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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Taking the seat and the table, too: what valuing black women in politics looks like
In a posh ballroom overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hushed roomful of state and local elected officials from across the country gathered for a 9 a.m. Sunday session. It was the sort of weekend conference that routinely...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Women in politics in India: Breaking barriers
As early as 1966, India elected a female prime minister, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. More than fifty years later, more women are joining politics but their number still remains low. Female leaders regularly battle gender...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Nigeria’s female candidates seek victory despite harassment
Nervous ahead of Nigeria's delayed election, a group of young women picked up their cellphones and wished each other well. "Honestly I'm so tensed and scared," one typed. "I feel like crying. This is so touching," another wrote. "What we are about...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Women stamping their mark in New Malaysia's politics
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Women's participation in politics has long been recognised as an important measure of the status of women and in Malaysia, the women have indeed stamped their mark in the Cabinet, the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara. The...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Do women in politics face a double standard?
Readers discuss if and how gender bias and stereotypes play a role in politics, citing past presidential races. To the Editor: Re “How Sexism Plays Out on the Campaign Trail” (front page, Feb. 12): The notion that voters’ preference for “likable”...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Consultation for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality
The Government of Tunisia, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Women, are organizing the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality that will take place April 24-26. The Tunis Forum will take place one year before the 25th anniversary of the...
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...
Friday, February 15, 2019
India: National Women’s Party: ‘will contest 283 seats’
“Our candidates are mostly women who work in the NGO sector and have grassroots experience. There are many retired IAS officers who are joining our party. The candidates will depend on their own resources for campaigning,” Shetty said. Shweta Shetty...
Friday, February 15, 2019
USA: 'There's not just one women's lane'. A record number of female candidates running for president
With Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota launching their presidential bids over the weekend, there are now more women running for a single party's nomination than ever. Warren and Klobuchar join fellow...
Friday, February 15, 2019
Who’d be a woman politician? Shattering glass ceilings is not for the faint of heart
By Nerima Wako-Ojiwa, Student politics in our universities is a replica of our national politics. When it comes to heavy debates, the competitive candidates are printing hundreds of fliers, forming voting blocs (causing some institutions to forbid...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
A candidate’s message for Nigerian politics: Make way for women
As she made her way along a lumpy dirt road clutching a stack of her own campaign flyers, Zainab Umar considered the odds against her. In the entire 40-year history of the local House of Assembly here, in the most populous state in Nigeria’s north,...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Connections: Discussing stereotypes faced by women in politics
The New York Times stirred debate with a piece about perceptions of sexism on the campaign trail. Six women are running for president in 2020, and record numbers of women are running for office on just about every level. The Times piece is called “A...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The battle to create more space for women in Nigeria’s politics
In the run-up to Nigeria’s general election, starting this Saturday, more and more organisations are trying to turn the tide and get more women into elective positions. Lois Auta’s foray into Nigeria’s male-dominated political space was, for her, a...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
These women are challenging Hungary’s ‘men in suits’ politics
Anna Donáth spent her first night in police custody in December. Her phone and bag were missing, and she worried no one knew where she was. Donáth was arrested as she lead protestors through the streets of Budapest, who had gathered in opposition to...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Women politicians in Africa face huge odds but can make a real difference
Women are gaining ground in politics around the world. Last year, the so-called “pink wave” saw a record number of women elected to Congressin the US’s mid-term elections. There are signs of progress in Africa, too. Last October, Ethiopia’s Prime...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Count the number of women running for president. And get used to it.
By Margaret Carlson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) whomped President Trump and then ungraciously rubbed it in. At the State of the Union — which she had forced the president to reschedule — she leaned over and clapped in his face. Women...
Monday, February 11, 2019
USA: ‘A woman, just not that woman’, how sexism plays out on the trail
By Maggie Astor, In the words of her detractors during the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and shrill. She was aloof. She was unlikable. It’s not a coincidence that some of these adjectives are now bubbling up in discussions of...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Don’t shun politics despite attacks - Lydia Alhassan appeals to women in Ghana
The newly elected Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon (AWW) Constituency, Ms Lydia Seyram Alhassan, has advised Ghanaian women not to shun politics despite the challenges of insults, name calling and denigration that they have to go through...