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New Zealand Gov. Gen. Cindy Kiro, left, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are seen in 2021. The country ranks sixth for women’s participation in national parliaments.  NICK PERRY / AP FILE PHOTO
Monday, September 19, 2022
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics. What do Iceland, Mexico and New Zealand have in common? On at least one fundamental measure, they’re more democratic than Canada. That’s because in recent years they’ve...
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy (IPU)
Thursday, September 15, 2022
How to mitigate these five threats to democracy
Democratization is under pressure across the globe. Here are five major threats to democracy, and how to mitigate them. Democracy is as precarious as it is precious. Some 25 years after the IPU issued its Universal Declaration on Democracy, its...
House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (right) speaks to her mother, PDI-P matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri, during the party’s national working meeting on June 21, 2022 in Jakarta. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)
Wednesday, September 07, 2022
Indonesia: More women in politics, please
For the first time, Indonesia, dubbed the world’s third largest democracy, will hold the general elections — the presidential and legislative elections — and nationwide regional elections in the same year. Taking place in 2024, it will be perhaps...
ES Bijimol (Onmanorama)
Tuesday, September 06, 2022
India: Ex-MLA Bijimol opens up on trauma inflicted by anti-woman colleagues in CPI
ES Bijimol, a three-time MLA of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has said she suffered moral attacks and degradation from her male colleagues for daring to contest in a male bastion. The former legislator from Peermade in Kerala’s Idukki district...
Nigerian National Assembly (Picture IPU)
Monday, August 29, 2022
Women’s political empowerment in Nigeria
On 18 July  the IPU Gender Partnership Group and the National Assembly of Nigeria held an online briefing on women’s political empowerment to promote women’s participation in parliament in view of the 2023 Nigerian elections. There were 20...
Two new women MPs have been elected in Papua New Guinea, and 10 others were in the top five in the seats they contested. Image: Lesley Clark/DevPolicy
Friday, August 26, 2022
Women – just two – back in PNG’s Parliament but more needs doing
The results of the 2022 Papua New Guinea elections confirm that women will once again sit in PNG’s Parliament — after a hiatus of five years. The 2022 elections were therefore not exactly a repeat of the 2017 elections for women candidates, but much...
Towards a more “equally equal” Liberia: The case for a mandatory gender quota (Picture Front Page Africa)
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Towards a more “equally equal” Liberia: The case for a mandatory gender quota
Monrovia — The 54th Session of the National Legislature has an enormous opportunity to represent the interests of Liberian women and advance Liberia’s record of women’s leadership in Africa and globally through the passage of a mandatory gender...
Equal representation? The debate over gender quotas (Part 2) - Picture Harvard International Review
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Equal representation? The debate over gender quotas (Part 2)
This article is the second in a two-part series examining the impact of gender quotas. The first article discussed the structure of gender quotas and their general impacts. Gender quotas play a varied and complex role in political life; every...
Nigeria: 35 women candidates for 2023 elections in Kaduna  (Blueprint)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Nigeria: 35 women candidates for 2023 elections in Kaduna  
The Kaduna state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr. Asmau Maikudi, has stated that 35 women are among the various political parties’ candidates for the 2023 general elections in Kaduna state....
Anita Anand, Chrystia Freeland, Justin Trudeau and Melanie Joly listen (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Creating space for women pays off
Three powerful women in charge of finance, defence and foreign affairs frame the Canadian Prime Minister during press conferences. It’s the first time in our history that these three top cabinet jobs have been held simultaneously by women. And in...
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga arrives for the Azimio la Umoja at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya, December 10, 2021 [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]
Wednesday, August 03, 2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, female politicians face abuse, attacks
Dozens of female candidates have been physically assaulted while campaigning ahead of the August 9 elections in Kenya. Liz Njue, a Kenyan psychologist who wanted to stand for a county assembly seat, had just arrived to vote in her party primary when...
In this picture taken on July 15, 2018, a woman dances during an opposition election rally in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. [Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo]
Tuesday, August 02, 2022
Stereotypes, violence keep women out of politics in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, a deeply conservative country, fewer women have participated as candidates in elections since independence in 1980, compared to men. Harare, Zimbabwe – On March 16, Thokozile Dube was attacked by a gang of assailants who stormed her...
Indonesia’s first and only female president Megawati Sukarnoputri at a campaign rally in 1999. Jonathan Perugia/AP
Monday, August 01, 2022
Three reasons why women leaders actually matter for women
There are currently just 30 female presidents and prime ministers worldwide. Moldova and Barbados are the only two countries where women occupy both the positions of president and prime minister, while Bangladesh is the only nation where a woman has...
EYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Kenya's women in politics still fighting to get their voices heard
As Kenya prepares to vote in a new president next month, we take a closer look at the role of women in the country’s politics. In Uganda, we bring you a report on efforts to respond to a major hunger crisis in the country’s northeast. And the...
»Coumba Diaw, Senegal« picture: UN Women/Assane Gueye licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Gender agenda: The big conundrum in the general elections in Kenya and Senegal
In the months of July and August, Senegal and Kenya will hold their general elections. However, the big question remains: Where do Senegalese and Kenyan women stand on their quest to parliamentary mandates and political offices? Recent statistics...
Photo credit: GMF, Ducu Rodionoff / Shutterstock.com
Monday, July 25, 2022
Breaking barriers to women’s participation in politics in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine
This paper examines the barriers that still inhibit women’s political participation in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. It explains the main roots of women’s underrepresentation, first looking at public attitudes in the three countries regarding the...
Women and political power In Pakistan (Picture: the Friday Times)
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Women and political power In Pakistan
"The next step is to move away from symbolic representation for women to have more female politicians in influential decision-making positions," writes Saad Hafiz. Developing countries are increasingly recognising that including women as equal...
Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows off his gender-parity cabinet in 2015. PHOTO BY TONY CALDWELL /Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Piscopo: Canada’s claims to lead the globe on gender equality in political office ring hollow
Given Mexico's progress in this area, we don't even lead North America. Gender quotas are an effective solution. The prime minister may boast about his gender-equal federal cabinet, but Canada is tumbling down the global rankings for women’s...

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