"The election result will put Indonesia on par with the world’s leading democratic countries."
Indonesia’s election officials have declared that Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi), a popular politician from the city of Solo, will be the country’s seventh president after completing the vote count late Tuesday. Widodo, who took 53.15 percent of the nearly 130 million votes cast, is the country’s third president to be elected by a direct vote.
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The Philippines has been noted as having one of the smallest gender disparities in the world. The gender gap has been closed in both health and education; the country has had two female presidents (Corazon Aquino from 1986-1992 and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2001-2010); and had its first woman Supreme Court justice (Cecilia Muñoz Palma in 1973) before the United States had one (Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981). These achievements reflect a long history of efforts by women to involve themselves equally in governance as well as in society.
By the 1900s, women had been campaigning for the right to vote for nearly half a century. In 1903, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded in Manchester, breathing new life into the suffragette movement and fighting for the rights of all women, regardless of their nationality.
Although British women were perceived as the weaker sex, they were also labelled as morally superior to men, making them the logical choice to raise children and care for the home. Inevitably, feminists were accused of neglecting their nurturing duties during their public struggle for equality. Their response to this was to find a cause that would emphasise their moral high ground, giving them a plausible reason to fight for their rights.
Asian women filled this niche.
During this tumultuous time and at the height of British colonisation, many Asian women found themselves adrift within British society. Most had entered the country on ships employed by English families as ayahs (nannies) and, once they’d served their few weeks at sea, were dismissed, expected to survive on their own. Securing passage back to India was seasonal and often difficult especially during wartime, leaving hundreds of young women stranded far from home.
Many British high society feminists voiced concerns for their Indian sisters, regarding them as passive victims. Their mission was to rescue these perceived objects of pity and misfortune. This concept was not limited to the stranded ayahs in Britain but was generalised to include the oppressed women still in Asia.
A gradual change in this compassionate but superior attitude came about as Asian women grew stronger and more outspoken, not only in Britain but also in India. By 1905, Asian women were emerging to show public support of various political activities and the exploitation of women and their traditional roles were challenged.
Let’s hope you’re right. The “idea” of India has been challenged and continues to be challenged (e.g enthnonationalist insurgencies, left-wing insurgencies, communal and caste violence, rape culture, uneven judiciary, lack of accountability, corruption on various levels of government, and the list goes on and on…).
Contrary to the enthusiasm witnessed among Kashmiri Muslim voters in several areas of the State, the displaced Kashmiri Pandits were lukewarm to exercising their franchise in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
There have been varying figures for the number of Pandits. The Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti claims that the number of the Pandits who migrated in 1990 was 3,64,130 or 99.14% of the population. Even if the most conservative figure of 200,000 is taken into account, the number of the Pandit voters should have been 1,34,000 as the national figure of the people aged 18 years and above is currently 67 per cent.
Polling officers trek on their way to Toshi which, at 6900 ft above sea level, is the highest altitude village in Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand