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July 22, 2019
Source: Japan Times
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of government's empowerment pledge
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women. In Sunday’s election 28 women won seats, matching the figure seen in the previous Upper House election in 2016 and...
July 22, 2019
Source: CNN
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not. Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for office to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper House of Councilors. Half of the upper chamber of...
July 18, 2019
Source: The Vox
How 4 congresswomen came to be called “the Squad”
The term is making headlines, but Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib have their own definition. Sometime in the past few months, four members of Congress came to be referred to in mainstream media outlets as “the Squad.” The story of how that happened says a lot about politics in...
July 17, 2019
Source: The Star
Encourage women in politics, says IEBC
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has called for policies that will encourage women to play active roles in mainstream politics. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, in a speech read on his behalf by commissioner Abdi Guliye, said measures must be put in place to ensure effective...
July 16, 2019
Source: The Guardian
Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the job for more than 50 years. In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support the German defence minister as a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31...
July 15, 2019
Source: Japan Times
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30 percent remains uncertain. A total of 104 women are running for office in the July 21 election,...
July 15, 2019
Women's parliament representation at its highest post-reform
The General Elections Commission (KPU) released a report on its official Twitter account about women’s representation at the Indonesian parliament, which the commission deemed the highest in the post-reform (pasca-reformasi) era. The infographic shows that women’s representation in the House of...
July 15, 2019
Source: BBC
A web of abuse: How the far right disproportionately targets female politicians
Abuse of female politicians is rife online - and much of it is being directed by established far-right groups and figures, a Newsnight investigation has found. Female politicians across Europe have been targeted with threatening and misogynist content. On both mainstream and fringe social media...
July 12, 2019
Source: The Atlantic
Why men thought women weren’t made to vote
William T. Sedgwick believed that no good could come of letting women vote. “It would mean a degeneration and a degradation of human fiber which would turn back the hands of time a thousand years,” Sedgwick said in 1914. “Hence it will probably never come, for mankind will not lightly abandon at...