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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
76 countries haven't had a female leader in the last 50 years - here's where women ARE in power
One hundred years ago, on February 6 1918, the UK Parliament passed an act that granted the vote to women over the age of 30. They had to meet certain qualifications - such as being householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property with...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Latin America’s Female Leadership Void
SANTIAGO, Chile — After President Michelle Bachelet of Chile leaves office in March, Latin America will have no female presidents. There was a time in 2014 when the region had four: Laura Chinchilla in Costa Rica, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
UN ESCWA Report on Women’s Political Representation in the Arab Region
The objective of this study is to generate evidence-based policy recommendations for Arab States, in order to help them scale-up efforts to meet their commitments as relates to goal 5 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Africa's first elected woman president has transformed Liberia
On Monday, Liberia inaugurated a new president and the nation’s first female vice president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ended her presidency the way she began it—shattering precedent. The first woman to be elected president of an African nation has...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Romania: Viorica Dancila voted in as first female prime minister
The Romanian parliament has approved Viorica Dancila as the country's first female premier. She steps into the post as the government is passing laws critics say could hinder the fight against corruption. The left-wing government she will lead is...
Monday, January 29, 2018
New cabinet has 6 female ministers for the first time in Egypt’s history
“The merciful heart of the revolution,” a title given by late President Gamal Abdel Nasser to Hikmat Abu Zaid, the first Egyptian woman to be named a minister when she was appointed as the Minister of Social Affairs in 1962. Fifty-six years later,...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
We deserve better, Kenyan women tell President Kenyatta
The Federation of Women Lawyers has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of treating women as ‘second class citizens’ after he failed to name any of them in his first batch of nine members of the Cabinet. Fida said that in retaining only six men in his...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Summary of the e-Discussion on Engaging Male Champions for Women’s Political Participation
The e-Discussion on Engaging Male Champions for Women’s Political Participation was co-convened in collaboration with International Gender Champions from 6 September to 12 October 2017. Fourteen participants from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab region...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago elects its first female president: Paula-Mae Weekes
Justice Paula-Mae Weekes has been elected president of island nation Trinidad and Tobago. This makes her the first woman to lead the twin sovereign island in the southernmost part of the Caribbean. She was nominated by the government and endorsed by...
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized women's successes in overcoming political exclusion
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized Women’s Successes in Overcoming Political Exclusion identifies critical factors preventing marginalized women’s inclusion in customary and democratic decision-making structures and describes how...
Monday, January 08, 2018
The year of women, in policy and politics
It has been a year of reckoning for women in the United States. It began with hundreds of thousands of women across the country and the rest of the world marching for women's rights. It would close out with powerful men like Hollywood producer ...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Chile election ends era of female presidents in Latin America
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head of state as it shifts to the right politically. At...
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Report on "Regional Organizations, Gender Equality and the Political Empowerment of Women"
Gender equality and the political empowerment of women are key elements for the consolidation of sustainable democracies worldwide. Global and regional organizations play an important role in the development of legal and policy frameworks, as well...
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Documentary: When Women Rule
Women account for nearly half of the global population, but only one in four of the world's current politicians are female. That number goes down to less than 7% when it applies to heads of government. In an effort to understand the structural,...
Monday, October 23, 2017
The 7%: Jacinda Ardern joins select group of women in power
New Zealand’s new prime minister is one of 13 female heads of government in the world Almost one month after voting day in New Zealand, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern has become the country’s new prime minister. Ardern’s victory, which was a surprising...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand's youngest woman leader
New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country's youngest prime minister since 1856. Her Labour Party...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Book: Has Democracy Failed Women?
Why are women still under-represented in politics? Can we speak of democracy when women are not fully included in political decision-making? Some argue that we are on the right track to full gender equality in politics, while others talk about women...
Monday, October 09, 2017
100 Women: Do female leaders improve women's lives?
"I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet... if there are any girls out there that stayed up late to watch - I may become the next woman president, but one of you is next." The words of Hillary Clinton on becoming the...