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April 7, 2020
Source: Quartz
Norway’s prime minister held a 30-minute press conference to help kids process coronavirus
Coronavirus is scary for everyone, including kids. Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, tried to help ease those fears by holding a 30-minute press conference for kids. She used the opportunity to explain that everyone who could stay home should, and that adults who are healthy don’t usually...
April 6, 2020
Source: Japan Times
Youngest female mayor in Japan elected in Tokushima
Sawako Naito, a 36-year-old independent rookie, was elected head of the city of Tokushima on Sunday, becoming the youngest female mayor in Japan. Naito, who leads a community development group, defeated incumbent Mayor Akiyoshi Endo, 64, by 41,247 votes to 39,248. Voter turnout fell to 38.88...
April 3, 2020
Lessons from African Feminists Mobilizing Against COVID-19
Last week, the Women, Peace and Security program hosted a webinar with its Peace and Social Change Fellowship participants, who are leaders of grassroots women’s organizations across Nigeria, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, and Sudan. The five participating organizations hail...
April 3, 2020
Source: Modern Ghana
African women in leadership: Africa’s might lies in its women
“An equal world is an enabled world.” This bold statement forms part of 2020’s International Women’s Day theme. Now more than ever, with COVID-19 running rampant, nations across the globe require an enabled world. According to the John Hopkins University, Africa has reported more than 1,000...
April 2, 2020
Source: Politico
The women battling coronavirus at the White House
At first, there were no women. When President Donald Trump announced the coronavirus task force, it was made up entirely of men. That is pretty shocking for a team of experts in health care, a field where women comprise nearly 80 percent of the workforce. But the task force has had a second wave,...
March 31, 2020
Source: Forbes
The voice of women leaders is critical today more than ever
Strong leadership is recognized as a collective effort, with the best decisions drawing on cognitive diversity and success builds on success. At a time when leaders are at their most stretched, the challenge is not only to get through the current crisis, but what legacy will this leave on diversity...
March 31, 2020
Source: Bianet
Women in Politics 2020 Map: Turkey Ranks 122nd
According to the “Women in Politics 2020” Map prepared by UN Women and IPU, Turkey ranks 138th in the category of women in ministerial positions while it ranks 122nd in the category of women in parliament, marking a degrade of two rankings. Prepared by the United Nations (UN) Women and Inter-...
March 31, 2020
Why gender matters in the impact and recovery from Covid-19
The Covid-19 outbreak has revealed the strengths and weaknesses in our collective global and national capacities to respond to this health emergency. Everything in our social world is gendered, and so it is with Covid-19. As with the experience of wars and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, women...
March 27, 2020
Source: History
How suffragists raced to secure women's right to vote ahead of the 1920 election
The year 1917 was highly consequential for the suffrage movement. Having lost the chance to defeat the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson, who had initially been lukewarm toward suffrage, activists set their sights on securing voting rights for women by the 1920 presidential election. One wing...