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The new Bundestag is larger than ever, but the number of female parliamentarians is disappointingly low
Monday, October 11, 2021
The Bundestag could use more women
Just over one-third of the members in Germany's newly elected parliament are women. That's troubling — and not at all representative of our society, DW's Melina Grundmann writes. A chart showing the proportion of women in each party in Germany's new...
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Thursday, September 23, 2021
Gender quotas fail to boost women in Latin American politics
Latin America’s first gender quota was supposed to increase women’s presence in politics. Thirty years later, that vision has stagnated. Three decades have passed since the first parliamentary gender quota was approved in Latin America, and women in...
A T-shirt featuring a portrait of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike displayed at a store on the Ameyoko shopping street in Tokyo on Sept. 5. (Kentaro Takahashi/Bloomberg)
Monday, September 13, 2021
Enough is enough. It’s time for Japan to have a female leader.
By William Pesek Over the past decade, Japan has tried a variety of strategies to restore its economic relevance. It spent trillions of dollars jolting growth. It devalued the yen. The Bank of Japan seemed to morph itself into a giant hedge fund to...
LSE
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Why history matters for gender balance in political representation
Why does the gender balance among politicians vary so substantially across different locations? Drawing on a new study, Moa Frödin Gruneau illustrates that the historical persistence of traditional family structures has a clear relationship with the...
The Alaska and national flags fly at half-mast on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in front of the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (James Brooks / ADN)
Friday, June 11, 2021
Dreaming of an Alaska where women lead our politics
I am an unabashed child of the 1960s. I marched. I chanted. I tried to levitate the Pentagon and shake all the bad out of it while on a particularly fun acid excursion. Women had dreams for their future that had nothing to do with the way things...
Nigeria cannot afford the high cost of creating additional seats in its National Assembly. Sunday/Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Friday, June 11, 2021
Nigeria’s National Assembly: why adding seats for women isn’t enough
Nigeria has very few women participating in politics. Only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. And only four out of 36 deputy governors are women. The country has never had a woman state governor....
Feminists march in Lima in 2016 against Keiko Fujimori, one of two candidates vying for the presidency in run-off elections this June | Carlos Garcia Granthon/Pacific Press/Alamy Live News. All rights reserved
Thursday, June 03, 2021
There’s no way to vote for women’s rights in Peru’s presidential elections
The country infamous for forced sterilisations will face the choice of two ‘anti-gender’ candidates in run-off elections in June. Anti-women rhetoric has entered national electoral politics in Peru – the country that is infamous for its policy of...
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Wednesday, June 02, 2021
The incredible rise of Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect, and the man still standing in her way
(CNN)- Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect has had a strange inaugural week in office. When Fiame Naomi Mata'afa turned up to the Pacific island nation's Parliament on Monday to be sworn in, she found the building locked. The 64-year-old went...
Vogue
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Is it time for a woman to be in charge? NYC’s female mayoral candidates discuss their platforms
New York City has had 108 mayors. Not a single one of them has been a woman—but that could change in 2021 as three female candidates emerge as strong, competitive contenders in the June 22 Democratic primary. “We’re not asking, ‘Can these guys...
Labour’s Pam Duncan-Glancy, the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected to the Scottish parliament. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Scotland will benefit from its newly diverse parliament
Holyrood feels rejuvenated with MSPs that more accurately reflect the country’s multiculturalism There have been times in the past year when Scotland has felt like a dark and retrogressive place. Alex Salmond’s acquittal on sexual assault charges ...
DMK women's wing secretary Kanimozhi during an election campaign rally in support of party candidate ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, in Tenkasi district on April 2. (File photo)
Friday, May 07, 2021
Decoding women’s representation in the 2021 state elections
Reports, anecdotal accounts, and now the results suggest that women played a crucial role in shaping the electoral outcomes in the four states and one Union Territory that went to the polls this year. In West Bengal, they may have cemented the All...
‘I know many women who are scared to enter public life because they are concerned that their private sex lives would become a topic for public discussion.’ Photograph: woocat/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Friday, April 23, 2021
Women are scared to enter politics because of their past. I was one of them
Almost 10 years ago, I worked as a topless waitress. I never realised the profound impact those few months would have on my entire life If we’ve learned anything over the past few weeks, it’s that we need more women in politics, not less. It’s no...
 Women wait to cast their ballots during the fifth phase of West Bengal’s state legislative assembly elections, 17 April 2021 in Kolkata (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP via Getty Images)
Friday, April 23, 2021
India’s failure to include enough women in politics
The world’s largest democracy has barely begun to draw on half its pool of candidates. Indian politician Lathika Subhash smiled for the cameras last month and then shaved the hair from her head. Subhash was making a personal protest after being left...
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gives a statement outside the Prime Minister Residence in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, on Nov. 2020. (LISELOTTE SABROE/RITZAU SCANPIX/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Monday, April 19, 2021
Around the world, the greatest gender disparities are in politics
Some countries are better at promoting women’s representation in politics, suggesting social norms may create barriers. Even though the world was far from reaching gender parity before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the impact of COVID-19 on...
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Monday, April 19, 2021
Covid has eroded the gender progress of the last 25 years – bodily autonomy is still a human right
The pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women and girls' access to sexual and reproductive health services, writes Asa Regner, Tabata Tesser and Luna A quarter of a century ago, a historic moment for the rights of women and girls took...
The young lawmaker says she's always sought the reasons for social inequalities, even as a child
Friday, April 09, 2021
Ofelia Fernandez: Inspiring young women all over Latin America
A determined feminist, Ofelia Fernandez is the youngest lawmaker in Latin America. The 20-year-old is an icon for many, but she has a few detractors.  Ofelia Fernandez is certainly not shy. The 20-year-old is keen to share her opinions about the...
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Monday, March 08, 2021
Betting on Women’s Leadership for A Better Tomorrow in a Post COVID World
By Randi Davis, UNDP Resident Representative for Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, Aruba and Sint Maarten Port-of-Spain, 8 March 2021 – This year, International Women’s Day will shine the spotlight on women’s leadership and the need for gender equality...
International IDEA
Monday, March 08, 2021
Patriarchy: a non-monetary resource
The 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) commemoration is taking place in an unprecedented global context due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a “new normal” in relation to the various aspects of life, including changes...

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