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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...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Kanimozhi, Divya Spandana to lend voice to maximise women’s representation in politics
Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Shakti, a non-partisan collective for women in politics, has been doing several campaigns to push for more women candidates. Shakti, a non-partisan collective for women in politics, has been doing several...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Wall of male prejudice stifles women’s rise in Nigerian politics
When Bolanle Aliyu decided to run for governor of Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria, even her husband was initially reluctant to support her. Aliyu knew it was going to be tough once she entered the boisterous and sometimes violent world of Nigerian...
Friday, February 08, 2019
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's historic presidential run was "unbought and unbossed"
By Jenn M. Jackson, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm I first learned the name Shirley Chisholm when I was in my 20s. Barack Obama was running for president of the United States and I was...
Friday, February 08, 2019
Brazilian politician under fire for showing too much cleavage in Parliament
A female lawmaker who attended a swearing-in ceremony in a business suit accentuating her breasts is causing a furor in Brazil — a deeply conflicted country that recently elected an ultra-conservative president but is also known for skimpy swimsuits...
Friday, February 08, 2019
”Women hold key to transforming politics” in Ghana’
Civil society organisations in good governance promotion in Africa have urged leaders across the continent to prioritise efforts which would increase the participation of women in governance, saying they will provide the difference critical for...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
From where I stand: “Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams.”
The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 5 per cent of women holding political positions. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
It’s election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?
Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament. Pauline Tallen began...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
USA: 2019's barrier-breaking politicians get to work
On November 6, 125 women were elected to the House, Senate, and governorships. This week, they assume power. Here's what they plan on doing with it. First they marched. Then they ran. And then? They won—big. In last year’s midterms, women candidates...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The Parliamentary Meeting at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the IPU and UN Women, will contribute to the Commission’s main theme, Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable...
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Proposed bill sets highest quota for women in Egypt's Parliament's history
The proposed amendments to the constitution have granted women a fixed quota. If the amendments are approved, women will hold 25 percent of the total parliamentary seats by the power of law.  The proposed bill stipulates that the number of total...
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
No U.S. state legislature has ever been majority-women — until now
It’s been 20 years, but Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton still remembers the cigar smoke. During her first year as a Nevada state senator in 1999, she heard about a meeting happening in her committee chairman’s office without her. So she and a female...
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
How well are women actually represented in Israel’s government?
The steady increase in the percentage of women in Israel’s parliament has not been accompanied by a similar rise in their cabinet representation. In February 1969, Golda Meir was appointed fourth prime minister of the State of Israel, thus becoming...
Monday, February 04, 2019
UN Women in Moldova launches a political training for women with disabilities
UN Women in Moldova has launched an initiative for the civic and political empowerment of women candidates with disabilities ahead of the 2019 local elections, in partnership with the local ‘MOTIVATIE’ Association. The program, which will take place...
Monday, February 04, 2019
Violence Against Women in Politics
Many women face exclusion, discrimination, harassment and acts of psychological and physical violence when they join politics. A 2016 study by the Inter-parliamentary Union shows that 82% of women MPs surveyed experienced acts of psychological...
Monday, February 04, 2019
Waseqa Ayesha Khan
Waseqa Ayesha Khan is Member of Parliament of Bangladesh. This interview was conducted in October 2017 in the margins of the IPU Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, February 01, 2019
Women Radio call on Nigerians to shun violence against women to increase women participation in 2019 elections
Women Radio 91.7 has embarked on advocacy visits to stakeholders of democracy in a bid to ensure 2019 general elections is peaceful and non-violent to increase women’s participation. Toun Okewale Sonaiya MD Women Radio during a visit to INEC...
Friday, February 01, 2019
US: ‘This could be me’. Women rival male candidates in early 2020 presidential field
Although the 2020 presidential cycle remains in its initial stages, the race for the White House is expected to draw an historic number of women candidates — with many already having taken steps towards running and others rumored to be considering...