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It's not unusual: The newly elected all-male Aargau government in October 2020, with its chancellor, Vincenza Trivigno
Friday, February 19, 2021
Women in Swiss politics: Still a long way to go
Fifty years after getting the right to vote, women are better represented in the Swiss parliament than ever. In a ranking of 191 countries worldwide, Switzerland is in 17th place. But this is deceptive: at the local level, representation is still...
Himalmag
Friday, February 19, 2021
More than a seat at the table: A crossborder discussion on women leaders in Southasian politics
The swearing in of Kamala Harris as the first female vice president of the United States has renewed conversations on women in political leadership around the world. In Southasia, where several women have assumed the prime ministerial and...
Victoria Parliament
Thursday, February 18, 2021
‘We can’t leave parliaments to men’: Leading in Spring Street
Ask every female politician in the Victorian Parliament and they will most likely have that one story. There’s the young mother who was reprimanded for wearing black skinny jeans in the Legislative Assembly (“it was one less thing I needed to iron...
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Changing The Face Of Politics Podcast
The Changing the Face of Politics podcast series is an initiative by the National Democratic Institute, launched as part of NDI's commitment to a decade of action to accelerate the pace of change on women's political empowerment. In candid...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed one of the most effective leaders in limiting the spread of coronavirus  (Getty Images)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
We need an equal number of women in politics to achieve real equality
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka From the swearing-in of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Estonian Parliament selecting a female prime minister – champions of women’s rights have had much to celebrate in recent weeks. Yet despite women’s increased...
Ms Patience Phiri
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Political parties and the elusive 50/50 gender parity
Nduduzo Tshuma, Political Editor Political parties in Zimbabwe, the Sadc region and the continent have clauses on the need for a 50/50 gender balance but that has largely remained elusive as there is less women representation in all levels of their...
(Photo: Getty)
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...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named the new head of the World Trade Organization. An economist, she previously served as Nigeria's finance minister and as managing director of the World Bank. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes history as WTO's first African and female leader
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former two-time Nigerian finance minister, was appointed Monday to the be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization. She is the first African and the first woman to lead the body, which governs trade rules...
Sri Lanka’s Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world’s first female prime minister, on July 21, 1960.
Monday, February 15, 2021
How Have Women Leaders Shaped South Asia’s Politics?
South Asia has elected its share of prominent women politicians. But what has that meant for gender equality and women’s rights on the ground? With Kamala Harris assuming office as the United States’ first female vice president this month,...
The National Women’s Council
Friday, February 12, 2021
Launch of “Women doing politics differently: Developing local caucus with women councillors"
The National Womens Council will launch the findings of research carried out in 2020 examining interest in local women's caucuses and what supports are necessary for their development. The research included a survey with women councillors, focus...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is poised to become the World Trade Organization’s first Black and first female leader.Credit...Martial Trezzini/EPA, via Shutterstock
Friday, February 12, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to become W.T.O.’s first female leader
Her path was cleared after Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade minister, announced she was withdrawing from consideration to head the World Trade Organization. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former finance minister of Nigeria, appears set...
Photo: Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir/Facebook.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Iceland’s Parliament reschedules sessions, opens nursery to be a more family-friendly workplace
A nursery, complete with a diaper change facility, has been opened at the first floor of Iceland’s Parliament building. Secretary-General of Alþingi Ragna Árnadóttir told Vísir that this is a good step towards making Parliament a more family-...
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...
Friday, February 05, 2021
Why don’t more women run for office?
A century ago, Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to the House of Commons. While female participation in federal office has increased significantly since then, women still only make up 28 per cent of Parliament today. Despite them being...
Photo: dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo
Friday, February 05, 2021
Want a well-run pandemic response? Put a woman in charge
As Boris Johnson’s Britain notches up 100,000 deaths, the statistics for female-run countries are incomparably better. But is the connection as simple as it looks? If it’s possible for a plague to have a pin up, then Jacinda Ardern is it. She is the...
The Hill
Friday, February 05, 2021
Could this be why countries led by women are faring better against coronavirus?
The question of "what if women ruled the world" is getting less hypothetical these days as experts and studies note that countries governed by women have “systematically and significantly better” COVID-19 outcomes. Now a new study suggests that...
oxford
Thursday, February 04, 2021
Privilege and gendered violence in the Canadian and British Houses of Commons
Abstract The Canadian and British Houses of Commons have both recently adopted formal rules to address the problem of sexual misconduct in their parliaments. Using Feminist Institutionalism, we examine how these rules have been constrained or...

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