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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 list of candidates for national and local elections,...
May 3, 2019
Erelu Fayemi, ex-Ghanaian President, others bag Zik Leadership prize
Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has won the 2018 Zik Leadership Prize for humanitarian Leadership. This was disclosed by the organisers of the annual prize in Lagos at the week. Other winners of the 2018 Zik prize in leadership include former Ghanaian President, John Mahama,...
May 3, 2019
Yemeni women: Making the most of the space available
(...) In the country’s modern history, three major events have influenced these struggles and women’s political rights: 1) the unification of North and South Yemen in 1990, 2) Yemen’s uprising in 2011, and 3) the war that has been ongoing since 2015. When the two Yemeni states unified in 1990, a...
May 3, 2019
Afghan women demand seat at peace talks but face resistance
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of scalding water on her face and upper body. Her head was bowed and sobs convulsed her body as she...
April 22, 2019
Japanese women see record election win, but parity remains slow
Women won just 10.4 percent of the seats up for grabs in Japan’s regional assembly races yet still recorded a record high, Kyodo News said, highlighting the slow pace of improvement for gender equality in the country’s government. Results from the Sunday’s nationwide elections show that politics...
April 18, 2019
African women in politics: miles to go before parity is achieved
In the fight for gender equality, women around the world have advanced in small and large ways. Yet for women in Africa, progress is measured in micro steps, and the struggle has a long way to go. The good news is that women’s representation in political decision making has been on the rise...
April 12, 2019
MPs discuss ways to achieve gender equality at CSW63
The IPU and UN Women held a joint parliamentary event at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) on 13 March 2019 in New York. Participants at the event discussed ways of making social protection programmes more gender responsive. The parliamentary event, Investing in...
April 2, 2019
Youth participation in political processes
The Second Annual Summer School for Young Leaders from African Political Parties took place in Kigali, Rwanda, on 6–8 June 2018. The overall theme was ‘Youth participation in political processes: emerging trends of the negative aspects of money in politics’. The Summer School unfolded in a context...
March 29, 2019
Formation of women MPs network to further equal representation in Pacific parliaments
Nadi, Fiji – The inaugural Pacific Women in Power Forum which ended on Wednesday, 27 March has confirmed the need for an ongoing Pacific regional network of women Members of Parliament, which aims to encourage more women to enter politics and support current women MPs. The two-day Forum attracted...