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Friday, May 17, 2019
Access to justice for women and girls with disabilities
Women and girls with disabilities, who make up almost one-fifth of the world’s population of women,1 face significant barriers to accessing justice, due to discrimination on the basis of both gender and disability, accessibility barriers to the...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Asked if a woman can win, 2020 candidates offer an easy answer: ‘I have’
RESTON, Iowa — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York had a request: Before anyone mocked her claim that she was the Democratic presidential candidate best positioned to take on President Trump, at least listen to the evidence. Ms. Gillibrand won...
Thursday, May 09, 2019
A ‘Women’s New Deal’
A trio of high-profile leaders — Cecile Richards, Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo — introduce Supermajority, a group that wants to guide millions of American women toward political activism. First came the 2016 presidential election, then came an avalanche...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Afghan women demand seat at peace talks but face resistance
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of scalding water on her face and upper body. Her...
Friday, April 26, 2019
A hard truth in Indian politics: men feel threatened by women who are intelligent, single and independent
The odds are stacked heavily against women in politics. They are up against strong, entrenched and largely patriarchal lobbies in political parties. A woman has to be part of a lobby to succeed—a lobby which will push her case for a ticket from a...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
African women in politics: miles to go before parity is achieved
In the fight for gender equality, women around the world have advanced in small and large ways. Yet for women in Africa, progress is measured in micro steps, and the struggle has a long way to go. The good news is that women’s representation in...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Afghan women 'too emotional' for leadership and have enough rights, domestic survey claims
Afghan men strongly oppose giving women more freedom — two in three think they have too much already — and young men are even more reluctant than their elders, according to a new survey released this week. Key points: Out of 2,000 respondents, two-...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
A candidate’s message for Nigerian politics: Make way for women
As she made her way along a lumpy dirt road clutching a stack of her own campaign flyers, Zainab Umar considered the odds against her. In the entire 40-year history of the local House of Assembly here, in the most populous state in Nigeria’s north,...
Monday, January 21, 2019
Australian Minister for women to leave politics at election
Australia’s Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said Saturday she will quit politics for personal reasons at this year’s election, adding to the list of female politicians to leave the ruling party, some citing disunity, bullying and intimidation....
Friday, January 18, 2019
Accessing political power: Women and political power - sharing in peace processes
This paper is part of a Gender Briefing Series to support women’s meaningful participation and the integration of gender perspectives in peace processes that aim to end violent intrastate conflict. The key target audience of these series of papers...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Australia: Liberal women have little chance if the system still favours party cronyism
By Eugenie Joseph, Many candidates – across all parties – are not selected on clear merit, especially for winnable seats. Gender quotas have been a hot topic, but while they will increase the quantity of women they are not a magic bullet solution to...
Monday, January 14, 2019
Are reserved seats in the parliament sufficient for women’s empowerment?
There is broad consensus that women’s increased participation in politics is necessary for both the democratic development of the country, as well as women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. In the recently-held 11th general election, 22 women were...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Africa is increasingly open to women in politics. In Congo, they have a fight on their hands
When citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo go to the polls next Sunday, attention will be focused on the race to succeed Joseph Kabila, the president of nearly 18 years. But away from the spotlight, there’s another battle going on: Women are...
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
America has more female lawmakers than ever — yet it still lags far behind other nations
By Adam Taylor, The United States has never had more women in Congress than it does now. As of last week, when the 116th Congress was sworn in, 23.7 percent of the 535 members of Congress are women — roughly a quarter of the Senate and 23.4 percent...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Amnesty International: Toxic twitter - a toxic place for women
As the world becomes increasingly connected online, our reliance on social media platforms such as Twitter has also become increasingly important. But the online world, and social media platforms like Twitter are not immune to many of the human...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Australia: Gillard to the Liberals: here's how you do gender equality
Julia Gillard, former prime minister, first ever woman prime minister of Australia, and member of a party with nearly 50 per cent representation in the parliamentary Labor Party has some advice for the Liberal Party. Not that she’d characterise it...
Friday, December 07, 2018
Attacks on women's ministries are a threat to democracy
By Gillian Kane, In February 2016, a few months after Brazil’s only female president, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached, the country’s newly installed interim-government under President Michel Temer issued one of its first directives. With political...
Thursday, December 06, 2018
America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained
Ever since women started holding political office, American men have been fixated on their clothes. When she was in the Senate, Carol Moseley Braun got used to having her clothing scrutinized. She remembers one incident in particular, she told Vox...