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Ségolène Royal has been elected the Socialist Party candidate for the French presidency. If she wins the elections next April, she will become the first female president of France. She won the party nomination with 60.6% of the vote, beating her two more established competitors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (21%) and former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius (19%).
The US elections saw Democrat Nancy Pelosi elected as the first female of the House of Representative's. She now occupies a very powerful place in American politics as the head of the legislative branch and second in line to succeed the President. The US has yet to elect a woman as President or vice-President, but Hilary Clinton's re-election to the Senate with an increased majority has fuelled speculation that she might well secure the Democrat nomination for the next Presidential election. The elections also saw a record number of women elected to the Senate (16%) and at least 70 women will sit in the House of Representatives, also a record.
CAWP welcomes the determination of the Secretary of State to bring about greater gender equality in political life in Northern Ireland. At a conference focusing on increasing the numbers of women in political and public life on Monday 13 November 2006, he pointed to Northern Ireland's unfavourable record compared with the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. Now that the election date for the next Assembly is set for 7th March 2007, CAWP encourages political women to seek nominations, and calls on parties to consider putting more women forward for election to bring the NI Assembly into line with other devolved legislatures. The full speech by the Secretary of State is available at: http://www.nio.gov.uk/media-detail.htm?newsID=13734
CAWP has recently been called to share its experience and expertise in empowering women in politics through the development of women's leadership capacities. Drawing on our international profile and the great success of our 'Next Generation' women's leadership programme, CAWP has recently joined the advisory council of the 'Women and City Political Training Project'. This is an international project, co-funded by the European Union to help European and Latin American women gain access to political decision-making bodies at local level and to consolidate their presence in them. The project has established two permanent training centres in Barcelon and Buenos Aires with a satellite centre in San Jose de Costa Rica. These centres will run a leadership programme for young women in politics as well as fostering research. The 'Women and City' advisory council met for the first time on October 5 in Barcelona and was attended by CAWP research fellow, Sara Clavero. Following this meeting a brochure providing details about the project and advisory members, including CAWP, was sent to some 200 members and partner institutions in 30 countries. For more information on this project please visit http://www.diba.es/urbal12/
The Gender Research Forum will be hosting a lecture by Rosi Braidotti, Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Utrecht, and one of the leading feminist academics at work today. Entitled 'Transposing Differences' the lecture will be held in the Sociology Department of Queen's University on 24 October 2006 at 5.15pm. For further information, please follow this link >>>>
Following the lecture, a workshop day will be held on
25 October 2006 entitled 'Thinking Through Gender and Science'. For
view the call for papers and for more information regarding this event,
please follow this link >>>>
Eileen Bell, deputy leader of the Alliance Party, has been appointed Speaker of the Stormont Assembly by Secretary of State, Peter Hain. On 15th May, Mrs Bell will preside over the first meeting of Northern Ireland's elected representatives since Stormont was suspended in October 2002. Her appointment to this position makes her a member of a very small club of women parliamentary speakers worldwide. Jane Morris, respresentative of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, held the position of Deputy Speaker during the 2002-2003 period.
The final seminar of the EGG (Enlargement, Gender &
Governance) project took place in the European Parliament on the 9th
March 2006. The aim of this seminar was to brief a select group of European
Commission officials, MEPs, NGOs and journalists on the main research
findings and policy recommendations, and to provide a platform for debating
the future development of EU gender equality policy in the context of
an enlarged European polity. More information, including the background
and aims of the project, and the briefing papers from the seminar can
be found by following this link >>>>
A summary of the Seminar can be found by clicking on this link >>>>
CAWP would like to congratulate the Queen's Gender Initiative (QGI) for helping the University achieve platinum status in the 2005 Opportunity Now benchmarking, which matches organisations against good practice in equality for women and tests both auditing and a proactive approach to equality. QGI is seen as a distinctive example of the latter and is cited as a model by, for example, the Equality Challenge Unit. The University is only one of seven organisations in the UK to achieve platinum status. QGI has also been shortlisted for an Opportunity Now 2006 education sector award. This prestigious annual awards programme recognises exceptional progress in organisations working towards gender equality and diversity. QGI won the Northern Ireland education sector award in 2001, and was shortlisted for two national awards in 2002.
As part of the CAWP occasional paper series, we are pleased
to announce the publication of the latest paper in our series, entitled
'Who's the Boss?: The Girl Power Frame in New Zealand Newspapers'. It
is by Dr Susan Fountaine, a visiting professor with CAWP in September
2005. To view this paper, please follow the link below, or go to the
research page of this site for full information on all our occasional
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