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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...
Anti-coup protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon, Myanmar on Feb. 19, 2021. (AP Photo)
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
The exclusion of women in Myanmar politics helped fuel the military coup
On Feb. 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military seized power. While a dramatic event, the coup was a continuation of old power structures. Myanmar’s decade-long period of political transition, peace-building and democratic elections fell short of freeing the...
Victoria Parliament
Thursday, February 18, 2021
‘We can’t leave parliaments to men’: Leading in Spring Street
Ask every female politician in the Victorian Parliament and they will most likely have that one story. There’s the young mother who was reprimanded for wearing black skinny jeans in the Legislative Assembly (“it was one less thing I needed to iron...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed one of the most effective leaders in limiting the spread of coronavirus  (Getty Images)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
We need an equal number of women in politics to achieve real equality
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka From the swearing-in of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Estonian Parliament selecting a female prime minister – champions of women’s rights have had much to celebrate in recent weeks. Yet despite women’s increased...
Ms Patience Phiri
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Political parties and the elusive 50/50 gender parity
Nduduzo Tshuma, Political Editor Political parties in Zimbabwe, the Sadc region and the continent have clauses on the need for a 50/50 gender balance but that has largely remained elusive as there is less women representation in all levels of their...
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Will the Netherlands’ gender quota experiment work?
Quotas are unpopular, especially in the liberal Netherlands. But next week its parliament is expected to impose a quota system to ensure major businesses employ more women at the highest levels. A law is being tabled in parliament which would force...
Foqia Sadiq Khan
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Women, politics and opposition
The conventional consensus is that Pakistan lags behind severely in gender equality. However, one area where it has made progress is women in politics. It is one of 70 countries in the world that has had a woman prime minister or president. Reserved...
Friday, February 05, 2021
Why don’t more women run for office?
A century ago, Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to the House of Commons. While female participation in federal office has increased significantly since then, women still only make up 28 per cent of Parliament today. Despite them being...
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Friday, February 05, 2021
Want a well-run pandemic response? Put a woman in charge
As Boris Johnson’s Britain notches up 100,000 deaths, the statistics for female-run countries are incomparably better. But is the connection as simple as it looks? If it’s possible for a plague to have a pin up, then Jacinda Ardern is it. She is the...
The Hill
Friday, February 05, 2021
Could this be why countries led by women are faring better against coronavirus?
The question of "what if women ruled the world" is getting less hypothetical these days as experts and studies note that countries governed by women have “systematically and significantly better” COVID-19 outcomes. Now a new study suggests that...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez watches President Donald Trump's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol Building on Feb. 5, 2019. A group of female Democratic lawmakers chose to wear white in a nod to the suffragist movement. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
It takes more than a diverse cabinet to advance a feminist foreign policy
The Biden administration must move beyond superficial inclusion and actively promote gender equality globally while seeking to reverse the harm done in the name of forever wars. Liberal world order is back, and ostensibly more inclusive than ever....

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