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Monday, November 18, 2019
Record number of women to stand as candidates in UK election
A record number of female candidates are expected to stand in next month’s UK general election. More than 1,100 women have registered as candidates across political divides, making up 34 per cent of the total number of candidates. This number marks...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Reykjavík Global Forum - Women Leaders 2019
Women leaders from around the world are gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland, this week, with discussions throughout the day on Tuesday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 20. What are the key challenges that leaders face as we approach the third...
Monday, November 11, 2019
Ready, willing and electable: Women running for executive office (2019)
In 2018, a record number of women were elected to Congress, but it’s a different story when you look at governorships. Today, only nine women serve as governor, tying a previous record first set in 2004. Twenty states have never had a woman governor...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Record number of new cases of persecuted parliamentarians in the world
At the 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia, IPU Member Parliaments condemned human rights violations against a record number of new cases of abused MPs. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, the only international body with...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Record number of new mayors and young members revealed
Voters in the 2019 local elections have elected the largest number of new mayors in 30 years, with 26 candidates set to don mayoral chains for the first time later this month. This injection of new blood into the sector has been mirrored in other...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Rwanda sets new world record on female representation in parliament
Rwanda has broken its current world record of 64 per cent female representation in Parliament, setting a new one of 67.5 per cent. Out of 80 seats, women now occupy 54 seats, a new world record for female representation in Parliament globally. The...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of government's empowerment pledge
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women. In Sunday’s election 28 women won seats, matching the figure seen in the...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Rosianne Cutajar
Rosianne Cutajar is a Member of Parliament of Malta. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, July 05, 2019
Rejecting rabbi’s comments, Jewish Home says it backs women in politics
The Jewish Home party affirmed its support for women in political leadership roles after a prominent religious Zionist rabbi said politics “is no place for a woman.” Amid talk of uniting the fractious political parties of the national religious camp...
Monday, June 03, 2019
Record number of women become MEPs – but men still dominate
More women have been elected to the European parliament than ever before but men still account for 60% of MEPs, according to an early analysis of the European election results. The proportion of female MEPs has increased slightly from 36% five years...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Roadmap to 50x50: Power and Parity in Women's Leadership
Roadmap to 50x50: Power and Parity in Women's Leadership highlights the key findings and drivers within the 3-pillar framework of the Leadership Index, or 3 P's to Parity: Pathways, Positions and Power. The “50x50 Report” examines where we are today...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Rise of the 'strongman': Dozens of female world leaders warn women's rights being eroded
Open-letter signatory Susana Malcorra says women ‘need to be very prepared to fight back’ amid global political shift. More than 30 female world leaders including current and former heads of state have called for a fightback against the erosion of...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Roundtable: Political empowerment of women through ICTs
The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized on 7 December 2018, a Roundtable discussion on ”Political empowerment of women through ICTs”, with the support of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. The aim of the event was...
Monday, January 14, 2019
Redefining representation: The women of the 116th Congress
Just over a century ago, Jeannette Rankin of Montana won a seat in the House of Representatives, becoming the first woman ever elected to federal office. In 1917, 128 years after the first United States Congress convened, she was sworn into its 65th...
Monday, November 26, 2018
Record number of women contest in Bahrain’s local elections
Bahrain will field a record number of women candidates in the upcoming parliamentary and municipality elections to be held on November 24, although two of the three incumbent female MPs have decided to opt out of this year’s race. While two women...
Monday, November 19, 2018
Relaunch: Resilience and rebuilding for women candidates after an electoral loss (2018)
Some women candidates may be hesitant to run again because they know that the barriers for women running for office are higher than they are for men - why should the standard after a loss be any different? This research shows that voters think women...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Record level of women in New Zealand Parliament
There are 46 women in the 52nd Parliament of New Zealand, the highest level of representation for women in its history. Women make up 38.4 percent of the total 120 MPs in the new Parliament, a boost of 7 percent on the previous Parliament which was...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Record number of women elected in Israeli municipal elections
Female politicians made history this week in Israel with a record of at least 11 women chosen to head cities and local councils across the country, five more than in the previous municipal elections. Six additional female candidates will contest run...