Demonstrators at France's Women's March 2018

France Bans Street Harassment, Approving Hefty Fines For Catcallers

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NPR August 2, 2018 By Colin Dwyer French lawmakers have approved a measure outlawing sexual harassment in the street, rendering catcalling and lewd or degrading comments a crime punishable by on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros — or more than $870. The country’s Senate passed the legislation late Wednesday as part of a broader package of measures targeting sexual …

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New Zealand picks up toolkits to address gender pay gap and attitudes to women

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  Stuff March 20, 2017 By Helen Tatham Two online toolkits designed to change attitudes towards women are the “new ideas” Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew​ brought back from a week-long visit to New York last week. Goodhew led a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of Minister for Women Paula Bennett. The commission, …

States Struggle to Close Their Own Gender Pay Gaps

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PEW February 17, 2017 By Teresa Wiltz California has the most stringent equal pay laws in the nation. But among its own workers, the state is still struggling to close the pay gap between men and women. Women who work for the state earn 79 cents for every dollar that men earn, according to a 2014 report by the California …

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Who Voted Saudis Onto UN Gender-Equality Body? Democracies Still Won’t Say

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CNS News April 27, 2017 By Patrick Goodenough (Update: Belgium on Thursday became the first of a group of democracies on ECOSOC to admit voting for Saudi Arabia to join the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Prime Minister Charles Michel told lawmakers he regretted the decision, which was taken by a diplomat acting with proper consultation with the …

Parties ordered to obey two-thirds gender rule

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Standard Digital April 21, 2017 By Paul O. Ogemba Political parties have been ordered to come up with modalities to ensure they comply with the two-thirds gender rule during their nominations. Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that no political party should present a list of candidates for nominations for the seats of MPs, senators and MCAs that does not comply with …

Moon Jae-in’s Road to Gender Equal Cabinet

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Korea Expose May 22,2017 By Jieun Choi With his good-looking entourage (especially one of his campaign bodyguards), newly-elected president Moon Jae-in has excited many in South Korea and beyond. Now, he is enthralling the electorate with his choice of ministerial nominees – this time, not for their appearances but because they are women in positions previously dominated by men. So …

Ann Friedman: GOP leader’s ‘everybody’ doesn’t include women

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Gulf Today July 22, 2017 Tribune News Service It’s been a bad week for male separatists. In Washington, D.C., the all-male Republican Senate leadership, which chose not to invite any female senators to their working-group meetings on repealing the Affordable Care Act, watched in frustration as their bill fizzled after those women declined to support it. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch …