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July 8, 2020
Source: Hong Kong
‘How much for an hour?’: Hong Kong female politicians speak out against sexual harassment culture
She decided the comments would stay online, and she will not be deterred. Had she decided to delete the whole conversation, it would not have been the first time. Leung has previously felt forced to remove political videos and pictures from her Facebook page, against her will, because an...
July 8, 2020
Source: Community
Grassroots campaign launches to call for gender-balanced cabinet in New Zealand’s 2020 election year
A grassroots campaign has launched this week calling on political party leaders to support the implementation of a gender-balanced Cabinet with 50 percent women and 50 percent men in this years election. The many vital issues discussed each. A grassroots campaign has launched this week calling on...
July 8, 2020
A century after women gained the right to vote, majority of Americans see work to do on gender equality
A hundred years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, about half of Americans say granting women the right to vote has been the most important milestone in advancing the position of women in the country. Still, a majority of U.S. adults say the country hasn’t gone far enough when it comes to...
July 8, 2020
Singapore's record 40 female candidates change election discussion
When Singaporeans go to the polls to elect a new government on Friday, the People's Action Party is all but certain to emerge victorious. It will also be a watershed moment for female politicians in the city-state. A record 40 women are vying for seats in parliament, up from the 36 who contested...
July 8, 2020
African Centre for Women in Politics lauds selection of Prof Jane Opoku Agyemang as Mahama’s running mate
The African Centre for Women in Politics (ACWP) has described the appointment of Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as ‘a fulfillment that has been long-awaited by women in Ghana, in Africa and the world at large.” In a press release, the group explained that, her appointment indicates the great...
July 7, 2020
Source: Daily Sabah
Sexist attacks against women in Turkish politics reveal resistance to social change
Women in Turkish politics along with the wives and daughters of politicians have become targets of sexist attacks on social media over the past couple of weeks. Although women in politics tend to receive backlash based on their gender rather than their actions, especially on social media, the...
July 7, 2020
Source: IPS News
Has COVID-19 pushed women in politics off Kenya’s agenda?
In 2013, Alice Wahome ran in her third attempt to win the hotly-contested Kandara constituency parliamentary seat in Murang’a County, Central Kenya. As is typical of rural politics, the field was male-dominated, with the stakes being high for all candidates but more especially so for Wahome — no...
July 6, 2020
Tokyo’s first female governor sails to re-election even as virus cases rise
In rewarding Tokyo’s first female governor, Yuriko Koike, with a second term on Sunday, voters endorsed her highly visible leadership as the sprawling metropolis has avoided the kind of spiraling death toll from the coronavirus seen in other world capitals. But a recent resurgence in cases in Tokyo...
July 6, 2020
Women’s council sees widening gender gap in economy, politics due to Covid-19
The umbrella body for women’s organisations in the country predicts that the gender gap, particularly in the areas of economic participation and political empowerment, will widen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at a United Nations virtual dialogue in conjunction with its 75th anniversary,...