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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Women rise for all
We are women leaders rising in solidarity to save lives and protect livelihoods. We call for all leaders in all countries and in all sectors to meet the human crisis of COVID-19. Stopping this pandemic and recovering from it is a shared...
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
‘It’s more than a seat at the table’
By Jennifer Medina, Senator Kamala Harris used to call it the “donkey in the room” — the (occasionally whispered) notion that she could not be the Democratic presidential nominee because it was inconceivable that she, a black woman, could win over a...
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
On paper but not in practice: Gender equality in balkan politics
Women have equal billing on the list of candidates for parliament fielded by North Macedonia’s ruling Social Democrats. But when North Macedonia and Croatia both vote in elections next month, how many women will actually become MPs? Fellow former...
Monday, June 29, 2020
Will the pandemic reshape notions of female leadership?
Countries with women in leadership have suffered six times fewer confirmed deaths from Covid-19 than countries with governments led by men. Unsurprisingly, the media has swelled with stories of their pragmatism, prowess — and humanity. Will these...
Monday, June 29, 2020
Ten years since Australia got its first female prime minister, how diverse is our parliament?
By Vivienne Pearson, On 24 June 2010, Julia Gillard was sworn in as Australia’s 27th – and first female – prime minister. But a decade on, gender equality in politics has some way to go. It’s been a rocky decade for women in politics. “I couldn’t...
Friday, June 26, 2020
A call to defend democracy
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy. Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to...
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Empathy above all: How NZ PM Jacinda Ardern redefined leadership in the fight against coronavirus
As of Jun 1, 2020, it had no patients in the hospital, and no new cases had been reported since May 23, 2020. Naturally, it is important to keep in mind the population of the country, the geographical location, and the strength of its healthcare...
Monday, June 22, 2020
A quiet revolution for women in US foreign and security policy?
The Departments of Defense, State, USAID and Homeland Security recently launched plans regarding women in U.S. foreign and security policy. The joint rollout unveiled the Trump administration’s roadmap for changing the way America and its allies and...
Monday, June 22, 2020
Proportional representation needs national support
By Ruth Butaumocho, “For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect, but to be elected.” The above words from former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, in an interview with the New York Times...
Monday, June 22, 2020
Young women stand ready to enter politics – despite what they have seen
For the next generation of women looking to enter politics, recent months and years have provided a stark preview of what may lie ahead. Research shows many girls and women have been deterred due to sexism across the political spectrum, and Shireen...
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Women make good leaders. Can more of them rise to the top?
By Prodita Sabarini, As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of female state leaders are managing this historical crisis in their respective countries better than their male counterparts. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
What the pandemic reveals about the male ego
By Nicholas Kristof, Are female leaders better at fighting a pandemic? I compiled death rates from the coronavirus for 21 countries around the world, 13 led by men and eight by women. The male-led countries suffered an average of 214 coronavirus-...
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Learning from local women leaders in times of crisis
Communities worldwide are facing a complex emergency unlike any in my lifetime. In the United States and internationally, pain and outrage at racism, police brutality, and profound inequities have brought millions to the streets. Meanwhile, the...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Is the great woman theory of coronavirus leadership true?
A couple of days ago, Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, was asked why countries with women leaders were having more success combating the coronavirus pandemic than their male counterparts. After all, Taiwan, New Zealand, Finland and Germany...
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
The importance of gender inclusion in COVID-19 responses
In late January, President Donald Trump announced the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force, made up of 12 senior officials who would be responsible for leading the U.S. response to COVID-19. All were men. On Feb. 29, Vice President Mike Pence, the...
Monday, June 08, 2020
What if...we had quotas for women in politics?
They smile for the camera – the eager new cohort of female parliamentarians. It’s a standard photo, after a general election. A sign, hopefully, of progress. Over 100 countries in the world have signed up to the goal of gender parity in parliament,...
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Let's stop ignorin women's voices in times of crisis
By Mhairi Tordoff, Covid-19 catapulted the UK into chaos. This lockdown is unlike anything we could have ever imagined. Our daily lives have started to look something like a dystopian novel, just with more banana bread. Within the chaos emerged a...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Women leaders successfully fighting coronavirus show why we need a feminist foreign policy
By Lyric Thompson and Gawain Kripke, In recent weeks, calls have abounded to pay more than lip service to women’s contributions to the global economy. Suddenly we are hearing more about the female face of essential workers — both on the homefront...

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