Gender equality

More on gender quotas in political parties

Danyl McLauchlan at Dimpost discusses Trotter’s post about Labour’s man ban and makes some interesting points.

  • Firstly, did Anderson get selected through a gender quota mechanism, rather than the traditional Labour Party method of being a benefactor of whatever factional in-group happens to temporarily control the leadership?
  • Even if it was about gender quotas, the logic of quotas always seemed pretty water-tight to me. If you don’t have them men almost always predominate lists and contests, regardless of their merit, for historical and social reasons. If you want to have genuine selection based on merit you need to compel parties to select candidates of both genders, instead of a bunch of guys winning out just because they’re men.
  • And I am always suspicious of pundit anecdotes in which decent blunt speaking folk have strong opinions about the arcane inner workings of political parties that happen to align to the pundits’ own views.
  • On the other hand, political gender quotas are really not very popular with either men or women. The NZES asked about them after the last election.

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Men subject to a Man tax, yes really

It’s not racist when Black people do it and apparently, it is not sexist if the victims of inequality are men.

Nothing says gender equality quite like selectively taxing people because of their gender, and a Manhattan pharmacy is on the cutting edge of it.

In protest of America’s sexism towards women with the well-debunked “gender wage gap,” the Thompson Chemists pharmacy of SoHo have announced that all male customers will be subjected to an extra seven percent “man tax.”

Take that, patriarchy!

Starting Monday, the pharmacy began posting the following signs in their windows: “New store policy: All Female Customers Shop Tax Free” and “All Male Customers Are Subject to a 7% Man Tax.” See below:

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Ad in Canada offering protection to threatened Muslim women is banned

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Freedom of expression exists in Canada but only for Muslims. This is not the first time that advertisers have refused to run ads that they consider anti-Islamic but have been happy to run ads offensive to non-Muslims. In this latest case, the ad’s purpose was to help Muslim women. Mentioning the reality of honour killing, however, is not allowed because the ad company thinks that the truth is offensive.

In a court hearing scheduled to begin in September, the City of Edmonton will have to justify its silencing of a non-profit group that wants to promote gender equality and protect Canadian women and girls from honour killings.

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She challenged their gender segregation and she won

When Pete and I visited New Zealand’s largest mosque we were made very welcome. We enjoyed talking to the Ahmadiyya Muslims there and could see that they were tolerant of other religions and that everyone including Jews were welcome. Like us they were concerned about extremism and their community overseas has suffered attacks from other sects who do not consider them true Muslims.

As a feminist one thing that really stood out to me during our visit was the gender segregation. Separate entrances and separate prayer halls. It was explained to me that they were separate but equal. I was told that the purpose of the segregation was to ensure that people focussed on prayer instead of being distracted by the opposite sex. I could see that they genuinely believed that what they were doing was not discrimination and that there was no intention to treat women as second class citizens.

Of course as a woman who has grown up in New Zealand used to equal rights I saw it very differently. While it is one thing to enforce gender segregation in a religious setting it is quite another thing to try to enforce it in a secular setting or on Non-Muslims. I have written before about Alison Bevege who decided to challenge Hizb ut-Tahrir for forcing women including herself to sit at the back of a secular meeting hall. Her long and difficult battle to stand up for equality and the rule of secular law took two years but she was determined and did not give up.

Alison Bevege was determined that Hizb ut-Tahrir would not get away with discrimination. (Pic: News Corp)

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Bob Jones on women that should not aspire to manly things

In the early 1960s, to widespread disbelief, a woman lawyer hung out her shingle in Lower Hutt. I recall with colleagues gazing awestruck at this madness. Who would possibly use her? we asked. “I will,” promptly asserted an industrial building investor mate, noted for his extreme eccentricity, and so he did, but no one else followed and she soon vanished.

Women have come a long way since in New Zealand, rated last month by the Economist in the top five nations in its glass ceiling index. Prime ministers, Cabinet ministers, the chief justice, judges, the Ombudsman, government departmental heads, bishops, boxers and bulldozer drivers, mayors, company CEOs and entrepreneurs, doctors, editors, farmers, commercial pilots, governors-general, soldiers, ambassadors, professors; there’s no field where they don’t play an equal part and no one notices gender any more.

Moreover, this is particularly praiseworthy given women’s innate irrationality handicap, such as driving in the right-hand lane or pushing golf carts before them, despite their being designed for pulling.

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So much for gender equality

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You ladies are looking for equality all areas of life.  You are having trouble breaking glass ceilings.  You work just as hard but earn less.   Now, as Susan Edmunds discovers, you’re even paying more for the privilege of the colour pink

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There is no gender equality in an earthquake

via news.com.au

via news.com.au

Some interesting health stats reported on by Anna Pearson

Twice as many females than males were injured during and after the Canterbury earthquake, figures show.

A breakdown of injuries caused by the September 4, 2010 and February 22, 2011 quakes has also revealed the most common cause of injury across the disasters was falling or tripping.

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The best place in the world to be a woman?

Apparently it is Iceland…so Foreign Policy and the World Economic Forum says:

Women of the world: pack your warmest sweaters, and head immediately to Iceland. According to a newly-released report from the World Economic Forum[pdf], Iceland is the #1 country in the world for gender equality, for the fifth year in a row. And that equality is helping propel Iceland and its fellow Nordic nations to new economic heights. Turns out, the smaller the gender gap, the more economically competitive the nation. Even when that nation is totally freezing.

The notion that gender equality drives development (rather than the other way round) has been so widely celebrated in recent years that it begins to seem trite. But as the newly released 2013 Global Gender Gap Index — which measures gender parity in 136 countries — reminds us, gender equity isn’t simply a matter of equal rights. It’s a matter of efficiency. Many countries have closed the gender gap in education, for example, but gender-based barriers to employment minimize their returns on that investment; Their highly educated women aren’t working. The highest ranking countries in the index have figured out how to maximize returns on their investment in women, and are consequently more economically competitive, have higher incomes, and higher rates of development.   Read more »