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A polling station in Kokopo, East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea, during the 2012 national election (Alexander Rheeney/AFP/GettyImages)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Where are the women? The challenge facing the next PNG parliament
A country ranking among the world’s lowest for political participation by women has enormous social bias to overcome. Papua New Guinea is about to issue the writs for its national elections to formally start a campaign that will culminate with two...
Australia: Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election - The Conversation
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Australia: Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election
Because “women’s issues” have been in the headlines over the last year, it may seem strange they have not been more prominent in the election campaign. Yet it is clear gender has played a crucial role in defining the choice voters will make in the...
Podcast series: Women in politics in PNG - Credits: Lowy Institute
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Podcast series: Women in politics in PNG
In this special Women in Politics series for the Australia-PNG Network, the Lowy Institute's Jessica Collins sits down with prominent women from Papua New Guinea to discuss the deep-seated challenge of women’s political representation in Papua New...
An election banner for Somali presidential candidate and former Foreign Minister Fowzia Yusuf Adam is seen in Mogadishu, Somalia May 12, 2022 [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Q&A: An ambitious attempt to be Somalia’s first female president
There are a few exceptions but Somali women hardly get into politics or hold top public office in what remains a deeply conservative society. Fowzia Yusuf, one of those, speaks to Al Jazeera on seeking another first. This Sunday, Somalia is expected...
Understanding young people’s political participation - The Body Shop
Friday, May 13, 2022
Understanding young people’s political participation
Young people care – about our planet, our future and our political systems. In the last decade, young people have initiated social movements, tackling issues that impact their own lives and those of communities around the globe. They have done so...
Democratic nominee for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley SAM GREENE/THE ENQUIRER
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Democrat Nan Whaley makes Ohio history as first woman nominated to run for governor
Democrat Nan Whaley broke a political glass ceiling Tuesday when she became the first woman in Ohio history to win a major party nomination to run for governor. "This is a historic moment for the Democratic Party and for all of Ohio," said Whaley. "...
Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022) - Barbara Lee Foundation
Monday, May 09, 2022
Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022)
With more and more women running for office, races between women candidates will become the norm — not a novelty. Shared Hurdles reveals how candidates’ race, political party, and gender interact to influence voter opinion when more than one woman...
Leni Robredo at a March campaign event in Pasig City. Credit... Jes Aznar for The New York Times
Friday, May 06, 2022
The Philippines: The vice president is the only woman seeking the top job
The two top candidates in Monday’s presidential election offer Filipino voters a stark choice: the country’s vice president who has served as a check on President Rodrigo Duterte versus the scion of the Philippines’ most controversial political...
Minnesota State Senate candidate Erin Maye Quade gave a speech while in active labor, April 23, 2022, in Rosemount, Minn. Good Morning America
Monday, May 02, 2022
US: State politician gives speech while in active labor, withdraws to give birth
A state politician is bringing attention to the difficulties facing expectant mothers as she went into labor during an impassioned speech to delegates at a local party convention. Minnesota state Senate candidate Erin Maye Quade was in active labor...
A woman walks past graffiti on a fence that reads, 'Vote', in Paris, France.Photographer: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Record women candidates haven’t made French vote gender friendly
By Alice Kantor Few feminist policies have been campaign talking points during the election. On Sunday, the French head to the polls to elect their next president. After the first round two weeks ago, there are two candidates on the ballot: centrist...
Francia Marquez (Image: Twitter)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Racism and misogyny mar Colombia’s election race
Election observers warn that rampant hate speech could result in violence. Colombia’s election observers warned that hate speech targeting the running mate of presidential candidate Gustavo Petro could result in violence. Vice-presidential candidate...
Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth - IPU
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth
In a good example of parliamentary outreach to young people, the second edition of the Guyana National Youth Debating Competition takes place on Friday, 8 April. Some 16 youth groups will participate in the event with the objective of connecting...
Des manifestantes de la société civile devant le ministère de l'intérieur à Beyrouth, en mai 2018. Photo d'archives AFP/Anwar Amwro
Tuesday, April 05, 2022
Beyond barriers: Who and where are the women running in Lebanon's May elections, and what are their prospects?
BEIRUT  — When the March 15 filing deadline for candidates to register in May's parliamentary elections had passed, 157 women* had signed up to run making up some 15 percent of the 1,043 total candidates, compared to 11 percent in the 2018 polls....
2023 elections: When will an all-men Nigerian association endorse female aspirants? - The Cable
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
2023 elections: When will an all-men Nigerian association endorse female aspirants?
Want to see drama? Take an interest in Nigeria’s elections. From seemingly true-intentioned motives to the ‘aspire to perspire’ speeches and the comical jumps across party lines, election season is an interesting period here. Never mind that it is a...
Paula Yacoubian is running for office in 2022. Hussein Malla / AP Photo
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Meet the women fighting to change the face of Lebanese politics
Female politicians still face numerous obstacles despite momentum for change. On a sunny afternoon near a busy motorway in Beirut, former Lebanese MP Paula Yacoubian sits in the headquarters of her charitable organisation. Launched nearly a decade...
Jemma Nunu Kumba
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Jemma Nunu Kumba
Jemma Nunu Kumba is the Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan. This interview was conducted on 6 September 2021, in Vienna (Austria), during the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament. Click on the Settings...
Milena Pires campaign poster. Source: SBS / Aneeta Bhole
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Meet the women in Timor-Leste's presidential election
As Timor-Leste looks to its presidential elections on Saturday, several female candidates are standing. Will they persuade the new generation of voters of a need for a greater voice in politics? Women are increasingly taking up more leadership roles...
How are women reshaping India’s political landscape? Source: PTI
Friday, March 18, 2022
How are women reshaping India’s political landscape?
Despite India having had multiple female heads of state, and a progressive and highly diverse political past and present, the inclusion of women in Indian politics continues to be doubted by many countries across the world. Compared to other...

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