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A woman takes a photograph of another standing in front of a wall of cement blocks, set up by Lebanese security forces to bar a street leading to the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 24, 2020. - Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Lebanon elects record number of women to parliament
Lebanon has one of the highest overall gender gaps in the world, ranking 145 out of 153 countries. The Beirut port explosion made Najat Saliba go into politics as a “counterreaction.” I felt like I had to step out of my ivory tower in academia and...
CDC Chairman Mulbah K. Morlu: “This policy-decision henceforth, [will be] considered in the party’s internal and external democratic processes." (Picture: Liberian Daily Observer)
Friday, June 03, 2022
Liberia: Weah’s CDC adopts 40% women quota
The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of President George Weah has adopted a resolution that would force the party to have more women in leadership positions. The party, which is celebrating its 17th anniversary, reached a general consensus on...
Lady Camones Soriano
Monday, May 02, 2022
Lady Camones Soriano
Lady Camones is the First Vice President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. This interview was conducted on 6 September 2021 in Vienna, Austria, during the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament. Click on the Settings button for subtitles...
La force aux femmes, dit ce slogan porté par les féministes, lors des manifestations populaires de 2019. (OLJ)
Friday, March 18, 2022
Lebanese women in Parliament: So many barriers and very little progress
The general political context in 2022 is definitely different from that of 2018. But will the new Lebanese Parliament consist of more than six women following the May 15 elections? While the deadline for the Lebanese interested in applying for...
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Liberia: Deputy Speaker Vows to Robustly Advocate for Women’s 30% Political Representation
MONROVIA – Campaigns to increase women’s representation in political representation to 30 percent are picking up steam again in the country with Deputy Speaker J. Fonati Koffa promising to robustly advocate with his colleagues and support the Women...
Friday, August 03, 2018
Latin America has embraced quotas for female political candidates
“When a woman enters politics, it changes her. When many women do, it is politics that changes.” So said Florentina Gómez Miranda, a former Argentine congresswoman. Despite its macho reputation, or perhaps because of it, Latin America is unusually...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Liberia Passes Law to Create Seats in Parliament for Women
Women's rights activists in Liberia welcomed a new law creating parliamentary seats reserved for women, young people and people with disabilities, in a country where women are poorly represented in politics despite having a female leader. Liberia's...
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Liberia: 'We Will Support Women' - Liberty Party Push Candidates for Senatorial Race
The Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party, Atty. Fonati Koffa, said the Liberty is in the lead pushing the gender parity. Speaking at a fundraising dinner organized by Senator Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence and held at the Cape Hotel on Friday July 25...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Lack of women in politics highlighted in official report, Ireland
The Department of Justice has reported to the United Nations that there are too few women in politics and other decision-making roles in Ireland. In a gender equality report submitted to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, violence against...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Law to boost female representation in municipalities passes, Israel
A measure rewarding municipal parties with women on their lists became law Monday night, with 57 in favor and 14 against it, despite outspoken haredi opposition. The bill, proposed by MKs Haneen Zoabi (Balad), Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) and Knesset...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Libya: Seize Chance to Protect Women's Rights
Watch video: Historic Time to Entrench Rights through Participation, New Laws and Constitution https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/05/26/libya-seize-chance-protect-womens-rightsLibya: Seize Chance to Protect Women's Rights Published on May 26, 2013
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Liberia: 'Gender Equality Bill Discriminatory'
The passage of a draft law seeking to provide 30 percent women participation in all political parties was stalled recently by a motion for reconsideration made by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee. Senator Grupee's motion for reconsideration...
Monday, September 02, 2013
Liberia: Senate Opposes 30 Percent Gender Equality
Heated debate erupted on the floor in the Senate on Thursday after some Senators strongly opposed a provision in the election reform law that requires political parties to ensure thirty percent gender equality during candidates' registration. Some...
Friday, August 09, 2013
Liberia: Women Seek Equity
Minority of female legislators at the House of Representatives have submitted a bill seeking political equity with their male counterparts. They are, therefore, craving the indulgence of full plenary to amend section 4.5 the new election law of...
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Libya: Women’s seats on Constitutional Commission “insufficient” says lawyers’ group
The NGO Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) has welcomed the decision by Congress to reserve seats on the 60-member Constitutional Commission for women and ethnic minorities but has criticized the amount set aside for the former.  It says that the...
Friday, August 10, 2012
Lebanon: Reform group: Electoral law keeps women marginalized
A civil society group criticized the Cabinet’s approval of a new electoral law Wednesday, calling the draft legislation a “show” and warning of protests if the proposal moves forward in its current form. The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform held...
Friday, August 03, 2012
Lebanon: Women’s Quota among Controversial Electoral Law Issues
  Photo credit: naharnet The women’s quota for the parliamentary elections was among several issues that cabinet ministers didn’t agree on during a session held at Baabda Palace on Tuesday, media reports said. The government approved around...
Friday, July 20, 2012
Libya: Elections give women a good starting point
Photo credit: UPI/Mohammed Vlfo Libyan women's next challenge is securing a foothold in the committee of 60 that will draft a constitution. It is unclear whether this group will be appointed or elected. Women benefitted in the polls from a...

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