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What difference would it make if women were in power? 5 Replies

Indra and I have been to a quite a few events in London recently on the topic of women in politics. The overwhelming feeling at these events is one of despair and anger. The speakers, quite rightly,…Continue

Started by Lee Chalmers. Last reply by indraadnan Mar 30, 2009.

Would you vote for a female independent candidate in the UK?

Lithuania elected its first ever female President today with an overwhelming 69% of the vote. Apparently people in Lithuania are tired of the political system and want something different. I guess an…Continue

Started by Lee Chalmers May 18, 2009.


What is the Downing Street Project?

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The Downing Street Project is a ground-breaking initiative to promote and enable balanced leadership between men and women at every level of society, up to and including 10 Downing Street. Despite constituting 51% of the UK population, women still hold only 11% of directorships in business boardrooms, 36.9% of top jobs in the health service and 19.5% of seats in the Houses of Parliament.

Research has shown that women are excellent mediators, networkers and problem solvers. They are skilled at keeping cool in a crisis and willing to develop themselves in the face of difficulty. The Downing Street Project founders believe that these qualities are called for to address the challenges we currently face; that women have a responsibility to step up to take leadership roles.

This is not a call for simple numerical equality, but a plea for deep cultural change. How can we move on from our ‘hard powered’ ethos – with its excessive risk, competition and reliance on force – to a ‘softer powered’ public space? One more reliant on co-operation, co-creation and what President Obama describes as “the power of our example” – being the change we wish to see?

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The Aspire Foundation launched this week

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Reaction to Renzi's cabinet shows fight for equality has long way to go in Italy | World news |

When Renzi, the new centre-left prime minister whose government won its final seal of approval in the Italian parliament on Tuesday, unveiled his 16-strong cabinet last week, one of its most striking aspects was that, for the first time, it was to be split equally between women and men. With responsibility for portfolios including foreign affairs and defence – the latter an Italian first in itself – many of the female ministers had been placed in heavyweight roles. "I would like it to be a beautiful thought for the many girls who think that politics is not a serious matter," said Renzi. "That's not how it is."

Jobless male graduates turn to secretarial work | Society | The Observer

Genuinely interesting development with young male graduates working as PA's. However is this really a step towards greater things or a cul de sac?

Labour will be tougher than Tories on benefits, vows Rachel Reeves | Politics | The Observer

Is Rachel Reeves going for the Thatcheresque accolade of the 'best man in the cabinet'? As predicted on these pages, we might have to move beyond feminism to get balanced leadership

In Theresa May's surreal world, feelings trump facts | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer

Another example of why it is increasingly dispiriting to support women in politics

BBC News - Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN

Born to be a leader. "The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions," she said, "but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born." She continued: "I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists." Malala - who is considered a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize - said she was fighting for the rights of women because "they are the ones who suffer the most".

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