In Iran elected female MP allegedly barred for how she dresses

An Iranian judicial body has ruled that a woman elected to parliament cannot be sworn into office after photos emerged claiming to show her in public without a headscarf.

Minoo Khaleghi, who won a seat in the city of Isfahan in February, said the images circulated online were fake and said those sharing them were driven by “political greed”.

But the Dispute Settlement Committee of Branches claimed evidence against her meant she could not take office in a hearing on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.

The photos claim to show Ms Khaleghi in Europe and China without a head covering, which is compulsory in public in Iran, where thousands of undercover agents and “morality police” patrol the streets to check for violations.

Women needed in parliament in Japan

Japan Times editorial on the need for more women in parliament. The country 'needs more policy responses than what its male-dominated politics can offer.

In the 70 years since women in Japan gained suffrage at the national level, politics has remained male-centric. Women continue to account for only small portion of the Diet seats, trailing behind much of the rest of the world. As the government hoists a goal of increasing the ratio of women in leadership positions to 30 percent by 2020, female lawmakers occupy less than 10 percent of the Lower House seats and number not much more than the 39 who were elected to the Diet for the first time in 1946.
This gender imbalance is clearly unhealthy, especially as social values in Japan become increasingly diverse and tough challenges confronting the nation need more policy responses than what its male-dominated politics can offer. Both voters and lawmakers should stop and think about what’s behind the situation and what needs to be done to change it.

Increasing female representation in Turkey

Changes in gender representation in Turkey - from 4.4% to 17.82% women in parliament in less than 15 years. 
Australia took 42 years to get one woman into the house. It took 95 years to achieve ten percent representation of women in the house - and this equated roughly to the number of new seats added due to overall population increases.…/pubs/BN/2011-2012/Womeninparliament…


Update 7 June 2016 -

Progress for the representation of women in Iran

Reporting on women elected in the 2016 run-off elections in Iran:

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has praised the record number of women who were elected to the country's parliament.
"For the first time we have 18 women in parliament, and it is a record that makes us very happy," Rohani said on May 1 in Tehran, adding that he hopes more women will be inspired to get involved in politics.
A total of four women were elected in the runoff elections held on April 29, joining the 14 who were elected in the first round of voting in February.

A view from Turkey on insults to women in power as everyday sexism

The idea that it is enough for women to get the basic right to vote and be voted for is simply imbedded in men's collective subconscious. As a matter of fact, the more women become successful, gain power and come to the forefront, the more men feel that they are tough enough to take insults. While ordinary women are expected to stay silent over daily sexism at home, on the street or at the office, female leaders are supposed to take it, ignore it and show the world how strong they are. If they cannot take it, it shows that they are not suitable for the job, according to men.