World News


July 1, 2020
Source: Kyodo News
Japan to focus on female empowerment, support for single mothers
The Japanese government adopted Wednesday a set of policies on women, focusing on promoting their empowerment in the business and political arenas and helping single mothers secure child support from divorced husbands. The policies stated that accelerating efforts to further increase the number of...
June 29, 2020
Source: Irish Times
Lack of female Ministers is a ‘missed opportunity’, women’s groups say
The appointment of only four senior female Cabinet Ministers is a “missed opportunity” directly linked to the lack of women candidates put forward in winnable seats across the State, women’s rights groups have said. Women still face systemic barriers in politics, said Ciairín de Buis, chief...
June 29, 2020
Turkish women not represented enough in politics: CHP leader ANKARA
Women in Turkey are not adequately represented in the Turkish political system and civil society associations should impose pressure to secure at least a one third quota through an amendment of the Law on the Political Parties, the leader of the main opposition party has said. “We implement a 33.3...
June 25, 2020
Source: Daily Nation
Culture a major setback to Maasai women in politics, says Lydia Ntimama
Maasai women have made great progress in fighting oppressive cultural practices, says Lydia Ntimama, a Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) candidate for Narok County woman representative. She says she is happy and encouraged by the progress, adding that the cultural practices have been a major drawback on...
June 24, 2020
Somalia: Lower House approves 30 percent quota proposal for women representation
Somali women's urge to directly participate in governance was tremendously boosted on Sunday, following the decision by Lower House to unanimously endorse a 30 per cent quota proposal for affirmative representation in the house. For months now, international partners have been pushing for the...
June 23, 2020
Source: News Wise
The center for American women and politics launches public database of women elected officials
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women’s current and historical...
June 23, 2020
Source: CNN
'I want to see myself:' Black women mount public and private campaign for Biden to pick a Black woman running mate
Influential Black women are mounting a robust effort to persuade presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that selecting a black woman as his running mate would give him the best advantage to win the White House in November. These women -- consisting of a wide swath of prominent political figures...
June 22, 2020
Source: Metro
Iceland’s Prime Minister praises female leaders for response to coronavirus
Iceland’s prime minister has indicated that female leaders have offered a better response to coronavirus across the world than some of their male counterparts. Katrín Jakobsdóttir said: ‘It’s a remarkable fact that a lot of female leaders have actually been listening very closely to our scientists...
June 22, 2020
Source: Big Think
10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world
Evidence shows that disease outbreak affects women and men differently, that pandemics exacerbate inequalities for girls and women, who are also often the hardest hit, and that women play an outsize role responding to crises, including as frontline healthcare and social workers, caregivers at home...