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Yemen: Female politicians targeted on social media
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Yemen: Female politicians targeted on social media
With more than two hundred thousand followers on Facebook and about 54 thousand followers on Twitter, I am one of the most prominent Yemeni politicians on the ground and online. Yet not a day passes without me having to fight in the virtual world...
In Peru, technology brings young people into politics (Picture: UNDP)
Monday, September 26, 2022
In Peru, technology brings young people into politics
In Peru, about 68 percent of young people have expressed an interest in politics, and about a third have volunteered, donated and advocated on behalf of initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result young people have mobilized to fight...
Finland's prime minister, Sanna Marin. Footage of her partying is ‘visible proof of the political strength of western liberalism’. Photograph: Kimmo Brandt/EPA
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Finland’s PM is a young woman in power. Her partying is the total opposite of disgrace
Sanna Marin is a symbol of feminist achievement that closet cultural-Putinists are fighting to contain Northern European politics rarely rates a mention in Australian media, but the young prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, has been making...
Takehiko Kambayashi CS Monitor
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
How women are banding together to change Japanese politics
On a sweltering day in July, Yoshii Aya, still reeling from her bitter election defeat a few months prior, arrived in Kyoto with a stack of leftover business cards tailored for that bygone race. During a three-day political training camp for women...
New Zealand Gov. Gen. Cindy Kiro, left, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are seen in 2021. The country ranks sixth for women’s participation in national parliaments.  NICK PERRY / AP FILE PHOTO
Monday, September 19, 2022
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics. What do Iceland, Mexico and New Zealand have in common? On at least one fundamental measure, they’re more democratic than Canada. That’s because in recent years they’ve...
Stuff / Minister for Women Jan Tinetti views the 1893 Suffrage Petition being turned by Archives NZ conservators on Suffrage Day, September 19.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Take Five: Key questions about women in local politics
It’s been 129 years since women won the right to vote, but as Aotearoa begins voting in this year’s local body elections it’s clear we still have a long way to go. Monday marks Suffrage Day. On September 19, 1893 – thanks to early feminists like...
Aminata Touré, ancienne Première ministre du Sénégal et nouvelle députée, dans sa maison de Dakar, le 8 septembre 2022 afp.com - JOHN WESSELS
Monday, September 12, 2022
Senegal leads way on women legislators but challenges ahead
Senegal will break new ground Monday as West Africa's largest-ever proportion of women MPs take their seats in a newly elected legislature, stirring hopes of change in a country where patriarchal laws and attitudes are entrenched. More than 44...
Telling women to "lean in" won’t get more of them in politics — the parties have left women behind (Toronto Star)
Monday, September 12, 2022
Telling women to "lean in" won’t get more of them in politics — the parties have left women behind
Women lack confidence, doubt their qualifications and wait to be asked, say pundits. The narrative directs attention away from the real culprits. Men dominate Canadian politics. In the 2021 federal election, men represented 57 per cent of candidates...
House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (right) speaks to her mother, PDI-P matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri, during the party’s national working meeting on June 21, 2022 in Jakarta. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)
Wednesday, September 07, 2022
Indonesia: More women in politics, please
For the first time, Indonesia, dubbed the world’s third largest democracy, will hold the general elections — the presidential and legislative elections — and nationwide regional elections in the same year. Taking place in 2024, it will be perhaps...
Homa Ahmadi, miembro fundadora de AWPLN, Nazifa Bek, presidenta de AWPLN yy Parwin Hamakr, abogada, fiscal y miembro de AWPLN durante una reunión en la sede de Red Melissa, en Atenas. EFE/Diego Sáez Papachristou
Monday, September 05, 2022
Las afganas exiliadas luchan a través de la Red de Mujeres Parlamentarias y Líderes Afganas
Para las afganas exiliadas, huir de los talibanes no significa capitular, sino resistir, y bajo este pretexto se dedican a ayudar constantemente con la reciente fundación de la Red de Mujeres Parlamentarias y Líderes Afganas (AWPLN por sus siglas en...
Seven Emirati female ministers you should know (Picture About Her)
Friday, September 02, 2022
Seven Emirati female ministers you should know
Who run the world? Emirati Women and all women. The UAE is one of the GCC’s leading countries when it comes to gender equality. Celebrated annually on 28th August, Emirati Women’s Day covers what International Women’s Day does – but specifically...
Speaking at the UN headquarters in October 2021, from left to right: Asila Wardak, Fawzia Koofi, Anisa Shaheed and Naheed Farid. Photograph: UN Women
Thursday, September 01, 2022
"The Taliban don’t know how to govern": The Afghan women shaping global policy from exile
Despite the upheaval of the Taliban takeover, the ‘group of six’ are finding ways to tackle the political and humanitarian crisis. It has been described as Afghanistan’s brain drain, after the Taliban’s return to power last year precipitated an...
The double standards & unfair treatment meted out to female politicians (Picture Feminism in India)
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The double standards & unfair treatment meted out to female politicians
The bitter truth is that gender injustice in politics is largely overlooked and has been normalised to the point where a woman preparing to start a career in politics should expect misogyny and sexism as by-products. Recently, thirty-six-year-old...
Why are the personal lives of women in politics subject to such intense scrutiny? (Picture: Elle India)
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Why are the personal lives of women in politics subject to such intense scrutiny?
Fun or Power, why do we have to choose? If you’re a man in politics, you can get away with watching porn in parliament. You can be caught on camera being absurd or stupid, but you will get away with a rap on the knuckles, if that even. Recently,...
L-R: Governors Elect Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Fatuma Achani (Kwale), Kawera Mwangaza (Meru), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Cecily Mbarire (Embu) and Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay)/CFM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Kenya: The new dawn of women in politics
The Kenyan 2022 General Elections represents a great step forward for women’s representation, albeit an incremental one. We have seen that a lot of women, both those who won and those who lost, have come forward to show that despite many decades...
Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin (Andrea Medichini, Associated Press)
Monday, August 29, 2022
Are women in politics held to an unfair standard?
SALT LAKE CITY — Women on the internet are posting videos of themselves dancing, singing and partying as a political statement. The trend began when Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin drew sharp criticism after a video of her dancing and singing...
Two new women MPs have been elected in Papua New Guinea, and 10 others were in the top five in the seats they contested. Image: Lesley Clark/DevPolicy
Friday, August 26, 2022
Women – just two – back in PNG’s Parliament but more needs doing
The results of the 2022 Papua New Guinea elections confirm that women will once again sit in PNG’s Parliament — after a hiatus of five years. The 2022 elections were therefore not exactly a repeat of the 2017 elections for women candidates, but much...
Adji Diarra Mergane Kanouté, a member of Senegal’s National Assembly. The country is the lone bright star in West Africa for nearly achieving gender parity representation, 43 percent, in its parliament, lifting the otherwise sagging rate overall for the r
Thursday, August 25, 2022
In West Africa, a staggering low number of women in politics is brightened by one exception
LAGOS — A mere 17 women were appointed or elected to parliaments, ministerial or electoral offices in the West Africa/Sahel region out of 134 available positions from December 2021 to June 2022. While the paltry figures have long raised concerns...

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