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Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Global feminist collaborations and the concept of violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation. This article maps how the concept emerged globally, arguing that it has multiple, parallel origins: efforts...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions. Article 2 of the Law, which was adopted by a unanimous vote, stipulates that: "Parity applies to any...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president
Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office. With nearly all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival Grigol Vashadze on 40%. Ms Zurabishvili was backed by...
Friday, November 23, 2018
GOP is trying to figure out why it has almost no women in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Ghana president nominates another woman to head elections body
Ghana is set to have a new head for its elections body, the Electoral Commission (EC). The nomination of Mrs. Jean Mensa as the new EC boss was announced by the presidency on Monday. She will become the second successive woman to hold the post and...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
General election 2017: Chance of more women MPs in Wales?
Historically, snap elections are bad news for women's representation - so are we likely to see more female MPs from Wales at Westminster after 8 June? Diana Stirbu, Jac Larner and Laura McAllister of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden
Quotas aren't anathema to meritocracy: they increase competence levels by displacing mediocre men, write Timothy Besley, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and iKNOW Politics Expert Johanna Rickne in their paper. The abstract is provided below. Abstract...
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Gains for women in Viet Nam's National Assembly
The past week marked positive changes for women in Viet Nam’s political landscape. On March 31, Viet Nam's National Assembly (NA) elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as its Chairwoman, making her the first woman to lead the country’s parliament. At 61,...
Friday, November 27, 2015
Giving a voice to women in Tunisia
Earlier this month, the Tunisian organisation Aswat Nissa (the voice of women) launched their biggest project yet; the Women Political Academy 2015-2016. In partnership with Oxfam, the Academy aims to train 60 women aged 18 to 35 that are already...
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Guidebook on working with Electoral Management Bodies for Gender Equality and Women's Participation
New UN Women – UNDP publication on “Inclusive processes: A Guide for Electoral Management Bodies on Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Participation Jointly produced by UNDP and UN Women, this Guide focuses attention on the role of electoral...
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Grabar-Kitarovic elected Croatia's first woman president
Opposition challenger Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has become the first female president of Croatia, winning by the narrowest of margins. She secured 50.5% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted, while incumbent Ivo Josipovic was close behind on 49.5...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Gender quotas in single-member district electoral systems
Conventional knowledge on the effectiveness of gender quotas for enhancing women’s political participation has, to date, been unanimous on the superiority of quotas in proportional representation (PR) systems. Yet this view overlooks the many...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Group raises funds for website with council candidates' profiles, Canada
The top candidates for Toronto’s mayoral race and where they stand on key issues are well known, but the odds are that few people know who is running for city council in their ward. A non-partisan group of approximately 15 youth is looking to change...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gabrielle Bardall
Gabrielle Bardall is an academic and an electoral assistance expert with a decade of experience supporting electoral processes in transitional states. She has worked in more than 25 countries with international organizations including UNDP, UN Women...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Gender quotas in Slovenia: A short analysis of failures and hopes
Slovenia is a Central-East European state entering the European Union as a kind of "success story‟. It‟s transition into the free market economy was one of the most unproblematic, with no shock therapies, with steady growth and stable economic...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Ghana needs Legislative Quota Seat system
Mrs Freda Prempeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tano North, at the weekend emphasised that a “Legislative Quota Seat” system is urgently required in Ghana’s electoral laws to consolidate the country’s fledging democracy. “Legislative Quota Seat “,...
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Growing Number of Kentucky Women Running for State Legislature
A growing number of women are vying for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly this year. Of the 220 candidates running for either the state House or Senate in the 2014 election cycle, about 20 percent are women. That’s a five-point increase...
Monday, November 18, 2013
General Elections in Honduras
Hondurans will cast ballots in general elections on November 24, 2013, electing a new President, 256 Members of Congress (and alternates), 40 Central American Parliamentarians (and alternates), 298 mayors, 298 deputy mayors and 2,092 councilors. In...