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Monday, March 21, 2022
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in Politics
Background “COVID-19 is a crisis with a woman’s face… The damage is incalculable and will resound down the decades, into future generations. Now is the time to change course. Women’s equal participation is the game-changer we need.”  Antonio...
The impact of COVID-19 on women’s political participation
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
The impact of COVID-19 on women’s political participation
The regional electoral assistance project hold the 9th webinar about the impact of Covid-19 on women’s political participation. The webinar focused on the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable and marginalized communities, particularly the effects it has...
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Monday, February 07, 2022
The invisible danger of the 'glass cliff’
In times of crisis, people are more likely to appoint women and people of colour to be leaders. But this puts crisis leaders in a very precarious position. When Carol Bartz was appointed CEO at Yahoo in January 2009, the internet company was...
Najla Bouden Ramadhane has been named Tunisia's first female prime minister. President Kais Saied appointed her to lead a transitional government after her predecessor was sacked and parliament suspended. Slim Abid/AP
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Tunisia's new Prime Minister is the first woman to lead a government in the Arab world
Najla Bouden Ramadhane, a university engineer with World Bank experience, has been lifted from political obscurity to become Tunisia's — and the Arab world's — first female prime minister. Ramadhane was named to the post Wednesday after Kais Saied,...
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Thursday, September 02, 2021
These female Afghan politicians are risking everything for their homeland
The Taliban have taken over Afghanistan, but there are still forces of opposition attempting to maintain human rights in the country. Many Afghan political leaders, including former president Ashraf Ghani, fled the country, but several female...
Protesters against the military coup in Myanmar are surrounded by women’s clothes which have been hung in the streets to keep soldiers and police away [Stringer/Anadolu]
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The women of Myanmar: ‘Our place is in the revolution’
Some 60 percent of protesters against the military coup are women who fear their hard-won rights hang in the balance. Every day at sunrise, Daisy* and her sisters set out to spend several hours in the heat cleaning debris from the previous day’s...
Anti-coup protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon, Myanmar on Feb. 19, 2021. (AP Photo)
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
The exclusion of women in Myanmar politics helped fuel the military coup
On Feb. 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military seized power. While a dramatic event, the coup was a continuation of old power structures. Myanmar’s decade-long period of political transition, peace-building and democratic elections fell short of freeing the...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Time to update the leadership script
By Helen Clark After a year of pandemic-induced turmoil in which women political leaders outperformed their male counterparts, the case for greater gender parity in leadership roles should be obvious. Nonetheless, a new international survey shows...
United States Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Friday, December 11, 2020
The world needs more women leaders — during COVID-19 and beyond
With the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic top of mind for most of our leaders, economic recovery plans are being studied and analyzed by researchers. As with any plan, success hinges on certain conditions being put in place. The one we consider...
Monday, October 26, 2020
These fearless leaders are carving out a niche for themselves in the world of politics
This year has witnessed more women helming important political positions across the globe. As trailblazers these leaders are doing well in balancing a firm yet empathetic mindset towards people and have become harbingers of growth and development....
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on women’s political participation
The regional electoral assistance project will hold the 9th webinar about the impact of Covid-19 on women’s political participation. The webinar will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable and marginalized communities, particularly the...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The key to an inclusive recovery? Putting women in decision-making roles
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka pounds the table for women and girls. As she speaks, it’s like a drumbeat — how girls need to complete their education, how they need access to technology, how child marriage and pregnancy will set a girl on a path of economic...
Monday, July 06, 2020
Tokyo’s first female governor sails to re-election even as virus cases rise
In rewarding Tokyo’s first female governor, Yuriko Koike, with a second term on Sunday, voters endorsed her highly visible leadership as the sprawling metropolis has avoided the kind of spiraling death toll from the coronavirus seen in other world...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
This pandemic threatens to undo what generations of feminists have fought for
By Moira Donegan, During this pandemic, a contracting economy, public health fears, and steadily reduced public services have shifted massive amounts of work and caregiving responsibilities to the home – and it is women who are picking up the slack...
Thursday, May 07, 2020
The pandemic recasts gender inequality
By Cathy Young, Amid a life-and-death health emergency and an economic crisis, the culture-war issues that dominated America’s national conversation a short time ago have receded — but not completely. Some argue, for instance, that gender inequality...
Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Coronavirus crisis is proving we need more women governors and mayors
A year that was supposed to be all about the presidency has suddenly become all about the governors. With the federal response to coronavirus lagging, national attention has turned to a group of lesser-known executive leaders now leading the fight...
Monday, April 27, 2020
The coronavirus could either help or hinder women’s candidacies
By Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Women’s leadership has drawn a lot of praise during the COVID-19 crisis, including for politicians like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and chief medical officers Theresa Tam and Bonnie Henry. There has also...
Monday, April 27, 2020
The coronavirus could either help or hinder women’s candidacies
By Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Women’s leadership has drawn a lot of praise during the COVID-19 crisis, including for politicians like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and chief medical officers Theresa Tam and Bonnie Henry. There has also...

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