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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
McCaskill: Why Does A Disagreement Between Two Women Get So Much Attention?
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Wednesday suggested that her disagreement with fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on how best to prosecute sexual assault in the military has gotten outsized attention because of their gender. "I'm a little upset...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The women of Westminster have had enough
Are the women of Whitehall and Westminster so hacked off with our degraded way of doing politics that they are finally going to force some revolutionary changes? I’ve never known so many senior women so dismayed by the one-upmanship games of male...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple’s run for Congress: ‘It wouldn’t hurt to have a woman’s viewpoint’
In 1967, Shirley Temple Black ran for Congress in California, attempting to become the first woman in the Golden State’s congressional delegation. “I think men are fine and here to stay but I have a hunch that it wouldn’t hurt to have a woman’s...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Don’t negotiate women in Pakistan
While we women welcome the initiative of talks taken by the government and stand in full solidarity with them, we would like to clearly state that women will not be a negotiating chip this time. We have dealt with the Taliban for over a decade and...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In Nepal, Women Fight to Maintain Seats in the Constituent Assembly
Nepali women had much to be proud of as 172 of them were seated in the country’s newest Constituent Assembly on Jan. 22. They filled almost 30 percent of the 575 seats that were contested during parliamentary elections last fall, despite the...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
David Cameron's 'Women Problem' - Time for Quotas?
It is worth saying again: Prejudice against women fulfilling their professional promise is one of the most pernicious discriminations still tolerated in the UK. Even politics, supposedly the bedrock of representation in our democracy, is riddled...
Monday, February 10, 2014
Burma’s Government to Appoint a Second Woman Minister
Burma’s president is set to appoint Khin San Yi, formerly a deputy minister of planning and economic development, as the new education minister, bringing the number of woman ministers in the government to two. Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and...
Monday, February 10, 2014
How Running For Office Is Different For Mothers
Women can and do run for office, but their path to politics differs from the one most men follow. Women are generally asked to run and likely to have been recruited. Men tend to initiate their own candidacy, and worry less about if they are...
Monday, February 10, 2014
NIGERIA: Why Media Coverage of Women in Politics Is Poor
The media plays a crucial role in the political or electoral process. It's the ears and eyes of the public and help mould perceptions.  People rely on it for information on making decisions on a range of issues such as choosing their political...
Monday, February 10, 2014
Balance in the field to replace Therese Murray, USA
Today’s Cape Cod Times noted the imminent retirement of Senate President Therese Murray and listed two of the leading candidates for her seat, Plymouth state representative Vinnie deMacedo and former Falmouth state representative Matt Patrick....
Friday, February 07, 2014
Tanzania's Anna Margareth Abdallah: 'They say, "Don't vote for the woman, she wears lipstick"'
When Anna Margareth Abdallah entered the Tanzanian parliament in 1975, she was one of only five female MPs. Today, she is one of 126 – more than a third of the total – and the first woman to chair the standing committee on defence and security. But...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Who would be a woman in politics?
Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones. Or so said Nancy Astor, who certainly should have known: as the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Commons, Samantha Cameron's step great-grandmother surely...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Women on the Rise in African Politics
Africa now has three female heads of state, after Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic took office in January. Though women leaders remain the exception in African politics, activists say things are looking up. Women are breaking...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Familiar Faces and Warlords Set To Dominate Afghan Election Campaign
Twenty-seven presidential hopefuls have registered as candidates for Afghanistan's crucial April 5 vote, setting the stage for a wide-open race among former warlords, powerful officials, and several prominent Western-educated technocrats... The...
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Kenyan governor Kabogo apologises over single women slur
A Kenyan politician has apologised for suggesting that unmarried women are not effective leaders. Local leaders and activists criticised the comments by Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo, saying they were demeaning to the women. The row involved...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Building a career in political technology
Women who work at the crossroads of politics and technology are working at two heavily male-dominated fields. Yet there are ways to build a career and thrive at work, and at home. It’s deliberative, and it’s ongoing, but it’s worth it if you want to...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Sandra Fluke forgoes congressional bid to run for state Senate
Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate. “I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Why more women must participate in the 2014 elections
In the run-up to the last round of Assembly elections in 2013, a Gender Manifesto was released by women’s organisations setting out a series of priorities across demographic groups and economic sectors. It is safe to assume that no political party...

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