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Monday, February 16, 2015
Make It Happen-International Women's day 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in politics? Mary Rose Gurrea (Philippines) answers.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Malala Yousafzai for Prime Minister
The 16 December Peshawar school attack was the deadliest of its kind in Pakistan’s history. Pakistan, a protector, incubator and financier of terrorism lost 145 of its citizens, 132 of them children, in a mere 15 minutes of carnage perpetrated by...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Muhammad Yunus
Interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
More women is the key to cutting corruption, Australia
IN THIS heady age of grimy corruption revelations, thanks to the ICAC merry-go-round, it's good to know there's a simple answer to end corruption in politics. That is, to get more women elected Australia-wide, according to Lennox Head-based NSW...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Marathon poll ends with highest ever turnout as women, youth throng booths, India
As polling ended on Monday, the 2014 elections recorded the highest ever turnout with 66.38 per cent voters casting their votes to elect 543 members of the 16th Lok Sabha, beating the previous high of 64.01 per cent in the 1984-85 elections. With...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Madhya Pradesh to focus on low women voter turnout areas, India
Although a good turnout of female voters has been recorded in the recent Assembly elections, the Election Commission of India wants to identify areas where the women turnout has been low and reasons for it.  The ECI has issued instructions to states...
Monday, November 25, 2013
Meet India’s Gulabi Gang – Female Activists for Change
While you may witness injustice on a daily basis, when was the last time you decided to interfere and help change a stranger’s situation? Either afraid of societal reprimand or confused on how to make a difference, many elect to ignore the pressing...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Muzaffarnagar riots show a dangerous trend, India
The recent Muzaffarnagar riots bared a dangerous trend where crimes against women were distorted and used as a trigger for communal conflagration and polarization for votes. "It is most dangerous as incidents of eve-teasing and sexual...
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Megawati wants to see woman president, Indonesia
Chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Megawati Soekarnoputri, has urged more women to join politics in the hope that some of them would be the presidential candidates of the future. “We should have another woman...
Monday, July 29, 2013
Major political parties still shy of fielding women, India
India may boast a woman President, Prime Minister and Speaker, but when it comes to selecting candidates, key political parties still have a long way to go. In the past 10 years, only 7 per cent or 4,148 candidates out of the 62,847 candidates were...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Mindanawon women in power: from 11.5% to 28.8% in 25 years, Philippines
The number of  women occupying top posts in Mindanao has increased from only 10 women governors, city mayors and representatives in the post-EDSA elections of 1987 and 1988 to 34 elected for the 2013-2016 term that begins noon of June 30. In...
Monday, June 10, 2013
Move tarnishes parties' image: women reserved seats given to kith and kin! Pakistan
The distribution of reserved seats for women in the National Assembly to wives, daughters, or relatives of top party stalwarts while ignoring women at the grass-roots level, has badly tarnished the image of major political parties. Pakistan Muslim...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Malaysia: Ban on sexist remarks in parliament
Malaysian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a ban on sexist remarks in parliament after a number of cases in which male MPs in the mostly Muslim country have drawn anger with their comments on the floor. The amendment to the rules of conduct in the...
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Myanmar: A Woman’s (Political) Work is Never Done
As a former political prisoner, Thin Thin Aye knows something about fear: that you should never let it stand in your way. That’s why the veteran activist, better known as Mee Mee, has made it her mission to persuade other Burmese women to set aside...
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Malaysia: Women issues overlooked due to low political presence, analysts say
The lack of female participation in Malaysian politics has likely caused the years of neglect over issues of concern to women although the gender makes up half the country’s 13 million-strong electorate, analysts have said. According to statistics...
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Momgolia: The Collective Action of Mongolia’s Women
The focus on a few specific men in the history of Mongolia can be attributed to the long focus on a monarchy-led country—with few leaders exercising great control over the majority. Socialism changed this focus to a degree, investing in educating...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Myanmar: 1st female Cabinet minister named
A medical doctor has become the first woman appointed as a full Cabinet minister in Myanmar. President Thein Sein said on his website that Myat Myat Ohn Khin has been named minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement. She is among 11 new...
Monday, September 10, 2012
Malaysia: Women Will Be Fielded As Candidates, As Well, Says Palanivel
MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has given an assurance that the party would also select women as candidates in the coming general election (GE). He hoped Wanita MIC members would dismiss unfounded rumours that the party would not field female...