In best Sesame Street styleee, this blog entry is brought to you by the themes politics and violence…..
First up, newly elected leader of the Kadima party in Israel, Tzipi Livni, has been challenged by right-wing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to hold a snap election. At the moment Livni has 40 days left to form a coalition government (which is usual in Israel due to the single transferable vote single constituency list system adopted there) to come the country’s second woman prime minister following Golda Meir in the 1970s. Officially Livni does not have to go to the polls until 2010. Livni is a former Mossad spy according to Yahoo! News although Wikipedia clarifies she worked for them for two years during the early 1980s before studying law. It is felt that Livni will continue the tentative peace process between Israel and Palestine.
Bellancilla Nyonawankusi, a Kigali official responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the voting, said women lawmakers carried a double burden. “The role of the elected females is double: they must on the one hand concern themselves with the implementation of government decisions, and on the other be a voice for the grassroots.All Rwandans have a role to play in the reconciliation, but women can do it better than men. They are the ones who were the first to be affected by the genocide and they are the ones who are bringing up the children,” she added.”
“This is all part of an exercise to break down children’s inhibitions and natural sense of modesty.”
Obviously he hasn’t spent much time around six year olds where fart and poo jokes are also part of their “natural modesty”! The booklet is available to buy from the FPA and parents have the final say about whether their children will see it.
Meanwhile the UN is trying to reinvigorate work to eliminate violence against women following Ban-Ki Moon’s appeal in February of this year.
“Violence against women is an issue that cannot wait. A brief look at the statistics makes it clear. At least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Through the practice of prenatal sex selection, countless others are denied the right even to exist. No country, no culture, no woman young or old is immune to this scourge. Far too often, the crimes go unpunished, the perpetrators walk free.
It is a campaign for the women and girls who have the right to live free of violence, today and in the future. It is a campaign to stop the untold cost that violence against women inflicts on all humankind.”