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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Making national legislatures more gender-balanced
By Archana Datta, The Global Gender Gap report for 2018 said that the widest gender disparity is in the field of political empowerment. To cite the Inter-Parliamentary Union 2018 report, women legislators account for barely 24% of all MPs across the...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Call to introduce local election gender quotas
A women’s rights group will today, 9 June, launch a €35,000 crowdfunding plan to help female candidates in future elections after accusing the Government of failing to do enough to address the issue. The Women for Election group says the public...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Maldives: Quota proposed for women in political party leadership
The Elections Commission and political parties have agreed to introduce a quota to increase the number of women in leadership posts. The low participation of women in politics was among the issues discussed at a forum held Monday night to propose...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions. Article 2 of the Law, which was adopted by a unanimous vote, stipulates that: "Parity applies to any...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Gender law ‘smokescreen’ for party State-funding in Malta
Legal experts have voiced fears that gender quota proposals aimed at increasing female participation in Parliament are nothing but a “smokescreen” to introduce political party funding by the State “by stealth”. The proposals, which were presented by...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Spain just elected its most feminist parliament ever
The new batch of MPs to take their seats in Spain’s Congress will include more women than ever before – almost but not quite as many as men. With all the votes counted on Monday morning, it is now clear that 46.8 percent of elected members of...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Goodluck Kwaramba
Goodluck Kwaramba is Member of Parliament of Zimbabwe. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the CSW63 in New York.
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...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Quotas and affirmative action in politics is ‘not good for women’: Bishop
Former speaker and Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop says quotas and affirmative action in politics is ‘not good for women’ because they ‘become a permanent second-class citizen. ‘I would never ever want that said about me, and I would never ever want that...
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Proposed bill sets highest quota for women in Egypt's Parliament's history
The proposed amendments to the constitution have granted women a fixed quota. If the amendments are approved, women will hold 25 percent of the total parliamentary seats by the power of law.  The proposed bill stipulates that the number of total...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Gender quotas aren’t doing much to help women in politics in Australia
By Brian Winchester, It is important to the vibrant health of a community that debate and dissent are given plenty of opportunity to challenge standards. It’s the only way to guard against mediocrity and complacency, and to foster the innovative and...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Canada should elect a gender-balanced Parliament in 2019
It was nearly a century ago that Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the House of Commons. Her victory in 1921 meant she represented not only the southwestern Ontario riding of Grey South East, but every Canadian woman across the...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
What Tunisia can teach the United States about women’s equality
By Sarah Yerkes and Shannon Mckeown. An unprecedented number of women—especially women of color—are headed to the U.S. Congress in January. In what has been called another Year of the Woman, a historic 272 out of 964 candidates for Congress and...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Australia: Gillard to the Liberals: here's how you do gender equality
Julia Gillard, former prime minister, first ever woman prime minister of Australia, and member of a party with nearly 50 per cent representation in the parliamentary Labor Party has some advice for the Liberal Party. Not that she’d characterise it...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Can quotas solve gender inequality in government?
The November 2018 election in the US will go down for a number of firsts. The first Somali American Muslim woman to be elected to office. The first Native American woman sent to Congress. And a record number of women elected to the House of...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Omezzine Khelifa
Omezzine Khelifa is a Tunisian youth and political activist. She is a former candidate in Tunisia's 2011 and 2014 legislative elections and a former Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance. She is the Founder and CEO of Mobdiun - Creative Youth....
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”
Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights...
Monday, September 17, 2018
Women claim their place in Somalia’s politics
Despite some gains, female politicians face an uphill battle in reaching the country’s 30% quota. Women’s participation in Somali politics has traditionally been low, and a controversial topic in the country. Somali society typically ascribes to...