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Friday, March 27, 2020
How many women are in your parliament?
Over the last 25 years, since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action by the United Nations in 1995, the number of women parliamentarians has nearly doubled worldwide. Yet, with a global average of only 24.9 percent, women’s...
Friday, March 27, 2020
Numbers of women in parliament remain low in Caucasus and Central Asia
The presence of women in parliaments across the Caucasus and Central Asia has risen in the last 25 years, albeit slowly: in most countries in the region, between 15 and 25 percent of their MPs are women. That is the conclusion of a newly released...
Friday, March 27, 2020
How suffragists raced to secure women's right to vote ahead of the 1920 election
The year 1917 was highly consequential for the suffrage movement. Having lost the chance to defeat the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson, who had initially been lukewarm toward suffrage, activists set their sights on securing voting rights for...
Friday, March 27, 2020
‘Opening a door that was closed too long’: the hunt for a female vice-president
Hours after the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential campaign and all but assured the next American president would be a white man in his 70s, a group of influential Democratic women gathered for dinner at a Spanish...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Women in parliament: 1995–2020 - 25 years in review
This year’s report looks back at 25 years of women in parliament on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference and its groundbreaking action plan for gender equality. IPU analysis shows that gender parity is possible. The overall...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
We need women to run for office now more than ever
By Erin Loos Cutraro, When’s the last time you felt fired up by a female politician? It might have been from a news story you read online. Or a powerful debate answer. Or a tweet. Whether you lean right or left, there are so many women in office,...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
How female Prime Ministers are leading in this time of crisis
Across the world, more than ever people are looking for strong, inspiring leadership. Three incredible Prime Ministers are demonstrating particularly heartening excellent resolve during this pandemic. Oh, and they just happen to be women. Erna...
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics involves a broad range of harms to attack and undermine women as political actors. Its central motivation is to exclude women as a group from public life. Click here to see the database.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
What does feminist leadership look like in a pandemic?
By Leila Billing, I’ve been reading a lot of advice for leaders on how they can support their organisations to navigate Covid-19. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of the mainstream guidance I’ve read on blogs, websites and social media: stoicism is key;...
Friday, March 20, 2020
Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic and robust measures around the world attempt to contain its spread, social impact of the Novel Coronavirus is hitting women hard. As well as the health battle, the...
Friday, March 20, 2020
UN: Japan's women in government ratio lowest in G7
An international survey has ranked Japan 113th of 190 countries for the percentage of women in ministerial positions. It is the lowest among the Group of Seven industrialized countries. The report was made by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN...
Friday, March 20, 2020
Under-representation of women in power remains the norm, UN says
A report released Thursday by U.N. Women says "under-representation of women in power and decision-making is still the norm." The executive director of the U.N. agency dedicated to the empowerment of women said that men account for 75% of...
Thursday, March 19, 2020
No, We don’t really want a female President
I still remember Wednesday, November 9, 2016 like it was yesterday. The decision was already clear the night before. But there was something of a nightmarish quality to the previous evening — something surreal. I thought maybe I would wake to a...
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Rozaina Adam
Rozaina Adam is a Member of Parliament from The Maldives. This interview was conducted in September 2019 in the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Picturing the past: A brief history of women in Transylvania politics
In April 1922, Roxie Dunn announced that she was running on the Democratic ticket for county treasurer. In his endorsement, Oat Bryson stated, "Much has been said about the desirability of the woman voter, if we have the women voter, logically we...
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Why representation in politics actually matters
At this week's presidential debate, both serious contenders left in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination made a historic pronouncement. Former Vice President Joe Biden committed to choosing a woman as his running mate, while Vermont...
Monday, March 16, 2020
The struggle for women in politics continues
From suffragettes to modern day feminists, women and men have fought long and hard for women’s right to vote and hold office. Progress is clear. As of 2015, women in every country in the world have the right to vote; the first nation to grant female...
Monday, March 16, 2020
'Politics should be the lifestyle of every single person': Hajer Sharief
From wanting to become a surgeon, like the protagonists of her favourite TV series Grey’s Anatomy, to combating violent extremism by improving political participation of women and the youth, Hajer Sharief has come a long way. She was a 19-year-old...