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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
How Belarusian women became a strong presence in anti-Lukashenko protests
Staring down a masked man with a rifle, standing alongside dozens of other women all linking arms in solidarity, Anastasiya Antoniuk was prepared to be taken to jail. The 26-year-old copywriter was taking part in a protest against the detention of...
Thursday, September 03, 2020
How Sandhya Ray became the first female MP from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh
Coming from one of the most backward villages in the country, Sandhya Ray found the support in her progressive in-laws. They didn’t just support her with her studies but also motivated her to join politics. Ray, who wanted to do a regular 9-5 job,...
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
How gender affects the response rates of politicians to inquiries about healthcare and unemployment support
Are women and men equally likely to receive answers when they contact politicians for information about healthcare and unemployment benefits? Drawing on a new study, Zoila Ponce de Leon and Gabriele Magni find that MPs are significantly more likely...
Friday, August 21, 2020
How did women fare in the 2020 Vanuatu elections?
Despite strong efforts to promote female leadership and political engagement by advocacy groups, women still face serious roadblocks to political success in Vanuatu, writes Elise Howard. In the Vanuatu national elections held on 19 March 2020,...
Monday, July 27, 2020
Hong Kong elections: the shameful absence of women from politics
During these times of political polarisation and fragmentation in Hong Kong, there is one thing we can find in common across partisan lines – shutting out women from politics. The future for Hong Kong parliamentary politics is definitely not female...
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Has COVID-19 pushed women in politics off Kenya’s agenda?
In 2013, Alice Wahome ran in her third attempt to win the hotly-contested Kandara constituency parliamentary seat in Murang’a County, Central Kenya. As is typical of rural politics, the field was male-dominated, with the stakes being high for all...
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
How African feminists are sustaining peace in a pandemic
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, African feminists have been essential in responding with care to the challenges facing their communities. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Africa, but not at the exponential rate experienced in other parts of the...
Friday, June 05, 2020
Historic wins for women of color as nation protests systemic racism
As the nation remained gripped by widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism, black and Hispanic women won elections in multiple states on Tuesday while Representative Steve King, a nine-term congressman with a long history of...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
How women are getting squeezed by the pandemic
By Francesca Donner, The coronavirus has worsened existing social and economic inequalities, especially for women. While both women and men are suffering the economic fallout of the virus across the world, it is women — already more likely to be in...
Friday, May 22, 2020
How women leaders are rising to the unique challenges they’re facing from the pandemic
By Kathy Caprino, While the impact of the global pandemic is far-reaching and hitting millions of people throughout the U.S. in different ways, research has shown that women are more likely than men to say their lives have been disrupted because of...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Holly Richardson: Having a seat at the table does not mean having a voice
By Holly Richardson , “After years spent analyzing lab and real-life settings to determine what it takes for a woman to really be heard — to truly be perceived as competent and influential — these professors have found the same truth: for women,...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
How to incorporate women and gender equality in the management of the crisis response
Crisis management or emergency situations such as COVID-19 can have serious impacts on the lives of women and girls, if gender dimensions are not considered. Issues such as care work, economic autonomy, physical or sexual violence, women's...
Thursday, April 02, 2020
How a millennial prime minister is leading Finland through crisis
Whem I travel to Helsinki in late January to meet Sanna Marin, the millennial feminist environmentalist who had just become prime minister, the world looked so different than it does today. Back then, reports were slowly beginning to circulate about...
Friday, March 27, 2020
How many women are in your parliament?
Over the last 25 years, since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action by the United Nations in 1995, the number of women parliamentarians has nearly doubled worldwide. Yet, with a global average of only 24.9 percent, women’s...
Friday, March 27, 2020
How suffragists raced to secure women's right to vote ahead of the 1920 election
The year 1917 was highly consequential for the suffrage movement. Having lost the chance to defeat the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson, who had initially been lukewarm toward suffrage, activists set their sights on securing voting rights for...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
How female Prime Ministers are leading in this time of crisis
Across the world, more than ever people are looking for strong, inspiring leadership. Three incredible Prime Ministers are demonstrating particularly heartening excellent resolve during this pandemic. Oh, and they just happen to be women. Erna...
Thursday, February 13, 2020
HeForShe Action Kit for Parliaments
This Action Kit has been developed to guide the overall implementation of the HeForShe solidarity movement. It provides general information about the campaign, simple-to-follow implementation steps and a list of accessible campaign tools and...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
How to ensure election-related sexual violence never happens again
In the aftermath of the 2007-08 post-election violence, the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (Waki Commission) documented more than 900 sexual violence cases perpetrated by security agents and civilians against women, girls, men...

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