World News


July 16, 2018
Source: NY Times
Forget suits. Show the tattoo. Female candidates are breaking the rules.
After years of being told to put on a suit and recite their résumé, women running for office are now revealing themselves in more complex ways. The guys at the union hall have just swapped out the first keg when Abby Finkenauer, Democratic candidate for Congress, arrives and immediately reveals the...
July 16, 2018
Source: BBC
The power-sharing dream: Where women rule in the world
Record numbers of women are standing for election in countries around the world - changing the global face of politics and bringing gender equality in national legislatures a step closer. Mexico has just elected an equal number of men and women MPs across both houses of the country's parliament in...
July 13, 2018
Women the biggest losers in Zimbabwe election
The resignation of Robert Mugabe in November last year has brought a glimmer of hope for credible elections in Zimbabwe on July 30 after the many miscarriages of justice in the past three elections. But, despite a great deal of advocacy and a much-publicised meeting by women from all walks of life...
July 11, 2018
Source: BBC
UK: Parliament harassment plans fall short of staff hopes
Is the Westminster harassment and bullying scandal nearing its endpoint? Is there a plan out there that will bring Parliament out of the stone age as a workplace? A working group is about to report on the proposed new scheme that will govern what happens when staff make HR complaints. Having...
July 6, 2018
Source: Stltoday
US: Married suburban women could be pivotal in the battle for Congress — but for which side?
At a McAlister's Deli, tucked in one of the miles of strip malls that line Manchester Road among the shoulder-to-shoulder suburbs of west St. Louis County, Helen McCauley and her daughter Sara didn't hesitate when asked recently about the coming political season. "I don't always vote the midterm...
July 6, 2018
Source: Foroyaa
Gambia: The cabinet reshuffle and the gender agenda
On Friday June 29th, 2018, President Adama Barrow effected a major cabinet change. The change saw two women lose their cabinet positions while two men joined the new cabinet.  The purpose of this article is not to question the cabinet reshuffle as it is the President’s prerogative to appoint...
July 6, 2018
Source: Civil Beat
Trump inspires more women candidates in Hawaii
Statewide, females make up 38 percent of candidates this year, compared to 32 percent in the prior election cycle. More women in Hawaii are running for office in 2018 than in the last election cycle two years ago, following a nationwide trend. In Hawaii, 125 women are candidates for local, state...
July 6, 2018
Source: Stltoday
Meet the female ministers in Malaysia’s new cabinet
Women’s rights groups in Malaysia have called on Pakatan Harapan to fulfil its promise of minimum 30% representation at the highest policy-making body in Malaysia. PM Tun Mahathir’s cabinet, however, only has nine women: five full ministers (see below) and four deputy ministers. The deputy...
July 6, 2018
Source: Malawi24
NGOs in Malawi call for attitude change towards female politicians
Youth and Society Organization (YAS) and Pan-African Civic Educators Network (PACENET) have reiterated the need for people in the country to change their perceptions and cultural beliefs that regard female politicians as underachievers. The organisations said this is stifling efforts to ensure...