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Esther Passaris, women's representative for Nairobi for the Orange Democratic Movement, on the campaign trail in this undated picture. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Photo Courtesy: Esther Passaris
Monday, July 25, 2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse
Women MPs like Esther Passaris face threats, slurs and body-shaming on social media ahead of Aug. 9 vote. Online abuse included sexual imagery and public shaming Some women candidates abandon social media due to abuse Social media platforms,...
Former defence minister Linda Reynolds during Question Time in the Senate, June 17, 2021. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images
Monday, July 11, 2022
Australia: Women’s Lib(eral Party)
Linda Reynolds’ newfound enthusiasm for quotas ignores the many reasons women are turning away from her party. There is no doubt that the Liberal Party has a lot of work to do in order to, as deputy leader Sussan Ley kept saying on Monday’s...
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, speaks during a campaign event in Reynolds on June 4, 2022. Abrams faces GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in the general election in November. (CNN)
Tuesday, July 05, 2022
After year of historic political gains, Black women continue push toward governorships
(CNN)In 2018, Stacey Abrams came within 1.4 percentage points of clinching the governor's mansion in Georgia. Her stinging loss to Republican Brian Kemp is still on the hearts of many of her most fervent supporters some four years later. Though...
Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start? (Picture: Investment Magazine)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start?
In Australia, we have just elected an historic gender and ethnically diverse Federal parliament with women’s representation in the lower house at 38% and over 50% in the Senate. Meanwhile, Sam Mostyn, of Chief Executive Women (CEW), laments “...
Women gather in front of City Hall to celebrate the first-ever female majority on New York City Council the 2021 primaries. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Friday, June 03, 2022
Are large donor networks still needed to win in a fairer election system?
Chan is a research associate at RepresentWomen with a focus on ranked-choice voting. Last fall, New York elected a majority-women city council for the first time ever. This also happened to be the first time the city used ranked-choice voting and...
Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work? (Picture: Diego Fedele/ AAP)
Friday, June 03, 2022
Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work?
The 2022 federal election was a win for women candidates, and a historic moment in Australia’s journey towards a parliament that truly endorses and promotes gender equality in all its work. At this stage of counting, it looks as though the House of...
Australia: Liberals forget that women vote and have paid the price (IMAGE: AAP/LUKAS COCH)
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Australia: Liberals forget that women vote and have paid the price
Professional women make up the largest voter cohort in Australia and their role was vital in giving Scott Morrison the boot. It appears the Coalition misjudged just how many women there are in Australia. Women hold the slim majority of 51% of the...
Australia: Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election - The Conversation
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Australia: Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election
Because “women’s issues” have been in the headlines over the last year, it may seem strange they have not been more prominent in the election campaign. Yet it is clear gender has played a crucial role in defining the choice voters will make in the...
Hisila Yami being interviewed by AP about a Maoist garbage removal program in Thamel, Kathmandu, October 8, 2010. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Neil Horning
Friday, May 13, 2022
A long way to go for gender equality in Nepali politics
Nepal has progressive laws and quotas for women’s representation in politics, but patriarchy and gender discrimination run deep and influence the decisions of parties. On April 28, misogyny in Nepal’s politics and society was on full display during...
Priorities for advancing women’s equal political leadership in the coming year - Brookings
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Africa: Priorities for advancing women’s equal political leadership in the coming year
By Chiedo Nwankwor Women’s equal participation in government is central to democracy and achieving sustainable development and egalitarian societies. While the struggle to redress the marginalization of women in leadership positions show a measure...
A Non Una Di Meno (Not One Woman Less) march in Rome, Italy, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 24, 2018. (Camelia Boban / Wikimedia Commons)
Monday, January 17, 2022
Attacks on Women in Politics Are on the Rise Around the World
Amid a well-documented deluge of online abuse, new data and research from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) show that physical violence targeting women in politics is also increasing in most regions of the world, creating...
After a Historic 2021 in Politics, Black Women are Gearing up for What Promises to be a Monumental 2022 - Photo: Matej Kastelic (Shutterstock)
Thursday, December 30, 2021
After a Historic 2021 in Politics, Black Women are Gearing up for What Promises to be a Monumental 2022
By Glinda Carr At the start of 2021, our country made a major historic political stride when Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first Black and Asian woman vice-president. As millions watched on TV and in person, we were reminded of how far we’ve...
Photo by Harold Mendoza on Unsplash
Thursday, November 25, 2021
A great way to listen to black women is to elect them
By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr Listen to Black women, they say. Support Black women, they tweet. The praise of Black women in recent years is evident in words, but public statements and hashtags must translate into action. And that action should...
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gives a statement outside the Prime Minister Residence in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, on Nov. 2020. (LISELOTTE SABROE/RITZAU SCANPIX/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Monday, April 19, 2021
Around the world, the greatest gender disparities are in politics
Some countries are better at promoting women’s representation in politics, suggesting social norms may create barriers. Even though the world was far from reaching gender parity before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the impact of COVID-19 on...
Monday, December 14, 2020
A wave of women just swept into power in the 'Country of Rapists'
When Elvia Barrios was named the first woman to be Peru’s top judge this month, she wasted no time in highlighting the twin evils undermining the country’s legal system - sexism and corruption. Noting the high number of magistrates convicted of...
Friday, November 06, 2020
A groundbreaking election for women in Congress?
Women across the United States made several gains in this week’s election, producing a string of firsts down the ballot and nudging up representation in both the House and the Senate. A total of 131 women will serve in the next Congress, according...
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
A historic gender gap: why men and women are voting differently
Genevieve Woodard Hartley and her husband used to vote for the same presidential candidate. Not this year. While both describe themselves as Republicans, the couple, who live in Houston, Texas, is “splitting” its ticket. Ms Woodard Hartley will vote...
Friday, October 23, 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out casual contempt for women in last night’s presidential debate
Whether it’s Nobel prize-winners reduced to the title of “wife” or female professors routinely called “Miss”, women’s names are a constant battle line in the ongoing fight for gender recognition. The frustrating inability to address a woman as she...

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