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Thursday, May 15, 2014
WomenCan: World Bank, UN Women and Hillary Clinton to launch ground-breaking report
After two years of research and many in-depth consultations, on 14 May the World Bank team will launch a ground-breaking report, with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Women Executive...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Women’s participation in Slovene politics
“Slovene politics is no longer a boys-only game”, said the Slovene prime minister Alenka Bratušek on 8.3.2013.  Slovenia is one of three EU countries with a female prime minister. The last parliamentary elections saw 34% of parliamentary seats taken...
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Woman breaks taboos, announces candidacy, Lebanon
Nadine Moussa, Lebanon’s first female candidate for the presidency, insists that Lebanon needs a “new social contract,” with women holding half of all parliamentary and governmental posts. “I know what Lebanese women are capable of, and I know how...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Why Fianna Fáil isn’t meeting local election target on female candidates
In the halls of Leinster House, Constance Markievicz cuts a lonely figure as the only portrait of a female parliamentarian in the entire building. When I pass her portrait, I often think this trailblazing woman would be horrified that the party she...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Women Playing an Unusually Public Role in Afghan Elections
The campaign for Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan is featuring women in a more prominent role than ever before. One front-runner has a female running mate, and another has let his wife address campaign rallies—major departures from...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Women candidates get help from government in Indonesia
Camellia Lubis, a 28-year-old dangdut singer popularly known as Camel Petir (Thunder), is one of 2,467 women legislative candidates vying for a seat in the House of Representatives. The legislative candidate from the Indonesian Justice and Unity...
Friday, March 28, 2014
We Need an Act of Congress to Get More Women In Congress, USA
One of the big headlines for the 2012 elections was the historic number of women elected to state and national offices. New Hampshire became the first state to elect an all women congressional delegation and a woman governor. The U.S. House of...
Monday, March 24, 2014
Women in parliament key for gender equality
The meaningful role women should play in parliament is to have an impact in changing the nature of politics and to create more honest government. In a bid to achieve gender equality and promote womens rights in Indonesia, the country needs to put...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Why we need to get smarter about quotas
There is a big debate in the world of those advocating gender parity and it goes like this. Most companies and countries around the globe have a dearth of women in leadership roles. Many people agree we should be at 50-50, but they don't agree on...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Women of Latin America build bridges, changing status quo in politics
In Honduras and El Salvador, a spotlight on efforts towards addressing electoral challenges through trainings for candidates.  We women represent the majority of the population. To contemplate a situation in which the majority of the population is...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Who would be a woman in politics?
Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones. Or so said Nancy Astor, who certainly should have known: as the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Commons, Samantha Cameron's step great-grandmother surely...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Women on the Rise in African Politics
Africa now has three female heads of state, after Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic took office in January. Though women leaders remain the exception in African politics, activists say things are looking up. Women are breaking...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Why more women must participate in the 2014 elections
In the run-up to the last round of Assembly elections in 2013, a Gender Manifesto was released by women’s organisations setting out a series of priorities across demographic groups and economic sectors. It is safe to assume that no political party...
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Women Presidents Outperform Their Male Counterparts in Complex Economies
As President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address this past week, he may have had more female peers watching this time than any president in U.S. history. In fact, female heads of state are more common now than ever before -- the...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Women's Groups Use SOTU to Stake Out Agenda
While President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Jan. 28 fell short of the peroration about economic inequality that partisans had either hoped or feared, it did offer women's groups a chance to showcase political and legislative...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Will Helen Clark be the first woman to run the UN?
In the course of a political career that has lasted over 30 years, Helen Clark only thought of quitting once. With a personal poll rating of just 2% soon after becoming party leader in 1993, she asked a few close friends whether there was any point...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Women appointed to key posts in Tanzania cabinet reshuffle
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete has appointed two women to powerful cabinet positions as the country prepares to enact a new constitution.  In a move seen by activists as a gesture to promote gender equality, Saada Mkuya becomes the new finance...
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Women of Color Behind the Rise of Female U.S. Democrats
Democratic women have gained legislative seats at a much higher rate than Republican women in recent years. To a great extent, the rise of female Democrats is about the rise of Democratic women of color. Although they do not hold office in...

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