled Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia.

Tunisia: First female presidential candidate presents herself Iranian The Leader of the Democratic Movement for Construction and Reform (MDER) in Tunisia, Amna Mansour, announced her candidacy for the next presidential elections, making her the first woman in the history of the country to run for presidency.

Mansour told Tunisian radio station Mosaic on Monday that she is capable of adding value to many areas and that her candidacy helps towards strengthening the presence of women in decision-making circles and positions of responsibilities.

2015 presidency: Where are the female contenders? Nigerian Tribune As the 2015 general elections draw near, a number of politicians have gone into frenzy, advertising the positions they hope to vie for. STEPHEN GBADAMOSI examines the seeming lack of interest of female politicians in elective posts.

Mrs Sarah Jubril is a notable Nigerian politician. As far back as the period of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the National Republican Convention (NRC) days, she has been contesting the presidential election. Indeed, she did several times, though her dream was at no time realised. Also, late Major Moji Obasanjo took a shot at the position on the ticket of the Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN) in 2007.

Why the LRB should stop cooking up excuses over lack of women reviewers The Guardian (blog) A week after publishing ‘The Public Voice of Women’, Mary Beard’s lecture on the silencing of women throughout history, the London Review of Books issued a pre-emptive defence of their own editorial policy on women contributors. The statement went out on an episode of Radio 4′s Open Book in which presenter Mariella Frostrup asked why women writers are reviewed less, and write fewer reviews, than their male counterparts. The LRB declined to participate in the discussion but issued, in Frostrup’s words, “a rather lengthy statement”.

Emily Modrowski: What feminists shouldn’t be Independent Collegian What is a feminist?
Let’s start off with saying what they aren’t: they’re not frightening, gross monster-women who’ve come to kill men in the night. There seems to be a stigma attached to the word “feminist” that sees it as a woman who’s off her rocker and who hates all men and everything to do with them. A feminist is sometimes seen as a hairy ogre who despises razors and lipstick.

Gender pay gap in Netherlands higher than EU average IamExpat.nl Recent statistics published by the European Commission’s Eurostat agency show that the unadjusted gender pay gap in the Netherlands in 2012 was 17,3 per cent, higher than the EU average of 16,4 per cent.

In fact, the Netherlands has the 11th largest gender pay gap in the EU, higher than (among others) Italy, Belgium, France, Denmark and Sweden.

While the Netherlands was ranked 13 in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2013, the report did highlight the pay gap as one area that was more unequal than others.

Workshop aims to address women’s issues, find viable solutions Oman Daily Observer MUSCAT — The third workshop, entitled ‘Cultural, Educational and Media Rights: Towards an Arab Document for Woman Rights’ began at the Council of Oman yesterday under the auspices of Khalid bin Hilal al Maawali, Chairman of the Majlis Ash’shura. The 2-day workshop aims to prepare for the conference ‘Women’s Issues and Contemporary Challenges’. The Chairman of the Majlis Ash’shura said that the workshop was organised by the Council of Oman – ‘State Council and Majlis Ash’shura’ in cooperation with the Arab Parliament to discuss women’s issues to find viable solutions. He added in a press statement that women of the Sultanate since the beginning of the Renaissance have had an active role and participant in all walks of life, including the Shura.

 

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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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Feb 20 Media round-up. Cambridge University staff call for action on academia gender equality.

Afghan Youth Debates: Women Must Vote to Secure Rights Institute for War and Peace Reporting Female voters could only secure real change by confronting societal … “It is women who raise the children of this country, and women form half of …

Gender equity: even sector’s best not good enough Times Higher Education Discrimination against women persists in the UK academy, even in institutions that have been recognised for their good employment practices, …

Gender equality European Voice The European Commission has proposed renewing the mandate of the director of the European Gender Equality Institute, Virginija Langbakk, until …

Cambridge University staff call for action on academia gender equality HRmagazine.co.uk The university’s gender equality champion Dame Athene Donald said female staff members backed the suggestion a male-bias existed in the sector.

NGOs help girls in rural India tackle female illiteracy, gender inequality The National … and cultural norms and antecedents of distinct ethnic and tribal communities and changing deep-rooted attitudes towards education and gender.

Gender inequality isn’t just a female problem The Independent Gender inequality isn’t just a problem for women, it’s a problem for all of us. It’s not just a female issue – it’s a human issue. Labelling gender inequality …

Gender pay gap declines, but not by much Women’s Agenda Workplace Gender Equality Agency director, Helen Conway, said the persistent pay gap problem was concerning but was pleased that there is …

“The campaign helped me learn so much about gender” Cherwell Online WomCam – the OUSU Women’s Campaign – is a liberation campaign for gender equality that strives to be intersectional (the recognition that many …

Simon Hughes: ‘The Ministry of Justice can be proud of its women at the top’ The Guardian Liberal democrat MP and justice minister Simon Hughes, is proud that the Ministry… The facts are stark: there are far more men in prison than women.

‘If these silly modern female MPs can’t cope, they shouldn’t be there’ Telegraph.co.uk Ms Currie, a former Conservative MP, told Telegraph Wonder Women: “I … It’s a French word for the women who carried salts and fainted at the first …

Stafford MP says put more women in the boardroom Staffordshire Newsletter Jeremy Lefroy, who has actively campaigned for a greater representation of women in business, says that the gender balance is showing signs of …

Analysis: With Rush Holt retiring, NJ could elect two women to Congress Newsworks.org “What is encouraging for women in politics is that there are three open … Meanwhile, Greenstein, who won four Assembly and Senate races in five …

Legislative Roundup: House looks at ways to ensure fair pay for all by forbidding gag orders on … The Union Leader House Bill 1188 requires that men and women be paid the same salary for … The bill now goes to the Senate, which has yet to act on a similar bill …

Activists include immigration in ‘war on women’ Politico And the activists believe that focusing on the influence of female voters could crack the Capitol Hill stalemate on immigration reform. Continue …

Women’s Groups Not Quitting on Immigration Reform TIME A coalition of women’s organizations announced Wednesday they will … Though they have yet to specify which members of Congress will face the …

EXCLUSIVE: Kathleen Willey: “Hillary Clinton IS the ‘War onWomen … Fox News foxnews.com Kathleen Willey, a volunteer aide in the White House during Bill Clinton’s term, appeared in a Kelly File exclusive interview: discussing Hillary Rodham …

Women’s Representation in Government Still Low IT Business Net Washington, D.C. – February 19, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) In late 2013, women accounted for slightly more than 21 percent of the …

Study: Rich women prefer conservative men | On Air Videos | Fox News foxnews.com Study: Rich women prefer conservative men | Fox News Video. Primetime. Daytime. Late Night. Weekend. All shows. Digital Originals. Editor’s Picks.

Women Want Equal Representation At National Conference Leadership Newspapers Some female professionals and entrepreneurs on Wednesday appealed to the Federal Government to give equal representation to men and women …

Women Are Still Drastically Underrepresented In The News Business Huffington Post A newly released report confirms the still-dismal state of women’s representation in the news industry. The Women’s Media Center’s annual “Status of …

Voter demographics: State by state distribution of the Indian voter Indian Express The infographic shows us a complete breakdown of the gender mismatch amongst Indian voters. The total number of male voters are 42.65 crore, and …

Here are the Women Who Run the World Right Now Care2.com In Greater Europe, eight women have made it into the highest office. As many of these countries enjoy equitable rights and high levels of education …

 
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Gender inequality costs global economy trillions a year. Men who buy sex in Sweden need help: report.

2014 elections: Parties that ignore women’s rights aren’t worth your vote  Daily News & Analysis Feminist filters for the 2014 elections: Women’s participation in politics and better representation at every level is intrinsically important. But it must be accompanied by an integration of gender concerns in the thinking and rhetoric of the political class. Swarna Rajagopalan analyses how and why we must vote for a party with the right gender rights credentials

 

Women working at the Bank of America in 1970. In 2014, there is no country in the world where women have equal political and economic power to men. Photo:Getty.

Gender inequality is costing the global economy trillions of dollars a year New Statesman According to a recent UN report, the progress made in the past 20 years towards reducing global poverty is at risk of being reversed because of a failure to combat widening inequality and strengthen women’s rights. The UN’s ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, has found that the number of people living in developing countries has more than halved from 47 per cent in 1990 to 22 per cent in 2010, but argues that many of the 1 billion people living in the 50-60 poorest countries will be left behind as the rest of the world gets richer.

Around the world, different groups are marginalised and discriminated against, but discrimination against women is universal. It’s a shocking thought that in 2014, there is no country in the world where women have equal economic and political power to men. As well as holding back billions of women from achieving their full potential, and asserting their right to live full, healthy lives, this is having an impact on the global economy too. Is, as the UN suggests, the reason for global wealth creation shifting from the West to fast-growing Eastern economies in part due to women’s increased economic participation? Most certainly.

Women for Election brings its gender equality campaign to Brussels Irish Times Women for Election, a non-partisan group promoting gender equality in politics, brought its campaign to Brussels yesterday with a two-day visit to the EU capital.

Among the delegation were 20 female candidates from Ireland who are contesting this year’s European and local elections, to be held on May 23rd.

Candidates met a number of senior EU officials during the day, including European Commission secretary general Catherine Day, who is Irish. European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly addressed the group yesterday evening.

POLITICAL PARTIES URGED TO PROMOTE WOMEN ISSUES The Jet Newspaper The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre encourages all political parties to ensure that women are on their agenda in the lead up to elections this year. While it remains non-partisan, FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali (pictured above) says the Centre is very political in its advocacy and lobbying for women’s human rights.

As one of the strategies, Ali says the FWCC is preparing a paper to be submitted to every political party and to anyone contesting the next elections for the protection and promotion of women’s human rights.

Included in this is women’s access to justice, economic empowerment, women’s participation in development, nation building, women’s equal access to resources, women in decision making and environmental degradation and its impact on women.

Yemen moves toward gender equality Yemen Post Now that Yemen will look to draft its new constitution, in keeping with all NDC resolutions and findings, Yemen Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohammed Saeed al-Saadi noted that nation intends to institutionalize gender equality by embedded such values within the constitutional text.

For a country such as Yemen where tribal and Islamic tradition wears heavy, a move toward gender equality will represent a clear break from the past and introduce Yemen as a women rights pioneer in the region.

Uganda making strides in gender equality in schools… New Vision The just released Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring report shows that over the last decade, Uganda made a 95% progress in addressing the gender gaps at primary level.

According to the Education Ministry statistics, the net enrollment for girls at primary level increased from 82.3% in 2000 to 97.2% as today, while that of boys moved from 88.8% for boys in 2000 to 96.3%. Gender parity has grown from 48:51 (girls to boys) in 2000 to 50:51 today.

The EFA report notes that the equal enrolment ratios for girls and boys is the first step forward in improving the quality of education. “A schooling environment that is free of discrimination and provides equal opportunities for boys and girls helps children to realize their potential.

Sweden Threatens Businesses With Sex Quotas as Women Snubbed Bloomberg 

Sweden may consider forcing corporate boards to appoint more women after finding voluntary programs failed to bring about greater gender equality.

Companies must “much more carefully take a look at recruitments to boards this spring and at the annual general meetings and we must then see that improvements are being made,” Finance MinisterAnders Borg said yesterday in Stockholm. “If we see another year of things moving sideways” Sweden will “gradually move towards being forced to launch quota legislation,” he said.

Men who buy sex in Sweden need help: report The Local.se “Anti-prostitution work needs to focus even more on men’s role,” according to the report entitled Men and Equality.

The report was compiled for Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Maria Arnholm by a group of experts, including academics, an entrepreneur and a trade unionist.
Sweden was the first country in the world in 1999 to make it illegal to pay for sex but legal to work as a prostitute.
However, despite thousands of fines — up to 7,500 kronor ($1,164) in some cases — no one has been imprisoned for the crime as provided for under the law.
Although Sweden’s sex purchase law is supported by a majority of Swedes, the authors of the report say more needs to be done to target men who continue to pay for sex.
“First of all it’s about bringing attention to men who buy sex. Men’s attitudes to paying for sex need to be discussed more, despite the difficulties in finding out about those who pay for these services,” they wrote.

Women empowerment bill sails through Punjab Assembly The Nation LAHORE – Punjab Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to set up a commission for underlying objective of expansion of opportunities for socio-economic development of women and elimination of all forms of discrimination against them.

The commission has been mandated to examine the government policy and programmes in order to materialise the objective of gender equality, empowerment of women and ensure their representation in political process. It would also make an assessment of the implementation of government policies on women empowerment and making suitable recommendations to the authorities concerned.

Fight for women’s rights is critical Independent Online Katherine Robinson writes that we have come some way in the quest for women’s rights, but the election is unlikely to gain ground for gender equality.

While South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy this year, the country will also be holding its national election, the first since 1994, without Madiba. If the past two months are anything to go by, we will surely witness one of the most interesting, perhaps entertaining, elections yet.

With a likely drop in the vote for the ANC, we will also see a decline in women’s high representation in government, hampering this major stride made in the past two decades.

Indian women rally to back demand for more seats in parliament Reuters India NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of women gathered in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday, demanding that the male-dominated parliament approve a bill giving women a stronger political voice in this patriarchal country.

The Women’s Reservation Bill – which provides for one-third of the seats in national and state assemblies to be reserved for women – has the potential to become one of the most empowering laws for women in India, activists say.

 

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France rethinks family reforms that sparked feud. Patriarchy bad for men’s health.

Why better gender reporting is in the government’s best interests StartupSmart Most people who think critically about gender equality realise that there’s more to gain than there is to lose. It seems there is growing acceptance that the pursuit of gender equality isn’t in women’s interests alone; it is in the national interest. It explains why Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick has been so successful in enlisting high profile male champions of change to promote gender equality. They know it’s not merely a social or moral imperative; the commercial and economic imperative is persuasive.

France rethinks family reforms that sparked feud Helena Independent Record Declaring that France should change with the times, the government wants to promote gender equality in schools and give unmarried and same-sex couples with children similar rights as married ones.

Declaring that France should change with the times, the government wants to promote gender equality in schools and give unmarried and same-sex couples with children similar rights as married ones.

Yet a brewing culture war suggests that many French aren’t ready to do that just yet.

President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have run into unexpectedly strong pressure from an alliance of conservative Catholics, Muslims and the political right over a landmark reform to family rights in France. The divisions have even seeped into the ruling party, which is already facing broad criticism about its handling of France’s lackluster economy.

Penny Wong: ‘There’s more scrutiny. We get questions men don’t get asked’ The Guardian The speech captured the rage of every professional woman who has … A key minister in the Gillard government, Penny Wong, 45, is Labor’s senate …

Campaigning for Women’s Rights Made Easy Global Voices Online The toolkit is particularly useful to women’s rights activists, advocates, NGOs and community-based organisations who want to use technology tools …

Anna Margareth Abdallah: ‘They say, “Don’t vote for the woman, she wears lipstick”‘ The Guardian “Women have a tough time contesting elections and they have to show exemplary proficiency to get recognised. They work hard to be extra diligent.

Gender Equality - Nation On Right Track AllAfrica.com To this effect, as part of efforts aimed at achieving MDG three which seeks to promote gender equality, and to eliminate gender disparity, the Zambian …

Independent Female Candidate Confident of Winning Iraqi Polls Rudaw Independent Female Candidate Confident of Winning Iraqi Polls … of only two women hopefuls running in Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Afghanistan: Candidates’ Positions On Rights In Spotlight Eurasia Review Presidential candidates’ positions on human rights should be a central focus in the run-up to the April 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, …

Why Media Coverage of Women in Politics Is Poor AllAfrica.com The media plays a crucial role in the political or electoral process. … This also makes it a veritable channel for promoting women’s participation in …..

Snubbing Women’s Quotas, Snubs Transformation AllAfrica.com With a likely drop in the African National Congress (ANC) vote, we will also see a decline in women’s high representation in government, hampering …

Snubbing Women’s Quotas, Snubs Transformation AllAfrica.com Johannesburg — While South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy this year, the country will also be holding its national election, the first since …

Tokyo women call for ‘sex strike’ over sexist gubernatorial candidate The Guardian … Yoichi Masuzoe in this weekend’s gubernatorial election, in protest at the front-runner’s claim that menstruation makes women unfit for government.

The Serbian politicians who ignore gender equality West – Welfare Society Territory Image: The Serbian politicians who ignore gender equality. A recent survey on gender discrimination in Serbia has thrown up some disturbing results.

Patriarchy is bad for men’s health-report Thomson Reuters Foundation NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation)—Men in the world’s most patriarchal societies have higher mortality rates than those living in places with greater gender equality and have a better chance of living longer in societies where women are equal to men, according to  researchers at the University of Michigan.

Men in the top 25 percent most patriarchal societies were 31 percent more likely to die than men in the lowest patriarchal quartile compared to mortality rates for women, according to the study, which apparently is one of the few to examine the health effects of patriarchy on men.

EU representation of women requires a ‘new approach’ TheParliament.com The European method of engagement through compromise has its benefits but more needs to be done to improve female representation at the highest …

33% Now: Women groups demand reservations, passage of women’s reservation bill  TwoCircles.net Women comprise nearly 50 per cent of India’s population yet continue to be under-represented in all aspects of politics including as elected …

Rise above gender bias: Farooq Abdullah CanIndia News But women have to work hard to prove to the men that they are better than them,” Abdullah said at the inauguration of the Women’s Science Congress …

Afghanistan: women’s participation ‘key measure’ of election’s success, says top UN official UN News Centre “Participation as candidates, electoral workers, observers, and voters is a key democratic right of all women,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s …

Costa Rica has a way to go for women in politics, say election monitors Tico Times Several prominent elected leaders from left to right: current lawmaker Rita Chaves of the Accessibility without Exclusion Party; in-coming lawmaker …

Turkey needs ministry of women’s affairs Al-Monitor There is a women’s issue in Turkey. Do you ever think about it even for a moment in all this meaningless political debate raging in the country?

Julia Tagüeña: Gender equality and promoting science SciDev.Net In this interview, she talks about women’s role in Mexican science, the challenges Mexico faces in promoting gender equality and why researchers …

Ministry to check gender pay gap Prague Daily Monitor The Czech Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is about to conduct an audit to reveal whether women and men holding the same …

 
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Gender inequality still problem in academia (US). The Sexual Politics Of ‘Downton Abbey’. Gender audit of NCERT textbooks.

NCERT looks into textbooks to weed out gender bias Indian Express The first-ever gender audit of NCERT textbooks reveals that though they are largely gender inclusive and attempt to highlight gender concerns, “there are elements of stereotypes in some textbooks”.

The Gender Analysis of primary school NCERT textbooks -18 of them – shows “men mainly in a variety of professions and women as homemakers, teachers, nurses and doctors”.

Following the December 16 Delhi gangrape, the Prime Minister’s Office had asked the Human Resource Development ministry to emphasise on moral science in schools and include chapters on value education in textbooks so that gender sensitivity and respect for women are inculcated in students at a young age. The Justice Verma Committee also recommended that gender equality be integrated in the curriculum at all levels in school education and gender modules developed for percolation of issues of equality and equity.

Gender inequality still problem in academia The Oracle The University of Colorado at Boulder announced last week it would implement leadership change in its philosophy department in order to affect a cultural shift making the department “less hostile to women,” an article in Inside Higher Ed stated.

The article stated that an external report found women were often the victim of harassment, lewd gazes and uncomfortable email exchanges, calling the behaviors “divisive” and “uncivil.”

This announcement seems shocking given the context.

One would think in the world of academia, where individuals are at the highest levels of educational work, the gender disparities would be at their smallest.

The Sexual Politics Of ‘Downton Abbey’ MediaPost Communications It’s becoming increasingly apparent that “Downton Abbey,” once lauded as an incisive depiction of the British class system, has largely abandoned class-based storylines in favor of sexual politics.

This is no surprise.  Historical fiction usually reflects the preoccupations of the era in which it is composed, and identity politics (gender, race, sexual orientation, religion) has displaced class conflict as the primary source of divisiveness in the 21stcentury.  Consider how hard it’s been for President Obama to promote his campaign on income inequality.  If the President of the United States can’t get people to care about class, how can Julian Fellowes?

Why more women must participate in the 2014 elections Daily News & Analysis In the run-up to the last round of Assembly elections in 2013, a Gender Manifesto was released by women’s organisations setting out a series of priorities across demographic groups and economic sectors. It is safe to assume that no political party or candidate engaged with this list and made it a part of their campaign. The only gender issue that featured was safety in Delhi, with the incumbents on the defensive. But there is more to a feminist agenda than safety, and women’s participation is high on that agenda.

BCCI election women contenders optimistic Bahrain News Agency Manama: Feb. 5 – (BNA): Businesswomen hopefuls have expressed high expectations to serve the Kingdom Bahrain and its people ahead of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)’s twenty-eighth election.

Women candidates said they hope to serve the national economy and all segments of the business community.

Women candidates presented ambitious election programmes, which included plans and programmes aimed to activate the role of the BCCI and to enrich the national arena and to develop efficient administrative staffs as well as positively enhancing and impacting on all dossiers required.

Where is gender balance as only two women vie for LSK posts? The Standard Digital News NAIROBI, KENYA: The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) elections draw likeness with the General Election, attracting few women candidates bringing to …

Commissioner: Third of candidates should be women B92 Thanks to amendments to the law on the election of MPs, women account for 30 percent of MPs in the Serbian parliament, she said, adding that the …

Gender wars in big politics: estrogen vs testosterone The Voice of Russia The most famous photo on the Internet after the recent Munich security conference is a photograph of four Defense Ministers of the Northern Europe.

Ban pledges UN commitment to advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment UN News Centre Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second right) with from left: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, former United States …

Eliana Lopez: Actress Had to Quit The Vagina Monologues Since Vaginas of Conservative Women … SF Weekly (blog) Now that FOX News has gotten into the act, I’d like to take a moment to talk to supporters, allies, and members of the community about the controversy …

Women should play golf to climb corporate ladder: John Tory CANOE The radio talk show host, CivicAction chairman and former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader suggested Monday on Newstalk 1010 that women …

 

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