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September 13, 2021
Two women campaign to become France’s 1st female president
PARIS (AP) — Two French politicians kicked off their presidential campaigns Sunday, seeking to become France’s first female leader in next year’s spring election. The far-right National Rally party’s Marine Le Pen and Paris’ Socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, both launched their presidential platforms...
La maire socialiste de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, lors de l'annonce de sa candidature à Rouen, le 12 septembre 2021. © Thomas Samson, AFP
September 13, 2021
Source: France 24
Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo sets sights on 2022 presidential race
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo threw her hat in the ring for France's 2022 presidential election on Sunday in Rouen. Her announcement brought an end to months of speculation that she would seek the Socialist nomination – and to years of assurances from Hidalgo herself that Paris City Hall wouldn't serve...
Claudia Pavlovich celebrates her victory as governor of Sonora, Mexico, in 2015. (Agencia el Universal/AP)
September 13, 2021
Mexico’s bold break with machismo: Congress is now half female, and gender parity is the law
HERMOSILLO, Mexico — When Claudia Pavlovich ran for governor of Sonora, a vast swath of cowboy country south of Arizona, not a single Mexican state was led by a woman. Fewer than 10 percent of the nation’s mayors were female. And the hot issue of that 2015 campaign wasn’t Pavlovich’s political...
Activists from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) shout slogans demanding the passing of the Women's Reservation Bill near parliament house in 2011 in New Delhi [File: Raveendran/AFP]
September 13, 2021
Source: Al Jazeera
India: 25 years on, Women’s Reservation Bill still not a reality
India ranks 148th in a list of 193 countries based on the percentage of elected women representatives in their national parliaments. New Delhi, India – “This is a special day in the history of our country…” These were the opening remarks of a debate that took place on September 12, 1996, in the Lok...
Africa News
September 2, 2021
Source: Africa News
Somalia campaigners step up efforts for more women representation in politics
A two-day forum in Somalia that brought together women, the youth, academics, women’s rights activists and political experts concluded deliberations on Wednesday with a call for 30 percent women quota in political representation to be guaranteed. Campaigners for greater representation of women in...
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September 2, 2021
Source: NPR
These female Afghan politicians are risking everything for their homeland
The Taliban have taken over Afghanistan, but there are still forces of opposition attempting to maintain human rights in the country. Many Afghan political leaders, including former president Ashraf Ghani, fled the country, but several female politicians stayed to resist the Taliban on the ground...
Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant governor, will succeed Andrew M. Cuomo to become the first female governor of New York.Credit...Brendan McDermid/Reuters
August 11, 2021
Kathy Hochul to become New York’s first woman governor
Kathy Hochul will take Andrew M. Cuomo’s place as governor of New York State once his resignation goes into effect in 14 days. Ms. Hochul, New York State’s lieutenant governor, will become the first woman to lead New York State. “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down,’’ Ms. Hochul...
La cheffe du Conseil mohawk de Kahnawake récemment élue, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer  PHOTO : RADIO-CANADA / IVANOH DEMERS
August 9, 2021
Indigenous leaders praise historic election victories by women
It's no coincidence that a wave of Indigenous women have won leadership roles previously held only by men, say leaders and advocates. They argue it's a sign of the times that Mandy Gull-Masty was elected the first female Grand Chief of the Cree Nation in northern Quebec this week, after...
The Star
August 3, 2021
Source: The Star
Youth group to hold women-only mock parliament to promote female participation in politics
PETALING JAYA: A Young Women’s Parliament will be held next month, with 222 young delegates debating policies on women’s issues, gender equality, social issues and more in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics and policymaking. Organised by Malaysia Young Generation (MyGen), the...