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Friday, November 06, 2020
Women make up more than half of Africa's population, but their representation in politics in the past decade has been insignificant. With a numerical significance of 52 percent against their male counterparts, women are least likely to hold...
Thursday, March 05, 2020
With Lebanon’s next parliamentary elections slated for 2022, coalitions should begin pushing to ensure women are equally represented in politics, activists and local advocacy groups said following the release of a U.N. Women report Tuesday entitled...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
In the aftermath of the 2007-08 post-election violence, the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (Waki Commission) documented more than 900 sexual violence cases perpetrated by security agents and civilians against women, girls, men...
Thursday, October 03, 2019
The body of mayoral candidate Karina García was found shot and incinerated in her car in the Cauca department of southern Colombia, on 1 September. For weeks, García had reported receiving threats and asked the government for increased protection...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Pauline Ngarmpring thought she would take it slow as she began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of 49. Instead, three years on, she is a candidate for Thai prime minister - the country’s first transgender candidate...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced 33 per cent quota for women in the allocation of Lok Sabha tickets of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party. Addressing the Women Self Help Group's (SHGs) Conclave under 'Mission Shakti', Patnaik said...
Friday, March 22, 2019
A non-partisan collective is targeting the general elections for equal representation of women in Parliament, but the road to gender-just politics is tricky to traverse Vinod Rathod of the Delhi Police has been manning the Parliament gates for four...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 5 per cent of women holding political positions. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament. Pauline Tallen began...
Friday, February 01, 2019
Women Radio 91.7 has embarked on advocacy visits to stakeholders of democracy in a bid to ensure 2019 general elections is peaceful and non-violent to increase women’s participation. Toun Okewale Sonaiya MD Women Radio during a visit to INEC...
Friday, December 07, 2018
United Nation Women and United Nations Development programme (UNDP) on Monday launched a programme guide to prevent violence against women in the 2019 general elections. The launch which was organised by UN Women and UNDP took place in Abuja. Ms...
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 Mexico has made unprecedented strides towards achieving gender parity in its Congress during the last general election held...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. This was a whopping increase...
Monday, August 14, 2017
In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Abdia Gole, 33, is a recent graduate of Business Management from one of the leading universities in Kenya, and a candidate for the upcoming County Assembly elections for Gorbo Ward, Marsabit County, in Northern Kenya. “I am going door to door,...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Nepal — "I am contesting the upcoming election with my headscarf on, duly following the advice of my mother-in-law. But I have offered my full support to my daughter-in-law to contest the polls without the scarf" says Kausilya Tharu, 45, who came...
local elections
Friday, December 23, 2016
By Corinne Roberts It’s midday in one of Dili’s busiest markets. A man pushes a food-cart selling an Indonesian-style soup with spicy meatballs. In an aluminum-roofed market stall, Barbara Garma Soares is shopping for football jerseys. Soares is one...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity...