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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Women’s Council calls for gender quotas for local election candidates
Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said. Just 21 per cent of local councillors are women and it would take another 200 years to achieve gender parity at the...
Friday, August 03, 2018
Latin America has embraced quotas for female political candidates
“When a woman enters politics, it changes her. When many women do, it is politics that changes.” So said Florentina Gómez Miranda, a former Argentine congresswoman. Despite its macho reputation, or perhaps because of it, Latin America is unusually...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Zimbabwe: Parties undermining women's quota system
There is a real risk by political parties to undermine the spirit behind the women's quota system which is provided for in the Constitution aimed at empowering women by reserving 60 National Assembly seats for them. Mr Speaker Sir, an observation on...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Working paper: Maternal mortality and women’s political participation
Maternal mortality, defined as the death of women within 42 days of childbirth, remains a looming global health problem well into the 21st century. It is estimated to account for 830 deaths per day, and more than 216 deaths per 100,000 live births...
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Call for parties to publish gender breakdown of candidates in UK
Political parties should be required to publish details of their election candidates by gender to highlight the "shameful" gap in numbers between men and women, campaigners are arguing. The Centenary Action Group, which wants equal representation in...
Monday, June 04, 2018
Quota shocks: electoral gender quotas and government spending priorities worldwide
The rapid expansion of electoral gender quotas in the past few decades has been met with considerable scholarly and public attention. Despite this, there has been little empirical work examining the global legislative consequences of gender quotas...
Monday, May 14, 2018
Empty women seats in parliament
By Shehnila Zardari Women may account for half of the world’s population but their representation in parliament was recorded in 2015 at only 22.1%. Two decades earlier, the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women had unanimously signed the...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Rwanda: Call for Renewed Political Will to Bridge Gender Gaps in All Sectors
As African countries push for respect and promotion of gender equality, political will is key to accelerate attainment of gender equality on the continent. The remarks were made Thursday by Donatille Mukabalisa, the Speaker of Parliament, while...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Iraq Elections: What role will gender quotas play?
Whatever the outcome of Iraq's May 12 parliamentary elections, female candidates are guaranteed at least 25% of the seats, as per the country's constitution. This year, nearly 2,600 female candidates are competing for a minimum of 83 seats reserved...
Friday, May 04, 2018
After a century of women’s votes what about political seats?
This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave the vote to all British and Irish men over 21 and women over 30 who met minimum property or education qualifications. Gender was no longer an absolute barrier to...
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Southeast communities strategize on women’s participation in elections
Participants at UN-backed events in the southeastern provinces of Paktya and Paktika called on community members to work together to support women’s participation in the upcoming elections. In two separate public events held in the provincial...
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Karnataka polls: Low proportion of women candidates across political divide shows they still face disadvantages aplenty
Congress member Motamma is a veteran in Karnataka politics. A former leader of Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Council from 2010 to 2012, she is the first woman to be appointed to that position. Representing Mudigere first in 1978, Motamma is a...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Britain needs gender equality quotas now, Fawcett Society says
Quotas to get more women into key positions in politics, business and the arts must be introduced to address a massive imbalance of power in Britain, according to equality campaigners. With a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett set to become the...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Summary of the e-Discussion on Women’s Participation in Local Government
The e-Discussion on Women’s Political Representation and Participation at the local level was launched on 2 February 2018 in Arabic, English, French and Spanish and ended on 8 March 2018. Experts, practitioners, and researchers discussed about the...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Will Tunisia's municipal elections change anything?
Tunisians will head to the polls on May 6 to vote in the country's first free municipal elections since the removal of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his government in 2011. Having been postponed four times, the elections come as a relief to...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Side Event at CSW 62 on gender and youth quotas: Complementary or in competition?
Both women’s and youth representation are key to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the promotion of democracy through inclusive institutions and societies. IPU data show that the proportion of women in parliament is...
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...
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Push for more women MPs stymied in Malawi
BLANTYRE, MALAWI — In Malawi, the push for more women members of parliament was dealt a blow when the government said it would not consider a proposal to create 28 automatic seats for women. Malawi ranks among the countries within the South African...