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Satoko Kishimoto, the new mayor of Tokyo’s Suginami district: ‘I thought something had to change.’ Photograph: Asia Europe People's Forum/Youtube
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
"Dominated by old men": Tokyo ward’s first female mayor takes on status quo
Satoko Kishimoto sets sights on ‘radical change’ in Japan, where only 2% of local government leaders are women. The first female mayor of a district in Tokyo has vowed to challenge Japan’s male-dominated politics, weeks after she became one of only...
Best practices: Promoting gender balanced appointments (RepresentWomen)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Best practices: Promoting gender balanced appointments
To inform our own programming on advancing gender-balanced appointments and to establish a scalable, replicable, transformative model for advancing gender-balanced appointments, RepresentWomen gathered learnings from five similar initiatives around...
Gender balanced cabinets: Where we stand, why it matters (RepresentWomen)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Gender balanced cabinets: Where we stand, why it matters
More than 100 years after women gained full citizenship rights through the 19th Amendment, women are still under-represented in government. While it is widely known that no woman has become president, it is not only the highest executive offices...
Not just sticks and stones: Psychological abuse and physical violence among U.S. state senators (Picture: Cambridge)
Friday, July 15, 2022
Not just sticks and stones: Psychological abuse and physical violence among U.S. state senators
In this study, we report results of a survey of U.S. state senators about their experiences  of psychological abuse, physical violence, and sexualized abuse and violence on the job, as well as gender differences among senators. Overall, our results...
 Female local politicians exchange opinions with Seiko Noda, left in the back row, state minister in charge of gender equality, in Tokyo in May 2018. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Thursday, July 07, 2022
Japan: Local assemblies identify barriers that stop women entering politics
Local politicians across Japan feel that more needs to be done to help women enter and remain in politics, from combatting sexual harassment to beefing up maternity leave policies, according to a new survey. And assemblymen pointed to another...
A female Upper House election candidate in Nagoya on Sunday | KYODO
Thursday, July 07, 2022
Harassment of female candidates a growing issue in Japanese politics
In 2019, Aiko Usui was 28 years old and running for a seat in a ward assembly election in Tokyo. But instead of being treated as an aspiring politician by some of the voters she was canvassing, she instead felt like a pop idol being targeted for...
Freshman members of the 116th Congress pose for a group photo on Capitol Hill November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
I’m not sexist, other voters are
During the 2020 caucus cycle, I heard it a lot, the refrain of the cautious Democratic voter. I want to vote for her, but I don’t think she can win. It wasn’t, people reasoned, because they were sexist, but they worried that America was. The...
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, speaks during a campaign event in Reynolds on June 4, 2022. Abrams faces GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in the general election in November. (CNN)
Tuesday, July 05, 2022
After year of historic political gains, Black women continue push toward governorships
(CNN)In 2018, Stacey Abrams came within 1.4 percentage points of clinching the governor's mansion in Georgia. Her stinging loss to Republican Brian Kemp is still on the hearts of many of her most fervent supporters some four years later. Though...
More than 50% of deputies in Jersey's new government are women (Picture: BBC)
Friday, July 01, 2022
Jersey election 2022: Number of females elected rises from 14 to 21
The 2022 election has seen more women elected to Jersey's government than ever before. A total of 51% of the newly-elected deputies are women, and women now make up 43% of the overall government. Carina Alves, Inna Gardiner, Carolyn Labey, Helen...
Kenya: Women seek elective positions to attain parity in leadership (©KBC)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Kenya: Women seek elective positions to attain parity in leadership
Women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for any county or country. However, according to statistics, women are under-represented at all levels of decision-...
Women’s participation in politics at the local government level in Uganda - UNW
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Women’s participation in politics at the local government level in Uganda
Uganda adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and was one of the first countries to integrate them into its National Development Plan. Under Goal 5, countries commit to promoting and guaranteeing women’s full and effective participation...
Maryland Democrats have a large and talented field chasing the top political job in 2022, jockeying to win the governor's mansion back from Republicans. (Erin Cox/TWP)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Maryland has a glass ceiling. Democrats won’t break it this year.
No women are at the top of the ticket in the crowded Democratic primary race for governor, but seven have been picked as running mates. In a deeply blue state where leaders pride themselves on promoting diversity, the Democratic ballot for governor...
Joining the race to replace UCP leader Jason Kenney are, from left: Leela Aheer, Rebecca Schulz, Rajan Sawhney and Danielle Smith.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Canada: Four women join race for UCP leadership
Alberta politics becoming more open to diverse candidates, says UCalgary political science professor Susan Franceschet.  Despite the long race ahead, a United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership ballot boasting a record number of women is already a...
Women in politics: Striving for genuine change in a rigged system, By Fidelis Nwagwu
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Women in politics: Striving for genuine change in a rigged system, By Fidelis Nwagwu
The message seems quite clear that politics in Nigeria is a game for rich, old men, to the detriment of the real change-making demographics - women and youths. Politics has almost become an exclusive club of male actors, who prevent the...
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik during the oath taking ceremony of new cabinet ministers, at Lok Seva Bhawan, in Bhubnaeswar, June 5, 2022. Photo: PTI
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
"Women power, clean image": Naveen Patnaik revamps cabinet with eye on 2024 polls
By accommodating more women and dropping some controversial leaders from the cabinet, the Biju Janata Dal chief is gearing up for assembly and general elections. Bhubaneswar: Barely a week after completing three years in his fifth term as the chief...
New study finds disparity between men and women in politics in India is immense - Picture: She The People
Monday, June 13, 2022
New study finds disparity between men and women in politics in India is immense
A new study about women in politics by Professor Parimal Maya Sudhakar, Head of the School, MIT School of Government, MIT World Peace University reported the disparity between the number of male and female politicians in India. The study revealed...
Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?  ILLUSTRATION BY PAIGE STAMPATOR
Monday, June 13, 2022
Canada: Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?
Women are more likely to hold interim leadership roles in federal politics, but clinching the top role remains elusive. INTERIM LEADERS HOLD a strange position in party politics. They’ve advanced to one of the highest offices in the country, but at...
International IDEA's Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Senior Advisor for Democracy and Inclusion, presents information on gender equality approaches during the Albania 2022 International Forum for Gender Equality “Equality and Me” held on 27 May 2023.
Friday, June 10, 2022
Albania addresses gender equality in decision-making beyond gender quotas
International IDEA presented its latest data on gender quotas at the Albania 2022 International Forum for Gender Equality “Equality and Me”, which focused on developing a stronger commitment for gender equality. The Forum held on 27 May provided a...

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