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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Safa first woman to win two consecutive times, Kuwait
Manama: Safa Al Hashem has made history in Kuwait by becoming the first woman lawmaker to win seats in two consecutive parliamentary elections. Taking 2,036 votes on Saturday, Safa, who made her parliamentary debut in December, was ranked fifth...
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Women With Bitter Past Run for Chile's Presidency
Their history is the history of Chile. Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei were childhood friends whose fathers became top generals on opposite sides of the country's deep political divide. Bachelet's father supported socialist President Salvador...
Saturday, July 27, 2013
USA: Lindy Boggs, congresswoman and advocate for women, dies
Lindy Boggs was only 24 when she arrived in Washington as the top political adviser to her husband, newly elected to Congress. Thirty-two years later, the seat became hers after Hale Boggs was presumed dead in a plane crash, and she made her own...
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Black Italian minister Kyenge suffers banana insult
Italian politicians have reacted with anger after the country's first black minister had bananas thrown at her during a political rally. Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, who has suffered racial abuse in the past, dismissed the act as "a waste of...
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Malawi: Women Groups Receive Business Boost From Their MP
Machinga — Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu, Mwalone Jangiya has provided K150,000 to five women groups from Kaudzu Village at Liwonde in the district to enable them venture into small businesses to improve their livelihoods. Jangiya...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Ensuring women's participation in the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe
A group of non-governmental organizations has come up with a programme to ensure that women safely participate in the forthcoming elections. The programme, called The Women's Situation Room, will see women across the country and from different...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Australia's Julia Gillard reveals what she thought when she gave the 'misogyny speech'
As prime minister, Julia Gillard remained instinctively private, consistently contained and, for a figure so much in the public eye, oddly enigmatic. But in an interview with the Melbourne-based magazine the Monthly, conducted during her final...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Norway's female MPs tell women to 'give a damn'
'Maybe women deserve men setting the agenda," a conservative female politician said Friday as emotions ran high over a study that showed men know more about politics than women, and that the gender gap was wider in Norway than in comparable...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Stepping Stone: Jordan's quota for women's parliament seats is raising the profile of female politicians
Jordanian female parliamentarians have come a long way in the ten years since the quota system was first introduced for the 2003 elections. Crucially, the quota system has succeeded in changing society’s attitudes, to the extent that women are now...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Heiresses apparent: Daughters take their turn for the political dynasty, USA
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. We invite you to read...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Rwanda: Women Poised to Retain Majority in Parliament
With constitutional quotas for interest group seats in their favour and all political parties legally bound to respect women's quota of at least 30 per cent of their parliamentary nominees, women may retain or even widen their majority in the...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Malian women press for peaceful, fair elections
“Women's organizations have been powerless in the face of everything our sisters have suffered. We are now in a process of national reform; I think that this should be done in a participative, inclusive manner that motivates us to become involved...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Women in New York City politics: The Numbers
Before Anthony Weiner cannonballed into the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the storyline of the election had been whether mayoral frontrunner and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would become the city's first female mayor (and its first openly...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Beijing at 20: ECOSOC launches review of progress on women’s rights
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has kick-started Beijing+20, a process to assess how far Member States and other stakeholders have come in implementing the commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing,...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
USA: The Female Decade
Michelle Nunn has electrified Georgia Democrats by announcing she will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) has electrified Texas Democrats with her standup leadership in the Texas Senate. Hillary Clinton inspires...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Six women among Canada's premiers meeting in Ontario
When Canada’s premiers sit down next July 25 for their semi-annual summit, they’ll be making history by changing the face of provincial and territorial leadership. For the first time, there will be six women at the meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake,...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Zimbabwe’s Women Say They Still Lag Behind in Political Arena
HARARE — Zimbabweans go to the polls July 31 under a new constitution that some hoped would bring more women into politics. But, some women say the road to gender equity in Zimbabwean politics is a long one.   Zimbabwe’s 2012 census shows that women...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Premiers back national inquiry on missing aboriginal women
Canada's premiers are backing a call by aboriginal leaders to launch a national public inquiry into the case of missing or murdered aboriginal women, CBC News has learned. "The premiers at the table agreed to support the call of the Native Women's...

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