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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Women's Empowerment Builds International Peace and Security, by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
When war erupts, women are often the first to experience the harsh brutality and the last to be called to the peace table. A resolution adopted today by the UN Security Council moves us one step closer to the full participation of women as leaders...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Wynne to women’s summit: no barriers to becoming Canada's premier, except poverty
As Ontario's first female and first lesbian premier, Kathleen Wynne was an obvious choice for keynote speaker at the Leadership Summit for Women. Addressing the (almost entirely) female crowd, she shared her personal experiences in politics — as a...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Women seek chance to lead New York cities, USA
In a state infamously governed by “three men in a room,” three women want to take the helm of upstate cities. Rochester and Albany can elect their first female mayors in November, when Lovely Warren and Kathy Sheehan will lead the Democratic ticket...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Women's discussion club of Kyrgyzstan uses Albright Award to bring women together across party lines
Even though Kyrgyzstan has had a female president and women hold 23 percent of the seats in its 120-member parliament, women are still struggling to carve out leadership roles in the legislature and political parties. But a local women’s group is...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Women and Sustainability in Politics: Embrace Crisis and Reframe Shame
The Women’s Network for a Sustainable Futurerecently hosted a powerful discussion on women and sustainability in politics. Moderated by Darcy Winslow, Managing Partner at Academy for Systemic Change, the panel included Cylvia Hayes, Oregon’s First...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Women politicians and the search for trust in politics, Canada
It may not have occurred to you, but 85 per cent of Canadians now have a woman as premier. Only five smaller provinces -- the three Maritimes plus Manitoba and Saskatchewan -- don't. I hadn't thought too much about why this would be until one night...
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Women in politics face the ugliest of juggles, Australia
The latest round of national head-scratching about why there aren't more women in politics makes me want to poke out my own eyes with a rusty toasting fork. I'm sorry. I know everybody means well. And all the debate about parliamentary culture and...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Women still struggling to win big-city mayoral jobs, USA
High-profile mayoral elections this year have already proved that the steps to City Hall remain steep for female candidates. Only one of the nation's 10 largest cities is run by a woman: Annise Parker of Houston, who faces re-election in November....
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Women Who Made It to Parliament, Rwanda
The just concluded parliamentary elections featured women who didn't ask for equality and leadership to be handed to them on a platter. They chose to fight it out with male candidates for their respective positions. They spent weeks of vigorous...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Why aren't there more women in Zimbabwe's cabinet?
In 1985, I made it to the front page of The Herald newspaper. It was a photo of me wearing a big smile, shaking President Robert Mugabe’s hand during the five-year independence celebrations. This roused my dream to one day become a politician and...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Where have all the women gone? Panel will talk L.A. gender politics, USA
Why are there so few female elected officials in the second largest city in the country? Of 18 elected positions in City Hall, only one is held by a woman — Nury Martinez, who joined the council in July. By comparison, at least 36 percent of the...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Women leading the way in Mackay politics, Australia
Tony Abbott's cabinet in Canberra is running short on girl power, but it's the sisters who continue to run the show in the Mackay region. With 18 blokes and only one woman, Mr Abbott's choice of LNP frontbenchers has been heavily criticised for a...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Women reluctant to run for office, New Zealand
In the year that New Zealand marks 120 years since women won the vote, the number of women vying for local body seats is stagnating. Nationally, only 30 per cent of candidates are women, a number that has been the same since 2004 after dropping from...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Why is there only one woman in Tony Abbott's cabinet? Australia
Women in politics are treated differently. To be a good politician, you have to be capable of getting on with the job in the face of criticism. But I am deeply worried that the level of gender-based attacks female politicians have been subjected to...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Women at the forefront as Rwanda heads to the polls
Rwandans will vote next week in parliamentary elections set to bring women to the forefront. Rwanda has the world’s highest proportion of female political representatives and it’s an achievement women are determined to build on. Marie Médiatrice...
Monday, September 09, 2013
Women in African politics: a vote of confidence
On a sunny day in early May, in Ndu, northwest Cameroon, a group of women, many of whom have taken the day off from work on their farms, are evaluating the performance of an aspiring politician. One suggests smiling more, another that the candidate...
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Women MPs do a better job than men, Italian Prime Minister says
Laura Boldrini, Cecile Kyenge and Emma Bonino are among those doing “far better than men”, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said during an interview with television channel Russian 24 ahead of the G20 summit, which gets underway in St Petersburg...
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Women in the Workplace: State Sen. LeAnna Washington shares how hardships lead to career success, USA
State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-4, was a high school dropout, had her first child at age 17, was a single mother, grew up in a tumultuous household, was a victim of domestic violence and received government assistance well into her adult years....

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