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Monday, July 22, 2019
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of government's empowerment pledge
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women. In Sunday’s election 28 women won seats, matching the figure seen in the...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not. Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for office to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30 percent remains uncertain. A total of 104 women...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Women's parliament representation at its highest post-reform
The General Elections Commission (KPU) released a report on its official Twitter account about women’s representation at the Indonesian parliament, which the commission deemed the highest in the post-reform (pasca-reformasi) era. The infographic...
Friday, July 12, 2019
New polling shows how much sexism is hurting the Democratic women running for president
Over the last several years, debates between Republicans and Democrats have increasingly involved extremely divergent attitudes toward women. The Republican Party, for instance, often treats discussions of sexual harassment or discrimination as...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Why men thought women weren’t made to vote
William T. Sedgwick believed that no good could come of letting women vote. “It would mean a degeneration and a degradation of human fiber which would turn back the hands of time a thousand years,” Sedgwick said in 1914. “Hence it will probably...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The prevention and mitigation of election-related violence: An action guide
Understanding and explaining outbreaks of election-related violence is a complex task; predicting whether forthcoming elections will turn violent, which factors may underlie or trigger violence, and what can be done to prevent violence is even more...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Engaging young people and women in European Parliament elections
This Discussion Paper puts together relevant data on the inclusion of young people and women in European Parliament elections. It is focused on two pitfalls of EU electoral democracy: voter absenteeism on the part of young people, and the under-...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Thinking of running in 2020? Lessons learned from women who ran for congress in 2018
By Julie Dolan and Paru Shah, There’s a great deal of excitement leading up to the 2020 elections, in part because of the unprecedented numbers of women running for President. But candidates are also making history elsewhere, more quietly and...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
In Tunisia, more women in office can make all the difference
By Lindsay J. Benstead, In Tunisia, 47 percent of seats in the 2018 municipal assembly elections are now held by women. This increase is due in part to a constitutionally-mandated electoral gender quota. Women are running for — and winning — elected...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Mette Frederiksen becomes Denmark's youngest-ever prime minister
Mette Frederiksen, the leader of Denmark's center-left Socialist Democratic party, has announced that she will form a left-leaning, one-party minority government, making her the nation's youngest-ever prime minister. "It is with great pleasure I can...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Call to introduce local election gender quotas
A women’s rights group will today, 9 June, launch a €35,000 crowdfunding plan to help female candidates in future elections after accusing the Government of failing to do enough to address the issue. The Women for Election group says the public...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Breaking the mold: Understanding gender and electoral violence
Women around the world are playing increasingly visible roles in the political processes of their countries as voters, candidates, representatives, protesters, journalists and as civic educators in the home, the community and beyond. However, as...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence against women in elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville: An IFES assessment
Violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process, affecting women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists and political party leaders and undermining free, fair and...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence against women in elections in Papua New Guinea: An IFES assessment
Violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process, affecting women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists and political party leaders and undermining free, fair and...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence against women in elections in Afghanistan: An IFES assessment
On October 20, 2018, Afghanistan held its long-delayed national parliamentary (Wolesi Jirga) elections. Overall, the election demonstrated how combined factors of insecurity and political instability, widespread impunity for and high rates of...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Ireland: ‘Mismatch’ between proportion of women who stand for election and get elected
Why does a lower proportion of women get elected than stand for election? That was a key question posed at a meeting held in Dublin to discuss the barriers facing women entering politics, in the wake of the recent local elections. The Minister for...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Canada: Where have all the female premiers gone?
By Jennifer Hollett, Politics is the worst. It needs to be said. We can’t have an honest conversation about getting more women in politics without acknowledging this. I know it first hand, as I’ve run for office one and a half times. The first time...