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January 16, 2019
Senior female MPs to come together to encourage women in politics
It's rare that members of parliament from across the political spectrum sit down and unanimously agree on an issue. But that's what audiences can expect when Liberal MP Julie Bishop, Labor MP Linda Burney and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young come together for a panel about increasing female...
January 14, 2019
Studies show that countries with more women in government have healthier populations
In November 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formed the first gender-balanced cabinet in Canadian history. In announcing his cabinet, he ensured that half of his closest advisers (15 out of a total of 30) were women. Canada's gender-equal cabinet vaulted the country from 20th to fifth place in...
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 directly elected among in 299 constituencies. Despite...
January 10, 2019
2018 left Rwandans with a more inclusive parliament
One of the hallmarks of post-Genocide Rwanda is inclusive politics. The year 2018 brought about more gains as far as political plurality is concerned, at least in the Chamber of Deputies where two new opposition parties won seats. And this is significant in the country’s politics, according to the...
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 fighting for a place in politics. Africa has made...
January 8, 2019
Women of color in Congress are challenging perceptions of political leadership
By Vanessa Williams, About US is a new initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States. Sign up for the newsletter. News and social media documented the historic diversity of the 116th Congress with images of women dressed in colorful traditional clothing and...
January 4, 2019
Source: VOX
It’s official: Nancy Pelosi is elected speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi is officially House speaker. And in being sworn in, she’s making history for the second time. Pelosi became the first female speaker in 2007 and served until 2011. Succeeded by two Republican men, she remains the only female speaker. But as she retakes the gavel Thursday, she is...
January 3, 2019
Source: CNN
No other Congress has ever looked like this
The 116th class of Congress broke barriers before its members even set foot in Washington. One example: Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who will be the first Somali-American member of Congress, noted the history of her election on Twitter on Wednesday night. "23 years ago, from a...
December 28, 2018
Nigeria: Women urged to play role in politics, governance
As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), has issued a wakeup call to women all over Nigeria to begin to play an active role in politics and governance. The non-profit organization has, over the last 17 years, implemented programs that...