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Two new women MPs have been elected in Papua New Guinea, and 10 others were in the top five in the seats they contested. Image: Lesley Clark/DevPolicy
Friday, August 26, 2022
Women – just two – back in PNG’s Parliament but more needs doing
The results of the 2022 Papua New Guinea elections confirm that women will once again sit in PNG’s Parliament — after a hiatus of five years. The 2022 elections were therefore not exactly a repeat of the 2017 elections for women candidates, but much...
Students graduating from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria. Credit: Rajmund Dabrowski/ANN.
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
“We copy it from them”: How campus politics sets scene for big man politics in Nigeria
Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of female political representation in the world. This culture is established and reinforced early. One morning before heading to university, Esther Binkap, 21, looked at herself in the mirror and asked herself if...
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Photo/TWITTER/INECNIGERIA - The Guardian
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
In Nigeria, INEC, CSO collaborate to increase women, youths participation in politics
The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) says it is collaborating with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre(PLAC), a Civil Society Organisation(CSO) towards increasing women and youths participation in politics. Prof. Sam Egwu, the INEC...
 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland's first female Muslim MSP Kaukab Stewart PA
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Scottish election 2021: Record number of women elected
A record number of women have been elected to the Scottish Parliament, with 58 female MSPs winning seats in the Holyrood election. Women now represent 45% of Scotland's 129 MSPs. The SNP's Kaukab Stewart of the SNP and Conservative Pam Gosal also...
Monday, November 09, 2020
With Harris as VP, South Asian women see an opening into politics
After Joe Biden was projected to have won the presidency Saturday morning, Kamala Harris is set to become the next vice president of the U.S., making her the first Asian American, the first Black person and the first woman to hold the office. For...
Monday, November 09, 2020
The impact of the cost of politics on inclusive political participation in Uganda
This study applied a conceptual framework that uses a comparative and gendered approach to estimate the cost of politics, using a set of pre-identified variables regularly incurred by both candidates seeking political office and elected...
Friday, May 15, 2020
A record number of women have filed to run for House seats in 2020
A record 490 women have filed to run for U.S. House seats in 2020, surpassing the previous record of 476 set in 2018, according to new data from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. That figure includes a record...
Friday, December 13, 2019
Record number of female MPs have won seats in UK general election
More women MPs have been elected to the House of Commons than ever before, according to the Press Association news agency, breaking the previous record of 208 set in 2017. With one constituency yet to declare, a record 221 women MPs have been...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Female MPs from around world to gather for UK suffrage event
More than 100 female politicians from around the world, from Afghanistan to the Vatican, will sit in the House of Commons for a landmark event to mark the centenary of women first winning the right to vote in the UK. The Women MPs of the World...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Seven women win seats on Oman’s Municipal Council
Seven women were elected to Oman’s Municipal Council in the second-ever such vote held in the country on Sunday. The result marks an increase from 2012, when four women won seats. “Society is becoming more aware of how important the woman’s role is...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Let's make Parliament 50:50
In the United Kingdom, of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 459 (71%) and women only 191 (29%). There have only ever been 450 women MPs. The vision and the goal of the 50:50 Parliament campaign is a parliament where men and women...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Indonesia Likely To Have Fewer Women In Parliament
Despite the increase in the number of female candidates in the parliamentary elections held throughout Indonesia on April 9, 2014, the country would likely fail to meet its target of increasing womens representation in the 560-seat Parliament for...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
What Makes Successful Women Politicians? India
Whoever thinks that women political leaders can’t survive the rough and tumble of electioneering and bring in the votes hasn’t met V. Sugnana Kumari Deo from Odisha. At 77, this senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator from Kabisuryanagar...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Stage Set for the Great Electoral Women's Day, India
With 59 winners of the total 556 contestants, women candidates seem to have had a dream run in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. May 16 will tell if their success story repeats this time too.Congress president Sonia Gandhi topped the list of best...
Friday, March 21, 2014
AP Interview: Egyptian fights for women's equality
A year ago, Egyptian politician and women's rights activist Mervat Tallawy defied the Muslim Brotherhood to spearhead the adoption of a U.N. blueprint to combat violence against women. Now she's back campaigning against conservatives to ensure that...
Friday, June 21, 2013
Gender equality, Pakistan
Newly elected Pakistani National Assembly is effectively in place. The Prime Minister has taken oath of his office; the most interesting feature of this new assembly is the group of women on reserved seats. The idea was introduced by former dictator...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Lebanese women to gain political ground?
After gaining the right to vote and participate in elections in 1952, one would assume that more female politicians would be taking part in Lebanon’s administrative scene. Women won the right to participate in politics 19 years before those in...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Turkish Women Underrepresented In Politics
The local elections in March 2014 will have a vital bearing on the future of Turkish politics. The presence of women in the parliament, although still totally inadequate, went up to 14.5 % in the last elections. However, the status of women in local...