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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
20 percent women, 100 percent effective
Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., once said her experience as a preschool teacher was excellent training for Congress. As many on Capitol Hill are mugging for the press pool, proud of their political brinkmanship, a small group of female senators (...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Mizoram polls: No women representatives in state legislature, India
Women voters have been outnumbering male voters in Mizoram for the past few years, but paradoxically there are no women representatives in the state legislature for years together.  According to the voters' lists published on August 16, of the 6,86,...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Shutdown Political Barriers for Women... And Reap the Rewards
In an era of government distrust, political gridlock, and legislative dysfunction, women may be the power players who forge solutions and help address our nation’s most divisive problems, argues Swanee Hunt in a recent article in Global Post. Ms....
Monday, October 21, 2013
Fiji’s National Council of Women wants more women in politics
The National Council of Women in Fiji is embarking on a project that aims to increase the representation of women in politics in the lead-up to the elections promised for next year. Its general secretary, Fay Volatabu, says it will work with the...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Yemen's quota: Success for international community or Yemeni Women?
On September 15, Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi wrote his first-ever op-ed in hopes of reassuring the Yemeni people of the current political transition’s progress. The article, published in the Yemen Times and available only in English,...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs Urges Women to Strategise for Increased Representation in Govt.
Hajiya Zainab Maina, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, on Tuesday advised women to adopt strategies to increase their participation in decision making processes. Maina gave the advice in Abuja at the ongoing capacity building...
Monday, October 21, 2013
More women governors expected after 2014, USA
Thirty-six states will hold governor’s elections next year, and Democrats have top female recruits in at least five states who are poised to be their party’s nominee and competitive in the general election. Coupled with the four female governors who...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Women's Empowerment Builds International Peace and Security, by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
When war erupts, women are often the first to experience the harsh brutality and the last to be called to the peace table. A resolution adopted today by the UN Security Council moves us one step closer to the full participation of women as leaders...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Trailblazing women talk politics, USA
Due to the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate, Americans have paid particularly close attention to Congress and its members. This new attentiveness to the legislative branch has raised a valid observation: most members of Congress are men....
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Zimbabwe: Youth in Politics - Zimbabwe's Youngest Female Parliamentarian
No less than 35 percent of the newly elected MPs in Zimbabwe are women, thanks to a special electoral quota system to increase women's representation in Parliament. At age 29, Tionei Melody Dziva is the youngest of them. She has a strong desire to...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Wynne to women’s summit: no barriers to becoming Canada's premier, except poverty
As Ontario's first female and first lesbian premier, Kathleen Wynne was an obvious choice for keynote speaker at the Leadership Summit for Women. Addressing the (almost entirely) female crowd, she shared her personal experiences in politics — as a...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Meet the Haredi feminist fighting for a political voice, Israel
Ruth Colian was that close to becoming the first ultra-Orthodox woman to run for Petah Tikva city council in Tuesday’s municipal election. But she fell a few dozen signatures short of the number required to register as a new political party when the...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Minnesota Capitol: Women have proved they can win the race if persuaded to run, USA
Four decades after the election that shattered the glass ceiling for women in the Minnesota Legislature, gender equality is still elusive at the state Capitol. Women hold 34 percent of the 201 seats in the Legislature, giving Minnesota the fourth-...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Women seek chance to lead New York cities, USA
In a state infamously governed by “three men in a room,” three women want to take the helm of upstate cities. Rochester and Albany can elect their first female mayors in November, when Lovely Warren and Kathy Sheehan will lead the Democratic ticket...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Makungwa Calls for the Promotion of Women in Politics, Malawi
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Mary Clara Makungwa has called on the media in the country to promote women aspirants in politics in order to achieve the 50-50 women representation campaign. The newly appointed Minister said this...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Legislative town halls to focus on women in workforce, USA
Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill will host town hall meetings this month to examine barriers that face women as they struggle to reach professional goals. The meetings stem from LR295, introduced by McGill to study the income gap between men and women....
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Event encourages women to tackle politics, Canada
For the fourth year, a campaign school to encourage women to consider a role in municipal politics will be run in Brantford. The event — which generally attracts up to 100 women — is aimed at getting more women to run for public office or to support...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Women's discussion club of Kyrgyzstan uses Albright Award to bring women together across party lines
Even though Kyrgyzstan has had a female president and women hold 23 percent of the seats in its 120-member parliament, women are still struggling to carve out leadership roles in the legislature and political parties. But a local women’s group is...