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Monday, April 21, 2014
IPU deeply concerned by attack on another Afghan woman MP
IPU is deeply concerned by the shooting of Afghan MP Mariam Koofi, the latest in a string of attacks on parliamentarians in Afghanistan, particularly women legislators. Koofi, the sister of fellow MP and human rights activist Fawzia Koofi, was...
Saturday, April 12, 2014
India election 2014: The woman calling for Narendra Modi to take responsibility for mass murder
Minutes before he was hacked to death by a Hindu mob, veteran Muslim politician Ehsan Jafri reached for his phone and dialled one last number. For the dozens of neighbours also cowering in his home, it seemed like their only chance. At the...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
If not Hillary Clinton, then Sarah Palin for 2016, poll shows
When it comes to women in the White House, Sarah Palin takes the cake in Americans’ eyes, a new poll found. The Economist/YouGov poll asked participants which female candidate — other than Hillary Clinton — they’d like to see run for the high office...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Impossible under the Taliban, there are now 69 female MPs in parliament
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, women rarely left their homes. When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in all-encompassing burqas. While most women in conservative...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In Nepal, Women Fight to Maintain Seats in the Constituent Assembly
Nepali women had much to be proud of as 172 of them were seated in the country’s newest Constituent Assembly on Jan. 22. They filled almost 30 percent of the 575 seats that were contested during parliamentary elections last fall, despite the...
Monday, January 13, 2014
India, U.S. to move WHO resolution on addressing violence against women
It urges member-states to address the issue in national health plans and reinforce legal framework India and the United States will jointly move a resolution to address violence, particularly against women and girls, at the Executive Board meeting...
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
IPU's online Database and Guidelines for Women's Caucuses
Women account for only about 20 per cent of the world’s MPs. In nearly every country they form a minority in parliament, an institution traditionally governed according to the principles and worldviews of their predominantly male memberships. Under...
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Indian women continue to fight for respect: A place at the high table
As the world celebrates 100 years of women suffrage, Indian women continue to fight for things that matter. 2013 was a turning point for women in India as the brutal gang rape of Nirbhaya and the huge protests in the aftermath placed the issue of...
Monday, December 16, 2013
In pictures: Women world leaders
Have a look at some of the world's female leaders! published December 16, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
In Chile, women politicians rise, but women's rights lag
“In Chile, the skirt’s in charge,” blared the headline of Santiago tabloid La Cuarta the day after Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei advanced to a second round in the country’s presidential race. Voters today will pick between the two life-long...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Israel Women Want to Talk Peace, Too
Israeli women want in on the peace process, and they think they can help. As Haaretz’s Eetta Prince-Gibson reports, Israeli feminists recently got together to demand that the government include women on all decision and policy-making bodies,...
Monday, November 11, 2013
India’s Politicians Ignore Women Voters in Election Campaigns
On the eve of Diwali, I was walking around the inner circle of Connaught Place, a well-known shopping center in Delhi, with a journalist friend. The business arcade teemed with people. Suddenly loud, belligerent voices tore through the festive air....
Thursday, October 17, 2013
ICT as a powerful means to advance women’s rights, empowerment and gender equality
Remarks of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, at the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender, New York, 20 September 2013. We invite our users to read the complete speech here
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Incumbency Test Looms Larger for Female Governors, USA
The four female incumbents in the field of about 30 governors seeking reelection in November 2014 are doing something considered incumbent upon any female executive who wants her job back: playing up their accomplishments. The quartet includes three...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I wish women politicians are accepted in their own right: Preneet Kaur, MoS, External Affairs Minister
India had a woman Prime Minister long before the West elected one, but there have been very few women Cabinet ministers to date. Preneet Kaur of the erstwhile royal family of Patiala has been one of the few lady Minister of State in the Ministry of...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Iranian president names female vice president
Iranian president Hasan Rouhani on Monday appointed Elham Aminzadeh, a law and public policy professor at Tehran University, as Vice-President of Legal Affairs, effectively making her the first woman in the Islamic Republic’s history to hold the...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Initiative in Malaysia to set a 30 percent quota for women in local government
The All Women Action Society (Awam) welcomes the state of Selangor's initiative to make it compulsory to have 30 percent of members of the local council be women, from the Jan 1, 2014. This is a necessary step to even out an uneven playing field as...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
India: Major political parties still shy of fielding women
India may boast a woman President, Prime Minister and Speaker, but when it comes to selecting candidates, key political parties still have a long way to go. In the past 10 years, only 7 per cent or 4,148 candidates out of the 62,847 candidates were...