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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Media's gendered stereotyping was worse for Gillard than Thatcher 30 years earlier, research shows
You might think that with more women entering politics the media would have become less likely to report on the appearance, fashion choices and relationship status of female prime ministers. But research from the Australian National University shows...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
UK: Why are women less visible during the 2019 election?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on 1 December 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons as an elected member of parliament –...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Politicians in the line of fire: Incivility and the treatment of women on social
A seemingly inescapable feature of the digital age is that people choosing to devote their lives to politics must now be ready to face a barrage of insults and disparaging comments targeted at them through social media. This article represents an...
Friday, November 15, 2019
Social media a double-edged sword for female politicians
On Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's Facebook page, you can find videos ranging from an announcement in Des Moines, Iowa, that her campaign has reached $2 million in donations to one with the Massachusetts senator looking into the...
Friday, September 27, 2019
'Abuse is virtually constant': UK female MPs speak about the threats they face
Boris Johnson on Wednesday night sparked a tide of criticism by dismissing suggestions that his rhetoric was dangerous in the current climate and claiming the best way to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox was to “get Brexit done”. The Guardian...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Social media and elections: Helpful or hurtful to women?
Erin Schrode, who was running for Congress in her Northern California district in 2016, reports that while she was running, she would wake up each morning to countless abusive messages on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Erin Schrode is far from...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Twitter bot tracks abusive tweets against female politicians
Artificial intelligence is tracking the vile comments hurled at female Alberta politicians during the election campaign. “One of the major barriers that women face when they're thinking of running for office, especially lately, is the abuse they...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Study: Women presidential candidates endure tougher coverage
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has drawn some harsh media coverage since launching her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in January – but in that, it seems she's part of a sisterhood. Women candidates for the Democratic nomination are...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Roundtable: Political empowerment of women through ICTs
The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized on 7 December 2018, a Roundtable discussion on ”Political empowerment of women through ICTs”, with the support of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. The aim of the event was...
Friday, January 04, 2019
Have we learned nothing from 2016 about how to cover women in politics?
By Michelle Ruiz, No sooner had Elizabeth Warren (all but) announced her 2020 presidential candidacy than the same old sexist narratives began: “How does Warren avoid a Clinton redux—written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Nigeria: The role of broadcast media in mobilizing women for political participation
The low rate of female participation in politics compared to that of their male counter- parts in Nigeria creates a need to examine the situation in this study, “The role of broadcast media in mobilizing women for political participation in Nigeria...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Amnesty International: Toxic twitter - a toxic place for women
As the world becomes increasingly connected online, our reliance on social media platforms such as Twitter has also become increasingly important. But the online world, and social media platforms like Twitter are not immune to many of the human...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Enhancing reporting of women in 2019 elections
The need for the media to be gender sensitive in reporting electoral issues ahead of the 2019 general elections and change the negative stereotyping of female politicians, was the pivot of a one-day seminar held in Lagos by the Independent National...
Friday, August 03, 2018
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern returns from maternity leave
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has returned to work after spending "the fastest six weeks" of her life on maternity leave. Ms Ardern, 38, had her daughter, Neve Te Aroha, in June, making her the second world leader to give birth while...
Monday, May 14, 2018
In Zimbabwe women still stay away from politics due to negative media reports
Media’s negative projection of women politicians is discouraging others from joining the male dominated field, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission has observed. In her opening remarks to a media sensitization workshop Zimbabwe Gender Commission...
Friday, April 13, 2018
USA: Female candidates take on taboos in new campaign ads
 Women are increasingly spotlighting gender as they run in record-breaking numbers in 2018. From breastfeeding on camera to sharing intimate stories of sexual abuse, women running for office are turning campaign norms — and long-held gender...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Lebanese Ministry for Womens’ Affairs and UN Women organizing “Meet the Media” event
Within efforts to mobilize the media to promote gender equality in the political process and in order to encourage women participation in parliamentary elections, UN Women and Ministry of State for Womens’ Affairs are hosting a media meeting on 16th...
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Sexist media scrutiny of women in politics spans decades, study says
'Women are discouraged from seeking leadership roles because of that kind of attention' Hair, hemlines and husbands — media coverage of women running for federal political leadership in Canada has, historically, been quite different from their male...