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Pope Francis spreads incense during a mass in which he ordained new bishops.      Copyright  AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino - Euronews
Monday, November 08, 2021
Raffaella Petrini: Italian nun first woman appointed by Pope to lead Vatican governorate
Pope Francis has appointed the first-ever woman to head the governorate of the Vatican City. Sister Raffaella Petrini will serve as secretary-general of the Governorate and become the highest-ranking woman in the world's smallest state. The 52-year-...
UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus on economic and political opportunities for all women in Lebanon. Copyright UN Women
Monday, November 08, 2021
UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus on economic and political opportunities for all women in Lebanon
Beirut, (UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank) - Lebanon is facing a convergence of political, economic and social crises, all exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These crises are causing extraordinary human suffering across Lebanon and...
SHEcurity Index. Photo by M. B. M. on Unsplash
Friday, November 05, 2021
The #SHEcurity Index - Edition 2021
Political decisions get better the more diverse the people are who make them. That is especially true in deeply divided societies, in countries that want to move from war to peace. Yet, women and marginalised groups are often absent from tables...
International IDEA
Friday, November 05, 2021
The role of political parties on women's participation and representation
‘Leave no one behind’ (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hence, SDG 5—‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’—is an intrinsic...
Belgium comes bottom of new 'Women in Diplomacy' ranking. Copyright: The Bulletin
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Belgium comes bottom of new 'Women in Diplomacy' ranking
The position of ambassador is considered the pinnacle of a diplomatic career. However, it is a position that still remains dominated by men. A new ranking - named Shecurity - focuses on the place of women in diplomacy and while none of the 100...
Michelle Wu speaks to supporters Wednesday night in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Getty Images - The Guardian
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Michelle Wu becomes Boston’s first woman and person of color to be elected mayor
Michelle Wu has made history after being elected as mayor of Boston, becoming the first woman and person of color elected to the position in almost 200 years. “From every corner of our city, Boston has spoken. We are ready to meet this moment. We...
The Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus celebrated its 45th anniversary in Yonkers Sunday. Copyright: Lohud.
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Paying homage: Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus attracts New York politicians
New York leaders ingratiated themselves with the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus on Sunday in Yonkers, as the organization celebrated its 45th anniversary and showcased its rise to power. Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, representing Gov. Kathy...
Gender and Dynastic Political Selection - Copyright Sage Journal
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Gender and dynastic political selection
Abstract Throughout history and across countries, women appear more likely than men to enter politics on the heels of a close family relative or spouse. To explain this dynastic bias in women’s representation, we introduce a theory that integrates...
Gender Stereotypes, Political Leadership, and Voting Behavior in Tunisia- Photo by Alif Caesar Rizqi Pratama on Unsplash
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Gender Stereotypes, Political Leadership, and Voting Behavior in Tunisia
Abstract Although female political representation in the Arab world has nearly doubled in the last decade, little is known about how voters in the region view female politicians and their political platforms, particularly in a new democracy like...
The continuum of election violence: Gendered candidate experiences in the Maldives - Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
The continuum of election violence: Gendered candidate experiences in the Maldives
Abstract Research on election violence often does not capture its psychological and gendered dimensions. Gender differences on the continuum of violence, as acknowledged in other fields, are applied here to election violence. Specifically, this...
Point break: using machine learning to uncover a critical mass in women's representation - Cambridge University Press
Tuesday, November 02, 2021
Point break: using machine learning to uncover a critical mass in women's representation
Decades of research has debated whether women first need to reach a “critical mass” in the legislature before they can effectively influence legislative outcomes. This study contributes to the debate using supervised tree-based machine learning to...
Will quota seats in Iraqi politics advance women's rights? - The new Arab
Monday, November 01, 2021
Will quota seats in Iraqi politics advance women's rights?
In-depth: More than 95 female candidates were elected in Iraq's election according to preliminary results, exceeding the 83-seat quota. But some say political parties are manipulating the system for electoral gain, rather than to empower women. “...
arumi Yoshida from opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan celebrates her victory over a Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Nobuteru Ishihara after the Lower House election on Sunday night in Tokyo. | KYODO - Japan Times
Monday, November 01, 2021
Japan: "Fewer women elected in Lower House poll despite empowerment law"
In Sunday's general election, 45 women were elected to the 465-seat House of Representatives, down two from the previous contest in 2017, despite a law promoting female participation in the political field, data showed Monday. While the election was...
Civic space in Nigeria is shrinking, and it’s affecting women participation - The Cable
Monday, November 01, 2021
Civic space in Nigeria is shrinking, and it’s affecting women participation
It is important for citizens to be given enabling structures to enable civil organisation and participation. This will, in turn, aid the creation of progressive institutional structures. But then the enactment and promotion of harsh policies and the...
Members of the 117th Congress of the United States are sworn in at the Capitol in January 2021. Currently, 119 women hold seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, a record number. (Credit: Franmarie Metzler) - University of Colorado Boulder
Monday, November 01, 2021
Women politicians drive spending on education and health care to a point
When women gain power in national legislatures such as the U.S. Senate or Israeli Knesset, countries begin to spend more on priorities like education and health care. That’s the conclusion of new research led by CU Boulder and published this fall in...
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Austrian-US actor, filmmaker, politician and activist Arnold Schwarzenegger pose for photographers prior the opening ceremony o
Monday, November 01, 2021
COP26: Why are women still missing at the top climate table
When the global face to climate action is Greta Thunberg, it can appear that women and girls are well represented at the top table. As the U.K. opens the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the lack of women’s senior...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference with members of his new cabinet in Ottawa, Canada, October 26, 2021 (AFP) - Daily Sabah
Monday, November 01, 2021
Trudeau shuffles Canadian cabinet, maintains gender balance
Maintaining that he intends to lead his party into the next election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday overhauled his gender balanced cabinet, naming women to the foreign affairs and defense posts. Trudeau named Mélanie Joly as foreign...
Photograph: David Mareuil/AP. Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida (front centre), poses with his cabinet in Tokyo. The LDP is fielding just 33 female candidates in elections this month.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
‘It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Harassment is common for women who run for office and female MPs comprise just 9.9% of lower house. Mari Yasuda has come to dread checking her social media accounts. While a TV programme has tipped the candidate as “one to watch” in Japan’s general...

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