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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
A huge 2018 story: More than 500 women are running for major office
WASHINGTON — No matter which party ultimately triumphs in the November midterm elections, here is one thing we know for sure about 2018: It will be the Year of the Woman — supercharged. “As of last week, 325 women were non-incumbent candidates for the United States House, along with 72 female...
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Lebanon Campaigns for More Women in Parliament
BEIRUT — In a country where women occupy only three percent of the parliament seats, Lebanon's first women's affairs minister — a man — is supporting a campaign to attract more women politicians. The government's decision to appoint him as women's minister in 2016 attracted some criticism. But Jean...
Thursday, February 08, 2018
8 political organizations that help women run for office in the United States
Since Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss in the 2016 election, there has been a renewed interest for women in politics and women running for politics. Emily’s List reported in March that over then thousand women reached out to them about running for office, a number bigger than the number of women...
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Women's Participation in Local Government
The under-representation of women at any level of governance and decision-making results in a democratic deficit. It has been proven time and again that diverse groups make better decisions. This is particularly true when it comes to a task as challenging as representing the interests of citizens...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Conference on Women in Elections in Lebanon
The Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs (OMSWA) and the United Nations in Lebanon are organizing a conference on the role of political parties in promoting women participation in the parliamentary elections on Wednesday, 17 January at 12:00 pm at the Kempinski Hotel in Beirut. Held...
Wednesday, 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-...
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized women's successes in overcoming political exclusion
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized Women’s Successes in Overcoming Political Exclusion identifies critical factors preventing marginalized women’s inclusion in customary and democratic decision-making structures and describes how women have worked in overcoming barriers to their...
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
‘If we don’t run, then we won’t achieve.’ Why a record number of women are eyeing a run for governor.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — At a time when nearly every aspect of politics feels suffused by issues involving gender, the leading Democratic contender for Michigan governor makes a point of rarely mentioning hers. “I talk about jobs,” former state Senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer says. “I talk...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Chile election ends era of female presidents in Latin America
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head of state as it shifts to the right politically. At the start of this decade, women held the top jobs...
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Meet Iceland's New Feminist, Environmentalist Prime Minister
Iceland chose its second woman prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir of the Left-Green Movement on Thursday. Described as "charismatic" and "trustworthy", the 41-year old will now have to lead a tricky coalition in a fragmented political landscape, the leader also announced a pact to form a three-...
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide
The publication “Preventing violence against women in elections: A programming guide”, jointly produced by UN Women and UNDP, brings to light the scourge of violence against women in elections. It seeks to identify the specific components of violence against women in elections, including types,...
Friday, November 10, 2017
Voting for Women in Belgium's Flexible List System
Abstract Proportional electoral systems tend to be more beneficial for women's descriptive representation than majority systems. However, within proportional systems the gender equality of election outcomes differs, highlighting the importance of studying the actual use of electoral provisions in...
Monday, November 06, 2017
'Fed up with the old boys' club': Women elected to top municipal jobs across Quebec
7 of 18 borough mayors elected in Montreal are women, as are many city councillors and other Quebec mayors.   Yesterday, Montrealers elected a woman to be mayor for the first time.  "We have written a new page in Montreal's history books," mayor-elect Valérie Plante said in her victory speech on...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Fewer women in Iceland's new parliament
The Icelandic general elections took place last weekend. The results show that the number of women as members of parliament decreases. The last government had 47,6% women and they will now be 38,1%, of the 63 elected members. The rate has not been this low since 2007. The rate is very different...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand's youngest woman leader
New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country's youngest prime minister since 1856. Her Labour Party came second in September's election, where no party...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Somali women’s political participation and leadership: Evidence and opportunities
This report synthesises findings from an eleven month qualitative research project (August 2016 - June 2017), carried out by Social Development Direct and Forcier Consulting, and funded by the Research and Evidence Division (RED) within the UK government’s Department for International Development (...