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Friday, August 24, 2018
Meet Souad Abderrahim, the first female mayor of Tunisia’s capital in 160 years
Souad Abderrahim is not like the past 32 mayors of this North African capital. They hailed from wealthy, influential families. She’s a self-made businesswoman. They were political appointees. She was elected in the first-ever mayoral vote last month...
Monday, August 20, 2018
Smashing records: More women have won primaries than ever before
Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving the way for November battles that could...
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Revisiting Rwanda five years after record-breaking parliamentary elections
Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics. The incredible progress was spurred by...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Michigan’s all-female ticket may mark the start of something different
This year, Democrats in Michigan have done something unprecedented. They have selected women to be their standard-bearers for every statewide office on the November ballot: governor, U.S. senator, attorney general and secretary of state. Which is...
Monday, August 13, 2018
Candidates in Tuesday’s primaries poised to break barriers for women of color and LGBTQ community
Voters head to the polls in Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Vermont on Tuesday. This week’s round of primary voting will once again set the stage for more history-making moments for women in politics. Voters head to the polls in Connecticut,...
Monday, August 13, 2018
‘Don’t run this Year.’ The perils for republican women facing a flood of resistance
By Kate Zernike, The energy in the midterms is working against female Republican candidates who are reluctant or unable to claim any advantage to being a woman among voters. Diane Harkey, the Republican candidate for California’s 49th Congressional...
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
UN Women applauds historic advances towards gender parity in the Mexican Congress
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 Mexico has made unprecedented strides towards achieving gender parity in its Congress during the last general election held...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Meet Mexico city's first elected female mayor
Mexico's hard swing to the left in this month's national elections also swept in some other historic firsts. Women won key positions across the country, including, for the first time ever, the mayor of Mexico City. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, 56, will...
Friday, July 27, 2018
US: Meet the women candidates taking #MeToo to the ballot box
First Donald Trump inspired Katie Muth to tell her husband about her rape, then he galvanized her into running for office. Muth had been married for about five years, but never told her husband about the man she says raped her after the rehearsal...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Ghana president nominates another woman to head elections body
Ghana is set to have a new head for its elections body, the Electoral Commission (EC). The nomination of Mrs. Jean Mensa as the new EC boss was announced by the presidency on Monday. She will become the second successive woman to hold the post and...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Only three women want to contest in 2019 polls in Chiradzulu, Malawi
The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice Trust) in Chiradzulu has called on political parties to create space for women to compete in various positions as only three women have shown interest to contest in the forthcoming tripartite...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Malawi: Pay nomination fees for women aspirants, parties urged
Barely few days after MEC announced an upward revision of nomination fees for 2019 tripartite elections, Women Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC) has asked political parties in the country to mobilize resources that will help them pay nomination fees...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Pakistan: 3.8m more women added to electoral rolls due to registration drive, says ECP representative
An election commission representative has informed that the ECP’s aggressive registration drive in collaboration with Nadra and civil society had registered as many as 3.8 million women voters in recent months, compared to the initially identified...
Monday, July 16, 2018
The power-sharing dream: Where women rule in the world
Record numbers of women are standing for election in countries around the world - changing the global face of politics and bringing gender equality in national legislatures a step closer. Mexico has just elected an equal number of men and women MPs...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Women the biggest losers in Zimbabwe election
The resignation of Robert Mugabe in November last year has brought a glimmer of hope for credible elections in Zimbabwe on July 30 after the many miscarriages of justice in the past three elections. But, despite a great deal of advocacy and a much-...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Women's rights in Tunisia: Could first female mayor signal democratic change?
By Wesley Dockery, Last week, the Tunisian capital elected Souad Abderrahim its first female mayor in the first city elections since the Arab Spring. Could her victory signify a new direction for Tunisia's formerly Islamist Ennahda party? Tunisia...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Women won big in Mexico’s elections — taking nearly half the legislature’s seats. Here’s why.
By Magda Hinojosa and Jennifer M. Piscopo, While observers discuss leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico’s presidential election, complete with majorities in both chambers of congress and control of nearly half the governorships...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
ParlAmerica's Training guide: Promoting women's candidacies in the Americas and the Caribbean
In line with its commitment to strengthening democracy and governance in the Americas and the Caribbean, ParlAmericas carries out activities related to electoral processes and women’s political participation. With these objectives in mind,...