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Friday, January 03, 2020
India: Dear parties, ignore women and urban voters, face NOTA
By Smruti Koppikar, Now that Maharashtra finally has a government, it’s worthwhile revisiting the election result to pick out a few trends that were lost in the din over government formation. Three trends among many in the electoral basket stand out...
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, 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, October 24, 2018
In Cambodia’s single-party politics, women are barely seen
KAMPOT, Cambodia — Chan Kanha is the deputy mayor for the Cambodian People’s Party in this small port town, which sits along Cambodia’s southern coast and still retains much of its French colonial architecture. The Cambodian People’s Party, or CCP,...
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, October 01, 2018
It's time to address sexual violence in political institutions in Canada
Young women are entering political institutions at high rates; however, this does not translate into the number of women candidates, elected officials, or in senior leadership within political institutions. More than 80% of young women with a median...
Friday, September 28, 2018
If you want more women in politics, don’t look to the GOP
By Jennifer Rubin, The Pew Research Center has some interesting data on voters’ views about the gender gap in politics: Republicans and Democrats have widely different views about where things stand today and what factors are holding women back....
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Is the record number of women candidates a 2018 blip — or a lasting trend?
Lauren Underwood, Democratic House candidate in Illinois' 14th district, is part of a record boom of women running for office in 2018 – from Congress to governorships to state legislatures across the country. But she didn't just wake up one day and...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
India’s sexual-assault crisis is what happens when few women are in power
India is the most dangerous country for sexual violence against women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation 2018 survey. The survey, which measures sexual and non-sexual violence, discrimination, cultural traditions, health care and human...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”
Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government...
Monday, August 27, 2018
India: Want more women in politics, says Kamal
Actor and politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday encouraged more women to join politics. “I have seen women as resilient participants in many great revolutions and will encourage them to join politics. Whichever party you choose to join will only be...
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Irine Putri
Irine Putri is a Member of Parliament in Indonesia. This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
Friday, July 20, 2018
India: Please support passage of bill on women's reservation in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging his support for the passage of the bill on women's reservation in Parliament, in the upcoming Monsoon Session, reported news agency ANI on Monday. Only 11.8% of members...
Monday, July 02, 2018
In Zimbabwe, the enduring fear of single women
By Panashe Chigumadzi When Zimbabwe holds general elections on July 30, its first after the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November, only four of the 23 presidential candidates will be women. The opposition to President Emmerson Mnangagwa is marred by...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
INEC in Abuja decries low participation of women in politics
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has decried low participation of women in political processes. The Commission said despite the fact that women constitute 48 percent of the population, only 5.8 percent  of them hold political...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Irene P. Tillah
Irene P. Tillah is Assemblywoman in the second district of Sulu, Philippines. She is the Chairman of the Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations. This interview was conducted during an event organized by UN Women and the Inter-...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
International IDEA promotes women political participation by providing public speaking training to female leaders in Haiti
By Marie Doucey From 23 to 30 May 2017, International IDEA organized three training sessions in oratory for Haiti’s female mayors and parliamentarians. “We loved this way of training people! It is very different from what we are used to, very deep...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
India: Women winning fewer seats in Uttar Pradesh elections
Poor, populous Uttar Pradesh (UP) was the first Indian state to have a female chief minister–Sucheta Kriplani from 1963 to 1967–but this pioneering effort has not improved prospects for women in elections. As voter turnout has risen, more...