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Monday, June 22, 2020
Proportional representation needs national support
By Ruth Butaumocho, “For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect, but to be elected.” The above words from former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, in an interview with the New York Times...
Monday, March 30, 2020
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Gabriela Cuevas discuss women in politics
The new Women in Politics Map from the IPU and UN Women shows that women continue to be underrepresented across all levels of power. Watch this interview with Gabriela Cuevas, President of the IPU, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of...
Friday, March 20, 2020
Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic and robust measures around the world attempt to contain its spread, social impact of the Novel Coronavirus is hitting women hard. As well as the health battle, the...
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Picturing the past: A brief history of women in Transylvania politics
In April 1922, Roxie Dunn announced that she was running on the Democratic ticket for county treasurer. In his endorsement, Oat Bryson stated, "Much has been said about the desirability of the woman voter, if we have the women voter, logically we...
Monday, March 02, 2020
Protecting political campaigns from digital threats
Political campaigns online have demonstrated that they can help candidates win elections, include more citizens’ concerns in political debates or allow upcoming parties to gain political exposure. However, social media can also have a negative...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Pursuing equality in rights and representation – Women’s experiences running for parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 elections
In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 87 per cent of the women who ran for Parliamentary election (75 of the 86 women; of the 113 women who registered to run, 86 made it on to candidate lists). This report summarizes their stories and...
Monday, January 06, 2020
Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public office in the US
A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll. In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female voters said men seeking political office have a...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Politicians in the line of fire: Incivility and the treatment of women on social
A seemingly inescapable feature of the digital age is that people choosing to devote their lives to politics must now be ready to face a barrage of insults and disparaging comments targeted at them through social media. This article represents an...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Punched, stalked and harassed women abandon UK politics over safety fears
She had just finished taking photographs outside the picturesque Bourne Mill in Colchester, Essex, and was looking at her phone when the first blow came. By the time she looked up the male assailant was running away. "He punched me three times in...
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Parties without structure shouldn’t have female candidates – INEC Nigeria
Political parties that do not have structures on the ground should not present women as candidates during elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission warned on Tuesday. The commission said that being a candidate should not be the only...
Friday, November 01, 2019
Pakistan: Women parliamentarian in Sindh rise above political affiliation
Women members of Sindh Assembly, representing both treasury and opposition benches here Friday pledged to unanimously support the cause of gender sensitivity, including provision for economic empowerment of women and excluded groups. Actively...
Friday, October 25, 2019
Portugal's first black women lawmakers take office
Members of Portugal's new parliament took up office on Friday, among them the country's first black women lawmakers who campaigned on promises to fight racism and inequality. The three women, who all trace their origins to Guinea-Bissau, an...
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Political Finance - Design Tool
Drawing from comparative global data in International IDEA’s Political Finance Database, the Political Finance Design Tool provides governments and policy-makers with a user-friendly guide for exploring policy options in the realm of political...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Panel discussion challenges underrepresentation of women in politics
On October 11, the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) hosted a panel discussion on women’s representation in Canada. The event included two panels, one with academics and...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Professor of Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics talks struggles women face in seeking office
The issues women face when seeking elected office were discussed in a lecture Thursday at Iowa State. Kelly Winfrey, assistant professor of journalism and coordinator of research and outreach for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Following on from the IPU’s groundbreaking work on violence against women in politics, a parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament will examine strategies to end sexist harassment and gender-based violence in parliament. A workshop on quotas...
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Poor representation: In Mumbai, 31 out of 334 candidates are women
In a city where politicians are earnestly vying for women’s votes who account for 46 per cent of Mumbai’s population, female participation in electoral politics remains abysmally low. Of the total 334 candidates who will be fighting in the 36...
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Poland’s drift to right divides young male and female voters
Out on the campaign trail before Poland’s parliamentary elections, Jolanta Banach, a leftwing candidate, has noticed a recurring pattern. “There’s a young couple out for a walk with a pushchair, and I approach them to offer our campaign leaflets....

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