Women fooled by empty promises — Marina Mahathir

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BY MARINA MAHATHIR

THERE is something about campaign promises that is pleasantly stupefying. They numb the brain and lull the senses so we take them at face value and allow ourselves the high of actually believing them.

So it was with last week’s many promises of a glorious future, where dinosaurs will be remade into lean, mean and youthful fighting machines with only the rakyat in mind.

Unfortunately, there are some of us who are a bit OCD about words and impulsively cast a sceptical eye on every pronouncement particularly those that elicit loud outbursts of cheering.

In fact the louder the cheer, the bigger the scepticism even though I do understand how everyone gets carried away with the charged atmosphere. It brings tears to your eyes.

For instance, some women were in paroxysm of gratitude when it was announced the number of women senators would be increased to 30%.

As everyone gazed adoringly at their Dear Leader, nobody noticed this seemingly delicious little morsel means virtually nothing when the real power is in the Dewan Rakyat, not the Dewan Negara. Read more

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