World News


November 5, 2019
Source: Punch
Parties without structure shouldn’t have female candidates – INEC Nigeria
Political parties that do not have structures on the ground should not present women as candidates during elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission warned on Tuesday. The commission said that being a candidate should not be the only factor that should be taken into consideration but...
November 4, 2019
Source: The Guardian
Diane Abbott speaks out on online abuse as female MPs step down
Diane Abbott has spoken out about how she deals with online vitriol after a growing number of female MPs announced they would not be standing in the general election, with some citing the abuse they faced in public office. The shadow home secretary, who was found by a study to be subject to nearly...
November 1, 2019
Source: VOA News
Botswana battles declining number of women in politics
Female under-representation in politics continues to be a problem in Botswana, where only three women won seats in the 57-member National Assembly during last week’s general elections. Activists say the central African country has a bias against women both in its electoral system and its culture....
October 30, 2019
Slovakia is not the best country for women
Slovakia is walking on the right path when it comes to women’s empowerment. But the country still lags, even behind its closest neighbours. This year's Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index placed Slovakia in 35th place. Despite observed improvements, the country continues to lag behind its...
October 30, 2019
Source: Grapevine
Sexism in parliament in Iceland: The numbers don’t lie
According to a new study, around 80% of women in Parliament are exposed to gender-based violence. In May, the study surveyed 33 women who are working in or have recently quit Parliament, with 25 women responding. The results of the study are presented in a new book by Dr. Haukur Arnþórsson, which...
October 29, 2019
Source: Medium
The history of indigenous women’s leadership
In the 2018 midterms, Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (KS-03) won their respective elections and became the first Native American women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Out of 18 total Native Americans who have served in the House, only two are women, and no Native American...
October 28, 2019
Source: The Guardian
Belgium gets first female PM as Sophie Wilmès takes office
Belgium’s first female prime minister in its 189-year history has taken office, after Sophie Wilmès was named as the head of the country’s next caretaker government. Wilmès succeeds the liberal leader Charles Michel, who will become president of the European council on 1 December. Her role has been...
October 28, 2019
Source: Ms Magazine
USA: These candidates are proof: Investing in women who run for state and local office pays off
Many feminists celebrated the incredible progress made in 2018 when more women were elected to Congress than ever before—but victories at the state level warranted commemoration, too. In the days following the 2018 election, more than 2,000 women were sworn into America’s state legislatures. Those...
October 28, 2019
Source: BBC
Claudia López: Colombia's capital elects gay woman as mayor
Claudia López, a gay politician who advertises herself as "incorruptible", has become the first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia's capital, Bogotá. The 49-year-old centre-left candidate had won 35.2% of the vote with nearly all votes counted. Mayor of Bogotá is widely considered the second-...