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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 (...
Monday, September 25, 2017
Court ruling raises hopes among Kenyan women for more political representation
NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buoyed by record gains in last month's elections, Kenyan activists say they hope the nation's top court will enforce women's right to better political representation, following a surprise decision to nullify the presidential election. Female Kenyan...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and equalities committee chair, Maria Miller, said the...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Women fight for political relevance in Zimbabwe
Women in Mutare have added their voices on the growing calls for women to register and vote for female candidates in the forthcoming elections. Women from various districts in the Manicaland province who attended a voter registration awareness workshop in Mutare on 30 August 2017 organised by Women...
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Crowded out by “big man” politics, Kenyan women still struggle in 2017 elections
By Gabrielle Bardall, PhD, CIPS Research Associate and iKNOW Politics Expert For all its progressive constitution, high-tech society, and exceptionally resourced Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kenya is the worst performer in the East African Community (EAC) regarding women...
Friday, August 18, 2017
Women experience in elections ‘positive’ overall, says SIGI
AMMAN –– The overall experience of women in the latest elections, whether as voters or candidates, was “positive”, despite some shortcomings related to legal loopholes, according to a coalition tasked with monitoring the elections from a gender perspective. “Ain” — an alliance established under the...
Thursday, August 17, 2017
New Kenya Parliament could be dissolved for having less than one-third women
More women have been elected to Parliament this year compared to 2013, but the 12th Parliament might be plunged into an unprecedented constitutional crisis of meeting the two-thirds gender rule. The full implementation of the two-thirds gender constitutional rule to guarantee gender balance and...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Female Candidates Encouraged to Compete With Male Counterparts
Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged female candidates to fill the gap and compete with their male counterparts. She said the policy can only be implemented if collective efforts are applied in every community and county. Sirleaf said women must canvass as Jehovah witnesses “moving...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
#MoreWomen in Ireland's next local elections
Women for Election is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.  The organisation’s mission is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics. Women are held back from entering politics for many...
Monday, August 14, 2017
Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women
In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people who have registered to vote, according to Liberia’s...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Why women don't run for office
Women represent 20 percent of Congress, 25 percent of state legislature seats and 12 percent of governorships. They hold 24 percent of statewide elected offices, such as attorney general and lieutenant governor. While women have proven that they can raise money and win elections at comparable, if...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Seattle poised to elect first woman mayor since 1926: Durkan, Moon and Oliver lead the pack
Seattle last elected a woman as chief executive in 1926. Bertha Knight Landes was the first woman to lead a major U.S. city, occupying the mayor’s office for two years after having served as president of the City Council. Seattle will elect a woman as mayor in 2017 for the first time in 91 years,...