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Friday, May 03, 2019
Two women elected to Qatar municipal council
DOHA: Two women won seats on Qatar’s 29-member municipal council, the Gulf emirate’s sole elected body, the elections committee said on Wednesday. Sheikha al-Jafiri and Fatima al-Kuwari retained the seats they had won in 2015. Five women were among...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Finnish parliamentary elections: Record number of women winners
The main issues driving Finland’s 2019 parliamentary election on April 14, 2019 included the previous government coalition’s unsuccessful attempt to pass a long-debated social and healthcare reform; the need for action to mitigate climate change;...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Spain just elected its most feminist parliament ever
The new batch of MPs to take their seats in Spain’s Congress will include more women than ever before – almost but not quite as many as men. With all the votes counted on Monday morning, it is now clear that 46.8 percent of elected members of...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Indonesia's had gender quotas in parliament for years - why aren't they working?
From her home in Jakarta, Permaswari Wardani proudly holds up an intricate hand-drawn comic. It’s her humorous take on what she sees as the wrongs in Indonesian politics today. The 38-year-old architect hopes the run of 5,000 copies – leading to...
Friday, April 12, 2019
US: What woman presidential candidates are facing
The 2020 presidential election marks the first time more than two women have competed in the Democratic or Republican primaries, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Democratic congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard of...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s first black female mayor
CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot has made history on several fronts after winning Chicago’s mayoral runoff on Tuesday. She will become the city’s first black woman and its first openly gay person to hold the office when sworn in next month. The nation’s...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Maltese political parties will be paid by the state to recruit and train women candidates
The Maltese state will fund political parties to recruit, promote and train female candidates as part of a plan launched by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat unveiled. “Legal amendments are being proposed for the Financing of Political Parties Act to...
Monday, April 01, 2019
Slovakia's 'Erin Brockovich' elected first female president, in rebuke of populism
When Slovakia's newly elected President Zuzana Caputova -- the country's first ever female head of state -- delivered her acceptance speech on Saturday she immediately set herself apart from the wave of populist parties sweeping Europe. The 45-year-...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Naveen Patnaik's party to give 33% tickets to women in Lok Sabha elections
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced 33 per cent quota for women in the allocation of Lok Sabha tickets of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party. Addressing the Women Self Help Group's (SHGs) Conclave under 'Mission Shakti', Patnaik said...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Shakti: Gunning for more women in politics in India
A non-partisan collective is targeting the general elections for equal representation of women in Parliament, but the road to gender-just politics is tricky to traverse Vinod Rathod of the Delhi Police has been manning the Parliament gates for four...
Friday, March 01, 2019
How will women fare in Solomon Islands elections?
By Kerryn Baker  In terms of women’s representation in politics, Solomon Islands lags behind much of the world. In April, Solomon Islands will hold the first general election since the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands...
Friday, March 01, 2019
Women’s representation in the 2018 Fiji election
Written by Kerryn Baker Fiji went to the polls on 14 November 2018. The incumbent FijiFirst Party won a narrower victory than expected, with just over 50 per cent of the vote. The main opposition party, the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA...
Friday, February 15, 2019
The rising voices of women in Pakistan
SHAHDARA, Pakistan – Bushra Khaliq stood in the middle of a village home, chin up and shoulders back, holding the attention of fifty women around her. Old and young, they wore Pakistani tunics and scarves; some cradled and fed babies, others shushed...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
USA: 2019's barrier-breaking politicians get to work
On November 6, 125 women were elected to the House, Senate, and governorships. This week, they assume power. Here's what they plan on doing with it. First they marched. Then they ran. And then? They won—big. In last year’s midterms, women candidates...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Togo : Yawa Tsegan Djigbodi becomes the first president of the national assembly in the history of the country
For the first time in Togo’s history, the national assembly will be presided by a woman: Yawa Tsegan Djigbodi is the new president of this assembly. She is replacing Dama Dramani, president of the former mandate during which she was the first...
Monday, January 21, 2019
Australian Minister for women to leave politics at election
Australia’s Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said Saturday she will quit politics for personal reasons at this year’s election, adding to the list of female politicians to leave the ruling party, some citing disunity, bullying and intimidation....
Thursday, January 03, 2019
No other Congress has ever looked like this
The 116th class of Congress broke barriers before its members even set foot in Washington. One example: Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who will be the first Somali-American member of Congress, noted the history of her election on...
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...