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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, January 02, 2018
Colorado has a history of women in politics — and a harassment problem
Nearly 40 percent of Colorado lawmakers are women, and the state has a history of women in powerful jobs. Reporter Bente Birkeland of the radio station KUNC asked about sexual harassment in the Colorado statehouse — and found a problem. Click here to listen to her findings presented on NPR on 19...
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, August 29, 2017
Political parties have a responsibility on gender representation
By Charlotte Snelling, IPPR Research Fellow If you find yourself in a conversation about “the 2017 election”, there’s a strong likelihood you’ll be about to dissect the results of June’s general election, debating the merits of May versus Corbyn as PM, and not gearing up for a discussion on the...
Friday, August 25, 2017
Fresh call for gender equality in local politics in York
Politicians in York have added their voices to calls for better gender representation in local government, after newly-published research about the imbalance. The IPPR North report, published on Monday, highlighted gender imbalance in local authorities like City of York, and combined authorities....
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government
A new generation of young women is ready and willing to participate in politics. The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015 general election. However, so far there is little...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Old boys’ club puts women off politics
An old boys’ network in local political parties is deterring women from standing as councillors, a report has said. Only one in three local councillors and one in seven council leaders are women. The gender imbalance has worsened after recent experiments to give more power to elected mayors, with...
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...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
From where I stand: “They said that a woman couldn’t run for elections… I proved them wrong”
Coumba Diaw is the only female Mayor in the Louga region of Senegal. She grew up listening to a rhetoric that restricted women from participating in politics and public life. But that didn’t stop her. Today she makes other elected officials aware of the importance of women’s leadership. “They said...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Comparative experiences: Operationalizing the 25% quota for women in Local Government in Sri Lanka
(PRESS RELEASE) – 31 July 2017, Colombo: A discussion forum on operationalizing the 25% quota for women in Local Government, and comparative experiences on advancing women’s political participation was held on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 at the Lighthouse, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute. The main...
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...
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,...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Local Georgian Council Members Complete Women’s Leadership Program
For 14 years the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has worked in Georgia to increase the political participation of national women leaders from across the political spectrum through the Future Women Leaders (FWL) program. In 2015, NDI expanded its support to build the skills and capacity of women...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pennsylvania's women legislators few in number but more effective at passing laws, study says
A recent study found that women legislators in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly — though small in number — are more effective at passing legislation than their male counterparts. Researchers found, during the period they examined, that female legislators had a higher percentage of their sponsored...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Irene P. Tillah
Irene P. Tillah is Assemblywoman in the second district of Sulu, Philippines. She is the Chairman of the Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations. This interview was conducted during an event organized by UN Women and the Inter-parliamentary Union in the margins of CSW61 in New York.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Meet the women shifting the political landscape in Japan
As a society bound by tradition, change comes slowly to Japan. That includes opportunities for women in politics and government. But lately there's been a shake-up of the old order, with women reaching new heights that could hardly be imagined just a generation ago. "My way of thinking is quite...