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Friday, December 27, 2019
In progressive Taiwan, sexist slurs mar presidential election
Taiwan has forged a reputation as Asia’s most progressive democracy, and it boasts a higher proportion of women in parliament than anywhere else in the region — yet misogynistic insults have littered its presidential race. The campaign for the Jan....
Friday, December 27, 2019
Equal Power coalition launched in the UK to transform women's representation in politics
In the general election, 220 women MPs were elected, pushing women’s representation in parliament up  from 32 per cent to 34 per cent - placing the UK 36th in the word between Belarus and Monaco. The Fawcett Society says that while we must celebrate...
Friday, December 27, 2019
Liberia: Women leaders launch network with call for female to step-up
The Liberia Women Leaders Network (LWLN), the local chapter of the African Women Leaders Network (ALWN), was officially launched on Wednesday, December 18 in Monrovia. The launch, which took place at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, brought...
Friday, December 27, 2019
Fighting for Space
By Akshaya Annapragada, Seeing Kamala Harris, Kirstin Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson all vying  — with different platforms — to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States;...
Friday, December 27, 2019
A historic gender gap is possible in 2020
By Harry Enten, If President Donald Trump loses in 2020, it will be at the hands of women. While the chance of a woman winning the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020 aren't too high at this very moment, female voters seem keen on kicking...
Thursday, December 26, 2019
What’s the main reason women candidates drop out early?
By Julie Kohler anb Rakeen Mabud, Months before a single primary vote is cast, the lineup is set for this Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate. We will watch a group of predominantly white and male candidates take to the stage. It will be a far...
Thursday, December 26, 2019
2019 UK Election: Analysis shows increase in women MPs but most are in opposition
A record number of women presented themselves for office ahead of the UK’s 2019 election. A total of 37% of candidates were female – an improvement of eight percentage points over the number of women standing in 2017 (29%) and 11 percentage points...
Thursday, December 26, 2019
A woman’s place is in the Oval Office
By Barbara Leedom, A new decade is almost here, and we’ll vote for a new president next November. I will vote for a woman. It’s been almost a century since women got the vote in the U.S. It’s time for all women to stand up, stand out and vote for...
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Thailand: Women 'inferior' in politics
Young women in politics are still looked down upon as being inexperienced, while their ability to perform roles is often questioned, a forum was told on Wednesday. Speaking at a discussion organised by the Thai Journalists Association, deputy...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Breaking cycles of violence: Gaps in prevention of and response to electoral-related sexual violence in Kenya
Introduction I was targeted because my husband is from a different community that was perceived to hold a differing political opinion from the one of the dominant community we live in.’ Survivor of sexual violence during the 2017 elections...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Ethiopian women participation in politics up but a lot needs to be done
The number of Ethiopian women in the national legislative and executive branches has grown significantly since Ethiopia conducted its first parliamentary election in 1995. However a lot more needs to be done to make sure women are proportionally...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Gendered disinformation, fake news, and women in politics
By Lucina Di Meco, As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, we are far from achieving the equal participation of men and women in politics that was envisaged then. Women today hold an average 24.3 percent of...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Obama says women are 'indisputably' better at leading
Former President Barack Obama said there would be "significant improvement across the board" if countries were led by women. "Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
IPU publishes new guidelines to eliminate sexism and harassment in parliament
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IPU has published a comprehensive set of guidelines to combat sexual harassment and violence against women in parliament. The guidelines offer advice and...
Friday, December 13, 2019
She’s 16 and wants to be President: Meet the teenagers planning their campaigns
Research shows that Generation Z is the first in which women are more likely than their male peers to be engaged in politics. Here’s what some of them told the The New York Times. Abby Cumming-Vukovic is going to be a state representative. You can...
Friday, December 13, 2019
Women under attack
In recent years, a rising tide of women’s activism has swept across the world. Online and on the streets, millions of women have raised their voices and called for action against systemic abuse, harassment, and discrimination. This activism has...
Friday, December 13, 2019
Removing obstacles to women’s participation at the peace table and in politics
Women who seek to participate in peace processes and political decision-making face many obstacles. To achieve sustainable peace and development, societies emerging from conflict must remove these obstacles. In so doing, they must recognize and...
Friday, December 13, 2019
Record number of female MPs have won seats in UK general election
More women MPs have been elected to the House of Commons than ever before, according to the Press Association news agency, breaking the previous record of 208 set in 2017. With one constituency yet to declare, a record 221 women MPs have been...