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Monday, August 14, 2017
In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people...
Iran women in politics
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women’s rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) over the weekend completed a week training for 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from across the 73 electoral districts in Liberia. The training was held at the Development...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
When Liberians go to the polls on October 10, they will see more women on the ballots. That is, if 138 “women’s leadership boot camp” graduates have anything to say about it.   Although in 2005 Liberians elected Africa’s first woman head of state,...
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia's lower house of parliament has promised to bring the "fighting spirit of her clan" to political life. In her maiden speech, Linda Burney wore a traditional kangaroo-skin cloak with her personal totem...
Dourou holds the highest-elected office of any woman in Greece-Photo Rena Dourou Official website
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Women are conspicuously absent from the cabinet of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. They have traditionally been underrepresented in Greek politics, but Syriza was different. Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens. "Greek society exhibits one of the...
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party, Atty. Fonati Koffa, said the Liberty is in the lead pushing the gender parity. Speaking at a fundraising dinner organized by Senator Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence and held at the Cape Hotel on Friday July 25...
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Support for Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has edged higher in the latest polls, following a sharp fall earlier this year, but rising inflation could hurt her prospects. We invite our users to read the full article published on July 9th 2014.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Department of Justice has reported to the United Nations that there are too few women in politics and other decision-making roles in Ireland. In a gender equality report submitted to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, violence against...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
A measure rewarding municipal parties with women on their lists became law Monday night, with 57 in favor and 14 against it, despite outspoken haredi opposition. The bill, proposed by MKs Haneen Zoabi (Balad), Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) and Knesset...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Big brows may be trendy, but the American public’s sense of propriety gets inflamed if they’re on a female elected official’s face. According to a recent study from Dartmouth University, and published in Social Psychological and Personality Science...
Friday, May 16, 2014
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,...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Watch video: Historic Time to Entrench Rights through Participation, New Laws and Constitution https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/05/26/libya-seize-chance-protect-womens-rightsLibya: Seize Chance to Protect Women's Rights Published on May 26, 2013
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
As Libya transitions out of the 42-year autocratic rule of the Muammar Qaddafi regime, an urgent theme has emerged: the need to safeguard women’s participation as Libya codifies human rights in national legislation and establishes government...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Unlike many women she does not hide her age but actually has a tendency to flaunt it, in April she will be fifty: “ The age of the Algerian revolution” she says. This is how she likes to present herself, Louisa Hounane, proud and touching...
Friday, February 14, 2014
Parliamentary elections will be held to elect members to both chambers of Congress in Colombia on 9 March 2014.The nationwide constituency for the 102-member Senate will be contested, as well as the 166 seats of the Chamber of Representatives, plus...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE been busy over recent weeks and months making selections for the upcoming local elections. Research from Women for Election shows that of the 1278 selections made already by political parties, just 24 per cent are women. Not...
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Costa Rica will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 2, 2014. It's Legislative Assembly currently has 22 women (39%) out of 57 seats. According to Articles 2 and 148 (1) of the 2009 Electoral Law, all nominations for elections...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Mali will hold the first round of its legislative elections on November 24, while the second round will be heldon December 15. Currently, the National Assembly has 15 women parliamentarians of a total of 147 members (representing 10.20%). These...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill will host town hall meetings this month to examine barriers that face women as they struggle to reach professional goals. The meetings stem from LR295, introduced by McGill to study the income gap between men and women....
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Women represent about 52% of the population of Cameroon. However, women hold only 25 of the 180 seats in Parliament (13.89%). According to a survey conducted in 2011, in the last parliamentary elections in 2007 only 37% of women exercised their...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Political parties in Liberia have been asked to ensure that at least 40 per cent of all elected positions at the district, regional and national levels are occupied by women. The electorates have also been advised to vote for women to occupy...
Friday, June 28, 2013
In partnership with Karama, the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) organized an urgent two-day consultation in Tripoli starting 6 June to address the recently-issued electoral law which will govern the selection process for the Constitutional...
Monday, April 29, 2013
With no strict provisions on female representation, legislation often overlooks the rights of women, according to expert witnesses at a judicial review of the 2012 Legislative Election Law at the Constitutional Court on Thursday. According to the...
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Two women are among 120 unaffiliated candidates who have won seats in Libya’s National Assembly, the nation’s first free election following the end of Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule. Mahmoud Jibril’s moderate National Forces Alliance won 39 of the...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I didn’t wash my finger for 2 days – purposely avoiding the water just so that the blue stain I received when voting remained there for as long as possible. To those around the world who have had the right to democracy and the choice of selecting...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Across the political spectrum, parties – all led by men – have been scrambling to grab a slice of the female vote. "Initially political parties were opposed to women, now it's changed," said Alaa Murabit, of Voice of Libyan Women, which campaigns...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
  Photo credit: Reuters/Anis Mili Yet while election rules mean that Fallah and other female candidates have guaranteed places on party lists, a strong current of social and religious conservatism means their role in politics is still questioned...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The top United Nations envoy in Libya today stressed the importance of the equal participation of women in rebuilding the country, as he commended the number of women who have registered to vote and to stand for election in the upcoming legislative...
Monday, June 25, 2012
In the lead-up to the forthcoming National Assembly elections on 7 July, female candidates will have the support of a national campaign entitled ‘My Voice for Her.’ The Libyan Women’s Union and Maan Nabneeha Movement have launched the national...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ms. Maguire is the Chief of Country Support for Eastern and Southern Africa with UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. She joined UNDP in 1998 and has worked as UNDP’s chief Electoral Advisor in the Democratic Governance Group from 2003 to 2013, and...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Out of the 587 candidates running in the Lebanese parliamentary elections this year, only 12 are women. If half of the female candidates make it, which, judging by previous election results and current alliances, is highly unexpected, female...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Grybauskaite declared victory on being elected the Baltic nation's first female president as early results came in on Sunday. To read the full article please visit the Al Jazeera website.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Description of government structure: Chief of State: President Andris BERZINS Head of Government: Prime Minister Valdis DOMBROVSKIS Assembly: Latvia has a unicameral Parliament (Saeima) with 100 seats. Description of electoral system: The...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    On 23. August Liberia will hold a national referendum on proposed amendments to the Constitution.   General elections are also scheduled to take place 23. August (possibly postponed until November).   At stake in this referendum: The referendum...
Monday, October 01, 2007
This opinion piece describes electoral gender quotas around the world and how they function in different political systems.
Monday, March 12, 2007
This paper highlights the importance of transparent elections and outlines the role of election monitoring in securing free and fair elections. It details aspects of the electoral process that must be addressed during monitoring and explains the...
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The project, “Legislative Advocacy for Women’s Rights,” aimed to facilitate Filipino women's full, informed participation in political life by increasing their presence in local elections and government, focusing primarily on the Cotabato Province...