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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....
Represent Women
Monday, February 01, 2021
What the Biden Cabinet signals about gender parity's importance to democracy
By Cynthia Richie Terrell President Biden's proposed Cabinet would have 24 members. Assuming the newly Democratic Senate confirms all of his nominees, a process that got started last week, it would be the most diverse Cabinet in history and the...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Female world leaders are winning against COVID-19
On January 14, 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his daughter, the current mayor of Davao, has no plans to run for president in the 2022 elections, saying in a speech: "My daughter, inuudyok naman nila, sabi ko, my daughter is not...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Time to update the leadership script
By Helen Clark After a year of pandemic-induced turmoil in which women political leaders outperformed their male counterparts, the case for greater gender parity in leadership roles should be obvious. Nonetheless, a new international survey shows...
Afghan women attend a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 29, 2019. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)  This article was published in thejakartapost.com with the title "Why we need more women mediators".
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Why we need more women mediators
It was a balmy day in November 2020 as I was sitting on a crowded train, my mouth full of bread and hot steamy chai as I struggled to take a sip. I took a glance at the people who picked me up and would bring me to meet the commander. I was in one...
Of course it was women who were front and centre – so many had nothing to lose (Picture: LWPP)   Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/12/18/10-years-on-from-the-arab-spring-we-must-not-forget-the-women-13771330/?ito=cbshare  Twitter: https://twitter.com/Me
Friday, January 15, 2021
10 years on from the Arab Spring, I’m remembering the women who gave their lives for change
By Hibbaq Osman, Founder of Karama, a network of women's rights organisations Soon it will be a decade since the smoke from fire raging in Tunisia reached Cairo, the city I call home.  In December 2010, a trickle of protest in a small city in Tunis...
Pictured: Pelosi at a Thursday press conference. (Screenshot from CBS)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Gendered violence and the attack on the U.S. Capitol
The vandalism and thefts targeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week sought to assail her position as one of the most powerful women in American politics. Among the many dramatic images emerging from the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol, two in...
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (left) and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Simonyte (right) have both appointed gender-balanced cabinets.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Balkan Blog: Women's political representation or real political power?
Central and Southeast Europe now accounts for a third of the tiny number of states worldwide that have gender-balanced cabinets — but higher female representation in politics doesn’t necessarily equate to women holding real power. Two more Central...
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Twenty memorable moments from #WomenInPolitics in 2020
By Akshi, As we brace ourselves for 2021, we thought we’d leave you with a collection of some of our favourite memories about women in politics from 2020. We’ve picked moments that left us feeling inspired, proud, glad, and sometimes amused. Hope...
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The 2020 list of the world’s most powerful women: How will female leaders fare post-pandemic?
By Moira Forbes, As the world wrestles with a series of converging crises catalyzed by Covid-19, this year has been a reminder of how ephemeral and volatile power can be, how much of it is at play, where systemic imbalances exist, and how quickly...

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