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February 21, 2019
Julie Bishop Quits Australian Politics, Adding to Exodus of Conservative Women
SYDNEY, Australia — Julie Bishop, the popular former Australian foreign minister, said Thursday that she would not run in coming federal elections, adding to the conservative government’s already-bleak image as a place that is inhospitable to women. Hers is the highest-profile departure in what has...
February 20, 2019
Source: The Guardian
Arab world's first female interior minister hails 'point of pride for women
The Arab world’s first female interior minister has hailed her appointment as a “point of pride for all women”. Raya al-Hassan is one of four women to take cabinet jobs in the new Lebanese government, a record for the country and three more than in the last government, in which even the minister...
February 19, 2019
Source: The Root
Taking the seat and the table, too: what valuing black women in politics looks like
In a posh ballroom overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hushed roomful of state and local elected officials from across the country gathered for a 9 a.m. Sunday session. It was the sort of weekend conference that routinely fills banquet rooms across the country, but it was...
February 19, 2019
Nigeria’s female candidates seek victory despite harassment
Nervous ahead of Nigeria's delayed election, a group of young women picked up their cellphones and wished each other well. "Honestly I'm so tensed and scared," one typed. "I feel like crying. This is so touching," another wrote. "What we are about to do is the beginning of an era," texted a third....
February 18, 2019
Women stamping their mark in New Malaysia's politics
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Women's participation in politics has long been recognised as an important measure of the status of women and in Malaysia, the women have indeed stamped their mark in the Cabinet, the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara. The trend in women running for political positions and...
February 15, 2019
India: National Women’s Party: ‘will contest 283 seats’
“Our candidates are mostly women who work in the NGO sector and have grassroots experience. There are many retired IAS officers who are joining our party. The candidates will depend on their own resources for campaigning,” Shetty said. Shweta Shetty, a Hyderabad-based doctor who launched the...
February 15, 2019
Source: CNBC
USA: 'There's not just one women's lane'. A record number of female candidates running for president
With Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota launching their presidential bids over the weekend, there are now more women running for a single party's nomination than ever. Warren and Klobuchar join fellow Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten...
February 14, 2019
Source: CS Monitor
A candidate’s message for Nigerian politics: Make way for women
As she made her way along a lumpy dirt road clutching a stack of her own campaign flyers, Zainab Umar considered the odds against her. In the entire 40-year history of the local House of Assembly here, in the most populous state in Nigeria’s north, a woman has never been elected as a member. In her...
February 14, 2019
Source: TRT World
The battle to create more space for women in Nigeria’s politics
In the run-up to Nigeria’s general election, starting this Saturday, more and more organisations are trying to turn the tide and get more women into elective positions. Lois Auta’s foray into Nigeria’s male-dominated political space was, for her, a necessity. “For too long, women have been excluded...