OULC introduce gender-balanced electoral college

first_imgThe motion was also criticised for giving women an unfair advantage in the democratic process. Alastair Holder-Ross, a member of the OULC, said, “I think it’s incredibly important to promote women’s roles within the club and support Helena Dollimore especially in all she has done to that end. However, I think sacrificing fundamental democratic principles is not the best way to serve the cause of gender equality. The amendment does not deal with the causes of the gender imbalance within the club, even if its intentions are noble.”Rebecca Grant, OULC Women’s Officer who proposed the motion, said, “It does indeed give women a disproportionate advantage – this is the aim of the motion. The turnout of women is a sustained and serious problem which needs to be tackled. One of the best things about the motion is that it adapts as its aims are fulfilled; if more women are encouraged to attend meetings, the relative weight of each vote will go down.“We have to remember that men have always had, and continue to have, a ‘disproportionate advantage’, and positive and decisive action is needed to redress the balance. It seems odd to be worried about privileging women when women make up less than 20% of the Labour club executive, on average.”The amendment was passed in a Constitutional Convention on the 6th constitution. OULC were required to reform their constitution after a decision was made by the University Proctors to set a standard for all university-affiliated societies. This raised concerns about how the amendment was to be repealed and whether it needed to be passed on two separate occasions.Other criticism included the fact that the email detailing the Electoral College motion was sent only 2 1⁄2 hours before the meeting. In response, Grant claimed, “The circulation of the motion prior to the meeting was entirely in line with constitutional requirements. Some other constitutional amendments, such as proxy voting, were introduced and passed at the meeting with no notice at all given beforehand.”Nick Hilton, a member of the OULC, commented to Cherwell, “Imposing a uniform constitution on Oxford University societies and clubs has worrying implications for their autonomy. The new OULC constitution has been rushed through in order to meet a deadline, mainly so that we can retain the ‘U’ in our name and get a discount on our Fresher’s Fair stall. The proctors are trying to avoid societies embarrassing the University, to which they are affiliated, and, by doing so, control their operations. I think this is a significant and deliberate overreach of their authority.”A University spokesperson said, “Clubs registered with the Proctors are required to follow the rules laid out in the constitution. This is the implementation of a decision of the Rules Committee which took effect from October 2013 with an academic year’s grace period for existing clubs. The Proctors’ Office is happy to advise individual clubs on specific issues as necessary and to listen to feedback on the constitution. A review of the general oversight of clubs has been agreed and will commence shortly.” The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has passed a constitutional amendment introducing gender-balanced electoral colleges that allocate 50% of the voting power in executive elections to people who do not self-identify as men.In Termly General Meetings, when the executive committee is elected, voters are now divided into two electoral colleges: those who self-identify as men and those who do not.Each electoral college receives equal weight when voting. Anna Coombes, Women’s Officer Elect for OULC, said, “The motion passed with considerable support, with only one vote in opposition and two abstentions. The main concern raised at the meeting was concerning one person, one vote.“However, the policy does not act to remove this, as each voter still casts only one vote. The idea of the policy is that the women’s voice within the group carries the same weight as the men’s. This does indeed mean giving women an advantage, but we (women in attendance of the Women’s Working Group where the motion was first discussed) felt that such action was necessary in order to address the considerable imbalance that currently prevails within the club.“Considering that women make up over half of OULC’s membership it is undemocratic and unacceptable that women consistently make up such a small proportion of the executive.“Looking at this, there is no doubt that there is a problem of womens’ turnout within OULC. This is not due to a lack of trying; the motion was proposed as a last resort after many other initiatives have been tried.”Representation of women on the OULC executive committee averages at below 20%. In Hilary Term a Women’s Working Group was set up in order to devise measures to tackle the low levels of participation and representation of women in OULC. One student pointed out that, judging by past turnout to Termly General Meetings, women could have 5 times the voting power of the men present.last_img read more

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‘Statistics important in gov’t planning, making decisions’

first_imgILOILO – “Statistics is important inour everyday lives as well as in government planning, in policy-making.” She urged decision-makers andpolicymakers to analyze data. She said they have started to usetablets or computers in their data collection processes. This year’s celebration theme is “DataInnovation: The Key to a Better Nation.” “Data is very crucial. Before we plan,we must have the correct information. This is important in coming up withbetter plans,” stressed Bacal yesterday. The 30th NSM celebration starts with amotorcade along the major thoroughfares of Iloilo City, to be followed by theopening of an exhibit at SM City Iloilo. She lamented that “the general publicdo not really appreciate statistics so we have to be very innovative,especially in the use of information technology.”/PN Apart from poster-making contest andboard games, other activities lined up for the celebration are regionalstatistical quiz, knowledge analysis contest, data board contest andinformation dissemination, among others. center_img “We need to validate information tomake informed decisions,” she said. NEDA Region 6 Director Ro-Ann Bacal “Once we collect, we have to processthat faster so that NEDA Region 6 can use the data we produce,” said Alviar. For her part, Marlene Alviar, officer-in-chargeof the PSA in Western Visayas, said there is a need to be innovative in termsof gathering data because of the growing demand for information. Bacal said the theme is meant torecognize “things that are happening in this world in terms of technology andinnovation and how this can help us in our data generation and data analysis.” This National Economic and DevelopmentAuthority (NEDA) Region 6 director Ro-Ann Bacal stressed as her office and thePhilippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Western Visayas prepare to kick offthe 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) observance today.last_img read more

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Kathryn Jane Ward

first_imgKathryn Jane Ward, 85, of Dillsboro passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Dearborn County Hospital. She was born on Friday September 11, 1931 in Dearborn County to Lytle and Mayme (Mendel) Parks. She was a 1949 graduate of Aurora High School.  She married Wilbur D. Ward who preceded her in death. Kathryn was a member of the Dillsboro United Methodist Church, and had been an employee of  Tandy’s IGA and had worked at Lake Dilldear.  She was a quiet lady with a big heart.  She enjoyed cooking and loved baking things for her church family and her many many friends at her apartment complex.  She loved word games and cared dearly for her family, never forgetting anybody’s birthday.Kathryn is survived by daughter Cheryll (Peter) Hendry of Lawrenceburg, grandchildren Leanna Dobbins, Amie Lowe, Kevin Hendry, Andrea Shuter, and Addie Taylor, 14 great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Scarlet Ward, sister Marilyn Probst,and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Stephen Ward and sister Evelyn Manford.Funeral rites for Kathryn will be 11AM   Friday February 24, 2017 at the Dillsboro United Methodist Church with Pastor Mona Safely officiating.  Burial will follow in Mt. Sinai Cemetery west of Aurora. Visitation will be Thursday 6-8PM at Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro.  Memorials may be made to her church or the cancer fund.Filter-DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro entrusted with the arrangements, Box 146, 12887 Lenover St.,Dillsboro, IN 47018; (812)432-5480.last_img read more

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2017/18 Cricket Committee League Gets Underway

first_imgThe Division 1 League will kick off in December with games hosted at the TBS Cricket Oval, Lagos.There are six and 10 teams in Division 1 and 2 respectively. It is the first time there has been as many as 16 teams in the CCC league, a testament to the growth of the game in Lagos.Division 1 teams are Ibeju Lekki CC, Government College Ibadan (GCI) Old Boys Cricket Club CC), FGC Warri CC, Lagos Asians CC, Rising Stars CC and Rocks CC;Division 2 will be contested by Pioneers CC, Ibadan Metropolitan CC, Foundation CC, Stallions CC, Igbobi College Old Boys CC, Cricket Lovers CC, 1004 Stars CC, Ibeju Lekki 2 CC, Government College Ugheli OB CC and St Gregory’s College OB CC.With over 60 matches to be played, the venues areTafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval, AUD College Isolo, Igbobi College Yaba and Kings College, Lagos with games starting at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays.The 2017/18 CCC League is proudly sponsored by Notore Chemical Industries PlcRegular updates can be gotten throughout the season by following our social media handlesTwitter – @cccleague, Instagram – thecccleague, Facebook – @ccclagos and Website – https://ccclagos.crichq..site/Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2017/2018 Cricket Season has kicked off with the commencement of the Division 2 League as Ibadan Metro Cricket Club take on Pioneers Cricket Club at the Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo pitch.last_img read more

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