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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Finland’s new parliament is dominated by women under 35
Sanna Marin is about to assume a role that remains unusual for young women around the world. When she’s sworn in as prime minister of Finland this week, she’ll be in charge of an entire nation. Marin, who was elected by her party on Sunday, will be...
Friday, November 08, 2019
From Sudan to the Security Council: Sudanese women lead drive for change
On 8 April 2019, Alaa Salah took to the streets in protest of the declining economic state of her country, just like thousands of other students and young people in Sudan. She had no idea that she would become the face of the Sudanese protest...
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 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...
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, 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...
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...
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...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Former New Zealand PM says more women leaders needed to solve world’s problems
If more women were in positions of leadership, the world would be a more peaceful place, according to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. In a sit-down interview with CTV National News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, Clark...
Monday, November 05, 2018
Female politicians from around world mark century of UK women’s suffrage
A young Bosnian MP who denounced her uncle’s war crimes, a member of the Syrian opposition and a Gambian women’s rights campaigner are among the female parliamentarians who will sit in the House of Commons chamber this week. A landmark event on...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Fury is a political weapon. And women need to wield it
By Rebecca Traister, What the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh showed us about who gets to be angry in public. By Rebecca Traister, Ms. Traister is the author of “Good and mad: The revolutionary power of women’s anger.” Inside...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
For women foreign ministers and activists, a historic first in Montreal
At the first official Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Canada provided a window for activists to shape ideas about what a feminist foreign policy should look like. Those present tell OpenCanada what they’ll be watching for from the ministers at the...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Fighting sexual harassment helps women rise, says Canadian PM
TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says movements such as Me Too play a role in changing a workplace culture that often keeps women from top-level positions. Speaking at a women’s summit in Toronto, the prime minister said sexual harassment is...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigerian women are more reliable in politics than their men counterparts
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigerian Women are more reliable in politics than their men counterparts, saying it is high time political leaders got them involved in the country’s politics. Obasanjo said this while speaking at the Women’s...