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Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi: “This is Malawi, a land of women, who lead, and men, who celebrate them” (Picture: UN Women)
Friday, July 01, 2022
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi: “This is Malawi, a land of women, who lead, and men, who celebrate them”
In 2021, the world’s political leaders, youth activists, corporate executives, development agencies, gathered in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum to lay the foundation for a new agenda to address gender equality. Following the Forum, as a co-...
In the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district, the BJD chose Kunti Pradhan who makes a living out of tailoring as well as training SHG members on making aachar and papad. (HT PHOTO.)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
In a first, women to head 70% of Zilla Parishads in Odisha
With women voters rooting for the candidates across districts, more women nominees were elected in the panchayat polls this year. In Patnaik’s home district of Ganjam, 40 women candidates were elected as members of the Zilla Parishad out of a total...
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga - Australian National University
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga
In this In brief, the authors consider lessons learned in the aftermath of women candidates’ defeat in the 18 November 2021 general election. They identify five intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga: voters’ expectations of reciprocity...
House of Representatives' (DPR's) Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Board Member Dyah Esti conveyed the importance of gender of equality. ANTARA/Dyah Roro Esti Documentation/FR
Thursday, March 03, 2022
Indonesia: Women's political representation and gender-friendly policies
Women's political representation is not only meaningful in terms of fulfilling the quota of 30 percent within the parliament, but also it affects substantive matters such as gender-friendly policies. The importance of women representation in...
Seke-Chikomba proportional representation MP Tatenda Mavetera - News Day
Monday, February 07, 2022
Interview: Zec should ensure political parties are gender sensitive
The country is preparing to hold by-elections on March 26, and the list of candidates shows that there are fewer female candidates than males. Women are said to face several hurdles such as lack of finances to support their electoral campaigns and...
T he link between education and participation of women in  Indian politics / Picture: Observer Research Foundation
Monday, January 31, 2022
India: the link between education and participation of women in Indian politics
The gender disparity in politics is indicative of the of need to promote education amongst women, thus, enabling greater political participation. While numerous political advancements have occurred throughout the world in recent decades, the most...
Indian Election body notifies wards to be reserved for women - Credits: Times of India
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Indian Election body notifies wards to be reserved for women
Sounding bugle for the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi, the state election commission on Tuesday notified the wards that would be reserved for Scheduled Caste and women candidates in north, south and east municipal corporations. According to the...
Oluremi Tinubu / In Nigeria, rising agitation for more women inclusion in politics, governance - Credits: The Will
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
In Nigeria, rising agitation for more women inclusion in politics and governance
There is renewed agitation for more inclusion of women in politics and governance in Nigeria. Analysts and watchers of political events in the country believe this is justifiable, considering the number of women in elected political positions since...
Sharda Devi, the first woman state president of the ruling BJP in Manipur, wants the party to put up a sizeable number of women candidates for the Assembly elections. - File photo / The Tribune
Thursday, January 20, 2022
In India, Manipur BJP chief Sharda Devi for 33% women quota
Sharda Devi, the first woman state president of the ruling BJP in Manipur, wants the party to put up a sizeable number of women candidates for the Assembly elections “There is 33 per cent reservation for women in local bodies and panchayats. A...
The introduction of gender quotas by voluntary political parties (VPPQ) for the selection of election candidates is a good start to boost women’s participation in national politics. - NSTP file pic / The New Straits Times
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
In Malaysia, equal gender representation should begin in political parties
By Mohamad Ika Danial Abdullah We have eight years to go before 2030, a year in which we have stood in solidarity with other countries to realise the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). One of the SDG agendas is gender equality,...
The Congress party announced its first list of 86 candidates for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections (Photo: Getty | Representative)
Monday, January 17, 2022
Indian Punjab polls: Congress party’s first list of 86 has only 9 women candidates
The Congress party on Saturday released its first list of 86 candidates in Punjab. Out of the total, Congress has decided to field only nine women candidates in the upcoming polls. Ahead of the upcoming Punjab assembly elections, Congress on...
In Namibia, mixed feelings on gender parity progress -  credits: The Namibian
Friday, January 14, 2022
In Namibia, mixed feelings on gender parity progress
A CROSS section of female politicians in Namibia have voiced their concern over the slow progress of political parties in implementing 50/50 (zebra style) representation in party structures and parliament. While some believe the country is on the...
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (foreground right) meets women leaders in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for...
Activists from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) shout slogans demanding the passing of the Women's Reservation Bill near parliament house in 2011 in New Delhi [File: Raveendran/AFP]
Monday, September 13, 2021
India: 25 years on, Women’s Reservation Bill still not a reality
India ranks 148th in a list of 193 countries based on the percentage of elected women representatives in their national parliaments. New Delhi, India – “This is a special day in the history of our country…” These were the opening remarks of a debate...
Friday, May 22, 2020
India: Women quotas in politics have unintended consequence
To rectify this inequality, a majority of countries (or at least one political party in most) have imposed female electoral quota systems, or rules designed to increase the representation of women. The catch? Boosting gender may well curtail...
Friday, September 27, 2019
In Nepal, an uphill battle for gender parity
Female representation in Nepal's parliament has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. It’s the result of a far-reaching gender quota system in the Himalayan nation that has made the country’s Constitution one of the most politically...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”
Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Iraq Elections: What role will gender quotas play?
Whatever the outcome of Iraq's May 12 parliamentary elections, female candidates are guaranteed at least 25% of the seats, as per the country's constitution. This year, nearly 2,600 female candidates are competing for a minimum of 83 seats reserved...

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