Woman to have baby is really not a news story. But a prime minister?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2018


Put a 37-year-old woman in the prime minister’s office and the next thing you know she’s having a baby. It’s funny but the news from New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s office is exactly what first propelled her to global attention. In early August, soon after being elected to lead the country’s Labour party, Ms … Continue reading “Woman to have baby is really not a news story. But a prime minister?”

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Was it really a big year for Arab women? Yes and it raises the bar for 2018

by Rashmee

Posted on December 29, 2017


  When people talk about 2017 being a good year for Arab women they normally point to Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift the driving ban. That was eye-catching. But there’s a great deal more. In Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, there was a massive boost to women’s right to be safe from physical, mental and emotional … Continue reading “Was it really a big year for Arab women? Yes and it raises the bar for 2018”

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From spiritual harmony to the women’s movement, new narratives will emerge in 2018

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2017 / The National


“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language,” wrote TS Eliot in the final poem of the set called Four Quartets. “And next year’s words await another voice.” The new year will, as it always does, bring out other voices. But will they be heard over the loud, angry cries of 2017? Is 2018 going … Continue reading “From spiritual harmony to the women’s movement, new narratives will emerge in 2018”

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Saudi should be pleased Belgium believes its pledge on women’s rights

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2017


The Saudi Crown Prince should be pleased. A few months after his very public, much-touted promise of furthering and respecting the rights of women, Belgium is to send Riyadh its first female ambassador. Brussels has said that its appointment of a woman as its envoy in the conservative country will send a “clear signal” about … Continue reading “Saudi should be pleased Belgium believes its pledge on women’s rights”

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Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2017


  When Al Franken resigns from the US Senate he will be the most prominent American politician so far to be felled by the swirling allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. US President Donald Trump remains unaffected. Let us not forget that Mr Trump continued as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate and was subsequently elected … Continue reading “Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?”

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What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2017


Speak to an Indian, a Brit or an American about Singapore and listen to them get all sniffy. “Great success story,” they will acknowledge, “but it’s not exactly democratic, is it?” The Indian, the Brit or the American may end their comment on Singapore with a question mark but depend on it, it’s not a question. … Continue reading “What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state”

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Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans? Only if it’s a young-ish woman it seems

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2017


Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans for the future? Yes, if it’s a woman of child-bearing age, which sounds really quite bananas if you think about it. Bananas because having children does affect women more than men – physically and in terms of time off. So in one sense, it’s entirely … Continue reading “Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans? Only if it’s a young-ish woman it seems”

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Could America take a presidential ticket that has two white grandmothers?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2016


Just days ago, Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigned together in Ohio. By all accounts, they seemed to be having a good time and so did the people who attended. So could a Hillary ticket really have a woman as vice-presidential pick? This question is really not about Senator Warren’s abilities so much as whether … Continue reading “Could America take a presidential ticket that has two white grandmothers?”

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Can you believe Tina Brown said Hillary’s wardrobe puts off voters?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2016


  Get this. The world still talks about a politician’s wardrobe if that leader happens to be a woman. Can you believe that Tina Brown, former Vanity Fair editor, offered this extraordinary political insight into why millennials didn’t seem overly fond of Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton: It may have something to do with her … Continue reading “Can you believe Tina Brown said Hillary’s wardrobe puts off voters?”

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How strong is the ‘woman’s card’ that Donald Trump hates so much?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2016


How strong is the “woman’s card”, that Donald Trump insists Hillary Clinton is playing? ** The United States has never elected a woman as president ** Women hold just one-fifth of the seats in the Senate and 19 per cent of the House of Representatives ** Women account for less than 25 per cent of … Continue reading “How strong is the ‘woman’s card’ that Donald Trump hates so much?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US