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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Women ablaze: Australia's fiery gender-war election
Loud, crude, risky, seductive, personal and at times violent, Australia's "gender war" will go down as the legacy of the 2013 national elections, no matter the political outcome. And one of the loudest battles recently, with about two months left...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Gillard, Thatcher and the politics of being a woman
The denigration of the first female Australian prime minister on the basis of her gender echoes that endured by the first female prime minister of Great Britain. While Julia Gillard has suffered the juvenile attacks of men from the political right,...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Push for a woman to replace Ferguson, Australia
A political lobby group is pushing for a female candidate to replace long-term Labor MP Martin Ferguson when he steps down from politics in September. The 59-year-old announced that he would not contest his safe inner-Melbourne seat of Batman at the...
Friday, April 05, 2013
High tide for women ministers, Australia
When she announced her new ministry last Monday, Julia Gillard made history. For the first time, women make up one-third of the Australian government. Although the cabinet remains unchanged, the promotion of three women into the ministry has...
Friday, April 05, 2013
Women still outnumbered where it counts, Australia
That much-publicised milestone of political gender equality in the US? 20 per cent. Yes. Being outnumbered four to one is a milestone for women in the US Senate. Closer to home, Australia granted women the right to vote and to seek election in 1902...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Julie Ballington
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Julie Ballington
Julie Ballington is the Policy Advisor on Political Participation in the Leadership and Governance Section at UN-Women. She oversees the section’s work on women’s political participation, including in electoral assistance, parliamentary...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: New Senate Candidate to Represent ACT Women
A new political party promising to give women a voice in Australian politics has introduced its ACT Senate candidate. Emma Davidson was involved in the Save Melrose Primary campaign after the ACT Government announced plans to close the school...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: Program to Train More Women for Politics
Dozens of women from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor are in Cairns in far north Queensland, learning how to become politicians. The Australian Political Parties for Democracy program aims to increase the number of women in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: Minister Calls for More Women in the Ranks
The Australian Defence Force needs to embrace a new era of cultural change that will allow greater prospects for the recruitment and promotion of women within its depleted ranks. To read the full article, please visit http://www.news.com.au
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: Debate Heats Up on Equal Representation for Women
Over two decades later, Australian women are still under-represented in leadership and decision-making roles in both the public and private spheres despite comprising 50.6 percent of the country's total population and 45 percent of the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: Australia Gets Its 1st Female PM as Rudd Ousted
Australia got its first female prime minister on Thursday after the ruling party dumped Kevin Rudd and installed his deputy as leader. Julia Gillard will lead the government to elections due within months. She stood unopposed at a vote of the Labor...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: Marriage equality un-Australian: Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has declared that marriage rights for same-sex couples are imcompatible with Australian culture and heritage one day after hundreds demanded their rights in Sydney and Brisbane. When asked if she was expressing a...
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Faces of Climate Change, International Women’s Day film screening
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Oxfam Australia is will be showing film series about women impacted by climate change on the big screen at Federation Square on 7th and 8th of March every hour from 11am to 5pm....
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Women in Parliament: Strengthening Democracy around the World
This paper describes the situation of women in parliaments around the world with specific references to Australia, Indonesia, Sweden, and Pacific and African countries. It also provides recommendations to women leaders on how to enter politics and...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Implementation of Voluntary Gender Quotas by the Australian Labor Party
This presentation describes the background of the Australian Labor Party and highlights the party's experiences with introducing affirmative action measures in Australia.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Best Practices Used by Political Parties to Promote Women in Politics
This consolidated response highlights strategies and policies that may be used in addition to gender quotas by political parties to increase the numbers of women in politics. The strategies described in this response include establishing women’s...
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Women’s Political Participation in Traditional and Conservative Societies
This consolidated response highlights types of positive action measures, advocacy campaigns, women’s movements, and educational opportunities that help women in traditional and conservative societies to overcome some of the barriers that they face...

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