Women’s gains in politics stagnating, new data shows

Source: FMT News

UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka said the new data was "quite troubling" and the failure to achieve progress in women's representation in politics raised questions about democracy. Pic taken from FMT News

UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka said the new data was “quite troubling” and the failure to achieve progress in women’s representation in politics raised questions about democracy. Pic taken from FMT News

NEW YORK: The number of women wielding political power worldwide has stagnated, new data released Wednesday at the United Nations showed in findings that UN Women called troubling.

There were 17 women heads of state or government in 2016, down from 19 in 2015, while women won 22.3 of seats in all elections last year, compared with 25 percent the previous year.

“There is overall stagnation”, UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told a news conference.

“These are results that are warning bells and there is the persistent missing voice of women where it matters most.”

Mlambo-Ngucka said the new data was “quite troubling” and the failure to achieve progress in women’s representation in politics raised questions about democracy. Read more

Poligami, ‘hak’ yang melukakan — Amalina Ismail

Sumber: FMT News

OLEH AMALINA ISMAIL

Hak berpoligami melukakan hati wanita, sama ada mereka terima dengan reda, rajukan mahupun amukan, pasti mereka terluka kerananya, tulis Amalina Ismail. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Hak berpoligami melukakan hati wanita, sama ada mereka terima dengan reda, rajukan mahupun amukan, pasti mereka terluka kerananya, tulis Amalina Ismail. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Mengapa bila soal poligami dibangkitkan, lelaki akan cuba menerangkan hikmah poligami daripada sudut membantu janda dan anak yatim?

Jarang ditekankan soal bahayanya poligami yang mampu memperjudikan nasib dan masa depan diri, isteri dan anak jika sang suami tidak mampu berlaku adil baik dalam pengurusan ekonomi dan emosi di dunia ini, mahupun soal menanggung dosa di akhirat sana.

Sejak kecil saya dibesarkan dalam persekitaran beragama yang kuat. Lima tahun bersekolah agama membuatkan saya mengakui betapa konservatifnya saya berbanding teman lain bila melangkah ke alam universiti.

Saya meyakini poligami sesuatu yang dihalalkan agama. Malah mengharamkan poligami barangkali menafikan hukum Tuhan.

Saya membaca banyak penulisan bagaimana Islam mengangkat martabat wanita dengan memberikan hak yang sama rata bagi semua isteri melalui poligami berbanding budaya barat yang tidak membenarkan perkahwinan lebih daripada satu isteri, tetapi membiarkan leluasanya budaya memiliki kekasih gelap atau perempuan simpanan. Ini jelas menafikan semua hak wanita tersebut selagi dia tidak sah menjadi isteri, yang hanya akan berlaku jika isteri yang sedia ada diceraikan dan lelaki tersebut berkahwin dengannya.

Maka, saya tidak punya masalah dengan poligami sehingga saya semakin dewasa dan membaca realiti poligami sama sekali jauh daripada hakikat keadilan dan hak yang sama untuk semua wanita yang dimadukan. Read more

Lawyers: Redelineation without Selangor puts entire exercise at risk

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA KANGSAR, 13 Jun -- Petugas Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) membuat persiapan akhir bagi proses pengundian awal Pilihanaraya Kecil Parlimen Kuala Kangsar di Dewan Tun Salleh Ismael, Kompleks Perumahan Polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Kuala Kangsar, Isnin. Seramai 292 anggota polis akan mengundi di dewan ini Selasa dan 20 anggota lagi di Balai Polis Manong, dekat Kuala Kangsar. --fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

A notice of the EC’s second public display of its proposed review of electoral boundaries for peninsular Malaysia was published in mainstream newspapers, but which excluded Selangor unlike its first public display last September. ― Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 ― The Election Commission (EC) may be compelled to repeat its proposed redelineation for peninsular Malaysia if it insists on proceeding without Selangor that is challenging the exercise, according to legal experts.

They noted that Selangor’s legal suit against the proposed redelineation was currently ongoing and that the courts may decide that the EC must start the entire exercise anew, putting into jeopardy the time and resources already spent.

“The strategy that the EC has adopted is not without risk, because if the court in the Selangor case decides in favour of Selangor, then the EC will have to redo the entire process from the beginning, because the court may rule that the EC would have got it wrong in terms of process and information,” lawyer Andrew Khoo told Malay Mail Online when contacted. Read more