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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president
Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa's only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a...
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, has appointed just one woman to his new cabinet, raising questions about his commitment to “make women shine” in business and public life. But he claimed that the regional revitalisation minister, Satsuki Katayama...
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...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Stacey Abrams wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor
Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former State House leader, who will test just how much the state’s traditionally...
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Southeast communities strategize on women’s participation in elections
Participants at UN-backed events in the southeastern provinces of Paktya and Paktika called on community members to work together to support women’s participation in the upcoming elections. In two separate public events held in the provincial...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Seychelles: Gender parity in President Faure’s revamped cabinet
President Danny Faure has announced a cabinet reshuffle involving a reduction in the size of the Cabinet which will now comprise 10 ministers in addition to the president and the vice‑president. The previous cabinet, which was named on July 2017,...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Somali women’s political participation and leadership: Evidence and opportunities
This report synthesises findings from an eleven month qualitative research project (August 2016 - June 2017), carried out by Social Development Direct and Forcier Consulting, and funded by the Research and Evidence Division (RED) within the UK...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Seattle poised to elect first woman mayor since 1926: Durkan, Moon and Oliver lead the pack
Seattle last elected a woman as chief executive in 1926. Bertha Knight Landes was the first woman to lead a major U.S. city, occupying the mayor’s office for two years after having served as president of the City Council. Seattle will elect a woman...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
State elections see infusion of first-time women candidates
Christine Lui Chen, a 36-year-old health care executive in New Jersey and mother of two small children, had never considered entering politics, focusing instead on her family, her career and her community. That all changed in January, 13 hours after...
shevotes
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
SheVotes: Examining women's participation in elections
Despite women comprising nearly half of the world’s population, they continue to be drastically underrepresented in political leadership positions around the world. In fact, most have little or no access to the very decision-making tables where the...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Someday: the long fight for a female American president
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote that American women shouldn’t "wrinkle their foreheads with politics." A century and a half later, when Hillary Clinton was born, that attitude still prevailed. That year, 1947, the US had zero female senators, zero...
Monday, August 08, 2016
Still no country for women? Double standards in choosing the next UN Secretary-General
Six of the twelve candidates for the job of UN Secretary-General are women, but in the first informal vote at the Security Council only one woman made it to the top five. Why? On July 21st the UN Security Council conducted the first (but not the...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Somalia: Women’s Political Participation in Puntland - Prospects for Progress
This research study was conducted by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) in partnership with UNDP Somalia. SIDRA Institute is a knowledge-policy interface established to fill the strategic gaps of shaping and...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Sheila Malcolmson
Sheila Malcolmson is a Member of Parliament in Canada and the New Democratic Party’s Status of Women Spokesperson. This interview was conducted during the Inter-parliamentary Union annual parliamentary day meeting, in cooperation with UN Women on 15...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Saida Ounissi
Saida Ounissi, 28 years old, is a member of the Tunisian Parliament. She represents the circumscription of France 1 and the Ennahdha Movement, an Islamist party. Within the parliament, she is a member of the Committee for the Martyrs and Wounded of...
She ran She won
Thursday, February 12, 2015
She ran she won: identifying and overcoming obstacles to getting elected to parliament
iKNOW Politics has compiled video testimonies from women parliamentarians from all over the globe to create this video on identifying and overcoming obstacles that women women face when seeking election to parliament.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Saudi Activists: Fighting for Women’s Rights
This blog was published on 22 December 2014 and updated by the author on 5 October 2018. By Halima Tahirkheli The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report has ranked Saudi Arabia as 128th of the 138 nations in terms of gender equality (...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Saudi Women Hope For Greater Rights In 2015
Saudi Arabian women’s headline-grabbing 2011 driving protests were a seminal moment for women’s rights in this ultraconservative Muslim country. Next year, they’ll finally get to taste the fruits of that activism — though not quite in the way they...