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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Bomb Attack in Eastern Afghanistan Kills Female Politician
A popular female politician in east Afghanistan, Angiza Shinwari, died in hospital on Monday following a bomb attack on her vehicle last week, Afghan officials said, underscoring the growing dangers for women in the government. To read the full...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Book launch: Political ‘barriers to entry’ for women highlighted
South Asian writers avoid writing on gender issues, but Dr Anita Weiss rightly explained the political paths of domestic powers in South Asian countries and identified the power distribution, political priorities, identity and women empowerment...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party committed to give 33 per cent reservation to women: Saroj Pandey (India)
Charging the former Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government of "betraying women by not giving reservation to them in decision-making bodies", BJP today said it was committed to political empowerment of the fairer sex by granting 33 per...
Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai
Internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer, actor and activist, Mallika Sarabhai calls herself a "communicator". Through her art and activism, and in her message for #Beijing20, she stresses that it's time to break the silence about...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Beijing +20
Picture it: A world without a gender gap. Imagine a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Building women’s leadership in the most difficult places (Pakistan) – case study for your comments
Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties. The Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme entered this very complex and sensitive...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Building Women's Political Presence: The AAP story, India
India's 16th General Election has been the most expensive exercise of its kind in the country's history. One estimate puts the figure at Rs 30,000 crore, a tad shy of the bill notched up in the 2012 US presidential polls. What does this tsunami of...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Bangladesh's warring against women politicians
As a young girl in Bangladesh, you could say I grew up parallel to the legendary rivalry between the country’s main political foes, Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia: two very powerful women with some serious political capital. Hasina is one of...
Friday, January 03, 2014
Before Malala there was Asma Jahangir
She’s just 16, yet known worldwide — as the ultra-famous are — by a single name. She is Malala. She has survived a Taliban assassin’s bullets. She awes global superstars and enthralls world leaders. She’s been showered with awards, almost won a...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Baluchi Sunni woman elected mayor is first for Iran
Samiyeh Balochzehi, 26, who was elected mayor by the Kalat city council, is an engineer and has a master’s degree in natural resources management from the Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch in Tehran. A local who spoke to Al-Monitor...
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Backward States put up more women candidates than developed States, India
While women remain under-represented in elections, an interesting new dimension has emerged from the first analysis of 50 years of Assembly election data. India’s backward States systematically put up more female candidates than the developed...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Breaking new frontiers for gender responsive budgeting: the Kerala Model
This article prepared by Yamini Mishra, Gender Responsive Budgeting Specialist, South, East and South East Asia, UN Women challenges us to think about what GRB has meant for the reality of women's lives? Has it translated into better outputs and...
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Bhutan: Moving beyond token numbers
Democracy can legitimize itself in the true sense of the word and spirit only through equal political representation of women. It is highly ironic for us to brandish “our Gross National Happiness” or “our New-Found Democracy” and continue to exclude...
Monday, October 01, 2012
Bangladesh: Slum Women in Bangladesh Start Organizing through Local to Local Dialogues
Lacking basic services and living under the constant threat of eviction, the people of Bhola wanted to change their situation but needed support to formulate a plan of action. Enter the Local-to-Local Dialogue, a strategic process developed by the...
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Bangladesh: Govt empowering women: Hasina
Women will account for 30 percent of parliamentary seats and half the country’s workforce by 2021, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told an international audience on Monday as she spelled out the steps taken by her government to boost women’s political...
Monday, September 10, 2012
Bangladesh: US envoy on women issues in Dhaka
US Department of State's Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women Issues Melanne Verveer will launch Grassroots Women's Political Leadership Forum: South Asia Regional Women's Political Leadership Summit at the Asian University of Women in Chittagong on...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Bhutan: Congratulating Bhutan’s first woman Supreme Court judge
First of all, I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to the recently elected first women Dzongda [governor] and now the newly appointed woman Justice of the Supreme Court of Bhutan.  I am proud of our country when it comes to gender...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Burma: Women Should be Part of Peace Process: Group
The Women’s League of Burma (WLB), a coalition of 13 women’s organizations representing Burma’s main ethnic groups, called on Wednesday for the inclusion of women in the country’s ongoing efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict. The press...

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