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December 27, 2018
Source: News Day
Zimbabwe’s first school of politics opened
ZIMBABWE’S first ever women’s political leadership school was on Friday launched in Masvingo under the name, Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (Walpe). Walpe, according to its director Sitabile Dewa, is “a women’s political empowerment and leadership academy set up to advance...
December 27, 2018
India: Women voters will significantly impact the outcome of elections
“The gradual emergence of women as an electoral power is an encouraging development for Indian democracy,” say Kanta Singh and Vrinda Handa. The recently concluded elections for State Assemblies present similar trends witnessed earlier in terms of voter turnout. Not only more people voted this time...
December 20, 2018
Source: Reuters
British women push for equality 100 years after first female MP's election
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A century after Britain’s first election in which women voted and stood for parliament, female activists called on Friday for further reform to achieve equality amid abuse and prejudice. Despite celebrations to mark 100 years since most women aged over 30 won...
December 20, 2018
Source: Essence
The historic political gains made by black women in 2018
When Ayanna Pressley heads to Congress in January, the newly elected Massachusetts representative will work from the same office that Shirley Chisholm once occupied decades ago. The symbolism is powerful: Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress 50 years ago, while Pressley is part of...
December 19, 2018
Nevada becomes first state with majority of women in assembly
As a single mother, Beatrice Duran never imagined that she would get involved in politics. When she moved to Las Vegas in 1985, her focus was on keeping “a solid job” as a food server to provide for her young daughter and, later, her son. Opportunities to become involved in public life felt out of...
December 17, 2018
Source: Irish Times
From New Zealand to Saudi Arabia: When women won the vote worldwide
The Representation of People Act 1918 granted the vote to Irish and English women aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications. While some nations had extended that right to women earlier, other countries, in Europe as well as elsewhere, did not allow women to vote until much later into the...
December 14, 2018
Fawzia Zainal elected first woman Speaker of Bahraini parliament
Bahrain’s parliament made history on Wednesday when it elected MP Fawzia Zainal as its first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives. Zainal, who won 25 votes from the 40-member lower house chamber, became the second woman to head a parliament in the Gulf Arab region after the United Arab...
December 14, 2018
Enhancing reporting of women in 2019 elections
The need for the media to be gender sensitive in reporting electoral issues ahead of the 2019 general elections and change the negative stereotyping of female politicians, was the pivot of a one-day seminar held in Lagos by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its partners. On...
December 13, 2018
DRC Elections—Will Congolese women have a fair chance?
“The forthcoming elections is a decisive turning point for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), because if we really do have these elections despite the fact that it has long dragged out, it will be the first democratic transition ever in the DRC”  –Justine Masika Bihamba, founder of Synergie...