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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed one of the most effective leaders in limiting the spread of coronavirus  (Getty Images)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
We need an equal number of women in politics to achieve real equality
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka From the swearing-in of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Estonian Parliament selecting a female prime minister – champions of women’s rights have had much to celebrate in recent weeks. Yet despite women’s increased...
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Will the Netherlands’ gender quota experiment work?
Quotas are unpopular, especially in the liberal Netherlands. But next week its parliament is expected to impose a quota system to ensure major businesses employ more women at the highest levels. A law is being tabled in parliament which would force...
Foqia Sadiq Khan
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Women, politics and opposition
The conventional consensus is that Pakistan lags behind severely in gender equality. However, one area where it has made progress is women in politics. It is one of 70 countries in the world that has had a woman prime minister or president. Reserved...
Friday, February 05, 2021
Why don’t more women run for office?
A century ago, Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to the House of Commons. While female participation in federal office has increased significantly since then, women still only make up 28 per cent of Parliament today. Despite them being...
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Friday, February 05, 2021
Want a well-run pandemic response? Put a woman in charge
As Boris Johnson’s Britain notches up 100,000 deaths, the statistics for female-run countries are incomparably better. But is the connection as simple as it looks? If it’s possible for a plague to have a pin up, then Jacinda Ardern is it. She is the...
Represent Women
Monday, February 01, 2021
What the Biden Cabinet signals about gender parity's importance to democracy
By Cynthia Richie Terrell President Biden's proposed Cabinet would have 24 members. Assuming the newly Democratic Senate confirms all of his nominees, a process that got started last week, it would be the most diverse Cabinet in history and the...
Afghan women attend a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 29, 2019. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)  This article was published in thejakartapost.com with the title "Why we need more women mediators".
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Why we need more women mediators
It was a balmy day in November 2020 as I was sitting on a crowded train, my mouth full of bread and hot steamy chai as I struggled to take a sip. I took a glance at the people who picked me up and would bring me to meet the commander. I was in one...
Monday, December 14, 2020
Why aren’t there even more women political leaders?
By Naomi Cahn, The 2020 election set numerous records with respect to women’s election to federal office:  the first woman – and the first woman of color — has been elected to national office as vice-president, a record number of women were elected...
Rep. Ayanna Pressley poses with Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark. (@AyannaPressley / Twitter)
Monday, December 07, 2020
What would it take to double the representation of women in the US Congress by 2050?
Twenty years ago, the U.S. ranked 48th internationally for women’s representation. In 2021, we will rank 70th—that’s a sizable drop. But it doesn’t have to be like this. While this is technically a “record” breaking year for the numbers of women...
Friday, November 13, 2020
Why did it take so long to vote a woman into the White House?
To me, the banner story of this election season was not Joe Biden’s victory. It was the history-making of vice president-elect Kamala Harris. Here was a woman who had broken so many barriers. Not only is she the first woman to hold the office, but...
Monday, November 09, 2020
What election of Kamala Harris means to future of women in politics
When the networks declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race, it was a history making moment for both the president-elect and his running mate Kamala Harris, whose election broke multiple barriers. Debbie Walsh, director of the ...
Friday, November 06, 2020
Women politicians more likely to reply to people who reach out in need, study shows
The big idea Women politicians are more responsive than men when people come to them seeking health care and economic support, our newly published study on gender and government responsiveness reveals. Our research, conducted in 2017, was published...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
What Joe Biden can learn from Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepted her landslide reelection win Saturday with a message for her country and the rest of the world: “We are living in an increasingly polarized world, a place where more and more people have lost the...
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Women in Malaysian politics: Are politicians missing a point?
Making up an estimated half of Malaysia’s electoral roll, women remain to this day, crucial determinersof who comes to power and stays in power. It is then curious as to why women’s issues and legislations that impact women persist as an uphill...
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Why the traits of female leadership are better geared for the global pandemic
As countries anticipate the second wave of Covid-19, recently published research provides evidence to show that countries with female leaders performed better on two significant counts; a lower number of positive Covid-19 cases and a lower number of...
Monday, October 12, 2020
Who owns the world and who merely lives in it?
The Thomson Reuters Foundation carried out a survey that stated that Dhaka ranked as the seventh most dangerous megacity for women. While sexual violence and cultural practices contribute to Bangladesh’s failure to protect women, what is often...
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Why Malaysia needs more young leaders in Parliament
In his paper “Does it matter that politicians are older than their constituents? Yes.”, Harvard postdoctoral fellow Charles T McClean posits: “Young people are under-represented in most political institutions. Over half of the world’s voters are...
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Why we must fight to secure places for more women and young people in politics
The Kenyan political system is in crisis. The country’s chief justice, David Maraga, has written to President Uhuru Kenyatta to advise him to dissolve Parliament — a move that would require fresh elections. Why? Because the overwhelmingly male...

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