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The right to vote and the right to stand for election are two fundamental elements of democracy. Notably, many countries did not afford women the right to vote until the 20th Century. Even today, universal suffrage is not a given right in all countries, and women often face obstacles that undermine their participation in political and electoral processes. There are various ways to support women in overcoming these obstacles. Such methods include revising the electoral system used, applying affirmative action mechanisms such as quotas, improving voter education for women and training political candidates. These are a few of the modes available to strengthen women’s political participation .Photo©Jens Franssen

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New Zealand: 'A lot of blue suits'. Parliament is majority male again after National's election success

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New Zealand: 'A lot of blue suits'. Parliament is majority male again after National's election success

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One of the widest smiles at the front of the National Party’s first group photo belonged to 32-year-old Katie Nimon, the new MP for Napier who not only took the seat from the Labour Party, but is the first woman to hold it.

The achievement is a testament to the fact people can succeed in politics regardless of their background, she said. “I have been myself this entire time.”

One of the widest smiles at the front of the National Party’s first group photo belonged to 32-year-old Katie Nimon, the new MP for Napier who not only took the seat from the Labour Party, but is the first woman to hold it.

The achievement is a testament to the fact people can succeed in politics regardless of their background, she said. “I have been myself this entire time.”

Increasing women’s representation in Pacific politics: ‘give it time’ is not the answer

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October 18, 2023

Increasing women’s representation in Pacific politics: ‘give it time’ is not the answer

Independent states in the Pacific region have the lowest levels of women’s political representation in the world.

Independent states in the Pacific region have the lowest levels of women’s political representation in the world.

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Mexico: female-led presidential race cements decades of action

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Mexico: female-led presidential race cements decades of action

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Nearly 40 years ago, two young women were studying traditionally male-dominated science subjects at Mexico’s public National Autonomous University.

Nearly 40 years ago, two young women were studying traditionally male-dominated science subjects at Mexico’s public National Autonomous University.

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Low women turnout a pressing challenge ahead of polls

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With the general elections just around the corner, the low turnout among female voters remains a persistent challenge as Pakistan has suffered from an endemic low voter turnout in general and women voter turnout in specific, casting a shadow over efforts to enhance women’s engagement in the electoral process.

With the general elections just around the corner, the low turnout among female voters remains a persistent challenge as Pakistan has suffered from an endemic low voter turnout in general and women voter turnout in specific, casting a shadow over efforts to enhance women’s engagement in the electoral process.

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New Zealand: election night saw young women cement themselves into the political scene, including the youngest female MP the country has ever seen.

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New Zealand: election night saw young women cement themselves into the political scene, including the youngest female MP the country has ever seen.

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The youngest MP in 170 years is Te Pāti Māori's Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke, aged 21, who won the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.

"To see young Māori wahine is so inspirational," she said.

The youngest MP in 170 years is Te Pāti Māori's Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke, aged 21, who won the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.

"To see young Māori wahine is so inspirational," she said.

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Let's hear it for the ladies: young women big winners on election night

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Let's hear it for the ladies: young women big winners on election night

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Regardless of your political compass, New Zealand will be sure of one thing on Sunday morning: our young female candidates have shown they were the real winners of the election.

Making headway in tight races, and leaving a mark in New Zealand’s political history, these candidates from many of our major and minor parties saw massive success on Saturday night.

Regardless of your political compass, New Zealand will be sure of one thing on Sunday morning: our young female candidates have shown they were the real winners of the election.

Making headway in tight races, and leaving a mark in New Zealand’s political history, these candidates from many of our major and minor parties saw massive success on Saturday night.

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Mrs. Sylvanie Burton pledges to be a president for all Dominicans

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Mrs. Sylvanie Burton pledges to be a president for all Dominicans

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Polish elections: undecided women voters to tip the scales

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Polish elections: undecided women voters to tip the scales

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In the upcoming parliamentary elections in Poland, which are scheduled for 15 October, the women’s vote will play a particularly important role.

Given the fact that the race between the ruling party and the opposition is very tight, every segment of the population with a large number of undecided voters becomes ever more crucial.

In the upcoming parliamentary elections in Poland, which are scheduled for 15 October, the women’s vote will play a particularly important role.

Given the fact that the race between the ruling party and the opposition is very tight, every segment of the population with a large number of undecided voters becomes ever more crucial.