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Thursday, October 08, 2020
Why Malaysia needs more young leaders in Parliament
In his paper “Does it matter that politicians are older than their constituents? Yes.”, Harvard postdoctoral fellow Charles T McClean posits: “Young people are under-represented in most political institutions. Over half of the world’s voters are...
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Kate Forbes 'mansplaining' case shows legacy women in politics must overcome
A FEW months back, a male Twitter user jokingly posited an idea for a new reality show, where people who know nothing about a given subject or skill would explain it to you. Perhaps to his surprise, the punchline came in the form of the replies. “...
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Kamala Harris’s Ambition Trap
In her 2019 memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, Kamala Harris talks about how, during her first run for office—for San Francisco district attorney, in 2002—she taught herself to campaign. The lessons were partly about logistics (carry...
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
How women vote: Separating myth from reality
A century has elapsed since the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote at the federal level. But no single analysis of those 100 years can explain “the women’s vote,” as it’s impossible to summarize half of the country’s population with one...
Thursday, October 01, 2020
COVID-19 presents crucial moment for gender diversity in Japan
In a world of uncertainty triggered by the global coronavirus pandemic, it is important now more than ever to not only maintain but to expand gender diversity in the business and political worlds, especially in Japan. That was the main message that...
Thursday, October 01, 2020
How Diane Abbott fought racism – and her own party – to become Britain’s first black female MP
The 1987 election campaign was the first time the Labour party had fielded so many black and Asian candidates. Yet Diane Abbott got the impression that “the national party thought we were an embarrassment”. Certainly, “they offered no support of any...
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Building gender-equal democracies requires both political representation and economic justice
By Saskia Brechenmacher, In 1916, the American essayist Agnes Repplier wrote that “democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.” For advocates of...
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Why we must fight to secure places for more women and young people in politics
The Kenyan political system is in crisis. The country’s chief justice, David Maraga, has written to President Uhuru Kenyatta to advise him to dissolve Parliament — a move that would require fresh elections. Why? Because the overwhelmingly male...
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Shinzo Abe wanted Japanese women to ‘shine’ in politics. What happened?
Like every political leader since Ito Hirobumi became Japan’s very first prime minister in 1885, the next leader of this nation will be a man. And that, say women, is a disappointment given how much outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insisted that...
Monday, September 28, 2020
Failing to add women could cause Kenya to shutter Parliament
Kenya faces a historic decision to close parliament for failing to enact rules on fair gender representation in public bodies. Chief Justice David Maraga advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the legislature after receiving six petitions on...
Monday, September 28, 2020
Attitudes towards women’s political participation in Solomon Islands
A total of 26 women stood as candidates at the 2019 Solomon Islands national general election and, for the first time since independence, two women won seats in the national parliament. While this could be perceived as a positive development, it is...
Friday, September 25, 2020
Weighing in on the efficacy of female leadership
It is necessary to get rid of inherent biases and perceptions about the effectiveness of women in roles of authorityWhat do Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand have in common? These are all countries that have women heading their governments. And...
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Men promised a woman for Ginsburg’s seat. Is that what women want?
By Sydney Ember and Rebecca R. Ruiz, In 1993, when Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court, then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. thanked her for saving his daughter “from having to be the second woman nominee to the Supreme Court.”...
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Ghanaian girls should have presidential role models too
What does a female President or Vice President mean to the girl child in Ghana? It means a lot.  Generally, it means the same thing that the male Presidents and Vice Presidents have meant and still mean to our boy children: a role model they can...
Thursday, September 17, 2020
‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight
 The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Pandemics, politics and the impact of women in leadership roles
Despite enormous strides in business, government and other areas, women don’t always get the respect men do for their leadership abilities, even when they can boast greater accomplishments. But the combination of a pandemic, a recession and an...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Still a long way to go for women in politics
It was a historic day. Fifteen women named to the first gender-balanced cabinet in Canadian history. “Because it’s 2015,” explained newly minted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when asked why parity was important to him. Many Canadians nodded in...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
For women in politics, Pakistan still lags behind
Given the role female leaders like Fatima Jinnah played in its independence and being the first Muslim country to be led by a woman in Benazir Bhutto, one may think Pakistan has been doing quite well when it comes to women’s participation in...

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