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Kenya: Women seek elective positions to attain parity in leadership (©KBC)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Kenya: Women seek elective positions to attain parity in leadership
Women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for any county or country. However, according to statistics, women are under-represented at all levels of decision-...
Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start? (Picture: Investment Magazine)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start?
In Australia, we have just elected an historic gender and ethnically diverse Federal parliament with women’s representation in the lower house at 38% and over 50% in the Senate. Meanwhile, Sam Mostyn, of Chief Executive Women (CEW), laments “...
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, right, talks with members of the Electoral College after the Arizona election was certified on December 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP/ROSS D. FRANKLIN)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
US: Women secretaries of state face threats and harassment for battling election lies
As discussion of falsehoods about the 2020 election and their deadly consequences are televised from Capitol Hill, states’ top election officials are grappling with inaccurate information — which can make them targets. In the spring of 2021, Arizona...
A woman takes a photograph of another standing in front of a wall of cement blocks, set up by Lebanese security forces to bar a street leading to the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 24, 2020. - Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Lebanon elects record number of women to parliament
Lebanon has one of the highest overall gender gaps in the world, ranking 145 out of 153 countries. The Beirut port explosion made Najat Saliba go into politics as a “counterreaction.” I felt like I had to step out of my ivory tower in academia and...
Maryland Democrats have a large and talented field chasing the top political job in 2022, jockeying to win the governor's mansion back from Republicans. (Erin Cox/TWP)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Maryland has a glass ceiling. Democrats won’t break it this year.
No women are at the top of the ticket in the crowded Democratic primary race for governor, but seven have been picked as running mates. In a deeply blue state where leaders pride themselves on promoting diversity, the Democratic ballot for governor...
Labour MP Stella Creasy is behind the MotheRED project to encourage more mothers to stand for parliament. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Guardian
Monday, June 20, 2022
How to get a better class of MP? Help mothers stand for parliament
The first recipients of the grants from Labour MP Stella Creasy’s MotheRED scheme to encourage women into the Commons tell why it could help stop the rot in politics. Sally Ashby’s earliest idea of what it means to be a politician involves feeling...
Women in politics: Striving for genuine change in a rigged system, By Fidelis Nwagwu
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Women in politics: Striving for genuine change in a rigged system, By Fidelis Nwagwu
The message seems quite clear that politics in Nigeria is a game for rich, old men, to the detriment of the real change-making demographics - women and youths. Politics has almost become an exclusive club of male actors, who prevent the...
Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?  ILLUSTRATION BY PAIGE STAMPATOR
Monday, June 13, 2022
Canada: Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?
Women are more likely to hold interim leadership roles in federal politics, but clinching the top role remains elusive. INTERIM LEADERS HOLD a strange position in party politics. They’ve advanced to one of the highest offices in the country, but at...
Group work at a workshop in Cameroon to support people with disabilities address gender based violence. Credit: Sightsavers - African Arguments
Friday, June 10, 2022
We cannot keep leaving women with disabilities behind in leadership
I know first-hand the difference that having women at the table can make. “Women hold up half the sky, but they usually do not occupy half of the seats in the positions of influence” – Marcia VJ Cran, member of UN Human Rights committee. One in five...
Rwandan President Paul Kagame poses for a photograph with members of the Rwandan Parliament. PHOTO: PAUL KAGAME’S FLICKR ACCOUNT
Wednesday, June 08, 2022
How autocrats use women’s rights to boost themselves
Automatically bundling equality and democracy has led to the rise of “genderwashing”. "Being a champion of gender is the same as being the champion for justice and human rights," proclaimed the winner of the 2016 Gender Champion Award recipient...
Tunis market, April 2022. Keystone / Mohamed Messara
Tuesday, June 07, 2022
How local female politicians are keeping Tunisian democracy alive
President Kaïs Saïed is in the process of wiping out hard-won democratic rights in Tunisia. Little evidence survives of Switzerland’s efforts to support the country on its path to democracy – apart, perhaps, from the courage of women politicians who...
Women gather in front of City Hall to celebrate the first-ever female majority on New York City Council the 2021 primaries. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Friday, June 03, 2022
Are large donor networks still needed to win in a fairer election system?
Chan is a research associate at RepresentWomen with a focus on ranked-choice voting. Last fall, New York elected a majority-women city council for the first time ever. This also happened to be the first time the city used ranked-choice voting and...
Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work? (Picture: Diego Fedele/ AAP)
Friday, June 03, 2022
Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work?
The 2022 federal election was a win for women candidates, and a historic moment in Australia’s journey towards a parliament that truly endorses and promotes gender equality in all its work. At this stage of counting, it looks as though the House of...
Park Ji-hyun fought digital sex crimes in South Korea under the cloak of anonymity. Now she’s a senior leader in the Democratic Party of Korea. Photographer: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg
Thursday, June 02, 2022
Republic of Korea: A 26-year-old sex-crime fighter dives into South Korean politics
Park Ji-hyun has emerged as a leader of South Korea’s opposition and a torchbearer for women fed up with the country’s longstanding gender divide. In the five years since Park Ji-hyun's 21st birthday, the South Korean activist has busted an online...
(Left to right) Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen, Finland PM Sanna Marin, France President Élisabeth Borne and Hungary President Katalin Novak | Commons
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
How women have come to hold the top post in 13 out of 45 countries in Europe
European countries began electing women in top posts from the late 1970s, though the first woman to head a government in the world was Sri Lanka's PM Sirimavo Bandaranaike. As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its fourth month, and Europe faces its ‘...
Australia: Liberals forget that women vote and have paid the price (IMAGE: AAP/LUKAS COCH)
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Australia: Liberals forget that women vote and have paid the price
Professional women make up the largest voter cohort in Australia and their role was vital in giving Scott Morrison the boot. It appears the Coalition misjudged just how many women there are in Australia. Women hold the slim majority of 51% of the...
Independent candidate Zoe Daniel defeated Liberal MP Tim Wilson for the seat of Goldstein in an election that saw a record number of women elected to Parliament. Picture: AAP
Monday, May 30, 2022
Her rights at work: How will women be treated in the new Australian parliament?
A record number of women have been elected to the Australian Parliament. Anger about the Coalition Government's lack of action on gender equality has been one of the issues propelling the teal independents into parliament.  What will be their...
A polling station in Kokopo, East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea, during the 2012 national election (Alexander Rheeney/AFP/GettyImages)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Where are the women? The challenge facing the next PNG parliament
A country ranking among the world’s lowest for political participation by women has enormous social bias to overcome. Papua New Guinea is about to issue the writs for its national elections to formally start a campaign that will culminate with two...

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