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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...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Americans are more comfortable with women as executives than politicians
Americans say they're more comfortable with a woman in a boardroom than in the White House, according to a recent survey by Kantar, a data and consultancy company. The findings were published on Tuesday at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum in...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Across Latin America, women fight back against violence in politics
Currently, Latin America is leading globally in local and parliamentary positions held by women. But the journey to political participation is fraught with rising violence and intimidation against women in politics. In the age of #MeToo, we bring...
Friday, November 23, 2018
Abuse and sexism: Female MPs discuss barriers to women in politics
Abuse, sexism and a lack of equality remain barriers to women looking to stand for election, according to a cross-party parliamentary panel. Dozens of MPs pulled no punches in expressing how tough it still is for women to get into parliament as they...
Friday, November 09, 2018
American women won at the ballot in record numbers. Here’s what’s next
Historic wins for women in the midterm elections drove home the interpretation that 2018 was, indeed, the “Year of the Woman.” But it remains unknown whether women’s political capital will continue to rise. The 101 women and counting who won House...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins, becoming youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress
Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her race for a U.S. House seat in New York’s 14th District on Tuesday, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The 29-year-old political newcomer made headlines nationwide in June when...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
A list of firsts for women in this year's midterm elections
With women making up only 20 percent of Congress, there are many types of women — especially women of color — who have never been represented on Capitol Hill. The record-breaking wave of female candidates in 2018 comes with a list of firsts among...
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
African women’s decade 2010-2020: Women’s participation in decision-making & leadership
Considering that equal access of men and women to power is a necessary precondition for democracies to flourish, the African women’s decade 2010-2020: Women’s participation in decision-making & leadership 2017- 2018 report focuses on women’s...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Analysis of black women’s electoral strength in an era of fractured politics
Fifty years after the election of Shirley Chisholm as the first African American woman to serve in Congress, black women are still making political history across the country. London Breed became the first black female mayor of San Francisco when...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
African feminists emphasize key to global peace
By H. Patricia, On the eve of World War II, the iconic writer Virginia Woolf responded to a male attorney’s question about how to prevent war. The key, she replied, is that women must be educated and able to earn a living. Only then, once they were...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
A Resource for Gender Responsive Budgeting Groups
“Gender responsive budgeting is a tool to bring about change.” This means persuading policy-makers (government, parliament, civil servants) to think about what impact spending and revenue raising decisions will have on gender equality and to adopt...