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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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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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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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UK: Cameron to announce tax cuts for lowest-paid. Poll dispels Ukip image as party of disgruntled Tories.

David Cameron to announce tax cuts for lowest-paid The Guardian David Cameron is to claim Tory ownership of an expected increase in the personal tax allowance to more than £10,000 in the budget later this month when he indicates that his government will prioritise tax cuts for the low-paid.

Amid Liberal Democrat fury that the Tories are planning to steal their signature idea, the prime minister will say that “every bit of government waste” cut by ministers and “every efficiency” will be used to cut taxes.

In an attempt to explain the philosophy behind the deficit-reduction plan, Cameron will use his speech in the West Midlands to say that the government’s mission is to ensure that a “greater and greater burden of debt” is not passed to future generations.

Flood expert Mary Dhonau demands more action from David Cameron on flooding Worcester News A FLOOD guru has written an open letter to the Prime Minister about the perils of flooding and has demanded he do more to help victims.

Mary Dhonau, a community flood consultant from Worcester, has toldDavid Cameron lessons must be learnt from the most recent floods which devastated parts of this county. Mr Cameron visited Upton last month when he announced £10 million support plan for flood-hit businesses and grants of up to £5,000 for flood victims.

Poll dispels Ukip image as party of disgruntled Tories Financial Times (Subscription) Ukip is not primarily a party of tweedy Tory colonels in the shires, and David Cameron does not have a particular “problem” with women: these are two …

Open thread: how do we make International Women’s Day 2014 count?  The Guardian With International Women’s Day around the corner I wanted to use this blog to celebrate how far we’d come in the last year. Janet Yellen was made chair of the Federal Reserve Board, the most powerful person in Europe is not David Cameron, whatever he believes, but Angela Merkel and Saudia Arabia’s best known female film-maker was nominated for an Oscar.

Maybe I’ve got the Monday morning blues but somehow these achievements, great though they are, can’t bridge the gap between where we are and where we should be. The plight of Malala Yousafzai highlighted the courage and bravery of women around the world, but also the lack of education, respect and safety they have. It took a seven year old to point out to Lego that girls played with the company’s toys too. And the Everyday Sexism campaign seems to never run out of material. Will any of this ever change?

Full-time work for parents has dried up under David Cameron’s Government Mirror.co.uk Some 646,000 youngsters live in homes where one or both parents are only working part-time – up from 443,000 in 2010 when Cam became Prime Minister. 

The number of children living with parents who cannot find full-time work has soared by nearly half under the Coalition Government, figures reveal.

Some 646,000 youngsters live in homes where one or both parents are only working part-time – up from 443,000 in 2010 when David Cameron became Prime Minister.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics will embarrass the Government, which launched a child poverty strategy last week.

David Cameron wasted money on his well-being programme – we already know what makes us … The Independent …David Cameron’s Big Society idea was to set up a well-being programme at the Office for National Statistics. This has been a total waste of money as it really hasn’t taught us happiness researchers much of anything we didn’t already know.

Here are the basic facts. Women are happier than men. Unemployment makes people unhappy while work makes them happy. Happiness is U-shaped in age and there is a mid-life crisis. Depression is highest in mid-life and people disproportionately take anti-depressants and pain medication in their forties and fifties. Marriage makes people happy. Second marriages are less happy than first marriages and there is adaptation. People get over divorce. Separated people are least happy.  Happiness tends to be broadly flat over time. The educated are happier than the least educated. Money does buy happiness and relative things matter a lot.

 

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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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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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