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New Zealand Gov. Gen. Cindy Kiro, left, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are seen in 2021. The country ranks sixth for women’s participation in national parliaments.  NICK PERRY / AP FILE PHOTO
Monday, September 19, 2022
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics
Canadians want parties and governments to act on gender parity in politics. What do Iceland, Mexico and New Zealand have in common? On at least one fundamental measure, they’re more democratic than Canada. That’s because in recent years they’ve...
Anita Anand, Chrystia Freeland, Justin Trudeau and Melanie Joly listen (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Creating space for women pays off
Three powerful women in charge of finance, defence and foreign affairs frame the Canadian Prime Minister during press conferences. It’s the first time in our history that these three top cabinet jobs have been held simultaneously by women. And in...
Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?  ILLUSTRATION BY PAIGE STAMPATOR
Monday, June 13, 2022
Canada: Why are there still so few women leaders in politics?
Women are more likely to hold interim leadership roles in federal politics, but clinching the top role remains elusive. INTERIM LEADERS HOLD a strange position in party politics. They’ve advanced to one of the highest offices in the country, but at...
More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion (Picture: Toronto Star)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Canada: More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion
"Women hold just 30 per cent of seats in Parliament; only two of 12 premiers are women. It matters because women matter." I remember sitting in the back seat of my dad’s truck, driving around Saint John when I was 12. I was feeling smug because I...
Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Climate justice requires women’s leadership
Only a third of leadership positions in climate-change negotiations are held by women, even though women are the most vulnerable to the worst effects of global warming. Absent the active participation of women and girls in local, national, and...
Costa Rica: why is the women vote decisive for these elections? - Crédits: Q Costa Rica
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Costa Rica: Why is the women vote decisive for these elections?
According to CIEP data, by the end of January, most of the undecided lived in the central valley and were women. It has been 73 years since Costa Rica allowed women to vote, and now, the female vote, especially that of the Greater Metropolitan Area...
Aisuluu Mamashova. Central Asia Needs to Promote Women Politicians  Image source: akipress.com / Modern Diplomacy
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Central Asia needs to promote women politicians
By Mirgul Kuhns Hidden from the world’s attention, with its five “stans” and 79 million people, Central Asia has been a region of democratic growth after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The last three decades Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,...
Cherchez les femmes: in the French election, the men stay on top. Copyrights: The Article
Friday, February 04, 2022
Cherchez les femmes: in the French election, the men stay on top
By Denis Macshane The women in the French presidential contest are having a miserable time. Britain and Germany have each produced two world-class female leaders, but France refuses to take women seriously as politicians. Politics there, as in the...
The Hill
Friday, February 05, 2021
Could this be why countries led by women are faring better against coronavirus?
The question of "what if women ruled the world" is getting less hypothetical these days as experts and studies note that countries governed by women have “systematically and significantly better” COVID-19 outcomes. Now a new study suggests that...
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Covid's male face: Women are hidden in the pandemic debate
The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis on many fronts – political, economic, and scientific – with ramifications that touch every member of society. But early research suggests that the virus, and the policy response to it, has a gendered impact,...
Thursday, October 08, 2020
COVID-19 and gendered governance: countries led by women did not employ more stringent strategies than those led by men – but they did act faster
Mette Marie Staehr Harder and Christoffer Bugge Harder examine whether countries led by women applied more extensive measures to combat COVID-19 than those led by men. While they find no indications that the former applied more extensive health...
Thursday, October 01, 2020
COVID-19 presents crucial moment for gender diversity in Japan
In a world of uncertainty triggered by the global coronavirus pandemic, it is important now more than ever to not only maintain but to expand gender diversity in the business and political worlds, especially in Japan. That was the main message that...
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Coronavirus: A case study in women’s effective leadership
By Sian Beilock, As we look back on, chronicle, and interrogate the current pandemic for years to come, one thing will surely jump out: the undeniable value of having women in leadership roles.  Across the globe, female leaders still only govern ...
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Can COVID-19 close ASEAN’s gender gap?
While the COVID-19 crisis has upended our way of living and working, its chaos has brought with it some clarity. The rigid structures of yesterday are falling away, as more people are able to work from anywhere with an internet connection, while...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Coronavirus magnifies silence around sexism and gender inequality
By Tim Libretti, One can find in the media many important analyses and accounts of the way the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the myriad inequities plaguing U.S. society. The most opulent among us can shelter in place and not have...
Friday, April 03, 2020
COVID-19 shows the need for more female leaders
By Eric Bowling, In Ridley Scott’s horror masterpiece Alien, a group of space-salvagers come across an abandoned ship giving off a distress signal with no explanation of what killed the crew, until one man comes across an egg and is infected with a...
Thursday, April 02, 2020
COVID-19: Women front and center
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, One thing is clear about the COVID-19 pandemic, as stock markets tumble, schools and universities close, people stockpile supplies and home becomes a...
Monday, March 30, 2020
COVID-19: What does it mean for gender?
By the Secretariat of the International Gender Champions (IGC) and Martin Chungong, Chair of the IGC Global Board and Secretary General of the IPU. In times of crisis, gender equality is a goal that is often temporarily put on hold. Gendered...

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