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Campaigns aimed at women or men on gendered issues (parenthood, wages, health issues, etc.)

UK: Feminism has wreaked havoc – time for women to hit back. Gender gap gives No camp some independence polling power.

Record View: Gender gap gives No camp some independence polling power Scottish Daily Record TODAY’S exclusive Daily Record poll on independence makes fascinating reading. It shows Alex Salmond faces a formidable challenge to secure a Yes vote in September’s referendum. With just six months to go, the First Minister needs to convince almost every remaining undecided voter to back his plan to break up Britain. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the figures is the gender gap. The survey indicates a higher proportion of men now support going it alone while more women are against it.

Barrister Justine Thornton says sexism still a problem for women lawyers at Camden school talk Ham&High Top lawyer Justine Thornton – wife of Labour leader Ed Miliband – has spoken out about sexism in the legal professions at a talk to schoolchildren to mark International Women’s Week.

Kathy Gyngell: Feminism has wreaked havoc – it’s time for women to hit back Conservative Home Last week on Woman’s Hour that godmother of feminism, Bea Campbell, in suitably sepulchral tones, informed a shocked Jenni Murray that the amount of housework men do has only increased by a minute a year over three decades. Murray did not raise an eyebrow at this ridiculous statistic. She waited in respectful anticipation for more evidence of the victimisation of women. Today this crazy insistence on gender parity in the home and in the workplace frames every aspect of public policy. It matters not which political party is in power, feminist orthodoxy reigns supreme. In an act of utter futility, the Conservatives pursue women voters on Labour’s gender equality ticket. As Paul Johnson of the IFS wrote recently, political agreement is fine, unless it is wrong.

Bank Of England MPC Has No Women As Appointments ‘On Merit’ Says Sajid Javid Huffington Post UK Tory minister Sajid Javid has sparked controversy for suggesting that women did not “merit” serving on the Bank of England‘s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The Treasury minister told MPs that the nine-man committee, which oversees interest rates, “consists of individuals who are best-qualified to make the decisions necessary to achieve the government’s monetary policy objectives.” Since George Osborne became chancellor, all four of the new appointments to the Bank’s MPC have been men. “All appointments are made on merit,” Javid explained, in remarks that Labour branded “outrageous”.

Could this woman be the next female Prime Minister? Telegraph.co.uk For a man who, according to the polls, is on the path to power, Ed Miliband remains unloved by the country, and a matter of some indifference to many in his party. Last time I looked, the Labour leader’s approval ratings were minus 17 per cent (source: Opinium political polling) – not nearly as bad as Nick Clegg’s, but a lot worse than the prime minister’s. And whereas David Cameron gets a plus 87 per cent rating from his own party, Miliband only manages plus 47 per cent (worse even than Clegg’s plus 56 per cent). So more than half his own party can’t muster any support for him.

Annie Brown: Female representation boils down to who is running the show Scottish Daily Record WITH women only account for 16 per cent of the movers and shakers in the film and small screen industry ANNIE says it’s clear to see that female …

Labour announce all-woman shortlist for Batley and Spen seat Batley News Last week MP Mike Wood announced he will stand down at the next general election in 2015 after 18 years serving the constituency.
A spokesman for Labour confirmed that the national executive committee had decided to select its next candidate from an all-female shortlist to improve the gender balance in the party.
In Dewsbury and Mirfield, Labour candidate Paula Sheriff was chosen from a similar shortlist to contest Simon Reevell’s seat.
The shortlists aim to improve the gender balance in the party. What do you think? Are all-women shortlists needed to address the lack of female MPs?

WATCH: Shadow Home Secretary visit to Wetherby on International Women’s Day Harrogate Advertiser In a weekend visit to Wetherby, Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford sat down with five business owners and Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Elmet and Rothwell Veronica King to discuss the opportunities for women in business and the challenges they face. Ms Cooper said: “What we know is that women starting up their own businesses is very important to the local economy, though it can often be difficult for them to get the appropriate financing. “It is improving right across the country but growing a business and supporting a family can be really hard work.

Women meet MP to discuss issues Lancashire Evening Post The MP for West Lancashire, Rosie Cooper, met with 15 women for a ‘What Women Want’ discussion on an extensive range of issues affecting women in their day-to-day lives to mark International Women’s Day. Attending the event at Christ Church Ministry Centre, Aughton were women involved in the business, education, health, law-enforcement, charity and voluntary sector, and community sectors, all with different experiences, different areas of expertise and interests and different ages.

Scottish politician seeks independent woman for voting commitment Channel 4 News (blog) We’ve had the soccer moms, now let’s hear it for the shinty maws. For those of you unfamiliar with Gaelic sports, I refer of course to the importance of women in the Scottish independence referendum. Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above) has suggested that if she can win over women, her party will win the referendum. Just 27 per cent of women say they’ll vote Yes to independence in September, with 59 per cent planning to vote No. So between now and then, Scottish women – whether shinty maws or otherwise – will be as eagerly wooed by politicians of all hues as were the soccer moms who felt the full force of Bill Clinton’s electoral charms.

Lamont says ‘huge issues facing women’ deeper than constitutional debate BBC News Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont led a debate entitled Women in Scotland on 12 March 2014. Ms Lamont said: “The huge issues facing women, here and abroad, are deeper than any constitutional arrangements and must be addressed with political will regardless of what the constitutional settlement might be.” She highlighted the political, social and economic advancement of women in Scotland but pointed out the barriers into education, employment and representation in public life needed to be addressed, as well as the challenges women faced throughout the world. Ms Lamont said: “In freeing women we create a better society that’s better and fairer for our daughters and sons.”

Let women reach top on own merits Belfast Telegraph …Around 70% of 300 delegates at last year’s conference voted against compulsory quotas to ensure representation of women at board level. Ms Kinnaird said: “I am very much a proponent of people getting to whatever position in life on back of their own merits rather than satisfying quotas… people should be there because they have the skillset and deserve to be in that position, rather than ticking a box.”

Labour Council supports women’s shelters Exchange Morning Post (press release) Kitchener – The Waterloo Regional Labour Council raised more than $4,600 for local women’s shelters in the Waterloo Region at its first annual International Women’s Day fundraiser brunch last Saturday. Fran Parry and Lois Iles, Co-Chairs of the Council’s Women’s Committee, were deeply gratified by the outpouring of support from the almost 160 women and men who attended. In addition to the many union members who took part in the event, local dignitaries Catherine Fife (MPP Kitchener-Waterloo), Julie White (UNIFOR Women’s Department Director), and Stephen Soucie (KW Sexual Assault Centre) attended and spoke about the importance of women getting involved in fighting for social change.

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Quotas aren’t needed for able women to win electoral success Sydney Morning Herald That region has wall-to-wall female representation from the two major parties at federal and state level with just two exceptions: Liberal whip Bill Tilley …

Women should make up 50 per cent of MPs The Australian (blog) Members of parliament are meant to represent the interests of their constituents. That is why many systems of representation are proportional. Women …

Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley calls for an end to Australian society’s `entrenched bias … NEWS.com.au And in a strong speech to an invited group of women at Government House, she called for betterrepresentation of women on the annual Order of …

 

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CHART: Men have 50 minutes more daily leisure than women. Parliamentary gender equality in less than 20 years?

CHART (US): How Women Spend Their Time Vs. How Men Spend Their Time Business Insider Australia Although we have made great strides towards women’s equality over the last few decades, men and women still spend their time in different ways.

The Bureau of Labour Statistics runs an annual survey of Americans asking how they use their time. The survey results are broken down into a number of different demographic groups.

Women still spend more time doing household activities (a little over two hours a day, versus about an hour and fifteen minutes for men) and taking care of family members (40 minutes for women, against 20 minutes for men).

Men spend about an hour and fifteen minutes per day more than women at work and work-related activities, and men have about fifty minutes more daily leisure time than women.

Women in Politics Map 2014 shows gender equality in parliaments could be achieved in less than … The Independent Women could achieve equal representation in parliaments across the world in less than 20 years, a new study has predicted.

The Women in Politics Maps 2014 released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women shows that women could achieve equality if the current rate of progress is maintained.

However, the prospect of reaching the target is hindered as women have hit a glass ceiling in becoming president or prime minister.

The map shows that the number of women parliamentarians across the world is at a record 21.8 per cent, following a 1.5 per cent increase over the last year.

Despite push for gender equality - Nordic countries the worst in violence against women Catholic Online LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) – In the study, more than 42,000 women in the E.U.’s 28 countries were questioned about a range of experiences – from being pushed, shoved, slapped, cut, beaten and burned to being raped, harassed in the workplace, prevented from leaving the house and stalked.

Fifty-two percent of Danish women interviewed said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence at least once since the age of 15. Finnish women reported at least 47 percent and 46 percent of Swedish women both reported similar experiences, according to the poll by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency …

Korea lags in gender equality in politics Korea Times Korea lags far behind in terms of gender equality in politics, according to a global report issued Wednesday. The Women in Politics Map of the …

‘Gender equality must for socioeconomic development’ Business Recorder Speakers at the “International Women’s Day Conference” on Tuesday urged the government and civil society to ensure equal opportunities for women to help the country in attaining rapid growth and development. The conference was organised by Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) here at a hotel.

Gender equality: The Finnish way Himalayan Times KATHMANDU: KATHMANDU: “The exhibition aims to share Finland’s experience on gender equality, show that equality is possible but that it takes time. We have tried to depict how women of Finland have struggled for gender equality and also hope to inspire others,” expressed Leena Rikkila Tamang, Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific of IDEA at ‘100 years of Women’s Voices and Action in Finland’, an exhibition that began on March 10 at the Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited.

The exhibition displays photographs and information about the rise of Finnish women over the last 100 years in various fields.

The black-and-white photographs showcase Finnish women in different professions and doing everyday work. You can see women pilots, women in social welfare organisations as well as women working in hospitals, among others…

Gender Equality Not About Power – Dr Molokomme AllAfrica.com “Women’s day is about celebrating their contributions, their struggles, and their strengths, often against odds,” she said.

Dr Molokomme noted that women’s day also called for governments, NGO’s and individuals to re-commit themselves and play their part in diminishing inequality.

Empowering women, she said had a positive impact in the society especially in area of improved nutrition, better education and good health…

Gender Equality Vital to Prosperity, State’s Russell Says AllAfrica.com Washington — Helping women around the world access decent-paying jobs would increase economic prosperity for all, says Catherine Russell, the U.S. Department of State’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.

Russell spoke February 20 at the launch of the World Bank’s Gender at Work report, which she lauded as providing “a comprehensive road map” for encouraging women’s economic empowerment…

“Men must learn what gender equality means,” says UNFPA during UNCSW conference WNN – Women News Network Speaking at a side event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) inNew YorkBabatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the UNFPA, said existing power structures are preventing women from exercising their rights, which will undermine the impact of the next set of sustainable development goals.

At an event organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation(IPPF), Osotimehin said: “Why is it possible for men to have access to condoms without any question, but when it comes to providing contraception to women and girls, the whole world comes against you? It’s about power. Men want to determine what women do and tell them what to do and how to do it. That must stop. Men must learn to accept gender equality.”

Pembrey teenager speaks out for gender equality Llanelli Star THIRTEEN-year-old Megan Davies is fighting for a better future for women everywhere. The teenager, from Pembrey, championed gender equality in her school and beyond ahead of International Women’s Day, which took place on Saturday. Megan, an Ysgol y Strade student, spoke out against the issue, which she feels can have a detrimental impact on economic growth, democracy and society. Despite her age Megan, said she had already come up against inequality in her own life.

Christian Aid Calls for Global Action Against Gender Inequality AllAfrica.com World leaders must take action against gender inequality if they are serious about eradicating global poverty, says Christian Aid. Today (10th March), delegates from global governments meet in New York for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which addresses women’s universal rights and gender equality.

The talks will focus on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the new planned Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that will follow on from 2015, which could offer significant opportunities to deepen global commitment to gender equality.

New land law in Liberia: Women across Africa seek equal protection to land ownership rights WorldStage Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf, along with Liberian Minister of Gender and Development Julia Duncan-Cassel, welcome land reform recommendations from Central and West Africa regional organization REFACOF (African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests) and Liberia’s Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI).

As honored guests at Liberia’s International Women’s Day Celebrations  in Monrovia on Saturday, March 8, REFACOF and FCI presented a statement to President Sirleaf urging the President to include “clear safeguards and specifics on how women’s rights to own, access, use and control land would be recognized and protected” in Liberia’s New Land Law, currently being vetted by Liberia’s internal vetting committee. In an open statement to participants, REFACOF President Cécile Ndjebet stressed the importance of securing women’s rights to land and providing equal protection of these rights to enhancing women’s status and accelerating prosperity in Liberia and across Africa.

‘Women in the Know’ forum discusses global women’s issues Oak Park Leaves Amie Marks believes that when women get together to exchanges ideas, it not only empowers them, but it solves problems. That was Marks’s thought process when she created “Women in the Know,” a series of discussions that covers global women’s issues.

“When you gather women together and you give them something to solve, they listen to each other, they learn from each other and they come up with good solutions,” said Marks, a Lake Forest wife and mother, as well as a registered principal and advisor for Raymond James. “Women want to know what’s going on in the world. They want to understand some of the things in a macro way that affect their lives and they often get involved because that’s how women are.”

 

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How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire Scientific Study. People ‘less apathetic’ to female leaders.

How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire A Scientific Study Media Matters for America (blog) New research confirms that providing women access to free birth control does not result in women having sex with more partners — a false claim that …

A conservative ‘war on women’? That’s just silly Fox News The idea of a conservative “war on women” is as silly as the propaganda I was taught in college: Aside from sex organs, genders are exactly equal, …

Nancy Pelosi talks immigration and midterm elections 89.3 KPCC House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in town recently, for last weekend’s Democratic Convention and to promote her Women’s Economic Agenda.

At Male-Dominated Conference, CPAC Women’s Panel Tries To Be Heard RH Reality Check  The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)’s only all-female panel took the stage Saturday, in the final hours of the final day of the …

The real voting gap all about marriage Tyler Morning Telegraph They’re so invested in being ladies, they don’t even talk like women. … Aside from being insulting to theconservative women at the conference, the …

Women and elections

Allende becomes first woman to head Chile’s Senate Global Times Isabel Allende, daughter of the late Chilean leader Salvador Allende, on Tuesday became the first woman to serve as president of the Senate.

Women voters will play decisive role in Indian elections Irish Times Women voters in India will play a decisive role in determining the outcome in the country’s general election, polling for which begins on April 7th.

Weak female turnout at EP chamber elections Saudi Gazette DAMMAM — Only 68 out of the 777 registered and eligible women have so far cast their votes in the elections for the 17th board of the Eastern …

Quotas help more women enter Latin American politics Thomson Reuters Foundation In Colombia, where parliamentary elections were held last weekend, 21 women were elected to the 102-seat Senate – up four percent from 2010.

People ‘less apathetic’ to female leaders Jakarta Post Idle Hands: Workers sit around with nothing to do in a warehouse belonging to the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Palu, Central Sulawesi, …

Issue of quotas for women MPs may return, says Renzi Gazzetta del Sud english Issue of quotas for women MPs may return, says Renzi … introducing minimum quotas for women MPs when his election-law bill reaches the Senate.

 

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Why you should talk politics on your first date. Gender inequality crucial to winning battle against poverty.

6 Liberal Democrat Leadership Contenders Who Could Replace Nick Clegg Huffington Post Jo Swinson – Business Minister UK With only seven female MPs the Lib Dems have a ‘women problem’ that arguably runs deeper than the Conservative Party’s troubles – Swinson could be the answer to that. If Clegg steps down the 34-year-old business minister will be able to point to experience of government while at the same time presenting a fresh, and young, face to the party and the country. As a Scottish MP, Swinson would also be the only Scottish party leader in Westminster in a post-independence referendum Britain. However just like Cable, Swinson’s age may count against her in reverse – in 2015 she will be only be 35 years old. There is also the small problem of the general election itself. At 2,184, her majority in East Dunbartonshire is not exactly impossible to overturn by her Labour challenger. And of course if Scotland votes to become independent in 2014, it would be politically impossible to stand for the leadership of a UK party.

Meeting at Newstead Miners Welfare of protesting parents and officials who have come to help them with their fight to keep the childcare facility open, pictured left is MP Gloria De Piero and Leonie Mathers Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Sherwood of the next general election.

Newstead mums talk to Gloria Mansfield Chad A group of mums from Newstead spoke candidly to Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero about their everyday lives as she brought her ‘What Women Want’ tour to a close.

Gloria, the shadow women and equalities minister, was joined by Léonie Mathers, Labour’s Sherwood Parliamentary candidate, at the listening event at the Newstead Centre on Tilford Road on Friday.

Held to mark International Women’s Day, the event gave the women the chance to be as honest, open, brutal and frank as they wanted.

“The views expressed by the women on everything from the threat of closure of their nursery to affordable childcare, unemployment and the cost of living will be fed to the top level of politics with the results presented to Ed Miliband,” said Gloria.

Why you should talk politics on your first date Daily Life 

Remember that classic scene in When Harry Met Sally…, where Meg Ryan’s Sally quizzes Billy Crystal’s Harry about his gender ideology during their first date?

You don’t? Oh yeah, that’s because it never happened.

There’s a good reason that first date conversation never veers close to gender politics. When it comes to dating conventions, the technical term for this topic is ‘boner killer’.

But, based on a recent study published in the Journal of Family Issues, asking your prospective partner about his views on gender equality could save a lot of time and frustration down the track.

Dublin Councillor calls for 50% of seats to go to women in local elections thejournal.ie THE FIANNA FÁIL candidate for Dublin in the European elections, Mary Fitzpatrick, has called on Minister Phil Hogan to dedicate half of the seats in the local elections on 23 May to women.

She said the requirements that 30 per cent of candidates in the next general election are female is a “conjuring exercise”.

“In reality we have a de facto male monopoly in Irish politics at present. Less than 16% of our elected representatives in the Oireachtas are female.

Gender equality merits special consideration IPPmedia It is opportune to take stock of the situation with respect to women’s status and gender equality in the world of work.

According to a Statement by the International Labour Organization Director General Guy Ryder (ILO), delivered on the occasion of International Women’s Day, there has been notable progress in the area of national legislation with most countries having incorporated the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

Gender inequality crucial to winning battle against poverty Christian Today Christian Aid has said tackling international gender inequality is essential if the battle against poverty is to be won.

In a new report, written to inform delegates attending the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Christian Aid urged world leaders to be mindful of gender inequality when drafting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Men must accept women as equals if development goals are to be achieved The Guardian Men must learn what gender equality means and stop trying to control women’s lives if future development goals are to have any real traction, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Monday.

Speaking at a side event at the Commission on the Status of Women(CSW) in New YorkBabatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the UNFPA, said existing power structures are preventing women from exercising their rights, which will undermine the impact of the next set of sustainable development goals.

 

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UK: Cameron to host summit on FGM and forced marriage. How Labour will strengthen family life and relationships.

How Labour will strengthen family life and relationships New Statesman Today, Labour’s Policy Review is running a symposium on family life and relationships. In this period of austerity, we need to support families, and use the power of their relationships and the networks they create to help strengthen people’s capacity for resilience,  care, and good neighbourliness.

We are building on the pioneering work of women in the feminist movement and the Labour Party who, along with men like the late Malcolm Wicks, redefined family policy.

Yes and No campaigns battle for female vote Herald Scotland (Subscription) But Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran claimed women were not being won over by the Yes campaign, which, she said, just wanted …

David Cameron to host summit on FGM and forced marriage Liberal Democrat David Cameron will play host to Britain’s first Girls’ Summit this summer to galvanise efforts to end female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

The Prime Minister will convene the meeting in July, which will focus on tackling the abuse and oppression of women that is embedded in certain cultures, at home and abroad.

Cameron and Osborne can’t avoid the truth that their policies have hit women hardest New Statesman They say a picture tells a thousand words. And the image last month of David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions – trying to deny his government was out of touch while surrounded by an all-male frontbench – said it all. The lack of women at the top of the government goes to the heart of a deeper problem. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s worth assessing the impact on women of the decisions this government has taken over the last four years.

David Cameron: ‘We Cannot Rest Until Someone Is Prosecuted For Female Genital Mutilation’ Huffington Post David Cameron has vowed to make 2014 the year Britain will “end violence and discrimination against women” by stepping up action on FGM, forced marriage and unfair workplaces.

In a speech to mark International Women’s Day, he said the country would not rest until someone has been prosecuted for the “disgusting” practice of female genital mutilation.

Lucy Powell: Manchester’s first female MP writes on International Women’s Day Manchester Evening News March 8 is International Women’s Day and around the world men, as well as women, will be calling for greater equality for women.

Here in Manchester we have an especially proud history when it comes to fighting for equal rights for women. From those who matched at Peterloo, through the chartists, suffragettes and socialists, brave women like Elizabeth Gaskell, Hannah Mitchell and Emmeline Pankhurst have ensured that our city has always been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights.

Jenny Willott’s speech to Spring Conference Liberal Democrats Before I was elected, I worked at Unicef and I saw there the ability of organisations, businesses and governments to do good in the world.

Unicef is dedicated to bringing the international community together to champion the rights of every child, making sure that no matter who they are or where they live, they can grow up safe, happy and healthy.

The way my friends and colleagues there were committed to building a fairer, safer society, both at home and abroad, was an inspiration then, and it still is today.  And I’m sure they believed in a stronger economy too!

Baroness Northover, who speaks for the government on women and equalities in the Lords, has … BBC News Baroness Northover, who speaks for the government on women and equalities in the Lords, has suggested there is a particular problem with the number of female MPs standing down after one term.

The issue has been in the spotlight recently after Labour claimed the Conservatives have “a problem with women” – variously citing the gender balance in the cabinet and the decision to stand downby MPs Laura Sandys, Lorraine Fullbrook, Jessica Lee and previously Louise Mensch, all elected in 2010.

UK Baroness highlights project to empower women in the Middle East Al-Arabiya UK Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi released a statement on Saturday in honor of International Women’s Day, highlighting the Arab Partnership Project, an initiative working to empower women in the Midde East.

The project works with governments, international organizations, and civil society in order for women in the Middle East to have better representation in government and increase their participation in political processes.

Labour leader supports Bolton Westhoughton woman’s sex education campaign The Bolton News LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has declared his support for a campaign urging the government to radically change sex education in schools.

YES Matters, a nationwide movement launched by a Westhoughton woman, is staging demonstrations in Victoria Square, Bolton today, as well as in Downing Street and Albert Square, Manchester.

Gemma Aitchison, aged 27, started the movement in the wake of a decision from the House of Lords to reject plans from the Department of Education to make a new sex education programme mandatory in schools.

Ms Aitchison met with Mr Miliband to discuss the objectification of women in society after her 16-year-old sister Sasha Marsden was murdered by a hotel owner in Blackpool in January 2013.

Blue Rinse Ladies close to outfoxing ‘coward’ Cameron on Hunting Act vote Express.co.uk As David ­Cameron reaches the defining moments of his four-year Downing Street tenure, however, come warnings that he is in danger of committing his biggest political mistake by angering a small but increasingly influential Conservative pressure group of a rather different kind.

With international tensions simmering in the Ukraine, the economy on a knife-edge and the hoary questions of Scottish independence and a future EU referendum filling his in-tray, one would think the Prime Minister’s days are pretty well stretched.

Women Making A Difference Amal Ahmed Mohamed FemaleFirst.co.uk Amal Ahmed Mohamed, Director of Somaliland Family Health Association.

Volunteering at the hospital in Hargeisa changed my life. The Edna Adan University Hospital had a reputation for being the best maternity hospital in Somaliland because of the number of difficult cases referred there. The experiences I had there challenged everything I had taken for granted.

Why the UK is putting the spotlight on Syrian women’s issues Al-Arabiya The UK wants a strong voice for Syrian women to help reach a political solution to the Syria crisis.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary has written to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Foreign Ministers from a wide range of countries calling for Syrian women’s groups and civil society to have a formal role at the Geneva2 negotiations.

Men Are Target for UN Women’s Rights Campaign Bloomberg The primary audience for the United Nations campaign for women’s empowerment and gender equality won’t be women. The main objective is to first …

Champion mum nets reception with PM This Is Lancashire A DEDICATED mother-of-two is set to raise the profile of women’s football after she was invited to meet the Prime Minister.

As reported last week, Diana Golding, of Turks Road, Radcliffe, had beaten off stiff competition to be named Tesco Mum of the Year.

Now the 44-year-old, who has devoted years to supporting her football-mad daughters, has been granted an exclusive audience with David Cameron.

Today she will travel to Downing Street with her fellow award winners for a reception for inspirational women hosted by the Prime Minister as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

Don’t just use women in science – listen to them too The Guardian Earlier this week, the Royal Society ran another of its women in science Wikipedia edit-a-thons. As a result, we now have new or improved entries on New Zealand immunologist Barbara Farnsworth Heslop, 18th-century German astronomer Marie Meurdrac, the doctor, lawyer and suffragette Letitia Fairfield and Conservative politician and aeronautical engineer Baroness Platt.

Key figures such as Uta Frith, Susan Solomon, Nancy Rothwell, Lorna Casselton, Gertrude B Elion, Heather Ann Cubie, Bridget Ogilvie and Elizabeth Fulhame are still on a list of entries to be expanded, but simply highlighting this is an important step. You might not recognise these names, but that’s the point: part of the knotty problem of women in science is simply that we don’t hear about them.

 

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UK: Yes or No, female vote vital to outcome. UK party suspends member for insulting Muslim women .

Yes or No, the female vote is vital to outcome Herald Scotland Well it’s just very nice to feel wanted.

Wooed, even. How flattering to be the target of so many ardent suitors. This is a good moment to be a woman elector, because your country needs you. And bits of it are gearing up to make sure you know it; not even to mention tickling your erogenous voting zones with flattering regularity.

I’ve always been a mite dismissive of the term “women’s vote”. It makes 52% of the population sound like a lumpen polletariate programmed to react to the canvassing classes in a manner that makes Pavlov’s dug seem positively anarchic.

Surely Scottish womanhood in all its wondrous diversity can’t be that predictable or prone to plight their electoral troth like a monstrous regiment of robotic females.

UK party suspends member for insulting Muslim women www.worldbulletin.net A council member in the London borough of Enfield has been expelled from his party after he compared Muslim womens’ burkas to black dustbin liners.

Chris Johannides, who is of Greek Cypriot origin, was banned by the Conservative Party after making the offensive statement on his Facebook profile.

South East UKIP Euro candidate says businesses should have right not to serve women and gay … Liberal Democrat Voice Now it’s the turn of South East Euro Candidate Donna Edmunds, who’s also a Lewes Councillor. She’s reported in the Argus as saying that businesses should be free to turn away women and gay people if they please.

When asked by The Argus to clarify her statement the EU election hopeful said it would be ok for a shop owner to refuse to serve her based on no other fact than she was a woman, or if service was refused to a gay person.

She said: “I’m a libertarian so I don’t think the state should have a role on who business owners serve.

“I wouldn’t refuse to serve gay people. I’m not saying their position is a correct one. I’m saying they should be free to make that choice themselves.”

This is not the first time the Lewes councillor has garnered controversy after making statements online.

All women? No thanks, says Blears constituency Manchester Evening News IN the wake of two Greater Manchester Labour MPs announcing their departure in 2015, party hopefuls are now pre-occupied with what happens next.

And in both cases, the issue of all women short-lists will be number one priority.

In Salford and Eccles, where Hazel Blears revealed her decision to quit last month, the constituency Labour party met on Monday night to discuss their thoughts on the matter.

Widely tipped has been Peter Wheeler, long-time party and trade union activist and Blears ally.

An AWS, of course, would scupper his chances.

Scotland Tonight: Nation’s first female Labour MP discusses feminism stv.tv One woman who has long campaigned for gender equality is Maria Fyfe, the only female Labour MP in Scotland when she entered Westminster in 1987.

Since leaving parliament in 2001 she has continued to be at the forefront of the battle to bring women’s voices and perspectives to the centres of power.

Later this month her memoir A Problem Like Maria: A Woman’s Eye View of Life as an MP will be published, detailing her struggles at Westminster and her fight for women’s rights.

Redditch group celebrates International Women’s Day in Parliament Redditch Advertiser IN celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), Rebecca Blake, Labour’s parliamentary spokesman for Redditch, took a group of 11 women to London for a tour of Parliament.

She said the event, which takes place annually on March 8, was the perfect excuse to bring local women together to learn more about democracy and discuss relevant issues facing women.

She said: “Given most people are not aware that they can visit Parliament and have a free tour of the Palace of Westminster, it’s important to me that our seemingly inaccessible institutions are made more accessible to local people.

Alex Salmond leads tribute to economist who battled for gender equality Herald Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond has led tributes to the economist Ailsa McKay, who has died following a battle with cancer, praising her “astonishing contribution” in the campaign for gender equality.

Professor McKay was professor of economics at Glasgow Caledonian University, and a leading figure in making the case for women in the labour market, helping to shape government policy in this area.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Mr Salmond said: “Ailsa, as we all know, was a leading voice in campaigning for gender equality, not simply through her work, but as a founding member of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group..

The Meaning Of Success Needs To Change For International Women’s Day To Work Forbes Corporate leadership in the UK is more acutely aware than ever that we are heading towards International Women’s Day 2014. But it is one thing to …

 

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US: GOP’s Project Grow withers. Madison, WI among ‘Best cities for feminists’. Do Male or Female Physicians Do More Housework?

Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize. RH Reality Check The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund has just rolled out its campaign to help educate voters about candidates’ positions on women’s health. “We know that women’s health is a winning issue and that no candidate will be able to win without a plurality of women,” the group’s president, Cecile Richards, said in a statement announcing the launch of the effort, dubbed the “Women are Watching” campaign, which is expected to spend more than $18 million in at least 14 states.

All this is great news for those of us who are big supporters of access to birth control and safe abortion care. And yet, the announcement has left me feeling cold and disconnected.

GOP’s Project Grow starts to wither MSNBC There was certainly nothing wrong with House Republicans making a conscious effort to improve its gender diversity – remember the committee chairmen chart? – but Jay Newton-Small checked on Project GROW’s progress and found that the party is “coming up short.”

Thirty years ago, Republicans and Democrats had equal numbers of female politicians, but since then Democratic female representation has taken off dramatically. Part of the problem is that Republican female state legislators tend to be more moderate than their male counterparts and therefore have a tougher time getting through increasingly partisan primaries, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. […]
Indeed, last election cycle 108 Republican women ran in House primaries, according to data compiled by Walsh’s center. Less than half won and only 20 were elected to Congress, most of them incumbents. The 19 Republican women currently serving in the House make up only 4.4 percent of the House, and only 8 percent of the GOP conference.
Those numbers are actually poised to get worse.

 

Which states were among the first to elect women to top political offices? Washington Post (blog) The great map and history lesson about the women’s suffrage movement over at GovBeat, which looks at states that led the way in giving women the vote, got us to thinking about how those states stack up now in terms of electing women to high office.

Well, it turns out that the 10 states that granted women the ballot before the movement gained steam on March 3, 1914, when representatives of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage testifying in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, have among the best records for electing women to higher office.

First, the throwback map that highlights the 10 states:

Madison ranked among ‘Best cities for feminists’ Madison.com Madison was left off a list of Best Cities for Hippies last year but it has just made a new list of 11 Best Cities for Feminists.

The online real estate service Estately didn’t rank the feminist cities in any order but did include Madison on the list that includes Washington, D.C., Detroit and Portland, Ore., along with a couple of surprises like Macon, Ga. and Honolulu.

“With plenty of emerging technology, Madison is a great place for women in STEM to make a good living, while also taking advantage of the University of Wisconsin’s many academic forums and opportunities. Wisconsin Women in Government also does great work to advance the number of females serving in political office,” Estately writes.

Female chemistry professors call for boycott after congress does not include women in list The Daily Princetonian Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Emily Carter is joining two other female theoretical chemists in a call for the boycott of the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry because its preliminary list of speakers did not include women.

Laura Gagliardi, chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota, and Anna Krylov, chemistry professor at the University of Southern California, composed an open letter with Carter. The petition, an appeal to “condemn gender-biased discriminatory practices of which ICQC-2015 is the most recent example,” amassed 1,645 signatures by Monday evening.

The petition was in response to a partial list of speakers published on the ICQC website, Krylov said. Among the 24 speakers and five chairs mentioned, the list featured no women.

Carter, who began drawing attention to this issue by personally boycotting conferences 14 years ago, said she was in disbelief when she received emails from Krylov and Gagliardi explaining the lack of women at the ICQC.

Gender Gap: Do Male or Female Physicians Do More Housework? Physicians News Digest They found that female docs “spent 8.5 more hours per week on domestic activities,” according to the study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers focused their study on a specific subset of “physician-researchers who had received career development awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”

There were several reasons the researchers focused on this academic group of physicians. First, these doctors are less constrained by time than other physicians who are more tied to a strict schedule of patient visits and surgeries.  Also, the men and women who choose an academic field do so because it ”is intellectually engaging, it affords the opportunity for self-determination (to be one’s own boss), and it is the coin of the realm in academics,” said Molly Cooke, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco and author of an accompanying editorial.

 

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US: March is Women’s History Month. Dems Wooing White Male Voters. Women: Elusive jewels in GOP brooch.

Women make up majority of DCCC’s ‘Red to Blue’ candidates Washington Post (blog) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced its first wave of “Red to Blue” U.S. House contenders for the midterm elections Monday, picking mostly women for a program meant to highlight the best recruits from around the country.

Ten of the 16 “Red to Blue ” candidates the DCCC named are women. They include Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel, who is running for the seat of retiring Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) in a top Democratic pickup opportunity; and County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a leading candidate for the seat of retiring Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), another of Democrats’ best pickup chances.

Civility prize goes to….the women of the US Senate Kansas City Star Overlooked in news last week: The 20 women of the U.S. Senate were just presented with the 2014 Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life.

The reason: The women, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, were described as key in ending the 2013 government shutdown.

Said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr., who made the presentation at the National Press Club in Washington:

“Allegheny College is proud to award its 2014 Prize for Civility in Public Life to the 20 Women of the United States Senate for demonstrating the power of civility as they led Congress out of last Fall’s government shutdown.

Democrats Wooing White Male Voters as Midterms Near Newsmax.com The Democratic Party is working hard to woo back white male voters to help defend their seats as the midterm elections near, when fewer female and minority voters that carry Democratic races traditionally turn out to vote.

White men, particularly in the working class, overwhelmingly started voting Republican during the Reagan era because they believed liberals no longer represented their interests, The New York Times reports.

But in recent years, Democratic candidates have gotten their main support from female and minority voters, who decided the 2012 presidential race, and the party is finding itself in the middle of a debate over how hard it really needs to work to win over the white male vote.

Republican National Committee Statement on Women’s History Month – The Republican Party is … Sierra Sun Times March 1, 2014 – WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement marking the beginning of Women’s History Month:

“Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to our country throughout our history—and especially to honor those women who fought to make this country a more just and equal place,” said Chairman Priebus.

“The Republican Party is proud to have played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote. When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket. She and other suffragists worked with her friend Republican Senator A.A. Sargent to introduce the 19th Amendment. And it took a Republican Congress to finally pass it in 1919.

Women: The elusive jewels in the GOP brooch DigiNews OCALA, Fla., March 1, 2014 – Figuring out what women want has long been a puzzle for men. For the Republican Party, however, it has become something closer to a nightmare.

Women play a growing role not just in electoral politics, but in political activism and punditry. They have earned and taken a great deal of attention in politics. This has left the GOP at a challenging crossroads. It is confronted with either satisfying its fundamentalist Christian voting bloc, or acquiescing to the demands of late-period feminists.

In this situation, little ground is left for voices of moderation.

Many people believe that conservatives are attempting to erode women’s rights — that they’re engaged in a “war on women.” What should conservatives do to increase their share of the women’s vote?

Will Iowa women make gains in 2014 elections? cbs4qc.com DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – With six women running in House and Senate primaries in Iowa this year, some are starting to wonder if 2014 might be the year that the state finally sends a woman to Washington.

Women’s groups have long bemoaned the fact that Iowa is one of just two states – the other being Mississippi – that has never elected a woman governor or member of Congress.

Mackay: March is Women’s History Month Minneapolis Star Tribune …It’s interesting to note that Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to 1911, when the California school district of Sonoma started a Women’s History Week. But it wasn’t until 1980 that President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week.

The proclamation stated: “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

Hillary Clinton and the War Over Women RealClearPolitics The Washington cognoscenti responded swiftly, in near-unison. Appearing on the same show as Rand Paul, Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois said, “Hillary Clinton has established her own reputation, her own name. The issues that were raised by my colleague Sen. Paul have been litigated in the public square for over a decade.”

Durbin’s view found a ready reception in the press, which essentially accepted his “been there, done that” logic, while focusing on Rand Paul’s tactics instead of Bill Clinton’s behavior. Typical of this mindset was National Journal, a respected Washington political magazine: “Sen. Rand Paul,” it noted, “is talking like it’s 1999.”

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch Kicks off International Women’s Week by Praising Canada’s Women …   NorthumberlandView.ca TORONTO, March 2, 2014 /CNW/ – Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, celebrated the beginning of International Women’s Week in Torontotoday at events with the Red Shawl organization and the Armenian Relief Society ofToronto. This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong Canada, Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time. This theme highlights the important contributions women entrepreneurs make to Canada’s economic success.

International Women’s Week begins on March 2 and concludes on March 8 with International Women’s Day. Canadians are invited to join the Government of Canada in marking this occasion by organizing, promoting and participating in events across the country.

 

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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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