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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Abuse, threats, vile colleagues… why would you want to be an MP?
By Catherine Bennett, Wanted: men – and women – who are comfortable around misogyny. We are looking for strong, confident, disagreeable characters who enjoy verbal abuse, exchanging insults, and predominantly male company. Must be able to point and...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Women with a #MeToo complaint are being silenced for the sake of politics
By Gaby Hinsliff, Life moves fast in this general election. There seems barely time to digest one scandal before the next is upon us; disgraced candidate follows shady accusation without a break. But just occasionally, it’s worth rewinding for a...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Three reasons why an intersectional approach to women’s peace and security agenda is important
By Sagal Bafo, October 31st marks 19 years since the historical recognition of the unique gendered impact of violence on the well-being of women and girls. The adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first time where...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Canada: Parties not voters to blame for slow rise of women MPs
By Melanee Thomas, When the ballots were counted, Canadians had elected a mere 10 more women in 2019 than they did in 2015, bringing up the proportion of women in the House of Commons from 26 percent to 29 percent. At this rate, it will take decades...
Thursday, November 07, 2019
US: Ranked choice voting can help elect more women candidates
By Betsy Gotbaum and Meridith Maskara. New York City is number one inthecountry in many areas—we boast the most diverse population, tallest building,and best bagels. Yet, when it comes to our elections, New York City is failing—both in terms of...
Friday, November 01, 2019
How to thwart political violence targeting women to stabilize societies
This month, the New York Times profiled Zarifa Ghafari, one of the few female mayors in Afghanistan. The article’s headline was sobering: “Afghan Town’s First Female Mayor Awaits Her Assassination.” In the interview, Ghafari admitted, “I know I will...
Friday, October 25, 2019
Are men really more interested in politics than women – or are we just asking the wrong questions?
A persistent finding in public opinion research is that men, on average, tend to express more interest in politics than women. Drawing on new research on the views of Spanish citizens, Marta Fraile, Raúl Gómez, Mónica Ferrín and Gema García-Albacete...
Friday, October 18, 2019
¿La mujer, un animal político?
Después de una larga lucha por el derecho a participar en la vida política, la mujer logró su cometido, ya existe una ley nacional e internacional que garantiza la equidad de género en los espacios políticos aunque hoy por hoy la participación de...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Why American politics needs gender quota
By Adriana Piatti-Crocker, After the 2018 elections, many Americans celebrated the unprecedented number of women gaining seats to Congress. There was reason to celebrate: both the House and Senate included more women than ever before, with...
Friday, October 11, 2019
For women in politics, personal style is a game of chess with the patriarchy
Since the 19th century, when suffragists were forced to ditch their pantaloons and strictures in the U.S. Senate forbade women’s pants, women in politics have been obstructed in their pursuit of self-expression. It isn’t unusual for dress codes to...
Friday, October 11, 2019
The unfinished business of achieving gender parity in U.S. politics
There is no doubt that women made history in the 2018 election, running for and winning elected office in record numbers. Non-incumbent women won at higher rates than men across most levels of office and were responsible for the majority of...
Friday, October 04, 2019
No gender equality globally without women's empowerment
By Sarah Costa, Four years ago, world leaders made a pledge to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by the year 2030. Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) contains...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Presidential elections: How candidates are playing the « Tunisian woman » card
By Ikram Ben Said and Samah Krichah, The 2019 presidential campaign began on Monday, September 2, 2019. Between those who have it, those who want to have it, and those who are preventedfrom having it, the fight over power has just started. Like...
Thursday, September 19, 2019
A sustainable peace in Afghanistan needs women at the center
By Jamila Afghani, President of WILPF Afghanistan, After 18 years of United States and its NATO allies in Afghanistan, the country is at a historical crossroads with a peace process that continues to substantially exclude women, and an electoral...
Thursday, September 12, 2019
A continental model for gender parity
With so many women running for president in the United States, Americans might want to keep an eye on what Europe has lately achieved in female leadership for its top governing institutions. It has become a model for gender inclusivity. In July, two...
Friday, September 06, 2019
Women perched atop the glass cliff in politics
By Gordon Hodson Ph.D., Social psychologists often study prejudice (e.g., sexism) at the level of the individual. For instance, to what extent does a sexist belief/stereotype held by a man predict his degree of sexism toward women? But like...
Friday, September 06, 2019
Women in politics: adornments and witches
By Jan Lundius, Some world leaders try to prove their alpha male status by presenting attractive and submissive wives as tokens won in virile scrambles with other potent stags. A recent example of such puerile machismo was exposed in a twitter...
Friday, August 30, 2019
Women ran. Women won. Women changed the rules of American politics
By Kathleen Townsend, “See Jane Win” is a bracing antidote to that dreadful November election night in 2016 when women of the world watched as their champion, so close to shattering the highest glass ceiling, lost to a self-avowed assaulter. As the...