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Monday, May 14, 2018
Empty women seats in parliament
By Shehnila Zardari Women may account for half of the world’s population but their representation in parliament was recorded in 2015 at only 22.1%. Two decades earlier, the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women had unanimously signed the...
Friday, May 04, 2018
After a century of women’s votes what about political seats?
This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave the vote to all British and Irish men over 21 and women over 30 who met minimum property or education qualifications. Gender was no longer an absolute barrier to...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Mentoring the next global generation of women leaders
By Carine Guidicelli and Betty-Ann Heggie All around the world, from corporate boardrooms to community kitchens, parliaments to classrooms, conversations concerning the rights and empowerment of women and girls are taking place. This is good news,...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
London: Rank countries on electoral violence against women, Jega advises Commonwealth
 Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says countries should be ranked according to the level of electoral violence recorded, especially against women. Speaking at the Commonwealth Women Forum in...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Women are stepping up in politics
By Buffalo News Editorial Board American politics is changing, and not always in wholesome ways. But this one, if it can be sustained, augurs well for the country: In numbers never seen before, women are suiting up to campaign for public office. It’...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Closing the gender gap in politics
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls on Commonwealth countries to make democracy more democratic by ensuring that women can participate freely, fairly and safely in elections and politics....
Monday, April 16, 2018
To achieve gender equality in politics, men must do more
By Caroline Hubbard and Tim Shand The emergence of the #MeToo movement has led to an increase in the global dialogue on the problem of sexual violence and harassment, but there are still sectors where the conversation lags behind. Violence impacts...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Moving beyond now in women’s political representation in Papua New Guinea
By Michelle Nayahamui Rooney On 6 March 2018, PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill reportedly announced a shift from limited preferential voting (LPV) back to the first past the post voting (FPTP) system in PNG’s national elections. This announcement...
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Day 4: End the democratic deficit
In a series of 16 blogs for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses 16 ways to end violence against women. A critical part of UN Women’s work in ending violence against...
Monday, September 11, 2017
Unsocial Media: Tracking Twitter Abuse against Women MPs
By Azmina Dhrodia, Researcher, Technology and Human Rights  “I’ve had death threats, I’ve had people tweeting that I should be hung if ‘they could find a tree big enough to take the fat bitch’s weight’… I’ve had rape threats…and n*gger, over and...
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Where Are the Female Leaders at the UN? Gender Bias Persists
By Ingvild Bode  The exhibition “HERStory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations” was held at the Unesco headquarters in Paris this summer, after it made its debut in New York last year. Designed to showcase the contributions of...
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Rising violence against women in politics threatens democracy itself
Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how...
Monday, August 28, 2017
Political parties have a responsibility on gender representation
By Charlotte Snelling, IPPR Research Fellow If you find yourself in a conversation about “the 2017 election”, there’s a strong likelihood you’ll be about to dissect the results of June’s general election, debating the merits of May versus Corbyn as...
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Malta: Can women choose politics?
By Renee Laiviera, Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality of Malta, discusses the barriers that keep women from entering the political sphere. She maintains that gender quotas are one of the most effective ways to spur...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Crowded out by “big man” politics, Kenyan women still struggle in 2017 elections
By Gabrielle Bardall, PhD, CIPS Research Associate and iKNOW Politics Expert For all its progressive constitution, high-tech society, and exceptionally resourced Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kenya is the worst performer in...
Thursday, August 17, 2017
As democracies weaken globally, women fail to win top political posts
By Torild Skard OSLO — The last year has brought troubling events for feminists who are striving to see more women win top political leadership positions. Two female presidents, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Park Guen-hye of South Korea, had to leave...
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Electing More Black Women Requires Rejecting a Single Story of Women’s Political Progress
This OpEd was originally published by NBC on 27 July 2017 here. By Glynda C. Carr and Kelly DDittmar There is no single story for women in American politics. Take election 2016 for example. Few have characterized last year’s election as good for...
Monday, July 24, 2017
Women in Politics, by Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat
This opinion piece was originally published by Times of Malta on 18 July 2017 here. By Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, president of the European Public Health Association and a senior lecturer at the University of Malta. Over the past days, the issue of...