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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jacinda Ardern – and why we need more women in politics
By Harini Calamur, Jacinda Ardern. Most of us had barely heard of her name before last week. And, today she is known pretty much across the world that follows the news. Ms Ardern is the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand, and earlier known for being...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jacinda Ardern is showing the world what real leadership is: sympathy, love and integrity
By Suzanne Moore, Out of the horror inflicted by those who cannot accept the world as it is, comes a vision of a better world. It comes from above and it comes from below. It comes from ordinary people. Supermarkets in Wellington suburbs have sold...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thai politics is a man’s world. How can we change that?
By Kornrawee Panyasuppakun, Former MP Arja Alho offers lessons from a pioneer of political gender equality. Despite making up just over half Thailand’s population, women have almost disappeared entirely from political decision-making under the junta...
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time to demand 50% representation for women in politics
By Prathiksha Lakshmikanth, It was not the first time that a male politician in India had made a sexist and derogatory jibe at a female counterpart. But something about Union minister Mahesh Sharma’s “pappu ki pappi” remark, directed at Congress’...
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Being believed shouldn't be a barrier to women in politics
Individuals from all corners of Canada stood in awe watching (or listening) to Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony to the House of Commons justice committee on February 27. Many were shocked to hear about the alleged political interference from our...
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Do the Math: Include Women in Government Budgets
By Zohra Khan and Lisa Kolovich Every day, women around the world experience less opportunity than men in education and employment, and less political representation. While many countries recognize the need for gender equality and women’s...
Friday, March 01, 2019
How will women fare in Solomon Islands elections?
By Kerryn Baker  In terms of women’s representation in politics, Solomon Islands lags behind much of the world. In April, Solomon Islands will hold the first general election since the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands...
Friday, March 01, 2019
Women’s representation in the 2018 Fiji election
Written by Kerryn Baker Fiji went to the polls on 14 November 2018. The incumbent FijiFirst Party won a narrower victory than expected, with just over 50 per cent of the vote. The main opposition party, the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Women in politics are just politicians. They are not saris, jackets, or a particular kind of laughter
By Naghma Sahar, After the death of veteran socialist leader George Fernandes, I had the chance to meet his companion and fellow politician, Jaya Jaitly. We talked about her long political life and her new book A Life among the Scorpions: Memoirs of...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Do women in politics face a double standard?
Readers discuss if and how gender bias and stereotypes play a role in politics, citing past presidential races. To the Editor: Re “How Sexism Plays Out on the Campaign Trail” (front page, Feb. 12): The notion that voters’ preference for “likable”...
Friday, February 15, 2019
Who’d be a woman politician? Shattering glass ceilings is not for the faint of heart
By Nerima Wako-Ojiwa, Student politics in our universities is a replica of our national politics. When it comes to heavy debates, the competitive candidates are printing hundreds of fliers, forming voting blocs (causing some institutions to forbid...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Count the number of women running for president. And get used to it.
By Margaret Carlson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) whomped President Trump and then ungraciously rubbed it in. At the State of the Union — which she had forced the president to reschedule — she leaned over and clapped in his face. Women...
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...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Kindness Quotient Jacinda Ardern is the world’s anti-Trump
By Helen Clark, Jacinda Ardern’s sudden, spectacular rise to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into headlines around the world. Deservedly so. In an era defined by the emergence of populist leaders who are often...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
US: She’s not ‘the one’. The antidote to sexism in the race toward the presidency
By Emma Gray, For those who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, it was obvious that sexism played a role in how her candidacy was received. Pundits complained about her facial expressions, her “shrill” tone and her alleged...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
India: Empowering effects of women in politics
By Rachel Brulé, Reservation for women in politics has positively impacted their inheritance rights as well as marriage negotiations. Quotas for women in government have swept the world as a revolutionary tool to further female political inclusion....
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Gender quotas aren’t doing much to help women in politics in Australia
By Brian Winchester, It is important to the vibrant health of a community that debate and dissent are given plenty of opportunity to challenge standards. It’s the only way to guard against mediocrity and complacency, and to foster the innovative and...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
On the issue of women’s rights in Indonesian politics
By Nisfi Mubarokah, Indonesian women can hardly forget the country’s presidential debate held two weeks ago. The issue of women’s rights was front and center. The incumbent, Joko Widodo, questioned his challenger’s commitment to women’s rights...