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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Ida B Wells: Mothers of the movement for women’s equality
Many associate the early women’s suffrage movement with suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton gained prominence with her commitment to abolition and the passing of the 13th Amendment, and quickly recognized the need for a women’s equality...
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
e-Discussion on Women’s Leadership in the COVID-19 Response
Background Women are hardest hit by the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. Beyond the direct effect of the infection by the coronavirus, women’s health and safety are at greater risk as increased prevalence of domestic violence and abuse is...
Monday, March 09, 2020
e-Discussion on Online Violence Against Women in Politics
The United Kingdom’s Health Secretary is one of many political figures that recently expressed their dismay at the number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) who renounced standing for re-election to Parliament and decided to leave politics after...
Friday, February 21, 2020
Election boycott by female political prisoners held in Evin prison in Iran
Female political prisoners held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison wrote in a statement: "It is up to us to leave their elections for themselves and remain in the real square of popular elections. Anyone who goes to the polls, his/her fingerprint will...
Friday, December 27, 2019
Equal Power coalition launched in the UK to transform women's representation in politics
In the general election, 220 women MPs were elected, pushing women’s representation in parliament up  from 32 per cent to 34 per cent - placing the UK 36th in the word between Belarus and Monaco. The Fawcett Society says that while we must celebrate...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Ethiopian women participation in politics up but a lot needs to be done
The number of Ethiopian women in the national legislative and executive branches has grown significantly since Ethiopia conducted its first parliamentary election in 1995. However a lot more needs to be done to make sure women are proportionally...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Equality in law for women and girls by 2030: A multistakeholder strategy for accelerated action
More than 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected in multiple ways by discriminatory laws and the lack of legal protections. In response, UN Women, the African Union, the Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Engaging women in sustaining peace: A guide to best practices
Since its establishment in 2000, the The Community of Democracies (CoD) has affirmed and maintained a commitment to engaging women in all aspects of democratic gover - nance and development, including women’s political participation and inclusion in...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Elections in 2019 in Asian countries: A game-changer for women or not?
How do women in elections stand to gain in terms of power sharing? What are the takeaways for them? The long election season in India is finally over. No, not India alone, but a few more countries in the Asian neighbourhood had also undergone a...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Encourage women in politics, says IEBC
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has called for policies that will encourage women to play active roles in mainstream politics. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, in a speech read on his behalf by commissioner Abdi Guliye, said...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Engaging young people and women in European Parliament elections
This Discussion Paper puts together relevant data on the inclusion of young people and women in European Parliament elections. It is focused on two pitfalls of EU electoral democracy: voter absenteeism on the part of young people, and the under-...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Election fallout round-Up: 70 women in Parliament, but Denmark still behind in
The 2019 General Election tied a Danish record for the highest percentage of women being elected into Parliament with 39.1 percent (70 out of 179). But despite that, Denmark is still lagging behind compared to its neighbours and remains the only...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Europe’s missing women leaders
By Corinna Horst, The European Union has a woman problem. The bloc has never had a female president of the European Commission or European Council. And just two presidents of the European Parliament have been women — Simone Veil, who served from...
Friday, March 15, 2019
Egypt: Position paper by Nazra on the constitutional amendments and women in politics
The government's disposition toward citizens' rights and freedoms is a measure of its openness and an indicator of the type of relationship it holds with them. The constitution stands as the most powerful reflection of that relationship. Egypt...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?
By Sian Norris, 100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too. Visitors at Westminster Hall are now welcomed into the British Houses of Parliament by a...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Enhancing reporting of women in 2019 elections
The need for the media to be gender sensitive in reporting electoral issues ahead of the 2019 general elections and change the negative stereotyping of female politicians, was the pivot of a one-day seminar held in Lagos by the Independent National...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Ending impunity for violence against women in elections in Zimbabwe
By Cait Davin, Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) research in Zimbabwe found that women engaging in elections as candidates, voters and journalists were experiencing devastating sexual extortion, physical...
Friday, October 26, 2018
Ethiopia’s new 50% women cabinet isn’t just bold—it’s smart
Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed is rewarding women’s contributions to the nation’s progress. In a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday (Oct. 16), Abiy cut the number of ministries from 28 to 20 and named 10 women among the new appointees. Women will...