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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Tonga’s Queen Nanasipau‘u Welcomes Women’s Parliament
Tonga (Matangi Tonga, April 7, 2014) –Tonga's first "Practice Parliament for Women" is a crucial milestone and marks a very positive step forward for Tonga, said Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho in opening the event today, April 7, in Nuku'alofa at the...
Monday, April 07, 2014
Afghan women take part in historic elections
Afghan women represented a third of the vote and a historic number of provincial candidates at the weekend's elections. Aid workers say that women are defiant in the progress of democracy and rights, and won't be deterred by violent insurgency. We...
Monday, April 07, 2014
In Arunachal, women contest only on six Assembly seats, India
The women form the majority of the electorate in Arunachal Pradesh but when it comes to contesting elections the numbers are at the odds with their population, with only 6 of them joining the fray for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls and Assembly...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Why Fianna Fáil isn’t meeting local election target on female candidates
In the halls of Leinster House, Constance Markievicz cuts a lonely figure as the only portrait of a female parliamentarian in the entire building. When I pass her portrait, I often think this trailblazing woman would be horrified that the party she...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Women Playing an Unusually Public Role in Afghan Elections
The campaign for Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan is featuring women in a more prominent role than ever before. One front-runner has a female running mate, and another has let his wife address campaign rallies—major departures from...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
30 women to enter Practice Parliament in Tonga
Thirty representatives will take part in Tonga's first “Practice Parliament for Women” on April 10-11 in Nuku'alofa, a two-day event that aims to encourage women to run for parliament in the upcoming 2014 General Election in November. Lord Fakafanua...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
GAMBIA: GAMCOTRAP & Co. Train Women On Leadership
Women from five West African countries converged at the Paradise Suites Hotel from 24 to 28th March 2014 to receive training on leadership skills. The five day training of the women activists from diverse walks of life was organised with the support...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Nigerian Women Under-Represented At National Conference, but Fighting to Be Heard
PREMIUM TIMES investigations have shown that women are under represented at the ongoing national conference in Abuja. There are roughly 78 women out of the 492 delegates attending the conference, which is less than 20 per cent, and far below the...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Afghan Women See Hope in the Ballot Box
Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds: At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew up in the United States after her family fled there. She vividly remembers the culture shock of visits...
Monday, March 31, 2014
New partnership between the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and UN Women to enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment
A new partnership between the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and UN Women was signed today by ACP Secretary-General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. ACP...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Husbands of women candidates in Bihar stand by their wives
Husbands of the women contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Bihar are going all out to support their wives.Take the case of Sailesh Kumar, husband of Misa Bharti and son-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. An IIM Lucknow alumnus, Kumar is managing...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sen. Claire McCaskill gives advice to women in politics
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill shared her hard-earned advice and opinions about women in politics and leadership positions during a lecture on March 28, at Iowa State University. McCaskill said she was aware of the polarized opinions regarding women...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
If not Hillary Clinton, then Sarah Palin for 2016, poll shows
When it comes to women in the White House, Sarah Palin takes the cake in Americans’ eyes, a new poll found. The Economist/YouGov poll asked participants which female candidate — other than Hillary Clinton — they’d like to see run for the high office...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
More women participation in governance in the Philippines?
Would increasing women participation in politics improve Philippine governance? Some lawmakers and women's rights advocates believe it would. In line with Women’s Month, lawmakers and women's rights advocate organized a Legislator’s forum last March...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Nation suffers because of underrepresentation of black women in politics
The gaping underrepresentation of women of color on the political stage deeply undermines the American ideal of democratic representation. That’s a conclusion reached by the Center for American Progress and detailed in an article titled, “Why We...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Progress too slow: PM laments pace at which women advance in politics in Jamaica
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says not enough progress has been made to increase the number of women involved in parliamentary decision-making since adult suffrage in 1944, arguing that the pace at which they are being integrated leaves much...
Friday, March 28, 2014
California's 'Close The Gap' Tour Is Demanding Gender Equality In Politics
California boasts two female senators. We are the only state to advance women's reproductive rights in the last few years. The state is rapidly moving forward on the Affordable Health Care Act and there has been paid family leave in California since...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Women candidates get help from government in Indonesia
Camellia Lubis, a 28-year-old dangdut singer popularly known as Camel Petir (Thunder), is one of 2,467 women legislative candidates vying for a seat in the House of Representatives. The legislative candidate from the Indonesian Justice and Unity...

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