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October 4, 2017
Economist Mercedes Araoz Sworn In as Peru’s New Prime Minister
LIMA – Peru’s Second Vice President, Mercedes Araoz, an economist by training, was sworn in on 17 September 2017 as the new head of the Council of Ministers –known as the prime minister–, formed by 13 members of the cabinet and headed to date by fellow economist Fernando Zavala. Araoz, 56, took the...
September 29, 2017
Women supported to campaign in Tonga
The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and it is time for more gender balance in Tongan politics. Siale 'Ilolahia says the early election in November is an opportunity for Tongan women to come forward. There is just one woman MP...
September 25, 2017
Court ruling raises hopes among Kenyan women for more political representation
NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buoyed by record gains in last month's elections, Kenyan activists say they hope the nation's top court will enforce women's right to better political representation, following a surprise decision to nullify the presidential election. Female Kenyan...
September 12, 2017
Pacific Islands Forum leader plans more effort to help women as leaders
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders.  The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says she hasn't done enough to empower women in the Pacific.  She said if she got...
September 12, 2017
Chile’s president is a woman — and she just scored a major policy victory for women. Here’s why that matters.
Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a reproductive rights bill sponsored by Bachelet and passed by...
September 8, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and equalities committee chair, Maria Miller, said the...
September 8, 2017
Nirmala Sitharaman says appointment a 'message' on women's status
Nirmala Sitharman said her appointment sent a "big message to the world of what's the status of women in India... This country will never stop promoting women".  Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted to the cabinet as the country's next Defence Minister, said it was a "big message" to the world and...
September 8, 2017
Study Finds Women See Female Lawmakers As More Competent, Having More Integrity
This year has brought with it a wave of women interested in running for office, particularly among Democrats. And though Republicans have seen less of a wave, Congress has gained one GOP woman already this year: Georgia's Karen Handel.  A new study hints at where candidates and legislators can find...
September 8, 2017
Women fight for political relevance in Zimbabwe
Women in Mutare have added their voices on the growing calls for women to register and vote for female candidates in the forthcoming elections. Women from various districts in the Manicaland province who attended a voter registration awareness workshop in Mutare on 30 August 2017 organised by Women...