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Thursday, March 07, 2019
Not just "pretty faces": Thai women on barriers to success in politics
Thailand’s political glass ceiling is reinforced by notions of what’s appropriate, what’s feasible and what are traditional roles in society, according to three women politicians. While the male-dominant culture is still to blame for the low...
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Estonia looks set for first ever female prime minister
THE republic of Estonia has just had a General Election – and, as has happened in so many countries across Europe, far-right groups have made gains, though not enough to give them power. Former MEP Kaja Kallas is set to become the country’s first...
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Getting women elected in Indonesia: An interview with WLP’s Siti Nurjanah
Siti Nurjanah is the Executive Director of WLP’s partner in Indonesia, Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia (WYDII). With the country’s presidential elections scheduled for April 2019, we asked her to tell us about the challenges women...
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Do the Math: Include Women in Government Budgets
By Zohra Khan and Lisa Kolovich Every day, women around the world experience less opportunity than men in education and employment, and less political representation. While many countries recognize the need for gender equality and women’s...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
United Nations and Georgetown to Celebrate Congressional Women Leaders in Foreign Policy
(March 5, 2019, Washington, DC) – UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security will celebrate Congressional women leaders in foreign policy at a reception this evening. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
New IPU report shows well-designed quotas lead to significantly more women MPs
According to the IPU’s yearly analysis, the share of women in national parliaments increased by nearly one percentage point last year, from 23.4 per cent in 2017 to 24.3 per cent in 2018. This 0.9 percentage point increase confirms the continuing...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
CSW 63: Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Investing in gender equality: Parliaments ensuring social protection, public services and infrastructure deliver for women and girls. The Parliamentary Meeting at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the IPU and UN...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Nigeria: Women who will shape the ninth Senate
When the Ninth Senate of Nigeria is inaugurated in June, there will be at least no fewer than seven women in the 109-member chamber, if the results of the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections are anything to go. So far, seven...
Monday, March 04, 2019
Better balance in power and politics: connecting, sharing and learning in an international context
In October 2018, the British Council published Women, Power, Politics: what’s changed in 100 years? The webinar Better balance in power and politics: connecting, sharing and learning in an international context will build on the recommendations from...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Rise of the 'strongman': Dozens of female world leaders warn women's rights being eroded
Open-letter signatory Susana Malcorra says women ‘need to be very prepared to fight back’ amid global political shift. More than 30 female world leaders including current and former heads of state have called for a fightback against the erosion of...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Julie Bishop Quits Australian Politics, Adding to Exodus of Conservative Women
SYDNEY, Australia — Julie Bishop, the popular former Australian foreign minister, said Thursday that she would not run in coming federal elections, adding to the conservative government’s already-bleak image as a place that is inhospitable to women...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Women in politics are just politicians. They are not saris, jackets, or a particular kind of laughter
By Naghma Sahar, After the death of veteran socialist leader George Fernandes, I had the chance to meet his companion and fellow politician, Jaya Jaitly. We talked about her long political life and her new book A Life among the Scorpions: Memoirs of...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Afghan women 'too emotional' for leadership and have enough rights, domestic survey claims
Afghan men strongly oppose giving women more freedom — two in three think they have too much already — and young men are even more reluctant than their elders, according to a new survey released this week. Key points: Out of 2,000 respondents, two-...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
How growing number of women in politics is shaping perceptions of power, strength
There are more women than ever serving in Congress right now. And there are more women running for president in 2020 than ever before. This seems to represent a fundamental shift in American politics, rather than merely “the year of the woman” — a...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Arab world's first female interior minister hails 'point of pride for women
The Arab world’s first female interior minister has hailed her appointment as a “point of pride for all women”. Raya al-Hassan is one of four women to take cabinet jobs in the new Lebanese government, a record for the country and three more than in...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Taking the seat and the table, too: what valuing black women in politics looks like
In a posh ballroom overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hushed roomful of state and local elected officials from across the country gathered for a 9 a.m. Sunday session. It was the sort of weekend conference that routinely...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Women in politics in India: Breaking barriers
As early as 1966, India elected a female prime minister, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. More than fifty years later, more women are joining politics but their number still remains low. Female leaders regularly battle gender...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Nigeria’s female candidates seek victory despite harassment
Nervous ahead of Nigeria's delayed election, a group of young women picked up their cellphones and wished each other well. "Honestly I'm so tensed and scared," one typed. "I feel like crying. This is so touching," another wrote. "What we are about...