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September 12, 2019
Women councillors seek a greater say in Georgia’s economic and political life
Meeting in Tbilisi Wednesday at their sixth annual conference, more than 150 members of the Women Councillors’ Forum of Georgia sought a greater say in economic and political issues at the local level. Participants called for municipal public services to pay greater heed to the needs of women, for...
September 12, 2019
Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics
On Sept. 6, 1870 — Election Day — officials in Wyoming were concerned. The previous year, a violent mob in South Pass had attempted to prevent African American men from voting. And since then, the territorial Legislature had granted full political equality to its women citizens. It was not clear...
September 12, 2019
Source: Africa News
Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers to join forces on gender equality strategy
Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers will assemble in Nairobi on 19 and 20 September for their triennial meeting to consider a robust strategy to achieve gender equality goals in all 53 member countries by 2030. The strategy will include provisions to help increase women’s access to leadership,...
September 12, 2019
Source: The Local
New minister vows to press on with Sweden's feminist foreign policy
Sweden on Tuesday named a new foreign minister, appointing trade minister Ann Linde who vowed to press on with the country's "feminist foreign policy". Linde, 57, replaces Margot Wallström 64, who made headlines in 2014 when she put gender equality at the heart of Sweden's international agenda....
September 10, 2019
Source: Aljazeera
Sudan's first cabinet since Omar al-Bashir's removal sworn in
Sudan swore in its first cabinet since the removal of former president Omar al-Bashir in April following nationwide protests against his rule. The 18-member cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, which includes four women, took the oath at the presidential palace in Khartoum on Sunday. The...
September 10, 2019
Source: BBC
Blue dress and new-look women upstage Italy's macho politicians
Since the unification of Italy in the late 19th Century, the country has had 58 prime ministers - every one a man. No woman has come close to leading this country. Female politicians in Italy have often been used either as decoration or as tokens of an equality that doesn't yet exist. But the new...
September 10, 2019
Women in politics deterred by structural barriers, study finds
Issues around sexism and work-life balance contribute to the dearth of women in politics, a new study has found. The study, conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Zurich and published in Journal of Experimental Political Science...
September 9, 2019
Source: TRT World
A new face in Kosovo looks to transform the role of women in politics
Political apathy is increasing in Kosovo and political parties are trying to reach new constituencies. TRT World spoke to one new candidate who wants to make a difference. Pristina, Kosovo - As Kosovo heads for arguably its most important elections in the past two decades, I sat down with one of...
September 6, 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 refugees headed to the polls in Shalbagan camp, one...