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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Women’s political presence slips to 48th in world (Australia)
AUSTRALIA has slipped to 48th on the rankings of the number of women in national parliaments but our political glass ceiling is no worse than gender barriers in Canada, Britain and the US. The Queensland Legislative Assembly, where women hold the...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Women avoiding politics because they don’t want to fail, Zambia
MMD chairperson for Arts and Culture Elizabeth Chitika Mulobeka has noted that women are avoiding politics because they are scared of failure. Ms. Mulobeka who is also former Kawambwa Member of Parliament said women do not want to be associated with...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Female political participation in the Pacific
Last week I was in Tahiti (yes, I know) for PIPSA, the biannual Pacific Islands Political Science Association conference, to discuss China's role in the region and the influence Pacific island governments have in negotiating Chinese financing (more...
Monday, June 09, 2014
Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses as agents of change
Nation-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s Parliament introduced in 2002 a 17 percent gender quota in all legislative houses. But...
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Women ‘leading The Elections’, Egypt
Egyptian women participated in large numbers during the first day of the presidential election Monday, in some cases even heading to voting stations at 7 a.m., two hours before polls were due to open. The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Building Women's Political Presence: The AAP story, India
India's 16th General Election has been the most expensive exercise of its kind in the country's history. One estimate puts the figure at Rs 30,000 crore, a tad shy of the bill notched up in the 2012 US presidential polls. What does this tsunami of...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Why the Lack of Women in Politics? USA
Washington has been criticized for being under constant gridlock for the majority of the last five years. This gridlock leads many people to think cynically about our government. The issue of women holding political office is treated cynically as...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Indonesia Likely To Have Fewer Women In Parliament
Despite the increase in the number of female candidates in the parliamentary elections held throughout Indonesia on April 9, 2014, the country would likely fail to meet its target of increasing womens representation in the 560-seat Parliament for...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kicking sexism out of politics, Malaysia
The moment there was an inkling that Dyana Sofya would be DAP’s candidate for the Teluk Intan Parliamentary seat, a picture purportedly of her (it wasn’t) in a bikini was circulated on the internet. She has since been subjected to wolf whistles by...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
More women is the key to cutting corruption, Australia
IN THIS heady age of grimy corruption revelations, thanks to the ICAC merry-go-round, it's good to know there's a simple answer to end corruption in politics. That is, to get more women elected Australia-wide, according to Lennox Head-based NSW...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
South Africa Misses the Mark on Women in Politics
Following the elections and President Jacob Zuma's recent cabinet appointments, South Africa has missed its last opportunity - so tantalizingly close - to achieve gender parity in politics ahead of the 2015 deadline. The 50% target for women's...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
How Not to Close the Gender Gap in Politics, USA
Colorado Republicans, concerned about their string of statewide losses in recent years, have been making some efforts to reach out to demographic groups that have not historically backed their party. The most recent effort was a gubernatorial debate...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Why the hell has Europe voted in a feminist party?
Feminists of the world, unite and celebrate. The European Parliament has the first member to be elected on a feminist ticket. Call me contrary, but I think that sounds like a defeat. Because if women need a separate party to represent them in...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
What Makes Successful Women Politicians? India
Whoever thinks that women political leaders can’t survive the rough and tumble of electioneering and bring in the votes hasn’t met V. Sugnana Kumari Deo from Odisha. At 77, this senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator from Kabisuryanagar...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Egypt: Women Council Opposes Proposed Women Representation in Parliament
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Push needed for more women in Vanuatu politics
The Vanuatu Council of Women says the government needs to come up with more strategies to push women's political representation in the country. The non-governmental organisation has launched a report on women's participation in politics from 2009 to...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Low representation doesn't deter Indian women from voting
They might not be getting their due when it comes to representation in parliament, but women have increased their participation in the voting process by nearly 10 percent in this general election, even surpassing men in eight states. Comparatively,...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Women’s Coalition protests money politics
Female legislative candidates grouped under the Women’s Coalition staged a rally on Saturday to protest rampant vote-buying during the recent legislative election, which they say caused many female candidates to lose. “Our hard work was for nothing...