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Monday, March 19, 2018
Tasmania elects majority of women in Australia state first
Tasmania has become the first state in Australian history to elect a majority of female MPs to its legislature. The state, Australia's smallest, held its election on 3 March, but counting was not finalised until this week. The Australian Capital...
Monday, March 05, 2018
CSW 62 Side Event on "Empowering Rural Women and Girls through Increased Decision-Making Capacity"
The side event, organized by the Government of Georgia and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations, will provide an opportunity to discuss the successes and remaining...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Five women lead Iraqi election lists in Kurdistan
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — Women in Kurdistan are heading several parties’ voting lists, and some don’t want Iraq’s 25-percent quota system to be seen as the reason for their candidacies in this year’s elections.  Shiler Abdulmajid, head of the...
Monday, February 26, 2018
As midterms near, more women plunging into campaigns across the United States
Nearly a year after her hopes for the first female president were dashed, Beth Vercolio-Osmund contemplated her own political debut. Last fall, increasingly frustrated with lawmakers and the direction of politics in Washington, the 49-year-old...
Friday, February 23, 2018
Documentary film about the Women’s Voices Project in Egypt
Watch this documentary film about the Women’s Voices Project which is implemented by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights with the support of the Fund for Gender Equality of UN Women.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Cameroon seeks greater female political participation
YAOUNDE — Political parties in Cameroon have set an ambitious goal ahead of this year’s polls — to put women in at least 30 percent of elected offices. An all-female orchestra plays as 300 women selected from associations around Cameroon campaign in...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Female legislator attacked in brawl over Yerevan sewage water
YEREVAN -- An Armenian opposition municipal legislator was attacked in a brawl that erupted at a city council meeting in the capital, Yerevan, as she attempted to give the mayor a container showing how dirty the water in the capital is. Marina...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
For every woman in political office in the United States, there are three men.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, an unprecedented number of women — primarily Democrats — are running for office in 2018. Final numbers will not be available for some time, but Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect Democratic...
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...
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...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Women slowly changing the face of French politics
The current French parliament has the most women it has ever had: 224 women were elected in June, out of 577 seats. This is mostly due to president Emmanuel Macron, who pushed for more women to run for office. But the rest of the French political...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
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...