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Monday, May 10, 2021
Closing the Gender Gap in Politics
Background More than 40 years after the entry into force of CEDAW and 26 years after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, progress around women’s full and equal political participation has stalled and gender balance...
Staff of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists ahead of the upcoming general elections, at the commission's local offices in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on April 6, 2021. - ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Palestinian women still underrepresented on electoral lists
Although the Palestinian electoral law has been amended to raise the quota for women's participation in the Palestinian elections from 20% to 26%, Palestinian women continue to be unfairly represented on electoral lists. RAMALLAH, West Bank —...
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gives a statement outside the Prime Minister Residence in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, on Nov. 2020. (LISELOTTE SABROE/RITZAU SCANPIX/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Monday, April 19, 2021
Around the world, the greatest gender disparities are in politics
Some countries are better at promoting women’s representation in politics, suggesting social norms may create barriers. Even though the world was far from reaching gender parity before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the impact of COVID-19 on...
Why we need more women in parties in order to close the political gender gap with Tanushree Goyal
Friday, April 16, 2021
Why we need more women in parties in order to close the political gender gap with Tanushree Goyal
#WomenLead Conversations is a series of interviews with leading experts who help us better understand the world of women in politics. In this third conversation in the series, the speaker is Tanushree Goyal, Academy Scholar at Harvard University.
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Thursday, April 01, 2021
Can gender quotas counter sexism in Australian politics?
In recent months, Australians have grown accustomed to stories of sexual impropriety by their politicians dominating the news headlines. Instances of groping, rape, and even a man masturbating on a female colleague's desk at Parliament House have...
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
MONROVIA – Campaigns to increase women’s representation in political representation to 30 percent are picking up steam again in the country with Deputy Speaker J. Fonati Koffa promising to robustly advocate with his colleagues and support the Women...
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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...
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...
Equality Parliamentary Secretary Rosianne Cutajar
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Gender corrective mechanism to boost women MPs clears second reading in Malta's parliament
Equality Parliamentary Secretary Rosianne Cutajar closes the Second Reading debate on the gender corrective mechanism. A corrective electoral mechanism to boost the number of women MPs has cleared the second stage in parliament with support from...
Women’s groups welcome move, but say implementing it in time for Feb. 8 vote will be challenging
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll
GAROWE, Somalia, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly a third of Somalia's parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women's rights campaigners in...
Rep. Ayanna Pressley poses with Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark. (@AyannaPressley / Twitter)
Monday, December 07, 2020
What would it take to double the representation of women in the US Congress by 2050?
Twenty years ago, the U.S. ranked 48th internationally for women’s representation. In 2021, we will rank 70th—that’s a sizable drop. But it doesn’t have to be like this. While this is technically a “record” breaking year for the numbers of women...
Civic group members (L) submit a petition requesting more female representation among parliamentary candidates to ruling party lawmaker Seiko Noda (C) on Oct. 8 in Tokyo. (Kyodo)
Monday, December 07, 2020
Japan eyes 35% quota for women political candidates by 2025
TOKYO - Japan will aim for a 35 percent quota for female parliamentary candidates by 2025, Cabinet Office officials have said, hoping that setting a concrete target will advance gender equality in the political realm. Japan, which lags on the global...
Friday, August 14, 2020
Katarzyna Lubnauer
Katarzyna Lubnauer is a Member of Parliament from Poland. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Germany targets gender gap with quotas for business and politics
Germany is pushing to narrow the gender gap with new targets aimed at increasing the role of women in board rooms and in the country’s largest political party. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal that would increase...
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Georgia takes on male-dominated parliament with gender quotas
Georgia’s parliament is currently nearly 90 percent male. But a newly adopted gender quota will boost the number of women members of parliament up to at least 20 percent this year and more in the future. Local assemblies will have an even higher...
Friday, July 10, 2020
Veronica Tsitsi Muzenda
Veronica Tsitsi Muzenda is a Member of Parliament from Zimbabwe. This interview was conducted in October 2019 in the margins of the the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrad.
Monday, July 06, 2020
Women’s council sees widening gender gap in economy, politics due to Covid-19
The umbrella body for women’s organisations in the country predicts that the gender gap, particularly in the areas of economic participation and political empowerment, will widen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at a United Nations virtual...

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