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January 22, 2020
Source: CNN
Katerina Sakellaropoulou becomes Greece's first woman president
High court judge and human rights advocate Katerina Sakellaropoulou has been elected Greece's first female president by parliament on Wednesday. Sakellaropoulou was nominated by the ruling conservative New Democracy party, but also managed to secure the backing of the main opposition party Syriza...
January 14, 2020
Kenya: new cabinet casts ray of hope in push for gender balance
The nomination of Betty Maina as Industrialisation CS has cast a ray of hope for a gender-balanced Cabinet. President Uhuru Kenyatta also appointed 15 new chief administrative secretaries, eight of whom were women. With Maina's nomination, the Cabinet now has seven women members. They are Amina...
January 13, 2020
Women still missing from top ranks of business, politics and law
Men still dominate the most senior roles in public life and the UK is “generations away” from achieving gender equality, according to a report published on Monday. The 2020 Sex and Power Index compiled by the Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning for gender equality, showed that women are missing...
January 10, 2020
Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, faced a familiar struggle with gender politics
The first woman elected to the United States Senate is not a household name. That woman, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas, kept a very low profile. She is not considered a political trailblazer. Indeed, she voted with the rest of the Southern delegation against the Anti-Lynching Bill of 1934,...
January 9, 2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), and UN Women. Since the...
January 7, 2020
Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet
Austria swore in its new conservative-Green coalition Cabinet on Tuesday. For the first time, women ministers will outnumber men. Nine of the 17 members of the new Cabinet are women, although both the roles of chancellor and vice-chancellor are held by men. President Alexander van der Bellen,...
January 6, 2020
Source: The Hill
Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public office in the US
A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll. In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female voters said men seeking political office have a competitive edge compared to other demographics....
January 6, 2020
Source: The Week
Michelle Williams urges women to vote in their 'own self interest' in 2020
Michelle Williams used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to encourage women to hit the polls this November. (…) Williams said she tried "my very best to live a life of my own making," and she would "not have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose. To choose when to have...
January 6, 2020
Source: BBC
Croatia elects centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic as president
Croatia's presidential election has been won by centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic, who defeated the nationalist incumbent. The social democratic ex-prime minister vowed to heal divisions, and said his victory had brought "hope and faith". Mr Milanovic beat Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic - a...