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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
UK: The new virtual parliament could make the 50/50 gender split a reality
The new virtual parliament, which started this week, could have unintended positive consequences for achieving gender equality in politics. Parliament was created by men, for men. The procedures, the structure, the culture – all created without a...
Monday, May 04, 2020
Leading with a quiet voice — the irony of women’s influence during COVID-19
By Heather McIntosh and Maria Giammarco, In an age of obsessive media consumption, social media “influencers” shape our interactions and collective understanding. These influencers build platforms to sell products, but also to advocate for women’s...
Monday, May 04, 2020
Women’s leadership could enhance global recovery from COVID-19
By Jacqui True, As countries consider how to recover from COVID-19 without a vaccine, technologies for testing and contact tracing are seen as crucial to enable us to return to work and school. But the one ingredient often missing in the strategy to...
Monday, May 04, 2020
Women ‘playing key role in the battle against coronavirus pandemic’: Women 20 chair
Women are on the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus, says Dr. Thoraya Obaid, chair of Women 20, an official G20 engagement group. “It is important that G20 leaders explicitly discuss and recognize the role women are playing in fighting...
Monday, May 04, 2020
Women in the security sector at the frontline of the COVID-19 response
From patrolling checkpoints to answering emergency calls, women serving in security sector agencies continue to undertake vital work across Jordan alongside their male colleagues, supporting citizens and carefully applying critical mitigation...
Friday, May 01, 2020
Female world leaders hailed as voices of reason amid the coronavirus chaos
By Jennifer Hassan and Siobhán O'Grady, Silveria Jacobs is not messing around. When coronavirus cases started increasing in the Caribbean nation of Sint Maarten, the 51-year-old prime minister delivered blunt instructions. “Simply. Stop. Moving,”...
Thursday, April 30, 2020
South Korean feminist party plans school to train 'winning' candidates
South Korea’s first feminist party is set to launch a political school to train aspiring female candidates, as it vowed to fight on after failing to win a seat in national elections. The Women’s Party was unsuccessful in its attempts to win four...
Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Coronavirus crisis is proving we need more women governors and mayors
A year that was supposed to be all about the presidency has suddenly become all about the governors. With the federal response to coronavirus lagging, national attention has turned to a group of lesser-known executive leaders now leading the fight...
Thursday, April 30, 2020
A recovery for everyone: putting gender at the center of democracy & governance responses to COVID-19
Opening Remarks: Michelle Bekkering, USAID Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3)  Panelists: Gina Chirillo, Senior Gender Program Officer, and Fauzia Tariq, Senior Gender Advisor, Pakistan - IFES...
Monday, April 27, 2020
The coronavirus could either help or hinder women’s candidacies
By Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Women’s leadership has drawn a lot of praise during the COVID-19 crisis, including for politicians like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and chief medical officers Theresa Tam and Bonnie Henry. There has also...
Monday, April 27, 2020
The coronavirus could either help or hinder women’s candidacies
By Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Women’s leadership has drawn a lot of praise during the COVID-19 crisis, including for politicians like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and chief medical officers Theresa Tam and Bonnie Henry. There has also...
Monday, April 27, 2020
Why do women make such good leaders during COVID-19?
By Cami Anderson, By the end of February, leaders across the globe were looking at the same facts: An invisible and dangerous enemy was fast approaching. COVID-19 was highly contagious, unpredictable, and deadly, even with an aggressive public...
Friday, April 24, 2020
Why leadership training is critical to helping women achieve their potential
By Hira Ali, It’s a common thought that women-only training focused on gender-specific challenges undermines equality because it divides problems by gender. But it’s important to acknowledge that there are specific traits distinct to both men and...
Thursday, April 23, 2020
8 (more) women leaders facing the Coronavirus crisis
Women now govern 18 countries and 545 million people globally. That’s 7% of the world’s population. (Exactly the same percentage, by the way, of women CEOs on the Fortune 500.) From Bangladesh and Ethiopia, to Georgia and Singapore, women are...
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Women leaders are doing a disproportionately great job at handling the pandemic. So why aren't there more of them?
In Taiwan, early intervention measures have controlled the coronavirus pandemic so successfully that it is now exporting millions of face masks to help the European Union and others. Germany has overseen the largest-scale coronavirus testing program...
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
On the frontlines of COVID-19: A conversation with women peacebuilders
In fragile settings around the world, COVID-19 poses a serious threat to peace, security, and the rights of women and girls. Join women peacebuilders on the frontlines of COVID-19 for a virtual discussion on how the pandemic is exacerbating...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Resources on Gender-sensitive Responses to COVID-19
As the impact of COVID-19 intensifies globally, we have curated a selection of resources and information on gender-sensitive responses and women’s leadership in times of pandemic. You will find a list of relevant resolutions, useful tools, virtual...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
In a global emergency, women are showing how to lead
By Zoe Marks Among the countries that have seen early successes in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic, female leaders stand out. Germany under Angela Merkel boasts one of the lowest fatality rates in the world and is gradually reopening. Women-...

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