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Mamata Banerjee with nephew Abhisekh Banerjee's daughter Azania. Credit: PTI Photo
May 7, 2021
Bengal election result 2021: Women voters played an instrumental role in TMC's thumping victory
M Modi’s widely popularised ‘Didi... o Didi’ taunts did not go down well with the women in a state where they are traditionally used to social equality West Bengal resoundingly voted the Trinamool Congress back to power for a third consecutive term in the state on Sunday. TMC supremo Mamata...
Three women city on Calgary city council ahead of the 2021 municipal election: (L to R) Jyoti Gondek, Druh Farrell and Diane Colley-Urquhart. Supplied by the City of Calgary
May 7, 2021
Source: Global News
Women underrepresented on Calgary city council; 18 seek council and mayor seats in 2021
Calgary city council has a representation problem. Of the 15 people on council, including 14 councillors and one mayor, five are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) and three are women. Calgary’s demographics from the most recent federal census are drastically different: about 40 per...
 WATCH: It’s now less than a week until municipal elections are held in much of New Brunswick. As candidates make their pitches to voters, one Saint John-area candidate is making an entirely different appeal to protect her family’s privacy. Travis Fortnum
May 7, 2021
Source: Global News
Municipal candidate calls for privacy protection after ‘harassing’ phone calls
A Rothesay council candidate says a series of harassing phone calls have led her to lobby for Elections Act changes — days away from New Brunswick’s municipal elections. Tiffany Mackay French says the publication of her personal information made her vulnerable to a man who took an interest in her...
 A woman fills in a ballot for the 2020 U.S presidential election in Fairfax, Virginia, November 3, 2020.
May 7, 2021
USA: Women outnumber and outvote men, but they don’t vote alike
Female voters are not a sure bet for Democrats, recent research on voting says. While Black, Latina and Asian American women voted for Democratic President Joe Biden by large margins, 55% of white women voted for then-incumbent, Republican Donald Trump, and 44% chose Biden, who went on to win. The...
Ms Craig said the scale of the problem was such that it was not practicable that the new commission would be able to deal with all individual complaints. Photograph: iStock
May 7, 2021
Online targeting of women politicians and journalists a ‘real concern’ – BAI
Oireachtas committee hears of abuse encountered by public figures online The online targeting of women politicians and women journalists is a matter of “real concern”, the deputy chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has told an Oireachtas committee. Legislation designed to...
The Fawcett Society said: ‘Without concerted effort we simply won’t see gender equality and women will continue to be an unheard majority.’ Photograph: Paul Warburton/Alamy
May 7, 2021
Source: The Guardian
Concern as just a third of candidates in English local elections are women
Fawcett Society says more needs to be done to encourage women into politics More needs to be done to encourage women into politics, the UK’s leading charity for gender equality has said, as data reveals that just one-third of candidates in this week’s English council elections are women. Research...
Staff of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists ahead of the upcoming general elections, at the commission's local offices in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on April 6, 2021. - ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images
April 29, 2021
Source: Al-Monitor
Palestinian women still underrepresented on electoral lists
Although the Palestinian electoral law has been amended to raise the quota for women's participation in the Palestinian elections from 20% to 26%, Palestinian women continue to be unfairly represented on electoral lists. RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian women were remarkably present on the...
Will we see more women, more Coloured, more disabled people on the Holyrood benches after the 6 May election? REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
April 29, 2021
Source: RFI
Could the new Scottish Parliament turn out to be the most diverse ever?
Since its creation in 1999, the Scottish Parliament has provided a forum to address issues like health, education and the environment, which directly affect the nation. However, as far as representation goes, there is room for improvement. Things could change dramatically in this year’s...
Michelle Roberts was elected as the first female speaker of WA Parliament.CREDIT:THE WEST AUSTRALIAN/KELSEY REID
April 29, 2021
Source: WAtoday
Women’s day as record setting parliament sworn in
The lower house of Western Australia’s newly elected 41st Parliament sat for the first time on Thursday, marking a momentous occasion with the swearing-in of a record number of women in the chamber and the first female speaker. Of the 95 politicians who make up the upper and lower houses of...