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It's not unusual: The newly elected all-male Aargau government in October 2020, with its chancellor, Vincenza Trivigno
Friday, February 19, 2021
Women in Swiss politics: Still a long way to go
Fifty years after getting the right to vote, women are better represented in the Swiss parliament than ever. In a ranking of 191 countries worldwide, Switzerland is in 17th place. But this is deceptive: at the local level, representation is still...
Himalmag
Friday, February 19, 2021
More than a seat at the table: A crossborder discussion on women leaders in Southasian politics
The swearing in of Kamala Harris as the first female vice president of the United States has renewed conversations on women in political leadership around the world. In Southasia, where several women have assumed the prime ministerial and...
Victoria Parliament
Thursday, February 18, 2021
‘We can’t leave parliaments to men’: Leading in Spring Street
Ask every female politician in the Victorian Parliament and they will most likely have that one story. There’s the young mother who was reprimanded for wearing black skinny jeans in the Legislative Assembly (“it was one less thing I needed to iron...
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Changing The Face Of Politics Podcast
The Changing the Face of Politics podcast series is an initiative by the National Democratic Institute, launched as part of NDI's commitment to a decade of action to accelerate the pace of change on women's political empowerment. In candid...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed one of the most effective leaders in limiting the spread of coronavirus  (Getty Images)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
We need an equal number of women in politics to achieve real equality
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka From the swearing-in of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Estonian Parliament selecting a female prime minister – champions of women’s rights have had much to celebrate in recent weeks. Yet despite women’s increased...
Ms Patience Phiri
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Political parties and the elusive 50/50 gender parity
Nduduzo Tshuma, Political Editor Political parties in Zimbabwe, the Sadc region and the continent have clauses on the need for a 50/50 gender balance but that has largely remained elusive as there is less women representation in all levels of their...
(Photo: Getty)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Will the Netherlands’ gender quota experiment work?
Quotas are unpopular, especially in the liberal Netherlands. But next week its parliament is expected to impose a quota system to ensure major businesses employ more women at the highest levels. A law is being tabled in parliament which would force...
Photo: Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir/Facebook.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Iceland’s Parliament reschedules sessions, opens nursery to be a more family-friendly workplace
A nursery, complete with a diaper change facility, has been opened at the first floor of Iceland’s Parliament building. Secretary-General of Alþingi Ragna Árnadóttir told Vísir that this is a good step towards making Parliament a more family-...
Foqia Sadiq Khan
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Women, politics and opposition
The conventional consensus is that Pakistan lags behind severely in gender equality. However, one area where it has made progress is women in politics. It is one of 70 countries in the world that has had a woman prime minister or president. Reserved...
Represent Women
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Gender quota helps women win in Egypt
By Fatma Tawfik In 2019, after Egypt witnessed a long fight for gender equality in the political, economic and social spheres, the Egyptian parliament approved a constitutional amendment that includes a gender quota, reserving 25 percent of...
Friday, February 05, 2021
Why don’t more women run for office?
A century ago, Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to the House of Commons. While female participation in federal office has increased significantly since then, women still only make up 28 per cent of Parliament today. Despite them being...
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Thursday, February 04, 2021
Privilege and gendered violence in the Canadian and British Houses of Commons
Abstract The Canadian and British Houses of Commons have both recently adopted formal rules to address the problem of sexual misconduct in their parliaments. Using Feminist Institutionalism, we examine how these rules have been constrained or...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez watches President Donald Trump's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol Building on Feb. 5, 2019. A group of female Democratic lawmakers chose to wear white in a nod to the suffragist movement. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
It takes more than a diverse cabinet to advance a feminist foreign policy
The Biden administration must move beyond superficial inclusion and actively promote gender equality globally while seeking to reverse the harm done in the name of forever wars. Liberal world order is back, and ostensibly more inclusive than ever....
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a video conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris, France, January 11, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
When will women hold as many top government jobs as men?
By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Boosting the number of female leaders and government ministers will help build a stronger post-pandemic world, the head of U.N. Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said on Monday as data showed...
Represent Women
Monday, February 01, 2021
What the Biden Cabinet signals about gender parity's importance to democracy
By Cynthia Richie Terrell President Biden's proposed Cabinet would have 24 members. Assuming the newly Democratic Senate confirms all of his nominees, a process that got started last week, it would be the most diverse Cabinet in history and the...
CAWP
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Are women reshaping the political donor class in the USA? Money matters in the upcoming races for Governor
Within the next two years, 38 states will hold gubernatorial elections, including two states - Virginia and New Jersey – who will hold gubernatorial elections in November 2021. These elections provide multiple opportunities for women. Nine women...
Janet Yellen, then the chair of the Federal Reserve, addressed the Economic Club of Washington in December 2015.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Janet Yellen confirmed as first female treasury secretary in U.S. history
Yellen "has long been an advocate for addressing the income and wealth distribution, and now she will be able to act on it,” said one economist. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was confirmed as treasury secretary Monday, with the Senate...
Kaja Kallas has stressed gender balance in forming the new cabinet, placing several women in key positions. Photograph: Janis Laizans/Reuters
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Estonia's first female PM sworn in as new government takes power
Estonia’s new two-party coalition government has been sworn in with the first female prime minister since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991. The 15-member cabinet of Kaja Kallas, a 43-year-old lawyer and a former MEP, was approved in...

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