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Friday, November 08, 2019
Julia Gillard on breaking barriers for women in politics and why she's an optimist
Julia Gillard, you became the first female prime minister in Australian history in 2010. What have been the challenges and opportunities for you as a woman working in politics? Have the obstacles women face in positions of power changed over the...
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Justice for Women
Justice for women and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitment to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group on Justice for Women worked to better understand...
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Japan’s upper house is no place for a woman
It should be no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared gender equality to be one of his main priorities. Japan ranks 125 out of 149 countries in measures of female political empowerment and 117 in measures of economic...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not. Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for office to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper...
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician
Two weeks out from the general election, Australia says its most trusted politician is Jacinda Ardern. In a poll by Millward Brown, 1400 Australians were asked to score 12 politicians across six areas: relevance, integrity, shared values, commitment...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Jane Castor elected Tampa's first openly LGBTQ mayor
"How exciting is this?" Castor said Tuesday night to a cheering crowd as she raised her hands in the air. "The next mayor of Tampa!" With endorsements from organizations that advocate for LGBTQ rights, like the Human Rights Campaign and Equality...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Japanese city gets its first ever female politician
Misuzu Ikeda becomes first assemblywoman in Tarumizu as record numbers of women elected nationwide. Misuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the...
Monday, April 22, 2019
Japanese women see record election win, but parity remains slow
Women won just 10.4 percent of the seats up for grabs in Japan’s regional assembly races yet still recorded a record high, Kyodo News said, highlighting the slow pace of improvement for gender equality in the country’s government. Results from the...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jacinda Ardern – and why we need more women in politics
By Harini Calamur, Jacinda Ardern. Most of us had barely heard of her name before last week. And, today she is known pretty much across the world that follows the news. Ms Ardern is the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand, and earlier known for being...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jacinda Ardern is showing the world what real leadership is: sympathy, love and integrity
By Suzanne Moore, Out of the horror inflicted by those who cannot accept the world as it is, comes a vision of a better world. It comes from above and it comes from below. It comes from ordinary people. Supermarkets in Wellington suburbs have sold...
Friday, March 08, 2019
Joint Statement by the IPU and the CEDAW on International Women’s Day 2019
International Women’s Day 40th Anniversary of CEDAW Women’s leadership and the equal participation of women and men in public affairs and decision-making are matters of human rights which are key elements of democracy and lasting peace, and...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Julie Bishop Quits Australian Politics, Adding to Exodus of Conservative Women
SYDNEY, Australia — Julie Bishop, the popular former Australian foreign minister, said Thursday that she would not run in coming federal elections, adding to the conservative government’s already-bleak image as a place that is inhospitable to women...
Monday, November 05, 2018
Joenia Wapichana: Brazil's first indigenous woman voted to Congress
Sao Paulo - Joenia Wapichana never thought she would get into politics. The 43-year-old indigenous lawyer also never imagined she'd make history, not just once but on three occasions. But when she saw an "extreme, urgent necessity" to protect the...
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Jacinda Ardern makes history with baby Neve at UN general assembly
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has made history as the first world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her baby in tow. Ardern appeared with her three-month-old daughter at the UN on Monday evening, and...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
John McDonnell: I hope Labour's next leader will be female
John McDonnell said he wanted a woman to become the next leader of the Labour party, a day after senior party figures were accused of failing to take allegations of sexual harassment seriously enough. The shadow chancellor defended Labour’s record...
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Jennifer Curtin: PM's baby is a chance to improve Parliament for parents
Many New Zealanders might be feeling a little excited, and even just a little bit proud of the fact that we have a woman prime minister with a newborn baby. A few are busy trolling anyone on Twitter who dares congratulate Jacinda Ardern and her...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Joyce Banda
Forbes Women Africa met up with former Malawian President Joyce Banda in Johannesburg just before her return to Malawi after four years away. One of four female presidents Africa has ever had, she spoke about her plans but is guarded about her...
Monday, April 02, 2018
Japan’s internal affairs minister Seiko Noda opens political school for women
GIFU – Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Sunday opened a political school in Gifu Prefecture to foster female politicians. The school was set up in the city of Gifu, which...