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Monday, December 15, 2014
Women could hold key to vote in 2016, USA
 than 50 percent of votes in the 2016 presidential election will be women and more than 50 percent of those women are likely to vote for the Democratic nominee. Those facts are a major reason why Democrats have won four of the past six presidential...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Women don't run? USA
An interest in the gender gap between the representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two University of Pittsburgh professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three years of research....
Monday, December 01, 2014
Megan Leslie, NDP deputy leader, Canada
Justin Trudeau’s ejection of two Liberal MPs from his caucus—over allegations of sexual harassment of two anonymous NDP MPs—has unnerved Ottawa. If you need proof, you need look no further than MP Peter Goldring’s now-retracted comments about...
Friday, November 07, 2014
The media aren’t holding female candidates back
Tuesday’s elections brought a number of firsts for women in American politics. Iowans for the first time sent a woman, Joni Ernst, to Congress. Mia Love became the first African American Republican woman to win a congressional seat. And next year,...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Despite trailblazing victories by women, many girls reluctant to enter politics
 The midterm elections brought landmark victories for female candidates. North country voters elected the first female sheriff in New York and the youngest female congresswoman in U.S. history. Yet even with more women than ever sitting in positions...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Meet Elise Stefanik, the Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress
Republican Elise Stefanik has become the youngest woman elected to Congress in history, winning her race against Aaron Woolf in New York's 21st open district 56-32, ABC News projects. She's the first Republican to win the district, which had been...
Friday, November 07, 2014
The Most Female Congress Ever Will Be Terrible for Women
For the first time, Congress will have 100 women in office, thanks to Tuesday’s midterm elections. And of the three state-based initiatives that would have restricted women’s access to abortion, two—the “personhood” measures in Colorado and North...
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
There Are 100 Women in Congress for the First Time Ever
The gender breakdown of the next Congress is still to be determined, but a major milestone was reached Tuesday night: For the first time in American history, the number of women sitting in Congress will hit triple digits. Democrat Alma Adams of...
Friday, October 31, 2014
The Unfinished Agenda: New England Women's Policy Conference
  Register Now!   Friday, November 7, 2014 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA Join women and men from across the region at the first...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Why is Fashion Such an Important Issue for Women in Power?
The recently-opened exhibit at the Design Museum in London titled “Women Fashion Power” says a lot about how society tends to care more about how female politicians dress than it does about males. While sometimes there’s a correlation between a...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Women voters likely to decide Georgia elections
This year’s midterm election seems all about the women. More campaign ads than ever feature women or focus on women’s issues. It’s a strategy that makes sense when you consider there are 29,426 registered female voters in Athens-Clarke County alone...
Andrea Isabel Ixchíu Hernández
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Andrea Ixchíu
Andrea Ixchíu is a K'iche de Totonicapán woman from Guatemala. She is a journalist and workshop facilitator dedicated to promoting indigenous women’s rights in Guatemala. Since childhood, Andrea has organized local campaigns to denounce violence...
Dilma Roussef is re-elected.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Brazil elections: Dilma Rousseff promises reform after poll win
President Dilma Rousseff has promised to re-unite Brazil after narrowly winning re-election to a second term in office with 51.6% of the vote. She said "dialogue" would be her top priority after a bitterly fought campaign against centre-right...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Recording of webinar on young women in parliament
In light of the first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians which brought together young members of parliaments, youth leaders from other walks of life and experts from across the world in a bid to “take democracy to task” 10-11 October...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Inspirational US policy wins prestigious international prize on ending violence against women
Future Policy Award 2014: Duluth Model is world’s best policy / Exemplary laws from Burkina Faso and Austria win Silver / Vision Award goes to Istanbul Convention Hamburg/Geneva/New York – 14 October 2014: The “Coordinated Community Response...
Friday, October 10, 2014
VACANCY: Programme Officer, Electoral Processes
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes....
Friday, October 10, 2014
Youth representation in parliament remains a challenge to democracy despite encouraging trends
Geneva, 10 October 2014 A benchmark IPU analysis on youth representation in politics reveals that low youth representation in parliament remains a global challenge for democracy despite some encouraging trends and emerging best practices to engage...
Quotas for female politicians, elections in Brazil
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Do Quotas for Female Politicians Work?
Photo-Paulo Whitaker/Reuters SÃO PAULO—This year, for the first time in Brazil’s history, two women—incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and former environment minister Marina Silva—had a serious chance of winning the presidency. Marina, who sought...