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Monday, June 09, 2014
Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses as agents of change
Nation-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s Parliament introduced in 2002 a 17 percent gender quota in all legislative houses. But...
Friday, June 06, 2014
Call for concerted global action to end violence against women
Geneva, 6 June 2014 – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed a new Egyptian decree punishing sexual harassment as a first but crucial step to tackle the growing problem of violence against women and urged other countries to do more on the...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Why the Lack of Women in Politics? USA
Washington has been criticized for being under constant gridlock for the majority of the last five years. This gridlock leads many people to think cynically about our government. The issue of women holding political office is treated cynically as...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Indonesia Likely To Have Fewer Women In Parliament
Despite the increase in the number of female candidates in the parliamentary elections held throughout Indonesia on April 9, 2014, the country would likely fail to meet its target of increasing womens representation in the 560-seat Parliament for...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kicking sexism out of politics, Malaysia
The moment there was an inkling that Dyana Sofya would be DAP’s candidate for the Teluk Intan Parliamentary seat, a picture purportedly of her (it wasn’t) in a bikini was circulated on the internet. She has since been subjected to wolf whistles by...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
More women is the key to cutting corruption, Australia
IN THIS heady age of grimy corruption revelations, thanks to the ICAC merry-go-round, it's good to know there's a simple answer to end corruption in politics. That is, to get more women elected Australia-wide, according to Lennox Head-based NSW...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
South Africa Misses the Mark on Women in Politics
Following the elections and President Jacob Zuma's recent cabinet appointments, South Africa has missed its last opportunity - so tantalizingly close - to achieve gender parity in politics ahead of the 2015 deadline. The 50% target for women's...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
How Not to Close the Gender Gap in Politics, USA
Colorado Republicans, concerned about their string of statewide losses in recent years, have been making some efforts to reach out to demographic groups that have not historically backed their party. The most recent effort was a gubernatorial debate...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Why the hell has Europe voted in a feminist party?
Feminists of the world, unite and celebrate. The European Parliament has the first member to be elected on a feminist ticket. Call me contrary, but I think that sounds like a defeat. Because if women need a separate party to represent them in...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Egypt: Women Council Opposes Proposed Women Representation in Parliament
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Will Narendra Modi government bring in the Women's Reservation Bill?
The 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw many highs for women.  Does this mean that finally the Women’s Reservation Bill and others Bills pertaining to women’s representation, security and development will be passed? The 16th Lok Sabha will have the highest...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Lose an Election? If You're Female, It May Have Been Because Of Your Eyebrows
Big brows may be trendy, but the American public’s sense of propriety gets inflamed if they’re on a female elected official’s face. According to a recent study from Dartmouth University, and published in Social Psychological and Personality Science...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Women make better choices, say voters, Ireland
SEVEN out of 10 voters believe their local authority would make better decisions if it had more female councillors, a new opinion poll reveals. The survey illustrates a strong desire among the electorate for greater female representation in local...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Nigeria: Amaechi Tasks Women On Greater Participation in Politics
More participation of women in politics will go along way in making democracy in Nigeria an interesting game, even as it would help in stamping out corruption in the political system. This position was made by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Push needed for more women in Vanuatu politics
The Vanuatu Council of Women says the government needs to come up with more strategies to push women's political representation in the country. The non-governmental organisation has launched a report on women's participation in politics from 2009 to...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Low representation doesn't deter Indian women from voting
They might not be getting their due when it comes to representation in parliament, but women have increased their participation in the voting process by nearly 10 percent in this general election, even surpassing men in eight states. Comparatively,...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Nigeria: Ogun - Fresh Perspectives On Women in Politics
First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, recently put forward new perspectives on how to make women's voices heard and make their votes count in Nigeria's political process, ahead of the 2015 general elections. She noted that the time had...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Reforms stressed to strengthen women political leadership, Pakistan
Women political participation in Pakistan is constrained due to deep-rooted gender inequality and politics of patronage. There is need to not only sensitize political leadership but also introduce broader legislative and electoral reforms to...

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