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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Mugabe victory brings wave of intimidation against women activists
Amnesty International reports that especially in Zimbabwe's rural areas, away from any accountability, allies of Mugabe have been targeting opposition's female political activists. An election victory by Robert Mugabe and his party usually means...
Thursday, August 15, 2013
With defiant fury Cristina Fernandez launched the campaign for October election
In an extremely aggressive speech in the aftermath of primaries defeat, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez blasted the media for misinterpreting electoral results, charged against the Mayor of Tigre Sergio Massa who was the big winner on Sunday...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
City council candidate 'too attractive' for Iranian politics
Despairing news from Iran... Nina Siahkali Moradi, 27, was barred from taking up her seat in Qazvin by the conservative electoral review board. An electoral candidate who won a place on a city council in Iran has reportedly been barred from taking...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Women Of The Cambodian Spring
During the country's most recent election, opposition parliamentarian Mu Sochua saw her brave countrywomen standing up to corruption and demanding change.After intense campaigning throughout Cambodia that took more than 12 months—from the mountains...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Every Effort Needed to Protect Afghan Women MPs
Afghan authorities must make every effort possible to ensure the release and safe return of abducted Afghan woman MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar and to provide greater protection for all women parliamentarians in the country, says the Inter-Parliamentary...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Iranian president names female vice president
Iranian president Hasan Rouhani on Monday appointed Elham Aminzadeh, a law and public policy professor at Tehran University, as Vice-President of Legal Affairs, effectively making her the first woman in the Islamic Republic’s history to hold the...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The rise of USA's political heiresses
American political dynasties historically have been built on power passed from fathers to sons, brothers to brothers, even husbands to wives: the Adamses, the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons. Now, it is the daughters' turn. When Michelle Nunn ...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party
At 38, Julie Bishop had achieved what many young lawyers aspire to do. Having worked as a barrister and a commercial litigation solicitor, she was managing partner of a national law firm’s Perth office. She was at the peak of her career, or so she...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Quotas for Women in Government Remain Key in Mali
“I have always wanted to represent the people in my area as a ward councillor, but l gave up this dream because I was afraid to contest against men, thinking that I cannot win.” Sarah Kulemeka of the Ntcheu district also gave up on this dream...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Women's Rights Should Not Be Used As A Political Tool: CPPW, Afghanistan
The Committee on Political Participation of Women (CPPW) urged political parties not to take advantage of the role of women in the 2014 election by using them as a tool to gain political mileage. The CPPW said that the need for sincerity in working...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Australia's Sarah Palin, and One Nation Candidate Aborts Election Bid Due to Pressure Over Viral Video
Stephanie Banister, dubbed as the "Sarah Palin of Australia", has dropped out of the election race on August 10 after committing several interview blunders and calling Islam a country.  The 27-year-old One Nation candidate was campaigning for...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Cristina Fernandez defeated in Argentina’s main electoral districts; Massa pledges ‘end to confrontation’
President Cristina Fernandez Victory Front managed to remain as the leading political force nationwide on Sunday’s congressional primaries but her opponents emerged exceptionally strong in the all-important province of Buenos Aires and the other...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Democratic Republic of the Congo's women hold key to lasting peace
Not a week goes by without reports of fresh fighting in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Violence and destruction have ravaged the Great Lakes region of Africa for two decades, claiming more than 5 million lives. Yet...
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Hillary Clinton’s theme, pre-2016: Women who break barriers
Hillary Rodham Clinton took to a Toronto stage in June before about 5,000 supporters, many of them women and many looking for a hint that she might run for president in 2016 — and she gave them one. “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we...
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Afghanistan's pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels
Noor Zia Atmar, a young activist and then one of the country’s first woman MPs, travelled the world with her colleagues to show that things were changing. That was three years ago. Now, she lives in a shelter for battered women, the victim of an...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Poverty, tradition bane of northern women’s progress, Nigeria
Hajiya Hafsat Baba is one of the major personalities in the North who have been speaking in support of women and child development in the region and Nigeria in general. The National Women Leader of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN),...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Political parties called on government to do more to protect women and children in South Africa
“The hosting of festivals and gatherings is important, but more important is the assurance of the safety of not only women, but young girls as well,” Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said in a speech prepared for delivery. “In this regard,...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
African women enter public office, but wield little influence in policy making
“If you want to be influential in the political arena, you need to influence policy,” Ms Betty Murungi, a social justice advocate, recently told female entrepreneurs and corporate managers in Nairobi. A lawyer, Murungi is the director of Urgent-...

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