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Friday, October 11, 2019
Future Policy Award 2019 crowns eight best policies empowering youth
Policies from Rwanda, Estonia, Scotland, Nepal, South Africa, Europe, Los Angeles and Senegal are this year’s winners of the ‘Oscar for best policies’ Eight inspiring and impactful laws and policies aimed at empowering young people to build a fair...
Friday, October 11, 2019
For women in politics, personal style is a game of chess with the patriarchy
Since the 19th century, when suffragists were forced to ditch their pantaloons and strictures in the U.S. Senate forbade women’s pants, women in politics have been obstructed in their pursuit of self-expression. It isn’t unusual for dress codes to...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Forum of Young Parliamentarians at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Youth quotas to increase the number of young MPs will also be a topic at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly, drawing on IPU research which has found correlations between women and youth representation in parliament. Empowering youth is the...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Forum of Women Parliamentarians at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Over 1700 parliamentarians and UN and civil society partners from around the world will meet in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13 to 17 October for the 141st IPU Assembly. Under the overarching theme of Strengthening international law: Parliamentary roles...
Thursday, September 26, 2019
First Lady of Sierra Leone: Excluding women from leadership has a great cost to development
Deliberate effort to put women in political positions, building institutions and strong legal frameworks, as well as strong human resource capacity,  are some of the catalysts that will ensure the African woman is empowered. These are some of the...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Field more female candidates in state election, Zuraida tells Sarawak Pakatan, GPS
PKR Women chief Zuraida Kamaruddin today urged state Pakatan Harapan (PH) and rivals Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to field more women candidates in the coming state election. She also noted that the ruling coalition GPS has not been fielding many...
Friday, September 06, 2019
For Rohingya women, refugee elections bring new opportunities – and new problems
Romida Begum sat on a chair in her tent home. Nearby, her older male assistant eyed her with a sideways glance. Romida – 27, a woman, and a refugee – couldn’t help but smirk: for once in her life, she was in charge. Last June, Romida and other...
Friday, September 06, 2019
For women in politics, being terrorized comes with the job
When Erin Schrode, then 24, decided to run for Congress in her California district in 2016, she expected to face grueling hours and numerous other challenges, but she never anticipated fending off thousands of abusive online messages. “One of the...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30 percent remains uncertain. A total of 104 women...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Finland's new female-powered government sworn in
Finland's new center-left coalition government has been sworn in, with the country's first Social Democratic prime minister in 16 years assuming office along with a climate issue-focused Cabinet where women are in the majority. The 19-member Cabinet...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
For the first time, ANC Caucus in parliament to be led by women
The appointments of new chief whip Pemmy Majodina, a former Eastern Cape MEC, and Doris Dlakude were confirmed on Monday following the ANC's special national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Cape Town. The African National Congress (ANC) caucus...
Friday, May 17, 2019
Female presidential candidates have to overcome the sexism — of other women
By Jay Newton-Small, There are already six women running for president in 2020, an unprecedented number, and two of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) — routinely poll in the top five among the nearly two dozen...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Finnish parliament still mostly middle-aged, male
Finland's parliamentary election on Sunday has been touted by some as a victory for "red-green" female candidates. Red-green parties include the Social Democrats, Left Alliance and Greens. A total of 92 women were elected to national office in...
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Finnish parliamentary elections: Record number of women winners
The main issues driving Finland’s 2019 parliamentary election on April 14, 2019 included the previous government coalition’s unsuccessful attempt to pass a long-debated social and healthcare reform; the need for action to mitigate climate change;...
Friday, 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...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
From where I stand: “Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams.”
The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 5 per cent of women holding political positions. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the...
Monday, December 17, 2018
From New Zealand to Saudi Arabia: When women won the vote worldwide
The Representation of People Act 1918 granted the vote to Irish and English women aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications. While some nations had extended that right to women earlier, other countries, in Europe as well as elsewhere, did...