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Friday, May 30, 2014
Indonesia Likely To Have Fewer Women In Parliament
Despite the increase in the number of female candidates in the parliamentary elections held throughout Indonesia on April 9, 2014, the country would likely fail to meet its target of increasing womens representation in the 560-seat Parliament for...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
What Makes Successful Women Politicians? India
Whoever thinks that women political leaders can’t survive the rough and tumble of electioneering and bring in the votes hasn’t met V. Sugnana Kumari Deo from Odisha. At 77, this senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator from Kabisuryanagar...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Stage Set for the Great Electoral Women's Day, India
With 59 winners of the total 556 contestants, women candidates seem to have had a dream run in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. May 16 will tell if their success story repeats this time too.Congress president Sonia Gandhi topped the list of best...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Local government polls: Empowering women at the grass-roots, Pakistan
In anticipation of local government elections, much of the discourse in recent months has challenged the laws put forward by provincial governments under judiciary-induced deadlines, including lukewarm lobbying for the greater inclusion of women at...
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Speaker wants more women in parliament, Tonga
The Speaker of the Tongan parliament, Lord Fakafanua today launched a program, the Practice Parliament for Women. The program aims at encouraging women to enter parliament.  Lord Fakafanua announced the initiative this morning, and launched a...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Women candidates rue lack of party support, Nepal
Women candidates affiliated to major political parties contesting in the upcoming CA election have accused their parties of not being supportive toward them at all. Speaking at an interaction on ´Media Monitoring: Representation of Women in...
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Taliban wound Afghan female senator in ambush
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator on Wednesday, seriously wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a bodyguard, officials said. Senator Rouh Gul Khirzad's husband, son and...
Friday, June 21, 2013
Gender equality, Pakistan
Newly elected Pakistani National Assembly is effectively in place. The Prime Minister has taken oath of his office; the most interesting feature of this new assembly is the group of women on reserved seats. The idea was introduced by former dictator...