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Friday, May 03, 2019
Afghan women demand seat at peace talks but face resistance
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of scalding water on her face and upper body. Her...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Twitter and Facebook failing to protect women MPs from abuse, Joint Human Rights Committee says
The Joint Human Rights Committee accused Facebook and Twitter of failing to do enough to protect female MPs and other public figures from online abuse during an evidence session yesterday (1 May). Amnesty International – which has been documenting...
Friday, May 03, 2019
South Africa: Gender and elections pre-audit
May 3: A preliminary gender audit of the South African elections due to be held on 8 May shows that while there will be a slight increase in women’s representation, women are still missing from the top echelons of political parties and from the...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Why women led the uprising in Sudan
By Nasredeen Abdulbari Women had borne the brunt of the former president’s policies and were able to draw on Sudanese traditions to be heard. The protests that led to the ouster of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, have been dominated by women. Day...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Finnish parliament still mostly middle-aged, male
Finland's parliamentary election on Sunday has been touted by some as a victory for "red-green" female candidates. Red-green parties include the Social Democrats, Left Alliance and Greens. A total of 92 women were elected to national office in...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Women in politics: Group demands inclusiveness ahead of 2023 in Côte d'Ivoire
The Coalition of Young Female Candidates (CYFC) has demanded more inclusiveness for female candidates in preparation for the 2023 elections. According to the group, the 2019 elections presented many challenges to female candidates. It said the low...
Friday, May 03, 2019
UK: Councils 'behind the times' on female equality and will take 32 years to achieve gender balance, study says
Councils are “behind the times” on women’s representation and will take over three decades to achieve gender balance at current rates, a prominent women’s rights organisation has warned. New data from the Fawcett Society shows female candidates make...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Finnish parliamentary elections: Record number of women winners
The main issues driving Finland’s 2019 parliamentary election on April 14, 2019 included the previous government coalition’s unsuccessful attempt to pass a long-debated social and healthcare reform; the need for action to mitigate climate change;...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Which countries in Europe have the highest proportion of women in parliament?
Do two of Europe's most recent elections signal a new trend on the continent? Recent polls in Spain and Finland have seen both countries elect record proportions of women to their respective parliaments. After a general election in Spain on Sunday,...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Spain just elected its most feminist parliament ever
The new batch of MPs to take their seats in Spain’s Congress will include more women than ever before – almost but not quite as many as men. With all the votes counted on Monday morning, it is now clear that 46.8 percent of elected members of...
Friday, April 26, 2019
A hard truth in Indian politics: men feel threatened by women who are intelligent, single and independent
The odds are stacked heavily against women in politics. They are up against strong, entrenched and largely patriarchal lobbies in political parties. A woman has to be part of a lobby to succeed—a lobby which will push her case for a ticket from a...
Friday, April 26, 2019
Challenges and the way forward for women in politics in India
As India gears up for the world’s largest election process, one cannot help but think of some of the unfulfilled promises made when a young India emerged amongst the preeminent democracies of the world. Nearly 70 years since the enactment of our...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Is a new era dawning for women in politics?
By Robert D. Eldridge, Japan is known for its low rates of female participation in politics and ranks poorly internationally. However, there are some positive trends afoot, with the recent unified nationwide series of local elections seeing the...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Women in Ethiopia still struggle despite leadership in government
Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country’s government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors. I am thrilled to witness the fantastic changes that...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Sudanese women are right to demand parity in the transition
Sudan’s transition must be inclusive if it is to build a country for all Sudanese. The Karama network endorses the Sudanese Women’s Declaration For Change No (1) April 2019, and its calls for gender parity as a minimum for Sudan’s governmental...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
DRC MPs elect woman speaker of parliament, Jeanine Mabunda
Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Wednesday elected Jeanine Mabunda as head of the national assembly. Mabunda was the only candidate fielded for the position after her main opponent, Henri Thomas Lokondo, was disqualified. The...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Japanese city gets its first ever female politician
Misuzu Ikeda becomes first assemblywoman in Tarumizu as record numbers of women elected nationwide. Misuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Gender doesn't matter in Israeli elections, they said. New research proves different
New election questionnaire finds women tend to lean to the left in the voting ballots, but when it comes to diplomacy and security, they're more hawkish than men. Click here to read the full article published by Haaretz on 2 April 2019.