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Tuesday, June 06, 2017
General election 2017: Chance of more women MPs in Wales?
Historically, snap elections are bad news for women's representation - so are we likely to see more female MPs from Wales at Westminster after 8 June? Diana Stirbu, Jac Larner and Laura McAllister of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre investigate. Shortened processes of candidate...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden
Quotas aren't anathema to meritocracy: they increase competence levels by displacing mediocre men, write Timothy Besley, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and iKNOW Politics Expert Johanna Rickne in their paper. The abstract is provided below. Abstract We develop a model where party leaders choose the...
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Gains for women in Viet Nam's National Assembly
The past week marked positive changes for women in Viet Nam’s political landscape. On March 31, Viet Nam's National Assembly (NA) elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as its Chairwoman, making her the first woman to lead the country’s parliament. At 61, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan won 95.5 percent of the votes....
Friday, November 27, 2015
Giving a voice to women in Tunisia
Earlier this month, the Tunisian organisation Aswat Nissa (the voice of women) launched their biggest project yet; the Women Political Academy 2015-2016. In partnership with Oxfam, the Academy aims to train 60 women aged 18 to 35 that are already active in political parties to help them pursue a...
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Guidebook on working with Electoral Management Bodies for Gender Equality and Women's Participation
New UN Women – UNDP publication on “Inclusive processes: A Guide for Electoral Management Bodies on Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Participation Jointly produced by UNDP and UN Women, this Guide focuses attention on the role of electoral management bodies (EMBs) in encouraging the...
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Grabar-Kitarovic elected Croatia's first woman president
Opposition challenger Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has become the first female president of Croatia, winning by the narrowest of margins. She secured 50.5% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted, while incumbent Ivo Josipovic was close behind on 49.5%. Mr Josipovic has conceded defeat and...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Gender quotas in single-member district electoral systems
Conventional knowledge on the effectiveness of gender quotas for enhancing women’s political participation has, to date, been unanimous on the superiority of quotas in proportional representation (PR) systems. Yet this view overlooks the many possible alternatives to implementing gender quotas in...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Group raises funds for website with council candidates' profiles, Canada
The top candidates for Toronto’s mayoral race and where they stand on key issues are well known, but the odds are that few people know who is running for city council in their ward. A non-partisan group of approximately 15 youth is looking to change this lack of knowledge among Toronto voters. Most...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gabrielle Bardall
Gabrielle Bardall is an academic and an electoral assistance expert with a decade of experience supporting electoral processes in transitional states. She has worked in more than 25 countries with international organizations including UNDP, UN Women, DPKO, IFES, DRI, Carter Center and others. As a...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Gender quotas in Slovenia: A short analysis of failures and hopes
Slovenia is a Central-East European state entering the European Union as a kind of "success story‟. It‟s transition into the free market economy was one of the most unproblematic, with no shock therapies, with steady growth and stable economic indicators: GDP per head was in 1992 6.2751and in 2001...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Ghana needs Legislative Quota Seat system
Mrs Freda Prempeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North, at the weekend emphasised that a “Legislative Quota Seat” system is urgently required in Ghana’s electoral laws to consolidate the country’s fledging democracy. “Legislative Quota Seat “, she explained, is a system that allocates specific...
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Growing Number of Kentucky Women Running for State Legislature
A growing number of women are vying for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly this year. Of the 220 candidates running for either the state House or Senate in the 2014 election cycle, about 20 percent are women. That’s a five-point increase compared to four years ago when the same offices were up...
Monday, November 18, 2013
General Elections in Honduras
Hondurans will cast ballots in general elections on November 24, 2013, electing a new President, 256 Members of Congress (and alternates), 40 Central American Parliamentarians (and alternates), 298 mayors, 298 deputy mayors and 2,092 councilors. In the presidential race, eight of Honduras' nine...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Gender and the Constituent Assembly: Promoting Women's Political Participation in Fiji
Women make up around 50% of the Fiji population but they continue to be underrepresented in national decision-making and are denied equal participation in such processes.An y democratisation process that does not enable equal, fair and substantive participation of women, and does not take into...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Gender gap still wide in Russian politics
Russia is known for being a patriarchal country, but despite considerable barriers, some women leaders have managed to reach high levels in the political hierarchy. Women make up only 13 percent of deputies in the Russian State Duma (61 seats out of 450, following the 2012 national elections), and...
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Gender-Based Quotas Needed In Jamaica
Quotas are one way to ensure that women are given a fair proportion of what is available, meaning equal spaces to influence and effect positive change while making meaningful contributions to the development of all Jamaicans. It's really a matter of fairness, human rights, active citizenship and...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Guatemala’s Highest Elections Official on Political Rights and Women’s Advancement
Dr. María Eugenia Villagrán De León, President of the Supreme Elections Tribunal of Guatemala (TSE), has a history of transcending gender barriers and achieving great success. To her, ensuring that women have equal opportunities and are living in a safe country where they have political rights is a...
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Gambia: Women and Politics
In The Gambia, the many and varied reports have over and over highlighted the low participation of women in politics. This is of great concern despite the fact that, here in The Gambia, women have over the years contributed, and continue to do so, in key decision-making processes. (We invite our...