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Monday, December 17, 2018
From New Zealand to Saudi Arabia: When women won the vote worldwide
The Representation of People Act 1918 granted the vote to Irish and English women aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications. While some nations had extended that right to women earlier, other countries, in Europe as well as elsewhere, did...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Nigerian women in politics: Biases, barriers, solutions
By Vweta Chadwick, During a visit to Nigeria in January this year, the UK special envoy on gender equality, Joanna Roper told journalists 250 million pounds has been earmarked by the British government towards getting more Nigerian women get into...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
DRC Elections—Will Congolese women have a fair chance?
“The forthcoming elections is a decisive turning point for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), because if we really do have these elections despite the fact that it has long dragged out, it will be the first democratic transition ever in the DRC...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why Bangladeshi politics is man's domain
Two powerful women – Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia – have dominated Bangladeshi politics for decades, but the South Asian country's women are still underrepresented in parliament and are politically marginalized. Nazla Ibtesham, an 18-year-old...
Friday, December 07, 2018
Nigeria: UN Women and UNDP launch awareness programme to prevent violence against women
United Nation Women and United Nations Development programme (UNDP) on Monday launched a programme guide to prevent violence against women in the 2019 general elections. The launch which was organised by UN Women and UNDP took place in Abuja. Ms...
Monday, December 03, 2018
Record number of Bahraini women elected to parliament
A record number of women have been elected in Bahrain's elections in what officials say is an historic achievement that has broken the glass ceiling of representation in the country's parliament. By the election's second and final round of voting on...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Nigerian women in politics call for gender responsive reporting
In the build up to the 2019 general elections, Nigerian women have thought it wise that if nothing is done urgently, the few women that were lucky to secure their party tickets may not get the kind of publicity they deserve to win during the 2019...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Malawi: CCJP calls for support for female candidates in 2019 elections
By Sylvester Kumwenda Lilongwe, November 27. Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe has called upon political parties that have not yet conducted their primary elections to support women aspirants in order to...
Friday, November 30, 2018
USA: A historic number of women were elected in 2018—these four are expected to run for president in 2020
The 2018 midterm election included a wave of victories for female candidates and major upsets across the country. Now, four prominent female Democrats are all but openly running for president. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, considered a top...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Cristina, a survivor of domestic violence, is 24 and has never voted before
When he got to beat me, first he was grabbing my hair to hold me still, so he could beat me harder. I was trying to protect my belly, so he couldn’t hurt the child I was carrying. But when I got to the eighth month of pregnancy, he beat me so hard...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Ending impunity for violence against women in elections in Zimbabwe
By Cait Davin, Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) research in Zimbabwe found that women engaging in elections as candidates, voters and journalists were experiencing devastating sexual extortion, physical...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Indigenous congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland reflects on historic win
Haaland was 1 of 2 Native American women to be elected to the U.S. congress on Tuesday Deb Haaland was one of two Indigenous women to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, and she says she can't be happier with the historic win...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president
Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office. With nearly all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival Grigol Vashadze on 40%. Ms Zurabishvili was backed by...
Monday, November 26, 2018
Record number of women contest in Bahrain’s local elections
Bahrain will field a record number of women candidates in the upcoming parliamentary and municipality elections to be held on November 24, although two of the three incumbent female MPs have decided to opt out of this year’s race. While two women...
Friday, November 23, 2018
2019: UN Women solicit media support for Nigerian female politicians
The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on Thursday in Abuja expressed commitment to promoting inclusive and peaceful elections in Nigeria in 2019. The Country Representative of UN Women, Ms Comfort Lamptey, said...
Friday, November 23, 2018
‘It’s changed me forever’: Here’s how women fueled a political shift in Mecklenburg
Tuesday’s recount that ratified the election of Democrat Rachel Hunt to the North Carolina House underscored the success not only of female candidates but of the women who helped elect them. Hunt, who defeated Republican Rep. Bill Brawley by 68...
Friday, November 23, 2018
GOP is trying to figure out why it has almost no women in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join...
Friday, November 23, 2018
189 women candidates in fray for Rajasthan assembly elections
JAIPUR: A total of 189 women candidates will be contesting the upcoming Rajasthan assembly elections, the highest number in the last 10 years. After at least 579 candidates withdrawing their nominations for the December 7 elections on Thursday, 2,...