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June 27, 2018
Source: The Guardian
Zimbabwe's female politicians pin hopes on polls
In July’s crucial election – the first since the fall of Mugabe – women hope to deliver a decisive blow against sexism. Women in Zimbabwe are hoping for a political breakthrough in the forthcoming elections, despite a “hostile atmosphere” and “resistance” from male politicians. The election next...
June 27, 2018
Source: Nan
Women’s participation: Why Nigeria’s political structure must change
The Society for Empowerment and Self Reliance (SESER), advocated structural changes in the political framework to increase women’s participation to foster economic growth and development.The National Coordinator, Mrs Rose Effiong said this in a media briefing in Abuja in preparation towards the All...
June 26, 2018
Source: Newint
Can men help break Kenyan women's exclusion?
The women-led movement of GROOTS Kenya is supporting women candidates – including by providing them with bodyguards and volunteer support in the form of Humphrey Muriuki Ngaine and his ‘male champions’. Hannah O’Neill and Louise Donovan report from Kiambu County. The men see their work as vital,...
June 26, 2018
Source: Newsday
Female politicians target of social media attacks in Kenya
A study by the United Nations on the issue of social media as implements of violence against women in elections estimated that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women. It revealed that during the post-election violence in...
June 26, 2018
Source: Malawi 24
UN seeks to empower female politicians in Malawi
The United Nations (UN) has introduced a Women Empowerment Project (WEP) in Salima to empower female aspirants ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections. The project is also expected to be implemented in five other districts in the country. UN election and gender officer Victor Maulidi said the plan...
June 26, 2018
103 women candidates elected to Turkish Parliament in June 24 poll
Ankara – June 25, 2018. A total of 103 women deputies have been elected to the 600-seat Turkey Parliament in the June 24 poll, according to unofficial data compiled from results provided by the state-run Anadolu Agency. In the June 2015 and November 2015 elections, 97 and 81 female deputies were...
June 25, 2018
Source: OHCHR
New laws needed urgently to tackle online violence against women and girls, says UN rights expert
States around the world must act urgently to introduce new legislation to stamp out online and information and communications technology (ICT) facilitated violence against women and girls, which is yet another way in which their human rights are being violated, a UN expert has said. “New forms of...
June 21, 2018
Malaysia's new deputy PM Wan Azizah Wan Ismail aims to be a role model for women
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's childhood ambition was to become a doctor and cure disease. Now that she is Malaysia's most powerful female politician, she says her mission is to improve women's rights. The 65-year-old made history this month when she was named Malaysia's deputy prime minister. She is...
June 21, 2018
Female representation in politics remains “strikingly low” in Myanmar
Female lawmakers, in a country where women make up 52 percent of the population, account for around 10pc of the overall MPs in both the national and regional legislatures. Forty-eight female lawmakers from the Union and regional parliaments gathered in the capital city for the Third Women MPs Forum...