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The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, foreground right, meets women leaders in Mogadishu (file photo/allAfrica)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Somalia: electoral agency pushes for more women in parliament
Somalia's federal electoral agency is urging all regional polls supervisors to ensure that at least 30 percent of seats in the Lower House go to women. In a letter to state electoral teams, the federal agency also published a table showing the...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern//IPU
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Women in politics in New Zealand: here’s what they are doing right
New Zealand was the first country in the world where women won the right to vote and it’s now a leader for gender parity in politics. Following the October 2020 elections, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern leads the most diverse government in...
President-elect Dame Sandra Mason (L) on the eve of her inauguration as Barbados becomes a republic Randy Brooks AFP - France 24
Monday, November 29, 2021
Replacing the queen: Barbados's first president, Sandra Mason
Dame Sandra Mason was the first woman admitted to the bar in Barbados -- and her place in the nation's history was cemented when she was elected as the country's first president. Her rise to become head of state of the Caribbean island, replacing...
Women MP’s of Sri Lanka parliament call for action to prevent verbal harassment from male colleagues  (Photo by Joakim Honkasalo on Unsplash)
Monday, November 29, 2021
Women MP’s of Sri Lanka parliament call for action to prevent verbal harassment from male colleagues
Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus (WPC) in Sri Lanka parliament, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control has written to the Speaker of Parliament to take steps to...
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art (Annick Kamgang/IPU)
Monday, November 29, 2021
Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art
In light of the significance of the recent report, Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, the IPU commissioned a talented artist to help visually portray the extent of this scourge in legislatures across the...
One of UWC's panels on the topic of "Women in the security sector and peace-building.” (Copyright: NDI)
Monday, November 29, 2021
The value of women’s leadership: NDI supports the 5th Annual Ukranian Women’s Congress
Despite the fact that 61 percent of Ukrainians believe men and women should be equally involved in political life, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in Ukrainian politics. In this context, organizations and events that bring...
It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics (copyright: The Guardian)
Friday, November 26, 2021
’It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Mari Yasuda has come to dread checking her social media accounts. While a TV programme has tipped the candidate as “one to watch” in Japan’s general election this month, her anonymous correspondents make no secret of their belief that, as a woman,...
Una mujer libia porta una bandera nacional en la capital, Trípoli, el 25 de febrero de 2021. Mahmud Turkia/AFP
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Leila ben Khalifa becomes first woman to run for Libyan presidency
Leila ben Khalifa, an activist who heads the National Movement party, became the first woman to run in the presidential elections in Libya on Monday after she submitted her papers to run in the election, according to Arabic-language media. Over 65...
Photo by Harold Mendoza on Unsplash
Thursday, November 25, 2021
A great way to “listen to black women” is to elect them
By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr Listen to Black women, they say. Support Black women, they tweet. The praise of Black women in recent years is evident in words, but public statements and hashtags must translate into action. And that action should...
(Copyright: Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Advocates worry online misogyny will keep women out of office
Advocates are worried that rising online misogyny will leave more women unwilling to run for office, a concern highlighted by a video posted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Although Gosar’s...
Hate and Misoginy She Persisted
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Tackling Gender Based Online Violence in the Digital Services Act
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Thursday, November 25, 2021
Violence against women in politics, a growing danger to democracy
Violence against women in politics is a growing danger to democracy. Sexism, harassment, and attacks are used as tools to discredit and silence women leaders, including women candidates, and discourage them from participating in public life and...
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Sweden's first female PM resigns hours after appointment
Sweden's first ever female prime minister has resigned just hours after she was appointed. Magdalena Andersson, was announced as leader on Wednesday but resigned after her coalition partner quit the government and her budget failed to pass....
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa (IPU)
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa
The present regional study, the second in the series, focuses on parliaments in Africa and was carried out in partnership with the African Parliamentary Union (APU). It is based on confidential interviews conducted with 224 women parliamentarians...
Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to new IPU report (IPU)
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Widespread sexism and violence against women in African parliaments according to new IPU report
A new study by the IPU and the African Parliamentary Union (APU) shows that sexism, harassment and violence against women are ubiquitous in parliaments across Africa. This is the second in a series of IPU regional studies, following a 2018 report on...
The last four elections in Tonga have never resulted in more than 8% female representation in parliament, and often, as this time, it has been zero. We need significant change. We must aim for at least 30% or more by taking legislative action.Solomon Time
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
No women elected in Tonga: time to change the story
By ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki As in 2008, 2010 and 2014, none of the female candidates standing in Tonga’s 2021 general election were successful. Out of a total of 38,500 votes, 34,198 were cast for the male candidates and only 4,352 were...
Despite Election to 14 Seats in Somalia’s Upper House, Women’s Full Inclusion Crucial for Peace, Development, Briefers Tell Security Council (Copyright: Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Despite election to 14 seats in Somalia’s Upper House, women’s full inclusion crucial for peace, development, briefers tell Security Council
Welcoming the completion of recent elections to the Upper House of Parliament in Somalia, a senior United Nations official in that country, along with an official of the African Union and a civil society representative, told the Security Council...
Participants in New Bern's 2017 Women's March hold up signs in support of women's equality.  TODD WETHERINGTON / SUN JOURNAL STAFF
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Craven County women have ground to make up in elected positions. Men still dominate boards
On Thursday night, the Craven County GOP elected Sarah Benischek as the party's new chairman. The announcement marked a victory for women in local politics after a recent report found women are not represented equally to their male counterparts. ...

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