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November 6, 2018
13 Questions about women and the midterms
By Susan Chira Conventional wisdom on women and politics goes like this: Women must pile up credentials because voters see men as more qualified.  Women are trusted on issues like education, health care and children; men on national security, crime and defense. It’s harder for female candidates to...
November 5, 2018
Source: Aljazeera
Joenia Wapichana: Brazil's first indigenous woman voted to Congress
Sao Paulo - Joenia Wapichana never thought she would get into politics. The 43-year-old indigenous lawyer also never imagined she'd make history, not just once but on three occasions. But when she saw an "extreme, urgent necessity" to protect the rights of her community, she knew she had to take...
November 5, 2018
Source: The Guardian
Female politicians from around world mark century of UK women’s suffrage
A young Bosnian MP who denounced her uncle’s war crimes, a member of the Syrian opposition and a Gambian women’s rights campaigner are among the female parliamentarians who will sit in the House of Commons chamber this week. A landmark event on Thursday will celebrate the centenary of women’s...
November 1, 2018
Source: Reuters
Ethiopia gets its first female supreme court president
Ethiopia’s parliament on Thursday swore in the country’s first female supreme court president, building on efforts by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to achieve gender parity in government. The appointment of Meaza Ashenafi comes two weeks after Abiy named 10 female ministers to make Ethiopia...
October 26, 2018
Source: The Guardian
Women in Palestine face violence and political exclusion, campaigner tells UN
Women are being shut out of Palestinian politics and excluded from peace talks, according to Randa Siniora, the first female Palestinian campaigner to address the UN security council. Speaking at the UN on Thursday, she said that while women in the occupied territories often face the greatest...
October 25, 2018
Source: CBS News
Women candidates poised to make history in 2018 midterm elections
The 1992 election is often referred to as "The Year of the Woman," as more women were elected to Congress than any year before. This year is set to be another record-breaking year by the same measure, and several women are poised to make history due to their race, religious beliefs or sexual...
October 24, 2018
Source: BBC
Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president
Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa's only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a...
October 22, 2018
Source: OHCHR
Nigeria must protect and promote women’s participation in politics, say UN experts
GENEVA (22 October 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging Nigeria to take immediate steps to remedy deliberate attempts to exclude women candidates from recent party primary elections for seats in state and national legislatures. Reports of irregularities in primaries in states around Nigeria...
October 19, 2018
Kagame reshuffles Cabinet in Rwanda, women take up more slots
President Paul Kagame yesterday reshuffled his cabinet, making broad changes in a trimmed cabinet, in which women comprise 50 per cent. The members of cabinet have also reduced from 31 down to 26. The changes were announced yesterday by the Prime Minister. Dr Richard Sezibera replaces Louise...