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Monday, March 10, 2014
Bolivian women battle against culture of harassment
Two years after the murder of an outspoken female councillor ushered in new legislation outlawing political violence against women in Bolivia, campaigners say a culture of harassment remains, as Paula Dear reports from La Paz. Juana Quispe's...
Monday, March 10, 2014
Timeline: 15 Years of Progress for Women in the Americas
Over the past decade and a half, more women have come to power in the Western Hemisphere, leading to an increasing number of female politicians and the creation of laws to protect women’s rights. Today, women hold their countries’ highest office in...
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Electoral system and women’s representation in Nepal: need for reform?
International IDEA in collaboration with Demo Finland, UN Women and the Embassy of Finland organized a seminar on the Electoral System and Women’s Representation in Nepal: Need for Reform? on 4 March 2014 in Kathmandu. 270 people participated,...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Why we need to get smarter about quotas
There is a big debate in the world of those advocating gender parity and it goes like this. Most companies and countries around the globe have a dearth of women in leadership roles. Many people agree we should be at 50-50, but they don't agree on...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Kirsten Gillibrand's goal: Recruit female candidates, win elections
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been called a “sleeper” candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but the New York Democrat doesn’t sound as though the White House is in her sights. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Gillibrand said...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Canada: Parliament Panel Fails Indigenous Women
A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Towards genuine application of the gender quota in Haiti: the importance of strengthening the capacity of women in political parties
Women account for over 52 per cent of the total population of Haiti and are very active in the economic and social sectors. Yet their political participation and representation in Parliament is very limited. Only seven of the 144 political parties...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
2014 International Women’s Day Statement for Helen Clark
This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth.  No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality.  As the 2015 end date of the Millennium...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Burton describes Dáil as ‘a men’s club’, Ireland
Irish society continues to treat women as second-class citizens, according to a report dedicated to creating a more women-friendly Oireachtas. The A Parliament of all Talents: Building a Women-friendly Oireachtas report by the National Women’s...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
How Europe’s Five Female Defense Ministers Could Impact the Ukraine Conflict
With the new appointment of Roberta Pinotti as Italy’s defense minister, Europe now has five female defense ministers in charge of executing defense strategy. She joined Mimi Kodheli of Albania, Ursula von der Leyen of Germany, Ine Marie Eriksen...
Monday, March 03, 2014
Gender parity in parliament possible within 20 years, new trends show
A one point five percentage point (1.5) increase in 2013 of the global average of women members of parliament (MPs) marks a significant and encouraging trend that could lead to gender parity within 20 years if fully capitalized upon, says the Inter-...
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Africa: 'Africa Cannot Overcome Its Problems Unless Women Take the Lead'
The Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Michael Arietti, at the US Embassy in Banjul had said that Africa cannot overcome its problems unless women take the lead. Arietti was speaking Thursday during the closing ceremony of the three-day Young Women's...
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Equality for Women is Progress for All
Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for International Women’s Day 2014.   Today we join the people of the world in celebration of the progress made for women’s rights, women’...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Gloria Steinem: Why Our Revolution Has Just Begun
If I had to pick a couple of myths about the women’s movement that are most wrong, I think two might be tied for worst place. One is that this movement—also known as women’s liberation, feminism, womanism, mujerista!, grrrls and more—is only for...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Palau senators inspired by Australian women politicians
Two senators from Palau say the women in politics they met during a recent visit to Australia have inspired them to be better politicians. Jerilin Senior and Rukebai Inabo spent time in the Australian capital, Canberra, and visiting the...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Meet Egypt’s first female political party leader
A flicker of hope for women across Egypt may have been sparked on Friday, after the first female to head a political party in the country was elected. Breaking through Egypt's political glass ceiling, Hala Shukrallah succeeded former Egyptian Vice...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Egypt's chances slim for ElBaradei’s political comeback – Hala Shukrallah
A woman succeeded to presidency in a major Egyptian political party over the weekend, marking a stunning turnaround for this traditionalist country. A caucus of the liberal Hizb el-Dostour, better known as the Constitution Party, upheld the...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Hala Shukrallah: 'Something has changed', Egypt
Hala Shukrallah is the most sought-after politician by the Egyptian media. On Friday 21 February, her political party, the Constitution, held its general assembly and elected her as president. In that moment, she became the first woman to be elected...

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