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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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Empowering women critical for Oman’s equitable future

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Empowering women critical for Oman’s equitable future

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While Omani women have made significant strides in administrative and diplomatic roles, their representation in Majlis A’Shura remains limited. As the shura elections approach – on October 29 – experts weigh in on the disproportionate presence of women in the body.

While Omani women have made significant strides in administrative and diplomatic roles, their representation in Majlis A’Shura remains limited. As the shura elections approach – on October 29 – experts weigh in on the disproportionate presence of women in the body.

Mexico set to elect first female president after years of gender equality legislation

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October 3, 2023

Mexico set to elect first female president after years of gender equality legislation

Mexico's top two political parties selected female presidential nominees, virtually ensuring that the nation's next leader will be a woman.

Mexico's top two political parties selected female presidential nominees, virtually ensuring that the nation's next leader will be a woman.

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Women and political leadership ahead of the 2024 election

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Women and political leadership ahead of the 2024 election

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For the most part, Americans don’t think a woman president would do better or worse than a man when it comes to key leadership traits or the handling of various policy areas.

For the most part, Americans don’t think a woman president would do better or worse than a man when it comes to key leadership traits or the handling of various policy areas.

Opinion: macho Mexico will soon elect a female president as women’s role in politics increases

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September 27, 2023

Opinion: macho Mexico will soon elect a female president as women’s role in politics increases

Mexico will most probably elect a woman president nine months from now.

Mexico will most probably elect a woman president nine months from now.

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Women who shaped US politics through presidential debates

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Women who shaped US politics through presidential debates

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Over the course of American political history, several notable women have made their mark on the presidential debate stage, paving the way for greater gender equality and representation in the realm of national politics. These women have broken barriers, challenged conventions and played pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of U.S. elections.

Over the course of American political history, several notable women have made their mark on the presidential debate stage, paving the way for greater gender equality and representation in the realm of national politics. These women have broken barriers, challenged conventions and played pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of U.S. elections.

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After Jacinda Ardern, a ‘Scary Time’ for women in New Zealand politics

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After Jacinda Ardern, a ‘Scary Time’ for women in New Zealand politics

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The last time New Zealanders voted in a general election, they were choosing between two women who were self-professed feminists. Three years later, in a sign of how sharply the pendulum has swung, they will pick between two men named Chris.

The last time New Zealanders voted in a general election, they were choosing between two women who were self-professed feminists. Three years later, in a sign of how sharply the pendulum has swung, they will pick between two men named Chris.

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Indonesia: election to be milestone for women's representation in parliament

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Indonesia: election to be milestone for women's representation in parliament

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The 2024 election is expected to be an important milestone for increasing women's representation in parliament, according to Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA), Bintang Puspayoga.

"We all hope that the 2024 election will be an important milestone in the struggle to achieve fairer and more inclusive representation in parliament to create empowered women and protected children," the minister said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The 2024 election is expected to be an important milestone for increasing women's representation in parliament, according to Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA), Bintang Puspayoga.

"We all hope that the 2024 election will be an important milestone in the struggle to achieve fairer and more inclusive representation in parliament to create empowered women and protected children," the minister said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

LatAm in focus: how women won political parity in Mexico—and what comes next

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September 15, 2023

LatAm in focus: how women won political parity in Mexico—and what comes next

September 6 was a groundbreaking day for Mexico. It’s not just because that’s when governing Morena coalition announced that a woman—former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum—would be its presidential contender.

September 6 was a groundbreaking day for Mexico. It’s not just because that’s when governing Morena coalition announced that a woman—former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum—would be its presidential contender.