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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Fianna Fáil ‘disappointed’ as it fails on female candidate targets
Fianna Fáil has conceded it is “disappointed” with the proportion of female candidates it is running in the local and European elections in May. The party’s enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary said today that less than 20 per cent of its candidates...
Saturday, February 22, 2014
French women’s liberation movement founder dies
Antoinette Fouque, the co-founder the French Women’s Liberation Movement, has died at the age of 77. She died at her home in Paris between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Born in Marseille in 1936, she earned a doctorate in political...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Familiar Faces and Warlords Set To Dominate Afghan Election Campaign
Twenty-seven presidential hopefuls have registered as candidates for Afghanistan's crucial April 5 vote, setting the stage for a wide-open race among former warlords, powerful officials, and several prominent Western-educated technocrats... The...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Female defence ministers pledge to break Europe's old boys' network
It happened at around 3pm on Saturday, in one of the conference rooms at Munich's Bayerischer Hof hotel, where politicians from around the world had gathered for an annual security conference. The female defence ministers of Norway, Sweden and the...
Friday, January 17, 2014
First Afghan Women Police Chief Appointed in Kabul
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief  in Afghanistan. Bayaz will lead the 1st District of Kabul. Although the job will not be without risk – a senior police woman was ...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Forward ever, backward never!, Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Syrian women conference in Geneva
Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Conference on Promoting Syrian Women’s Engagement in the Syrian Political Process, held in Geneva, Switzerland, 13 January, 2014. We invite you to read the full speech...
Monday, January 13, 2014
First women military officers appointed to parliament in Myanmar
The first women officers appointed to join the military bloc in parliament since it convened nearly three years ago after the 2010 elections have been sworn in as members of the Pyithu Hluttaw. Lieutenant Colonels Soe Soe Myint and San Thida Khin...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Female candidates will face uphill battle in 2014 election in Indonesia
Despite efforts to increase the number of women in politics, they still face an uphill battle to join the male-dominated political world, a political expert has said. Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) political analyst Siti Zuhro said women in...
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Five Reasons Why 2013 Was Good for Women in Politics in the US
There's still a gender gap when it comes to positions of power. But 2013 was a notable year for women in politics, in the U.S. and elsewhere. As editors at The Story Exchange, we welcome such progress. When there are more females holding office, it...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Fawzia Koofi, the female politician who wants to lead Afghanistan
Though disallowed from the 2014 presidential race, Fawzia Koofi is optimistic about her political career in Afghanistan. Yet it is not clear what will happen to the state of women's rights before the next one. Afghanistan remains one of the most...
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Fewer women still serve in public office, USA
On the third floor of Apex Town Hall, inside council chambers, visitors got to see a rare sight. Two women, Nicole Dozier and Denise Wilkie, were sworn into office. They are the first women to serve on the Apex Town Council in 12 years. As female...
Monday, December 02, 2013
Female educational attainment ‘not reflected in politics’ in Ireland
It is time that the percentage of Irish women attaining high levels of education is reflected in decision making roles in politics and business, the head of the EU Commission representation in Ireland told an event held in Dublin tonight. Barbara...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Fiji women still hope for constitutional support
Advocates for women in Fiji say they are still hoping for special measures mandating women’s representation in parliament. Fiji’s new constitution does not contain temporary special measures for women, a mechanism some countries use to speed up...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Female Voter Registration Lags in Helmand, Afghanistan
Getting Afghan women voter cards has proven a challenge for the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which has made female turnout a top priority this election cycle, but southern Helmand province is said to be an especially challenging...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Female Fiji candidate subjected to online harassment over involvement in politics
A young Fijian woman who intends to stand in the Fiji elections says she has received threats, including threats of rape, on social media. Roshika Deo is standing as an independent candidate in next year's promised elections. Ms Deo who has been...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Female Arab Spring Protestors Push Broad Agenda
Betraying their own biases, various Western commentators have frequently expressed shock at the visible and active presence of women and girls in demonstrations across the region. This sense of surprise has often doubled at the sight of innumerable...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Filipino women ‘breaking ground’ in government
The Philippines has hailed a UN Security Council resolution recognising women’s role in the peace process, saying that the measure raised the status of women from “victims” of conflict to agents of amity. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Fiji’s National Council of Women wants more women in politics
The National Council of Women in Fiji is embarking on a project that aims to increase the representation of women in politics in the lead-up to the elections promised for next year. Its general secretary, Fay Volatabu, says it will work with the...

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