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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
A new poll shows how sexism and electability collide in 2020
A record number of women are running to be the next president of the United States, but Americans still don’t seem to think the country is ready for them, according to a new Daily Beast and Ipsos poll. Only 33 percent of voters surveyed believed...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman to be leader?
By Suzanne Moore, On Sunday night, I may have watched some men in suits talking nonsense. I may have been in the pub. I may have fallen asleep because the Tory-leadership candidate who is actually going to win couldn’t be arsed to turn up. Such is...
Monday, June 17, 2019
Kenya MP arrested 'for slapping female colleague'
A Kenyan MP has been arrested for allegedly slapping a female colleague because she did not allocate money to his constituency. Rashid Kassim is accused of slapping Fatuma Gedi, who sits on the budget committee, in the capital Nairobi. A photo of Ms...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Election fallout round-Up: 70 women in Parliament, but Denmark still behind in
The 2019 General Election tied a Danish record for the highest percentage of women being elected into Parliament with 39.1 percent (70 out of 179). But despite that, Denmark is still lagging behind compared to its neighbours and remains the only...
Friday, June 14, 2019
UN Women Liberia push for 30% participation in politics
As Liberian prepared to cast their votes in the Montserrado’s Representative and Senatorial by-elections, the UN Women has recently engaged stakeholders to give serious consideration to women leadership and political participation in politics. UN...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Three out of four Greeks believe the country needs more women in politics
A recent survey conducted by Greece‘s Research Center for Gender Equality (KETHI) in April found that 72 percent of Greeks believe that the country needs more women in politics, and their reluctance to participate is harmful to Democracy. The survey...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Canada’s first Ambassador for women, peace & security
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada has said that when women play an active role in conflict prevention and peace building, and when their rights are respected, we are better able to achieve long-term, sustainable peace. As Canada’s first...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Political Participation of Women with Disabilities
Background It is estimated that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability and that prevalence is higher among women, as about 1 in 5 women 18 years and older live with one. The 12th session of the Conference of States Parties...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It’s time for women in politics to adopt the strategy of their opponents
By Ana Stevenson, For more than a century, the same tactics and tropes have been used against women in politics. Now they must turn the tables. In spring 1919, Congress adopted the 19th Amendment. Ratification came more than a year later on Aug. 18...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
High-Level meeting of women with disabilities in political and public leadership: Towards Beijing+25
The 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) will take place from 11-13 June 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility and the United...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Call to introduce local election gender quotas
A women’s rights group will today, 9 June, launch a €35,000 crowdfunding plan to help female candidates in future elections after accusing the Government of failing to do enough to address the issue. The Women for Election group says the public...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Scottish Parliament campaign launched to get more women to becomes MSPs
A major Holyrood drive has been unveiled aimed at getting more women to become MSPs after numbers stalled in recent years. More than 400 women from across Scotland are to be invited to a day at the Scottish Parliament aimed at generating interest...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Women take on challenges and win
She was the daughter of a barber and grew up in a New England mill town. In an effort to save for a college education, she began working for wages at the age of 13; it was not enough. After high school, she worked in office jobs for a telephone...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Political violence against women tracked for first time as attacks soar
Violence targeted against female politicians and activists will be tracked for the first time by a global database, amid indications of a recent rise in attacks. Researchers reviewed thousands of events dating back to 1997, where political violence...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Participation of persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in political and public life: A side event at COSP12
The 12th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 11 to 13 June 2019. The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democracy. The Convention...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence against women in politics: IFES submission to the OHCHR Special Rapporteur
For over three decades, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has worked to advance good governance and support all citizens’ rights to participate in credible elections. We recognize that violence against women in politics is a...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence, politics, and gender
This article presents a conceptual orientation to the intersection of gender, politics, and violence. The first part of the article will introduce the subject by reviewing the primary conceptual framework and empirical knowledge on the topic to date...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Breaking the mold: Understanding gender and electoral violence
Women around the world are playing increasingly visible roles in the political processes of their countries as voters, candidates, representatives, protesters, journalists and as civic educators in the home, the community and beyond. However, as...