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Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Invoking the idealized family to assess political leadership and legitimacy: news coverage of Australian and Canadian premiers
Conventional wisdom holds that women politicians confront a parenting dilemma. Those with children are questioned about their ability to balance parental roles with political responsibilities, but child-free women are regarded as unable to relate to...
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Increases in women’s political representation associated with reductions in child mortality in Brazil
We assessed the effects of female political representation on mortality among children younger than age five in Brazil and the extent to which this effect operates through coverage with conditional cash transfers and primary care services. We...
Monday, June 22, 2020
Iceland’s Prime Minister praises female leaders for response to coronavirus
Iceland’s prime minister has indicated that female leaders have offered a better response to coronavirus across the world than some of their male counterparts. Katrín Jakobsdóttir said: ‘It’s a remarkable fact that a lot of female leaders have...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Is the great woman theory of coronavirus leadership true?
A couple of days ago, Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, was asked why countries with women leaders were having more success combating the coronavirus pandemic than their male counterparts. After all, Taiwan, New Zealand, Finland and Germany...
Monday, June 08, 2020
Imprisoned parliamentarians worldwide at risk from coronavirus
The Inter-Parliamentary Union condemns the imprisonment of 43 Members of Parliament around the world, saying they lack legal recourse to attain justice. The IPU is focusing especially on MPs detained in overcrowded, cramped cells in Venezuela, Ivory...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir's key to leading through Coronavirus: ‘Put your ego as a politician aside’
Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says that humility and listening to the science have been the keys to leading her country through the coronavirus pandemic, and that she hopes the global outbreak will be an opportunity to revive global...
Friday, May 22, 2020
India: Women quotas in politics have unintended consequence
To rectify this inequality, a majority of countries (or at least one political party in most) have imposed female electoral quota systems, or rules designed to increase the representation of women. The catch? Boosting gender may well curtail...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
In a global emergency, women are showing how to lead
By Zoe Marks Among the countries that have seen early successes in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic, female leaders stand out. Germany under Angela Merkel boasts one of the lowest fatality rates in the world and is gradually reopening. Women-...
Friday, April 03, 2020
Ireland: Women will do politics differently
By Andrée Murphy, When Michelle O’Neill paused in her answers to the Stormont chamber this week, she reflected heartfelt concerns in these days of uncertainty. Jim Allister had asked her about his constituent, a woman of 32 years with a young child...
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
In 2020, world “cannot afford” so few women in power
Press Release Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, USA – 10 March 15:00 CET/10:00 ET Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a sluggish pace according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU‑UN...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Iraqi women seek rights – and to be part of a change
Amid attempts to transform the political system, feminists are looking for 50% representation in any new government. Hundreds of women and girls this week took to the streets of Najaf, a Shi’ite holy city in southern Iraq, asserting their right to...
Friday, February 21, 2020
Israel’s new women’s party promises a ‘different kind of leadership’
“I don’t matter to Knesset members,” says Elana Sztokman in a campaign video for the new women’s party she just co-founded. She rattles off a list of issues that she says are routinely ignored by lawmakers – from gender issues to education and...
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Inauguration UNWOMEN exhibition “African Women and Political Leadership”
The exhibit pays tribute to the great courage of women in a particularly difficult and patriarchal continent. They have been at the forefront of ensuring peace and security, however their contribution is not often recognized and their representation...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
In Israel’s endless elections, female candidates have been the biggest losers
In mid-January, Israel’s political parties finalized their lists for what will hopefully be the last general election for a while. A referendum on the future of Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, dogged by corruption charges, and on the...
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Indian women lawmakers face abuse as global online violence rises
Nearly 100 Indian women politicians faced abuse, including rape and death threats, on social media during elections last year, with researchers on Thursday raising concerns over rising online violence against women globally. A study by Amnesty...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Is there (still) a gender gap in politics?
By Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis, “A few years ago I took my children on a tour of the state Capitol building. My daughter was very interested in the art — the woodwork, the decorative tiles, and the paintings. After viewing the gallery of governor...
Friday, January 03, 2020
India: Dear parties, ignore women and urban voters, face NOTA
By Smruti Koppikar, Now that Maharashtra finally has a government, it’s worthwhile revisiting the election result to pick out a few trends that were lost in the din over government formation. Three trends among many in the electoral basket stand out...
Friday, December 27, 2019
In progressive Taiwan, sexist slurs mar presidential election
Taiwan has forged a reputation as Asia’s most progressive democracy, and it boasts a higher proportion of women in parliament than anywhere else in the region — yet misogynistic insults have littered its presidential race. The campaign for the Jan....

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