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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Violence against women in politics
By Adriana Jacob, Six months after the murder of Councilwoman Marielle Franco, the causes behind the act and those responsible for the crime remain unknown. A young black woman born on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, she was gaining prominence in...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president
Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa's only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The 77 percent: Women in politics
Are women less corrupt than men? The Ethiopian Parliament last Tuesday approved the appointment of 20 ministers, with women also making up half of the cabinet. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed went on to say that women are considered to be less...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
In Cambodia’s single-party politics, women are barely seen
KAMPOT, Cambodia — Chan Kanha is the deputy mayor for the Cambodian People’s Party in this small port town, which sits along Cambodia’s southern coast and still retains much of its French colonial architecture. The Cambodian People’s Party, or CCP,...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”
Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights...
Monday, October 22, 2018
Nigeria must protect and promote women’s participation in politics, say UN experts
GENEVA (22 October 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging Nigeria to take immediate steps to remedy deliberate attempts to exclude women candidates from recent party primary elections for seats in state and national legislatures. Reports of...
Friday, October 19, 2018
Kagame reshuffles Cabinet in Rwanda, women take up more slots
President Paul Kagame yesterday reshuffled his cabinet, making broad changes in a trimmed cabinet, in which women comprise 50 per cent. The members of cabinet have also reduced from 31 down to 26. The changes were announced yesterday by the Prime...
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, has appointed just one woman to his new cabinet, raising questions about his commitment to “make women shine” in business and public life. But he claimed that the regional revitalisation minister, Satsuki Katayama...
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Brazil votes on Sunday. And Brazilian women have a better chance at reshaping its politics than ever before
With just one week to go before Brazil’s Oct. 7 presidential elections, up to 10 percent of the country’s male voters remain undecided — and roughly 19 percent of female voters. Many voters and observers, both inside and outside Brazil, are worried...
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences analyses the issue of violence against women in politics, including in parliament and elections, and outlines her conclusion and recommendations on...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Women in Mexico face increasing violence—will a wave of women in government change that?
By Oscar López, Ever since she was a young girl growing up in the rough suburbs of Mexico City, Citlalli Hernández had big political dreams. “I always thought that something was wrong with the country, that I had to do something to transform it,”...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Paulette Jordan could become the nation's first native American Governor
As told to Madison Felleras, If Paulette Jordan wins Idaho’s governor race this November, she’ll be the first female governor of the state and the nation’s first Native American governor. It’ll be a tough race—she’s running in a deep red state that...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Nevada leads the way for women in politics
The Reno Gazette Journal and HuffPost will co-host a bi-partisan panel discussion about women in politics in Nevada at the University of Nevada, Reno. The panel comes at time when Nevada could become the first state with a female majority in its...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Violence against women in politics: Expert group meeting report and recommendations
UN Women, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), and the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (Special Rapporteur), in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the...
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Here are some of the women who could make history in the Midterm Elections
 Already in 2018, women candidates have broken the records for the number of candidates for governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Depending on how the midterms go, they may make history again. The November elections could see the first black woman...
Thursday, September 13, 2018
By the numbers: women congressional candidates in 2018
All congressional primary elections other than Louisiana (which holds a jungle primary on November 6th) are now complete, giving us the opportunity to take stock of women's candidacies and put their successes into context. Note that our findings on...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Nigeria: Female aspirant, others eye Badaru’s seat in Jigawa
As the 2019 general elections draw near, those who want to wrest power from the governor of Jigawa State, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, are busy strategising. To this end, their posters have virtually taken over major towns of the state. For the...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Nigeria: Women politicians reveal what men are doing to them
Women politicians in Kogi State have revealed what they have been going through in the hands of men in the state. The women alleged that they were being denied the opportunity to contest elective positions, and accused male politicians of “...