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February 7, 2018
For every woman in political office in the United States, there are three men.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, an unprecedented number of women — primarily Democrats — are running for office in 2018. Final numbers will not be available for some time, but Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect Democratic women, has reported being contacted by more than 26,...
January 29, 2018
Source: Newsweek
Africa's first elected woman president has transformed Liberia
On Monday, Liberia inaugurated a new president and the nation’s first female vice president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ended her presidency the way she began it—shattering precedent. The first woman to be elected president of an African nation has become the first Liberian president in 44 years to...
January 29, 2018
Source: DW
Romania: Viorica Dancila voted in as first female prime minister
The Romanian parliament has approved Viorica Dancila as the country's first female premier. She steps into the post as the government is passing laws critics say could hinder the fight against corruption. The left-wing government she will lead is currently facing criticism from the European Union...
January 29, 2018
New cabinet has 6 female ministers for the first time in Egypt’s history
“The merciful heart of the revolution,” a title given by late President Gamal Abdel Nasser to Hikmat Abu Zaid, the first Egyptian woman to be named a minister when she was appointed as the Minister of Social Affairs in 1962. Fifty-six years later, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail appointed two new...
January 24, 2018
Source: Quartz
There’s now a searchable database of the black women running for office in 2018
Hundreds of thousands of women marched on the streets in response to Donald Trump’s election in 2017. A year after his inauguration, women marched again. This time though, they’re also taking their fight to the ballot box. A record number of women are running for office in the US (a phenomenon that...
January 23, 2018
Source: ABC News
Lebanon pushes for more women in politics
Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to Parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country’s first women’s affairs minister says. It is a daunting task for a Middle Eastern country that may otherwise look like one of the most liberal in the...
January 23, 2018
Source: Daily Nation
We deserve better, Kenyan women tell President Kenyatta
The Federation of Women Lawyers has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of treating women as ‘second class citizens’ after he failed to name any of them in his first batch of nine members of the Cabinet. Fida said that in retaining only six men in his Cabinet, and naming three more as new entrants, he...
January 10, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago elects its first female president: Paula-Mae Weekes
Justice Paula-Mae Weekes has been elected president of island nation Trinidad and Tobago. This makes her the first woman to lead the twin sovereign island in the southernmost part of the Caribbean. She was nominated by the government and endorsed by the country’s opposition leader, Kamla Persad-...
January 8, 2018
Source: BBC
Women in politics: Invitation to shadow Welsh Assembly member
Young women are being given the chance to shadow an assembly member for the day in an effort to boost female participation in politics. The February event includes a Senedd tour, a question and answer session and a debate about the role of women. Helen Bradley from equalities charity Chwarae Teg...