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February 21, 2018
Source: VOA News
Cameroon seeks greater female political participation
YAOUNDE — Political parties in Cameroon have set an ambitious goal ahead of this year’s polls — to put women in at least 30 percent of elected offices. An all-female orchestra plays as 300 women selected from associations around Cameroon campaign in markets, universities and popular spots in the...
February 21, 2018
Bullying of women in politics commonplace says Canadian MP
Burlington MP told online she was 'a traitor to the country' and should abort unborn baby after announcing pregnancy. When a social media user decided to post a derogatory comment to Pam Damoff’s Twitter page, rather than brushing it off and ignoring it, the Oakville North-Burlington MP took him to...
February 15, 2018
Source: HuffPost UK
Five reforms still needed to ensure women are fairly represented in politics
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was undoubtedly a significant step forward for women’s rights and democracy. It gave the to vote to around 8.5million women previously disenfranchised and abolished almost all property restrictions on men. One hundred years later and both men and women UK...
February 13, 2018
Source: NBC News
A huge 2018 story: More than 500 women are running for major office
WASHINGTON — No matter which party ultimately triumphs in the November midterm elections, here is one thing we know for sure about 2018: It will be the Year of the Woman — supercharged. “As of last week, 325 women were non-incumbent candidates for the United States House, along with 72 female...
February 8, 2018
Source: VOA News
Lebanon Campaigns for More Women in Parliament
BEIRUT — In a country where women occupy only three percent of the parliament seats, Lebanon's first women's affairs minister — a man — is supporting a campaign to attract more women politicians. The government's decision to appoint him as women's minister in 2016 attracted some criticism. But Jean...
February 7, 2018
Who runs the House? Women lead major three parties in Canada Commons
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh named NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau the party’s new House leader in last week's shuffle of his party's critics. So for the first time, all three House leaders of the three major political parties are women, including Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger, who is...
February 7, 2018
Latin America’s Female Leadership Void
SANTIAGO, Chile — After President Michelle Bachelet of Chile leaves office in March, Latin America will have no female presidents. There was a time in 2014 when the region had four: Laura Chinchilla in Costa Rica, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina, Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Ms....
February 7, 2018
For every woman in political office in the United States, there are three men.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, an unprecedented number of women — primarily Democrats — are running for office in 2018. Final numbers will not be available for some time, but Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect Democratic women, has reported being contacted by more than 26,...
January 29, 2018
Source: Newsweek
Africa's first elected woman president has transformed Liberia
On Monday, Liberia inaugurated a new president and the nation’s first female vice president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ended her presidency the way she began it—shattering precedent. The first woman to be elected president of an African nation has become the first Liberian president in 44 years to...