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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Jessica Lee MP is fourth 2010 Tory woman to quit, UK
Jessica Lee, a Commons aide to Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, said she was stepping down from Parliament after considering her “personal circumstances and responsibilities”. She will be the fourth female Conservative MP elected in 2010 to...
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Women of Color Behind the Rise of Female U.S. Democrats
Democratic women have gained legislative seats at a much higher rate than Republican women in recent years. To a great extent, the rise of female Democrats is about the rise of Democratic women of color. Although they do not hold office in...
Friday, January 17, 2014
Meet The Women in Hillary Clinton’s Inner Circle
Hillary Clinton has had a successful and trailblazing career as First Lady, New York senator, and Secretary of State. Over the past 25 years, she has been surrounded by a fierce circle of female advisers who make up a large part of her team. Who are...
Friday, January 17, 2014
First Afghan Women Police Chief Appointed in Kabul
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief  in Afghanistan. Bayaz will lead the 1st District of Kabul. Although the job will not be without risk – a senior police woman was ...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Women call for political co-existance, Zambia
FEMALE political stakeholders have condemned the violence that characterised 2013 and have implored political parties to learn to co-exist.  They said yesterday that violence was a hindrance to the participation of citizens, including women and...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Money in Politics Keeps Women Out of Office, USA
Women make up less than 20 percent of Congress. Out of 100 senators, 20 are female; out of 435 representatives, there are 78 women. According to the World Economic Forum, that puts the United States at 60th in the world for political equality...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Conference of Syrian Women: Recommendations
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks (Geneva, 14 January) A two-day meeting to support women's participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, convened in...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Women's rights top agenda as Egyptians vote on draft constitution
Egyptians were voting in a referendum on the country’s draft constitution on Tuesday and Wednesday, a document that would enshrine unprecedented gender equality for women. Since the so-called Arab Spring shook Egypt and the region to its foundations...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Breaking down women of color in U.S. Congress
The 113th Congress has been applauded for its diversity, but women – and specifically women of color, who only make up 4.5% of the 535 members – are still the vast minority. Although women of color have made recent strides in politics, the fact...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Women are wielding notable influence in U.S. Congress
After decades of trying to amass power, several women have vaulted to the top of influential congressional committees, putting them in charge of some of the most consequential legislation being considered on Capitol Hill. The $1.1 trillion spending...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Which Caribbean Countries Have the Most Female Members of Parliament?
Across the world, female political representation continues to be an issue. Most recently, it’s become a significant issue in Jamaica, where the 51 Percent Coalition has been pushing for more women in Parliament (and in boardrooms) in the country....
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rohani deputy reports on lack of women among Iranian leaders
  The presidential deputy for women and family affairs says Iranian women are mostly excluded from top positions in the government. ILNA reports that Shahindokht Molaverdi said in a report that except for a few women in Parliament, the unfortunate...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
New IPU global database on women’s caucuses in parliament
Want to know more about how women MPs are organizing themselves in parliaments around the world? IPU has launched a new global database on women’s caucuses in parliament to capture such information in one useful place. The database is a unique tool...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Forward ever, backward never!, Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Syrian women conference in Geneva
Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Conference on Promoting Syrian Women’s Engagement in the Syrian Political Process, held in Geneva, Switzerland, 13 January, 2014. We invite you to read the full speech...
Monday, January 13, 2014
GOP PAC targets young women voters, USA
Sen. Kelly Ayotte says a new Republican women’s political action committee is “Democrats’ worst nightmare.” Surrounded in a room full of 400 people, primarily young women, Ayotte gave the keynote address at the launch party of RightNOW Women PAC on...
Monday, January 13, 2014
First women military officers appointed to parliament in Myanmar
The first women officers appointed to join the military bloc in parliament since it convened nearly three years ago after the 2010 elections have been sworn in as members of the Pyithu Hluttaw. Lieutenant Colonels Soe Soe Myint and San Thida Khin...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Rohani deputy reports on lack of women among Iranian leaders
The presidential deputy for women and family affairs says Iranian women are mostly excluded from top positions in the government. ILNA reports that Shahindokht Molaverdi said in a report that except for a few women in Parliament, the unfortunate...
Monday, January 13, 2014
India, U.S. to move WHO resolution on addressing violence against women
It urges member-states to address the issue in national health plans and reinforce legal framework India and the United States will jointly move a resolution to address violence, particularly against women and girls, at the Executive Board meeting...

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