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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....
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
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
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
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...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and the Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks
A two-day meeting to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, convened in Geneva by UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands, ended today with a statement by Syrian women civil society members and...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Afghan female politician in hiding: 'No one respects women in our country'
Noorzia Atmar never wanted to leave Afghanistan. Not even after the beatings, knife attacks and bitter divorce; not even when her ex-husband turned up at her new workplace with a gun and sent thugs to the shelter where she had sought refuge. Only...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Female candidates will face uphill battle in 2014 election in Indonesia
Despite efforts to increase the number of women in politics, they still face an uphill battle to join the male-dominated political world, a political expert has said. Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) political analyst Siti Zuhro said women in...
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The lack of women in Utah politics, USA
Where are all the women? A new study of women serving elected office in Utah shows that, even though Utah is one of the few states with a female Speaker of the House, the number of women serving in the state Legislature has actually declined over...
Thursday, January 09, 2014
2014: A turning point for women in politics?
“Our young women are forming a new era in female history,” wrote Massachusetts feminist Judith Sargent Murray excitedly. “The Rights of Women begin to be understood; we seem, at length, determined to do justice.” The year was 1798. It would be two...
Thursday, January 09, 2014
How To Create A Generation Of Women Leaders
Recently, women leaders from around the world gathered in Brussels to participate in the inaugural Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum. I was honored to join them. Some 120 years after women in New Zealand became the first in the world to be...
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
My 2014 Wishes for Women in Canada by Kirsty Duncan, Liberal MP
As we gather with family and friends across our great country to celebrate the end of 2013, and as we look forward to a more hopeful 2014, let this be a New Year focused on Canadians, and not on political drama and scandal. And let parliamentarians...
Monday, January 06, 2014
Two guilty over abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez
Two people have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Isabella Sorley, 23, of Newcastle, and John Nimmo, 25, of South Shields, admitted at Westminster Magistrates' Court sending the messages over a...
Monday, January 06, 2014
17 women elected MPs in 10th JS, Bangladesh
The 10th parliamentary polls see 17 women candidates elected, according to unofficial results of the election. The number is just one less than the historic high of the 2008 election, when 18 women were elected.However, the current figure can still...
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Indian women continue to fight for respect: A place at the high table
As the world celebrates 100 years of women suffrage, Indian women continue to fight for things that matter. 2013 was a turning point for women in India as the brutal gang rape of Nirbhaya and the huge protests in the aftermath placed the issue of...

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