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May 21, 2019
Source: Reuters
Spain's parliament leads Europe in gender-equality despite rise of far right
Spain’s new parliament, sworn in on Tuesday, has the largest share of women in any European legislature, no small achievement for a country still reinventing itself four decades after the end of a right-wing, traditionalist dictatorship. Women’s rights have been prominent in the political debate...
May 21, 2019
Source: SBS News
Australia: Women in parliament to hit record high but 'long way to go' until gender parity
The next federal parliament is set to have a record number of women but Australia still has a "long way to go" until it achieves gender parity in its corridors of power. After Saturday's election, female candidates are on track to win at least 81 of the 227 seats across both houses, meaning women...
May 17, 2019
US: Where women call the shots
She didn’t plan to say it. Yvanna Cancela, a newly elected Democrat in the Nevada Senate, didn’t want to “sound crass.” But when a Republican colleague defended a century-old law requiring doctors to ask women seeking abortions whether they’re married, Cancela couldn’t help firing back. “A man is...
May 17, 2019
In India’s elections, female candidates still need men’s blessings
Swati Yadav had lost count of the number of village campaign stops she had made since her morning began — was it 27, or 28? She was doggedly stumping for a parliamentary seat through 100-degree temperatures in the northern Indian state of Haryana this month. But the biggest struggle in many places...
May 17, 2019
In abortion fight, 2020 female candidates lead call to arms
For Senator Elizabeth Warren, the moment brought up memories of “back alley butchers” and “desperate women.” Senator Kamala Harris compared it to “a scene from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’” And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand warned about a “war on women,” calling for Americans to “fight like hell.” Female...
May 16, 2019
Source: BBC
2019 election: Why politics is toxic for Australia’s women
Australian women in politics have had enough. A slew of allegations of sexist bullying and misogyny have emerged in recent years, while at the same time the country has steadily tumbled down the global rankings for female political representation. Australia has tended to favour "larrikin" and "...
May 16, 2019
Source: Futury
How stereotypes sap power from female presidents
Female presidents have less power to shape policy and face higher standards in key policy areas than male presidents, according to a new study. “On average, female leaders come into office with less support than male leaders and their support erodes more quickly,” says lead author Ryan E. Carlin,...
May 14, 2019
Source: India Today
Political parties shy of fielding women
Women politicians have made it to the top headlines this poll season. Be it Priyanka Gandhi's formal entry into politics, Mayawati joining hands with the Yadavs, Hema Malini's luxurious campaign or Sadhvi Pragya's candidature, women politicians have trended well both on mainstream and social media...
May 13, 2019
Source: UN Women
Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions. Article 2 of the Law, which was adopted by a unanimous vote, stipulates that: "Parity applies to any list of candidates for national and local elections,...