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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
30 percent of seats reserved for women in the next Parliament of Somalia
Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said yesterday that a new electoral process for his country will be far more democratic this year when an electoral college of thousands elects members of parliament — compared to just 135 elders who selected...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Jamaica to introduce legislated gender quotas
Within the national action plan for gender equity and sustainable development in Jamaica, Temporary Special Measures (TSMs) are to be established by the government in order to accelerate equality between men and women. Part of these TSMs, the...
Georgia's Acting President Nino Burjanadze
Friday, March 20, 2015
Quota Calls for Women in Georgian Politics
A recent campaign designed to promote the need for women in the traditionally male-dominated politics of Georgia comes as statistics show that female representation is no better than before, and in some areas worse. Two weeks of events including...
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon/©Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Nicola Sturgeon: 'I want to help women'
Nicola Sturgeon has been in the job only three months but already she is eyeing her legacy. “Being the first woman First Minister is a big responsibility and I feel the weight of that acutely. I’m determined to use that position to help further the...
Quotas for female politicians, elections in Brazil
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Do Quotas for Female Politicians Work?
Photo-Paulo Whitaker/Reuters SÃO PAULO—This year, for the first time in Brazil’s history, two women—incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and former environment minister Marina Silva—had a serious chance of winning the presidency. Marina, who sought...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Women miss out in NSW parliament (Australia)
The heady days when Sydney women looked up to a female prime minister, female premier, governor and governor-general are long gone. There is just one female cabinet minister in Canberra. And now the NSW parliament is likely to emerge from the next...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Fianna Fáil ‘disappointed’ as it fails on female candidate targets
Fianna Fáil has conceded it is “disappointed” with the proportion of female candidates it is running in the local and European elections in May. The party’s enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary said today that less than 20 per cent of its candidates...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Liberia: 'Gender Equality Bill Discriminatory'
The passage of a draft law seeking to provide 30 percent women participation in all political parties was stalled recently by a motion for reconsideration made by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee. Senator Grupee's motion for reconsideration...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Why we need to get smarter about quotas
There is a big debate in the world of those advocating gender parity and it goes like this. Most companies and countries around the globe have a dearth of women in leadership roles. Many people agree we should be at 50-50, but they don't agree on...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Civil society seeks gender-based data for vote, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: To add to the hype surrounding local bodies elections, non-government organisation and human rights groups have urged the election commission to prepare and release gender disaggregated data.  Addressed to the Prime Minister, Senate...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
New laws ignored, so women trailed in Kenya 2013 election
New laws designed to increase the number of elected women in Kenyan politics had no effect on the 2013 elections because those concerned failed to implement them, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) said. “We have good laws that we are not using...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A ‘Head Start’ for Women Mayors and Councilors in Nicaragua
A revision to Nicaragua’s law on municipal elections last year required political parties to put up equal numbers of women and men as candidates for mayor and city council. It also increased the number of city council seats in each municipality. The...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Percentage of women in Parliament better than a decade ago: Low Yen Ling
The percentage of women in Singapore's Parliament is better compared to a decade ago and it is more important to anchor political representation on meritocracy rather than impose gender quotas, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Social and...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Women and Israeli deMOCKracy
A little while back a lawsuit was filed with the Supreme Court to disallow funding of political parties that do not include women in the party list. I do not know what happened with that suit - I have not yet heard that it has been discussed or...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Nigeria: Maina Wants Action for More Women in Govt
Women Affairs Minister Hajiya Zainab Maina has called for the adoption of special measures to entrench affirmative action-certain percentage of women- in both elective and appointive positions at all levels in the 2015 elections. She made the during...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Nigeria: Obiano Promises 35 Percent Affirmative Action for Women
IF elected, Chief Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has promised to ensure that women constitute at least 35 per cent of all his appointments. In an interview with reporters shortly after attending the sensitisation...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Quotas best way to elect more women
Women's representation in parliaments is most likely to increase where there is some sort of system of quotas, an analysis of international elections held last year shows. However, the US bucked the trend by recording an historic number of women...
Monday, September 02, 2013
Liberia: Senate Opposes 30 Percent Gender Equality
Heated debate erupted on the floor in the Senate on Thursday after some Senators strongly opposed a provision in the election reform law that requires political parties to ensure thirty percent gender equality during candidates' registration. Some...