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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...
Equal Representation? The Debate Over Gender Quotas (Picture Harvard International Review)
Monday, December 20, 2021
Equal Representation? The Debate Over Gender Quotas (Part 1)
This article is the first in a two-part series examining the impact of gender quotas. The second article discusses the impact of quotas in Sweden and India. Gender quotas exist in a shockingly high number of countries. More than 130 nations have...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Would you vote for a female politician who spoke openly about masturbation?
Eight years ago, artist Trish Kelly made a short video about masturbation - a Rick Mercer-style monologue about sex when you’re single that she filmed for an online TV channel in Vancouver. It was frank and funny, the kind of commentary you’d see...
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Speaker wants more women in parliament, Tonga
The Speaker of the Tongan parliament, Lord Fakafanua today launched a program, the Practice Parliament for Women. The program aims at encouraging women to enter parliament.  Lord Fakafanua announced the initiative this morning, and launched a...
Friday, January 31, 2014
Trying to break through Egypt’s political glass ceiling
Mariam Milad was the first Christian woman to found an Egyptian political party. She has run for parliament, and lost, three times. Undaunted, she is now preparing for her fourth parliamentary election, to be held sometime after the as-yet...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Women candidates rue lack of party support, Nepal
Women candidates affiliated to major political parties contesting in the upcoming CA election have accused their parties of not being supportive toward them at all. Speaking at an interaction on ´Media Monitoring: Representation of Women in...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
New Nauru female MP say Parliaments are not just for men
The Pacific region has the lowest level of representation of women in national legislatures, a tag that it would like to shake off. But one woman who has made it into her national parliament is Charmaine Scotty. She recently became only the second...
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...