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Thursday, September 19, 2013
As Election Nears in Afghanistan, Women’s Political Participation Is Critical
Last May, Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament quietly removed an electoral law that stipulated that a quarter of all provincial council seats should be allotted to women. When women politicians found out nearly a month later, they fought to have...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Arab women: The key to Middle East progress?
Most American media coverage of the Middle East paints a bleak picture of the status of women. There certainly is reason for pessimism given the perpetuation of honor killings and child marriages and, more generally, the exclusion of women from...
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Are Women Less Politically Corrupt?
A new study shows that women are less likely than men to participate in political corruption, but only in countries where corruption is stigmatized. Researchers from Rice University in Houston found that women are less tolerant of corrupt behavior,...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
An Absence of Estrogen in Politics: Why Aren't Women Running for Office in the USA?
There's something missing from our political offices, and the answer is in the hormones. We need more estrogen. Despite having successful female examples at the national level such as Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi, the number...
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
After Gillard, is gender an Australian election issue?
Two months after Julia Gillard was ousted, feminist and sociologist Eva Cox looks back on the misogyny debate her time as Australia's prime minister sparked - and whether gender issues are on the election agenda as a result. The question of female...
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Aminata Touré named Prime Minister of Senegal
On Sunday night, Aminata Touré was named Prime Minister of Senegal. Whichever mineral flows through the veins of Aminata Touré, she has spent all of her adult life working as a human rights and women’s rights activist, who has worked in Senegal and...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Africa: Quotas Are Not Enough
Women's political representation is vital to securing greater gender equality, feminists and others argue. Africa has made great strides in electing more women to its parliaments. Four African countries are among the top ten countries with the...
Friday, July 19, 2013
Awareness stressed for women’s participation in electoral process in Pakistan
Speakers stressed on the need for education, awareness and training to enhance participation of women in the electoral politics. They were speaking at a conference titled ‘Enhancing the Role of Women for Participation in Electoral Process’ organised...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Acting Head of UN Women Lakshmi Puri calls for Egyptian women’s voices to be heard without threat of violence
Egypt’s women have been at the heart of the vibrant civil society movement that continues to press for the rights of all Egyptians. Their participation in public life and the inclusion of their needs and priorities in any political solution is a...