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Why are the personal lives of women in politics subject to such intense scrutiny? (Picture: Elle India)
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Why are the personal lives of women in politics subject to such intense scrutiny?
Fun or Power, why do we have to choose? If you’re a man in politics, you can get away with watching porn in parliament. You can be caught on camera being absurd or stupid, but you will get away with a rap on the knuckles, if that even. Recently,...
L-R: Governors Elect Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Fatuma Achani (Kwale), Kawera Mwangaza (Meru), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Cecily Mbarire (Embu) and Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay)/CFM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Kenya: The new dawn of women in politics
The Kenyan 2022 General Elections represents a great step forward for women’s representation, albeit an incremental one. We have seen that a lot of women, both those who won and those who lost, have come forward to show that despite many decades...
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured here in Toronto in June 2022, had insults hurled at her during an encounter in Grande Prairie, Alta. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)
Monday, August 29, 2022
Chrystia Freeland latest target of public threats, intimidation against women in Canadian politics
Some journalists have been sharing emails detailing disturbing threats. Public instances of threats and intimidation of women in public life have intensified in recent weeks, with significant examples of abuse targeted toward politicians — most...
Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin (Andrea Medichini, Associated Press)
Monday, August 29, 2022
Are women in politics held to an unfair standard?
SALT LAKE CITY — Women on the internet are posting videos of themselves dancing, singing and partying as a political statement. The trend began when Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin drew sharp criticism after a video of her dancing and singing...
Maharashtra cabinet expansion. Photo: @Dev_Fadnavis/Twitter
Friday, August 26, 2022
India: No women in 20-member Maharashtra cabinet as CM Eknath Shinde expands 41-day-old ministry
MUMBAI: Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday expanded his two-member ministry. However, the list did not include a single woman. Several women politicians and women’s rights activists slammed the exclusion of women members. Shinde...
Zawadi Amour Nassor. Photo: UN Women
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Partnership with women’s caucus strengthens the voices of women legislators in Zanzibar
Just a few years before she was elected as a Member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives (ZHoR), Zawadi Amour Nassor didn’t have political aspirations, but life had bigger plans for her. Today, she represents the Konde constituency of Northern...
Adji Diarra Mergane Kanouté, a member of Senegal’s National Assembly. The country is the lone bright star in West Africa for nearly achieving gender parity representation, 43 percent, in its parliament, lifting the otherwise sagging rate overall for the r
Thursday, August 25, 2022
In West Africa, a staggering low number of women in politics is brightened by one exception
LAGOS — A mere 17 women were appointed or elected to parliaments, ministerial or electoral offices in the West Africa/Sahel region out of 134 available positions from December 2021 to June 2022. While the paltry figures have long raised concerns...
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...
Sudanese women discussing alliance building during the seminar, June 2022. Photo:  UN Women Sudan
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
UN Women Sudan supports young women’s participation in the political process
Through roundtable discussions, capacity-building workshops, and seminars targeting women from across Sudan, UN Women Sudan empowers young women to learn skills in alliance-building and participation in political processes. The October 25th coup in...
Giorgia Meloni lors de son premier grand meeting pour les législatives, le 23 août 2022.   -   Tous droits réservés  Domenico Stinellis/Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Giorgia Meloni is the great favorite to win the legislative in Italy
The leader of the Italian extreme right, Giorgia Meloni, is the great favorite to win the legislative elections in September, according to the latest polls. If the trend continues, Meloni could become the first woman in charge of the head of...
Five Indian women in politics who left a mark of their own (East Coast Daily)
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Five Indian women in politics who left a mark of their own
KK Shailaja In addition to serving as Kuthuparamba’s MLA, KK Shailaja served as Kerala’s minister of health and social justice. Her leadership during the COVID-19 outbreaks as Health Minister was highly praised. In Kerala, the state where the first...
Musical act during the graduation of YWDA, Khartoum, Sudan-09-08-2022. Image credit: International IDEA
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Graduation of Sudan's young women democracy academy (YWDA)
International IDEA Sudan’s programme celebrated the graduation of the first batch from the Young Women Democracy Academy (YWDA) on 9 August 2022. The event took place in the International IDEA office, and it was attended by the Swedish Ambassador to...
Yes, women are allowed to party, even when they’re PM. Finnish women back Sanna Marin with  #solidaritywithsanna videos (Picture Women’s Agenda)
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Yes, women are allowed to party, even when they’re PM. Finnish women back Sanna Marin with  #solidaritywithsanna videos
The women of Finland are backing their prime minister, Sanna Marin, by posting videos and memes of themselves on social media showing them dancing and having a good time, accompanied with #solidaritywithsanna.  Marin faced backlash last week after...
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...
The International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples highlights 2022 celebrates the role of Indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge. (Picture UNDP)
Monday, August 22, 2022
Five indigenous women leaders you should know about
As custodians of natural resources and archivists of scientific and traditional knowledge, Indigenous women play an essential role in preserving forests and natural ecosystems. Indigenous women are indispensable to achieving climate justice, taking...
President Droupadi Murmu administers the Oath of Office to the Central Vigilance Commissioner Suresh N Patel at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Photo: @rashtrapatibhvn / Twitter
Monday, August 22, 2022
Why India took 75 years to get its first tribal woman president
In the larger scheme of things, where global capital and politics come into the picture, tribal women’s voices are missing. Bhim Rao Ambedkar would not have thought while writing the constitutional safeguards for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Scheduled...
A conversation with...Sara Falaknaz, MP, United Arab Emirates (IPU)
Friday, August 12, 2022
A conversation with...Sara Falaknaz, MP, United Arab Emirates
As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Sara Falaknaz, a parliamentarian from the United...
Kessy Sawang makes history as ninth woman elected to PNG's parliament (ABC)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Kessy Sawang makes history as ninth woman elected to PNG's parliament
Kessy Sawang has been elected as MP for Madang Rai Coast and joins Rufina Peter as the second woman admitted to PNG's parliament this election. Ms Peter and Ms Sawang are just the eighth and ninth women in the history of PNG politics to be elected...

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