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Monday, May 21, 2018
The struggle of African women in politics continues
Most African countries are signatories of numerous protocols that encourage gender equality in politics, yet analysts say more still needs to be done to implement these protocols and ensure women are not sidelined. Women in the region and beyond are...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Fempo: Website for African women in politics
In many African countries, women leaders lack the resources, numbers and visibility to significantly effect transformational change. The new initiative Fempo harnesses the power of the Internet to bring rising women leaders into the spotlight and...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Women This Week: Making History
First Female Mayor of Tunis The capital of Tunisia is likely to see its first female mayor, following the country's municipal elections this week. Gender Violence in El Salvador This week, Salvador’s president Salvador Sanchez Ceren called for “...
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...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Five women said to be in running to become Italy's transitional PM
Five women are among the names floated to lead a transitional government in Italy in what some speculate could be President Sergio Mattarella’s attempt to break with tradition while the country’s politics are mired in stalemate. Mattarella is...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
International IDEA Report: The Global State of Democracy 2017
Today’s political landscape poses complex global challenges to democracies. The landscape is shaped by globalization, geopolitical power shifts, changing roles and structures of (supra)national organizations and institutions, and the rise in modern...
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Dr. Patricia McFadden
Dr. Patricia McFadden is a sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher from Swaziland. She has worked in the African and global women’s movements as well. 
Monday, May 07, 2018
Nigeria: INEC bemoans poor participation of women in politics
National Electoral Commission, INEC, has bemoaned the inadequate representation of women in political offices, pointing out that in spite of the numerical strength of women, they are not adequately represented. A national commissioner with the...
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...
Friday, May 04, 2018
Female lawmaker laments non-participation of Northern women in politics
Hajia Maryam Bagel, a member representing Dass constituency, Bauchi state Assembly has lament the non-participation of Northern women in active politics. She made the observation while briefing newsmen Friday in Bauchi, saying it’s time women take...
Thursday, May 03, 2018
EU worries over apathy among women in politics in Nigeria
The European Union (EU) is worried that since its huge investment in Nigerian politics, there had been no improvement in women participation. The EU expressed worries over the low level of Nigerian women participation in politics in spite of several...
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
New Mexico College Democrats held a panel on women involved in politics
The University of New Mexico College Democrats held a panel, featuring women involved in politics in New Mexico, at the Student Union Building earlier this month. The event, Women in Politics, featured a panel made up of Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and...
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Women Step Up for State Office
Nevada and Arizona could make history this fall, with both states positioned to elect the first female-majority legislative chambers in the nation's history. Nationally, campaign operatives say they cannot name a single state that does not have a...
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...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Fawcett Society Report: The Sex and Power Series
The Sex and Power series was first published by the Equal Opportunities Commission fifteen years ago, then taken over by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for several years, and then for 5 years up to 2015 the ‘Counting Women in Coalition’...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Mentoring the next global generation of women leaders
By Carine Guidicelli and Betty-Ann Heggie All around the world, from corporate boardrooms to community kitchens, parliaments to classrooms, conversations concerning the rights and empowerment of women and girls are taking place. This is good news,...