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»Coumba Diaw, Senegal« picture: UN Women/Assane Gueye licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Gender agenda: The big conundrum in the general elections in Kenya and Senegal
In the months of July and August, Senegal and Kenya will hold their general elections. However, the big question remains: Where do Senegalese and Kenyan women stand on their quest to parliamentary mandates and political offices? Recent statistics...
Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon - CNN
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon
(CNN) In 2015, I spent the summer protesting and getting tear-gassed. I wasn't protesting for anything grand. I was one of hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to demand an end to the garbage crisis. We are obsessed with cleaning...
IWD IDEA
Monday, March 07, 2022
Gender quotas: One of the key mechanisms to address the overrepresentation of men in positions of political leadership
By Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu In most societies across all parts of the world, gender inequalities and discrimination against women remain deeply entrenched as societies are characterised by systems, processes and practices marked by gender based...
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Thursday, September 23, 2021
Gender quotas fail to boost women in Latin American politics
Latin America’s first gender quota was supposed to increase women’s presence in politics. Thirty years later, that vision has stagnated. Three decades have passed since the first parliamentary gender quota was approved in Latin America, and women in...
Pictured: Pelosi at a Thursday press conference. (Screenshot from CBS)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Gendered violence and the attack on the U.S. Capitol
The vandalism and thefts targeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week sought to assail her position as one of the most powerful women in American politics. Among the many dramatic images emerging from the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol, two in...
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Ghanaian girls should have presidential role models too
What does a female President or Vice President mean to the girl child in Ghana? It means a lot.  Generally, it means the same thing that the male Presidents and Vice Presidents have meant and still mean to our boy children: a role model they can...
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Gender quotas should be an absolute minimum, not a target
By Ciairín de Buis, With more than three-quarters of our TDs being men, Ireland once again has one of the least balanced political systems in Europe. We make up more than half the population, so why are less than a quarter of our elected politicians...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Gendered disinformation, fake news, and women in politics
By Lucina Di Meco, As we approach the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, we are far from achieving the equal participation of men and women in politics that was envisaged then. Women today hold an average 24.3 percent of...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Gender quotas aren’t doing much to help women in politics in Australia
By Brian Winchester, It is important to the vibrant health of a community that debate and dissent are given plenty of opportunity to challenge standards. It’s the only way to guard against mediocrity and complacency, and to foster the innovative and...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Georgia: First female president does not signify gender equality
Salome Zurabishvili was sworn-in as the new President of Georgia on 16 December at an inauguration ceremony in Telavi. Many foreign media outlets focused on the fact she is Georgia’s first female president. However, despite her significant victory,...
Friday, November 23, 2018
GOP is trying to figure out why it has almost no women in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join...
Friday, November 27, 2015
Giving a voice to women in Tunisia
Earlier this month, the Tunisian organisation Aswat Nissa (the voice of women) launched their biggest project yet; the Women Political Academy 2015-2016. In partnership with Oxfam, the Academy aims to train 60 women aged 18 to 35 that are already...
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Gender Equality in China, why not?
By Xingyu Lu  Country  Year      Value China     2014      23.4 China     2013      21.3 China     2012      21.3 China     2011      21.3 China     2010      21.3 China     2009      21.3 China     2008      20.6 China     2007      20.3 China...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Gender-Specific Election Violence: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies
The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently...