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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...
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...
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...
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...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Female participation drops in council election, Canada
As the first full day of municipal election campaigning begins in Edmonton, political observers are starting to consider a city council with far fewer women on it. While the number of candidates running for elected office — 119 — is the highest...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin says more Democratic female candidates wanted and needed, USA
Six female members of the Vermont House of Representatives flanked former Democratic Gov. Madeleine Kunin Monday as she announced the launch of Emerge Vermont, an organization that will recruit, train and mentor Democratic women to run for political...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Female Senate candidates press Democrats’ gender advantage, USA
The emergence of three female Democrats as competitive Senate candidates has party activists optimistic the 2014 election cycle will end with a record number of women in the upper chamber. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Fulfil agenda to promote women’s rights, Ghana
The Women’s Manifesto Coalition (WMC) has called on the government and gender rights organisations to take stock of what it described as “the unfulfilled agenda of promoting women’s rights.”It said although it appreciated the progress that had been...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Funny how gender never came up during Bernanke’s nomination. Or Greenspan’s. Or Volcker’s. USA
When I wrote my article on the subtle, sexist whispering campaign against Janet Yellen, my example of a rare not-so-subtle sexist comment came from Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve. Asked about Yellen on CNBC, he worried that...
Monday, April 25, 2011
Future Women Mayors’ Academy Kicks Off in Mexico
Mexico’s gender quota system has made a significant difference for women seeking election to the Mexican Congress. In the last 15 years, the percentage of seats occupied by women has increased from 10 to 26 percent.   But at the municipal level,...
Thursday, March 10, 2011
FIRST PARHAMOVICH FELLOW BRINGING MORE YOUNG WOMEN INTO POLITICS, IRAQ
Young Iraqi women aspiring to political careers are getting a boost from a new Young Women’s Leadership School launched recently with the help of NDI Iraq staff member Ferdos Majeed. Majeed came to the U.S. for three months in 2009 as NDI’s first ...