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June 21, 2018
Malaysia's new deputy PM Wan Azizah Wan Ismail aims to be a role model for women
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's childhood ambition was to become a doctor and cure disease. Now that she is Malaysia's most powerful female politician, she says her mission is to improve women's rights. The 65-year-old made history this month when she was named Malaysia's deputy prime minister. She is...
June 21, 2018
Female representation in politics remains “strikingly low” in Myanmar
Female lawmakers, in a country where women make up 52 percent of the population, account for around 10pc of the overall MPs in both the national and regional legislatures. Forty-eight female lawmakers from the Union and regional parliaments gathered in the capital city for the Third Women MPs Forum...
June 21, 2018
Source: The Guardian
Nigeria: Female PDP aspirant makes case for woman president
As the 2019 election is approaching, more women are beginning to express interest in contesting the presidential election on different political platforms. One of such women, Princess Oyenike Oyedele Roberts, who recently expressed willingness to run for the apex political post in the country on...
June 21, 2018
Zimbabwe: Commission slams attacks on women politicians
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) yesterday expressed concern over attacks on female politicians in the country, which has manifested in many forms, including psychological violence. A case in point being the attempted murder of MDC-T president Dr Thokozani Khupe by MDC Chamisa faction...
June 20, 2018
INEC in Abuja decries low participation of women in politics
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has decried low participation of women in political processes. The Commission said despite the fact that women constitute 48 percent of the population, only 5.8 percent  of them hold political offices. The Commission also revealed that since the...
June 20, 2018
Source: UNPO
Somaliland: First steps taken to increase women’s participation in politics
In recent months, the developing nation of Somaliland has made a number of steps towards encouraging the active participation of women throughout its institutions. As the writer of the article below notes, newly-elected President Hon. Musa Bihi Abdiand and his cabinet made several suggestions on...
June 19, 2018
Source: Newsday
Zimbawe: women bear brunt of violence in politics
Former MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe in February spent most of Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral holed up in a hut, fearing for her life, as party youths threatened her with violence. That same month, Zanu PF’s Zalerah Makari, the Epworth National Assembly member, escaped death by a whisker when...
June 12, 2018
Anti-harassment panel will look for ways to promote more women in politics, Mendoza says
Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the party’s panel on sexual harassment issues will go beyond that subject to look at ways to recruit more women to run for public office. Mendoza serves on the panel dealing with “anti-harassment and equal access” that House Speaker Michael Madigan...
June 12, 2018
Source: BBC
UK: Mass march marks 100 years of women's vote
Women across the UK have marched together to create a living artwork, to mark 100 years since the first British women won the vote. Women in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London donned the colours of the suffragette movement - green, white and violet - as part of a mass procession. One hundred...