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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Making national legislatures more gender-balanced
By Archana Datta, The Global Gender Gap report for 2018 said that the widest gender disparity is in the field of political empowerment. To cite the Inter-Parliamentary Union 2018 report, women legislators account for barely 24% of all MPs across the...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard....
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Women have made huge strides in politics. But we have more to do
By Suzanne Moore, Karen Peterson and Liane Sorenson, While it seems as if the 2018 election — and its historic gains for women — was only yesterday, the 2020 election is already the subject of considerable national attention. Before focusing on 2020...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Cameroon: Legislative, municipal elections 2020 - heightened efforts to increase number of women
A two-day capacity building workshop is ongoing at the Yaounde Mont Fébé Hotel. The Ministry of Women's Empowerment and the Family and its partners such as United Nations Women and the International Organisation of La Francophonie during a two-day...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Gender equality at a glance
Women are under-represented on decision-making bodies and in positions of economic power. They continue to earn systematically less than men for the same work. Encouraging women to enter politics is key to changing this. More women in politics, and...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Women facilitators prepare to build female candidates' capacities
In order to strengthen the performance of women candidates who will participate in the General Elections in Bolivia in 2019, women facilitators in different regions had a training on strategic knowledge to replicate this knowledge in as a broad...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of government's empowerment pledge
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women. In Sunday’s election 28 women won seats, matching the figure seen in the...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not. Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for office to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper...
Friday, July 19, 2019
‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President
“This is an obvious point to make, but it is, sadly, one that we cannot repeat enough”, she said, opening the day-long discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to identify best practices aimed to knock down barriers hindering women’s full...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Rosianne Cutajar
Rosianne Cutajar is a Member of Parliament of Malta. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
How we can help women in politics overcome the 'cash ceiling'
By Tanya Nayler, Ottawa recently hosted Canada’s first-ever gathering of female first ministers for a candid discussion of the barriers for women entering and succeeding in politics. While Canada has had more than 300 first ministers in its history...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
How 4 congresswomen came to be called “the Squad”
The term is making headlines, but Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib have their own definition. Sometime in the past few months, four members of Congress came to be referred to in mainstream media outlets as “the Squad.” The story of how...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Americans say they would vote for a woman, but …
By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, A record number of women are running for president in 2020, and now two women look like serious contenders for the presidential nomination — Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, both of whom rose in the polls after strong...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Encourage women in politics, says IEBC
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has called for policies that will encourage women to play active roles in mainstream politics. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, in a speech read on his behalf by commissioner Abdi Guliye, said...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the job for more than 50 years. In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support the German defence minister as a replacement for...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Why sexist coverage of women in politics matters
By Dustin Harp, “The first time I met Elizabeth Warren, she had just come home from a walk with her husband and her dog at Fresh Pond, the reservoir near her house in Cambridge, Mass. It was a sunny day in February, a couple of weeks after Warren ...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising the percentage of female lawmakers in the Diet to 30 percent remains uncertain. A total of 104 women...