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Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Women in politics: Local and European trends
From mayors to MEPs: new study reveals women’s representation across Europe. Women make up half of humanity, yet account for only 1/3 of political decision-makers in Europe and around 15% of mayors. A new study by the Council of European...
Friday, September 27, 2019
In Nepal, an uphill battle for gender parity
Female representation in Nepal's parliament has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. It’s the result of a far-reaching gender quota system in the Himalayan nation that has made the country’s Constitution one of the most politically...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Two women elected to Qatar municipal council
DOHA: Two women won seats on Qatar’s 29-member municipal council, the Gulf emirate’s sole elected body, the elections committee said on Wednesday. Sheikha al-Jafiri and Fatima al-Kuwari retained the seats they had won in 2015. Five women were among...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Close the political gender gap to reduce corruption
Including women in local councils is strongly negatively associated with the prevalence of both petty and grand forms of corruption. This reduction in corruption is primarily experienced among women. A study suggests that female representatives seek...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s first black female mayor
CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot has made history on several fronts after winning Chicago’s mayoral runoff on Tuesday. She will become the city’s first black woman and its first openly gay person to hold the office when sworn in next month. The nation’s...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Strengthening women's participation in local governance: lessons and strategies
South Africa has made great strides in establishing a constitutional and legislative framework for building a participatory democracy. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which existing participatory mechanisms enable active participation by...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Political Participation of Women in Local Governance: A Case Study of Selected Local Government Bodies in Eastern Sri Lanka
Although Sri Lanka has 51% women, their participation in local governance as well as in the national parliament is 5% in total. The strong social development indicator of women in areas such as health and education has not translated into their...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Women in local government: what we know and where we go from here
Women are underrepresented in most elected and appointed positions in local government in the United States. This essay details what we know about women’s representation in cities and counties, with a discussion of the factors associated with women’...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Women in Public Administration
“Increasing the proportion of women in public institutions makes them more representative, increases innovation, improves decision-making and benefits whole societies” - António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, Message on International...
Monday, March 25, 2019
“The quota encouraged me to run”: evaluating Jordan’s municipal quota for women
Gender quotas are a means to improve women’s political representation. This article examines the impact of Jordan’s municipal quota enacted in 2007. The quota drew into the political arena women who would otherwise not have run for office. Women...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Barriers to Women Entering Parliament and Local Government in the United Kingdom
In January 2018, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned this rapid evidence review, the two broad aims of which were to identify: a) barriers to women’s participation in local and national government; and b) evidence of policies and...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win in the United States
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win distills Political Parity’s research on women candidates and elected officeholders, drawing on additional studies to illuminate issues and proffer strategies for overcoming barriers to political parity. Each...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Nevada becomes first state with majority of women in assembly
As a single mother, Beatrice Duran never imagined that she would get involved in politics. When she moved to Las Vegas in 1985, her focus was on keeping “a solid job” as a food server to provide for her young daughter and, later, her son....
Monday, November 26, 2018
Syrian women seek role in drafting constitution
As the United Nations is working with local and international stakeholders to draft a new Syrian constitution, Syrian women demand a seat at the table to ensure their concerns and insights are considered in a future Syrian state. The demand for...
Friday, November 09, 2018
Indian women are voting more than ever. Will they change Indian society?
Are Indian women voting at higher rates than before? Women in India are casting their ballots more frequently, and in greater numbers. Women’s turnout has actually been higher than that of men in two-thirds of India’s state elections. This is a...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
A list of firsts for women in this year's midterm elections
With women making up only 20 percent of Congress, there are many types of women — especially women of color — who have never been represented on Capitol Hill. The record-breaking wave of female candidates in 2018 comes with a list of firsts among...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in American politics
Even before the votes are in, the numbers prove it: 2018 is the Year of the Woman. If Democrats retake the House, the Senate, or both, it’ll be because women launched the most effective, sustained resistance in generations, thousands more women...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Record number of women elected in Israeli municipal elections
Female politicians made history this week in Israel with a record of at least 11 women chosen to head cities and local councils across the country, five more than in the previous municipal elections. Six additional female candidates will contest run...