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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Canada faces 'crisis' on indigenous living conditions
Canada faces a "crisis" over the living conditions of its aboriginal residents, the UN special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples has said. James Anaya said Canada had taken "positive steps" but that "daunting challenges" remained,...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza inspires Congolese women politicians
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where women hold just 23 percent of the seats in national parliaments and there are only three women heads of state, Catherine Samba-Panza, president of the Central African Republic (CAR), is an inspirational figure. Her...
Friday, March 28, 2014
California's 'Close The Gap' Tour Is Demanding Gender Equality In Politics
California boasts two female senators. We are the only state to advance women's reproductive rights in the last few years. The state is rapidly moving forward on the Affordable Health Care Act and there has been paid family leave in California since...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Canada: Parliament Panel Fails Indigenous Women
A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national inquiry or...
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor rules out bid for chief executive in 2017, Hong Kong
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has made clear that she has no interest in running for the city's top job in 2017. While senior figures in both the main political camps have been talking about her suitability for the role of chief...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and the Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks
A two-day meeting to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process, convened in Geneva by UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands, ended today with a statement by Syrian women civil society members and...
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Can Women Save US Democrats in 2014?
The Democratic Party is hoping 2014 will be a Year of the Woman—again. As party operatives prepare for the midterm elections, Democratic women are being cast in starring roles, on the ballot and at the ballot box, as the party tries to take back...
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Celebrating 120 Years of Women’s Suffrage
Twenty-eighth November 2013 marked the 120th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the first country in the world to give women the vote. A historic milestone highlighting the progress made on gender equality since 1893, the anniversary...
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo elected to Congress
Camila Vallejo, who helped spearhead Chile's student uprising in 2011,has been elected to Congress alongside three other former university leaders, underscoring a generational shift in the country's politics. The 25-year-old communist shot to...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Chile's election: A tale of two daughters
Chile holds a presidential election on Sunday and both frontrunners are women - the socialist Michelle Bachelet and her right-wing rival Evelyn Matthei. In a region where politics is still very much a man's game, that, in itself, is remarkable...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cote d’Ivoire MPs Create Women’s Caucus
Cote d’Ivoire has launched the first-ever Women’s Caucus in the National Assembly, a forum aimed at advancing women’s rights and mainstreaming gender throughout all parliamentary work. Inspired by IPU’s new guidelines on women’s caucuses, the group...
Sunday, October 27, 2013
China Women's federation pledges to promote gender equality
A senior official of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) pledged on Monday to improve awareness of gender equality among the country's policy makers. Song Xiuyan, federation vice president, told a national congress that the body will work to...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cameroon elections catapult women, more than doubling their representation in the National Assembly
In Cameroon, defenders of gender equality and the empowerment of women today have a reason to celebrate. This follows the announcement of the results of the legislative elections held on 30 September 2013. The results of the elections, announced...
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Chilean presidential election is between “Michelle Bachelet and I” says Evelyn Matthei
Chilean presidential candidate for the ruling party Evelyn Matthei was the target of her competitors’ criticism during a televised debate in which she brushed aside hopefuls’ aspirations arguing that it was obvious that the race was between her and...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Cameroon: Female Candidates, Media in Election Campaign Synergy
They rounded off a series of training workshops in Yaounde on September 14. Female candidates in the September 30, 2013 legislative and municipal elections are expected to be more performing during the election campaign, making proper use of the...
Friday, September 13, 2013
Cambodia's Women Call For Free And Fair Elections
“Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia”: Once a phrase commonly seen on banners in Phnom Penh, it has now taken to the streets. Over a month after the 2013 general elections in Cambodia, planned demonstrations against the results are taking place...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Chile’s Women Candidates, Not Two of a Kind
“There’s something sexist about saying that the candidates are two women. Has anyone ever remarked on it when the candidates are two men?” former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet complained about comparisons between herself and her main rival in...