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A women casts her ballot in  the 2018 general elections in Freetown. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP
Monday, January 30, 2023
Sierra Leone opens door for more women in parliament
A new law in Sierra Leone will ensure that at least 30% of parliamentarians are women and impose similar quotas in other institutions, including government, local councils, the diplomatic corps and the civil service. The Gender Equality and Women's...
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
President Bio signs landmark gender equality law – opening doors for more women in parliament
Last Thursday, President Julius Maada Bio signed a new Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Bill 2022, known also as the GEWE Act 2022, that is seeking to open up the country’s political space and establish a level playing field for women in...
Posters in Tunis for candidates running in the Tunisian national election on Saturday 17 December. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images
Friday, December 16, 2022
Tunisia election set to deliver male-dominated parliament and erosion of women’s rights
As the country goes to the polls, reforms introduced by hardline president Kais Saied have led to the exclusion of female candidates. Tunisian will vote on Saturday in an election that will lead to a weakened parliament “almost exclusively dominated...
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections (Picture: New Dawn)
Thursday, December 08, 2022
Liberia: Women optimistic of 2023 elections
The deal to upholding women’s political participation and leadership in the 2023 presidential and General elections remains elusive and daunting, as the Woman Legislative Caucus of Liberia launches a two-day workshop for women aspirants to solicit...
Nepal: Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS (Picture: My Republica)
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nepal: Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS
KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Five women candidates have been elected to the House of Representatives (HoR) in the elections held on November 20. According to the data of the Election Commission (EC), women candidates were elected from five constituencies...
Women leaders present a gender-responsive constitutional vision to representatives of the international community (Picture Zawya)
Monday, November 28, 2022
Women leaders present a gender-responsive constitutional vision to representatives of the international community
Forty women from civil society organizations, women’s groups, political parties, armed movements, and academia came together over two weeks and produced a joint gender-responsive constitutional vision in a series of workshops organized by UNITAMS in...
Betsy Chavez jurando su cargo como primera ministra (Foto: Twitter)
Monday, November 28, 2022
Peru's president Pedro Castillo has named Betssy Chavez as the new prime minister
The former culture minister replaces Aníbal Torres, who resigned after losing the confidence of the Andean parliament. The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, he appointed Betsy Chavez as the new prime minister. Chavez, who until today had held the...
Gender inequality in local Irish politics highlighted in new research
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Ireland: Women's voices in the Council's Chamber
UCC research, carried out on behalf of Cork City Council’s Women’s Caucus, has recommended that gender quota legislation be introduced before the next local government elections to help increase the number of female councillors around the country. ...
Gender Equality: The EU is breaking the glass ceiling thanks to new gender balance targets on company boards (European Commission Logo)
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Gender equality: The EU is breaking the glass ceiling thanks to new gender balance targets on company boards
Today, the European Parliament has formally adopted the new EU law on gender balance on corporate boards. By 2026, companies will need to have 40% of the underrepresented sex among non-executive directors or 33% among all directors. On this occasion...
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles (Observer Research Foundation)
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles
Women’s representation in India’s Parliament is an important metric to evaluate progress in bridging gender inequities in the country. India has a female population of 662.9 million and is the largest and one of the most resilient parliamentary...
Sierra Leone's President, Julius Madaa Bio.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Sierra Leone passes bill To give women 30% representation in parliament
Sierra Leonean lawmakers on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass the Gender Empowerment Act, ensuring that one in three members of parliament, as well as local councillors, is a woman. Currently only 19 of Sierra Leone’s 146 members of parliament are...
Participants of the fourth Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue, held in October 2022.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Building Women’s Expertise and Comparative Knowledge of Decentralization Processes: Fourth Annual Women Constitution-Makers’ Dialogue
TRANSFORMING CONSTITUTION-BUILDING In a global context of democratic backsliding and growing intrastate and interstate conflicts, the imperative of women’s full and equal participation in constitution-building and peace processes is more urgent than...
Leadership pathways of women in Samoa (Picture UN Women)
Friday, November 11, 2022
Leadership pathways of women in Samoa
In December 2020, Sustineo was engaged UN Women under the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project to lead the design and implementation of Research on Leadership Pathways of Women in Samoa. The purpose was to better understand the barriers that...
 Boston Mayor Michelle Wu [+]BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES
Thursday, November 10, 2022
USA: Women in politics have to deal with more harassment and violence. A new database tracks the threats
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has become a target for white supremacists. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington was stalked outside her house by a man with a gun. And New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez receives an “astronomical” number of...
Preventing and responding to violence against women in politics and in parliaments (IPU logo)
Monday, November 07, 2022
Preventing and responding to violence against women in politics and in parliaments
The IPU, in cooperation with the National Assembly of Togo and the African Parliament Union is organizing an in-person regional Conference for African Parliaments in Lomé, from 29 November to 1 December 2022. The Conference will be an opportunity to...
Criminalizing violence against women in politics: Innovation, diffusion, and transformation (Cambridge)
Friday, November 04, 2022
Criminalizing violence against women in politics: Innovation, diffusion, and transformation
Violence against women politicians is increasingly recognized as an issue that undermines women’s presence in politics. Latin America has been at the vanguard of this global discussion. In 2012, Bolivia became the only country in the world to...
A Tunisian woman holds up a placard that reads in Arabic: “We are full citizens, not a decoration for sponsorships,” during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia on October 7, 2022. © 2022 Chedly Ben Ibrahim/AP Photo
Thursday, November 03, 2022
Tunisia tramples gender parity ahead of parliamentary elections
Recent Change to Electoral Law Reverses Major Advance for Women’s Rights A new electoral law introduced by Tunisian President Kais Saied on September 15 eliminated the principle of gender parity in elected assemblies, and could, in turn, result in...
Andalou Agency
Thursday, November 03, 2022
Over 1,400 candidates apply for parliamentary elections in Tunisia
Parliamentary elections slated for Dec. 17, women representation stands at 15% TUNIS – A total of 1,429 candidates have applied to contest Tunisia's parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on Dec. 17, the country's election commission said....

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