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The last four elections in Tonga have never resulted in more than 8% female representation in parliament, and often, as this time, it has been zero. We need significant change. We must aim for at least 30% or more by taking legislative action.Solomon Time
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
No women elected in Tonga: time to change the story
By ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki As in 2008, 2010 and 2014, none of the female candidates standing in Tonga’s 2021 general election were successful. Out of a total of 38,500 votes, 34,198 were cast for the male candidates and only 4,352 were...
Nigeria cannot afford the high cost of creating additional seats in its National Assembly. Sunday/Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Friday, June 11, 2021
Nigeria’s National Assembly: why adding seats for women isn’t enough
Nigeria has very few women participating in politics. Only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. And only four out of 36 deputy governors are women. The country has never had a woman state governor....
Monday, April 20, 2020
New Zealand’s Prime Minister may be the most effective leader on the planet
By Uri Friedman, The coronavirus pandemic may be the largest test of political leadership the world has ever witnessed. Every leader on the planet is facing the same potential threat. Every leader is reacting differently, in his or her own style....
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
New Zealand: It's reigning men, media portrayal and betrayal of 2 women PMs
By Blair Williams, During her nine years as New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark was held in high regard for her skill and courage as a politician and advocate for nuclear disarmament and public health policy. She wasn’t the country’s first...
Thursday, March 19, 2020
No, We don’t really want a female President
I still remember Wednesday, November 9, 2016 like it was yesterday. The decision was already clear the night before. But there was something of a nightmarish quality to the previous evening — something surreal. I thought maybe I would wake to a...
Friday, October 04, 2019
No gender equality globally without women's empowerment
By Sarah Costa, Four years ago, world leaders made a pledge to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by the year 2030. Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) contains...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Nigerian women in politics: Biases, barriers, solutions
By Vweta Chadwick, During a visit to Nigeria in January this year, the UK special envoy on gender equality, Joanna Roper told journalists 250 million pounds has been earmarked by the British government towards getting more Nigerian women get into...
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
New European Commission with old dilemmas
By  Malgorzata Bratkrajc, A new European Commission took office on November 1st, 2014. Unsurprisingly, the composition of the new Commission confirmed that the flagship EU initiative of gender balance in decision-making positions is not being taken...
Monday, September 15, 2014
Negative Stereotyping of Female Politicians in the Media
By Zainab Khan     Negative stereotyping of women in the entertainment industry has received widespread media coverage, however the disadvantageous portrayal of female politicians is a topic that has not been discussed in nearly as much detail.  ...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Never too late to enforce practical actions
By  Xingyu (Phyllis) Lu The twenty-first century seems to be a perfect time to discuss the gender equality since 2000 years have passed since the origins of Western culture. In the ancient Greek society, the origin of Western culture, Greek women...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
New Technologies and Women in Arab Countries: A Forest Of Concepts, A Complex Reality
This paper describes the notion of cyberfeminism and its implications in North Africa and Middle East with a specific focus on socio-economic and political developments in the region. It also illustrates the impact of technological advancement on...