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Friday, April 12, 2019
India: History’s biggest election has no place for women
History’s biggest elections are yet another proof that we live in a “man’s world.” Less than 8% of the total 1,271 candidates contesting the first phase of India’s general election are women. Polls to elect India’s new Lok Sabha (parliament’s lower...
Friday, April 12, 2019
US: What woman presidential candidates are facing
The 2020 presidential election marks the first time more than two women have competed in the Democratic or Republican primaries, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Democratic congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard of...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Was money to help women in Brazil’s politics funneled to men?
Cleuzenir Barbosa, a retired teacher, was fed up with Brazil’s corrupt politics. She was also an avid supporter of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who won the presidency last year on the promise to clean up the capital. So when a member of...
Friday, April 12, 2019
US Poll: Women voters could give women candidates a boost in the Democratic primary
There’s a historic number of women running for the Democratic presidential ticket this cycle, and while several are considered top-tier candidates, they still aren’t leading the polls just yet. One key group that could give them a boost: women...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Pelosi to AP: 2020 Dem ticket doesn’t have to include woman
Ever pragmatic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she’d like to see a woman on the 2020 presidential ticket — but she’s not insisting on it. The California Democrat said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that it...
Friday, April 12, 2019
WPL Latin America and the Caribbean regional meeting at Concordia Americas Summit 2019
Women Political Leaders (WPL)  will be hosting the WPL Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting in Bogotá, Colombia on May 14th 2019. Invitees are female politicians from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the participation is by personal...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal
Lalthlamauni or Jarjum Ete win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in the two states – which both have more women voters than men – to contest a Lok Sabha election. This April 11, when polling begins in Mizoram and...
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
‘Inspiring’ protester becomes symbol of resistance for Sudanese women
The image is striking: a young woman, alone, standing above the crowd, urging them on with songs of revolution. Taken on Monday night in the centre of Khartoum, as tens of thousands thronged the roads in front of the heavily-guarded complex housing...
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
'There needs to be more women in politics'
By Meghan Balogh, Young women from every federal riding in the country took part in a historic sitting in the House of Commons last Wednesday. Caberry Yu, a second-year medical student at Queen’s University, was one of 338 women ages 18 to 23 to...
Friday, April 05, 2019
What nobody tells you about being a woman in politics
From unwanted advice about having kids to unrealistic expectations for fundraising, Reps. Terri Sewell and Veronica Escobar talk about the obstacles faced by women who run for office. Click here to to hear the full conversation.
Friday, April 05, 2019
Stop calling women in politics 'emotional'
Nancy Kaffer, I really wasn't sure whether I should write this column. On the one hand, you could call it thin: Talking about a decision made by Michigan's governor to halt work on a controversial pipeline on Wednesday's "Frank Beckmann Show" on...
Friday, April 05, 2019
Why cabinet, rather than parliament, is the centre of power for African women
How do we know whether women are achieving equitable levels of political representation? For many years, scholars have focused on women’s representation in legislatures. But in many African states power is in fact concentrated in the executive...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
The gender gap at EU elections
Women across Europe don’t tend to vote as much in European elections, compared with men, posing questions on the growing gender gap in both politics and representation in the European Parliament. Data, based on the European parliament’s 2014 post-...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Close the political gender gap to reduce corruption
Including women in local councils is strongly negatively associated with the prevalence of both petty and grand forms of corruption. This reduction in corruption is primarily experienced among women. A study suggests that female representatives seek...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s first black female mayor
CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot has made history on several fronts after winning Chicago’s mayoral runoff on Tuesday. She will become the city’s first black woman and its first openly gay person to hold the office when sworn in next month. The nation’s...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Strengthening women's participation in local governance: lessons and strategies
South Africa has made great strides in establishing a constitutional and legislative framework for building a participatory democracy. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which existing participatory mechanisms enable active participation by...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Political Participation of Women in Local Governance: A Case Study of Selected Local Government Bodies in Eastern Sri Lanka
Although Sri Lanka has 51% women, their participation in local governance as well as in the national parliament is 5% in total. The strong social development indicator of women in areas such as health and education has not translated into their...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Women in local government: what we know and where we go from here
Women are underrepresented in most elected and appointed positions in local government in the United States. This essay details what we know about women’s representation in cities and counties, with a discussion of the factors associated with women’...