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A woman queues to vote on the Rai coast in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Female candidate Kessy Sawang says: ‘Women shy away from running for elections because of this mindset that it is for men only.’ Photograph: Godfreeman Kaptigau/The Guardian
Tuesday, August 02, 2022
‘Enough is enough’: the fight to elect women to Papua New Guinea’s men-only parliament
In nearly 50 years, PNG has elected just seven female MPs. Money, culture and corruption are all working against the women trying to address the problem. When she first tried for a seat in the Papua New Guinea parliament in 2017, Rufina Peter was a...
‘It is what girls need’: the FGM activist hoping to be the Gambia’s president (copyright: The Guardian)
Thursday, November 11, 2021
‘It is what girls need’: the FGM activist hoping to be the Gambia’s president
Jaha Dukureh was a young mother of three with little campaigning experience when she started a movement in the Gambia to end female genital mutilation, backed by the Guardian. In the seven years that followed she advised Barack Obama in the US,...
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
‘If we don’t run, then we won’t achieve.’ Why a record number of women are eyeing a run for governor.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — At a time when nearly every aspect of politics feels suffused by issues involving gender, the leading Democratic contender for Michigan governor makes a point of rarely mentioning hers. “I talk about jobs,” former state Senate...