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Tokyo’s skyline. Female participation in Japanese politics is among the lowest in the world. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP/Getty Images
Friday, April 07, 2023
‘I decided I could do better than them’: the women taking on Japan’s male-dominated politics
Female candidates in the local elections across the country this weekend face one of the world’s toughest glass ceilings Ai Ishimori was teaching Japanese cookery classes in France when she was gripped by an urge to return to her home country. “...
Female politicians from around the world face torrents of online abuse. Top row, left to right: Manuela d’Ávila, Diane Abbott, Esther Passaris; bottom row: Sanna Marin, Julia Gillard, Nicola Sturgeon and Priyanka Chaturvedi. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell, A
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
‘Gender trolling’ is curbing women’s rights – and making money for digital platforms
Online hate has become a tool of the right and a lucrative business. It’s driving women out of public life, putting democracy and human rights at risk Listening to the resignation speech of Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon this week, it was...
Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Social media provides a vehicle for the most awful abuse of women, misogyny, sexism and threats of violence for women who put their heads above the parapet.’ Photograph: Reuters
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
‘It could be your next-door neighbour’: how female MPs cope with misogynistic abuse
As Nicola Sturgeon quits, online vitriol continues to leave female politicians fearing for their safety he brutality of political life had taken its toll on her, said Nicola Sturgeon as she announced her resignation on Wednesday. That same day, a 42...
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Monday, January 23, 2023
‘Any woman in her right mind would not go into politics. You are completely dehumanised
Five public representatives describe a world of threats, insults and fear, driving one to conclude: ‘I’ve gone past the stage of recommending politics to people’ A bullet shell left at the back door. A long lens over the garden wall. A letter that...
A woman queues to vote on the Rai coast in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Female candidate Kessy Sawang says: ‘Women shy away from running for elections because of this mindset that it is for men only.’ Photograph: Godfreeman Kaptigau/The Guardian
Tuesday, August 02, 2022
‘Enough is enough’: the fight to elect women to Papua New Guinea’s men-only parliament
In nearly 50 years, PNG has elected just seven female MPs. Money, culture and corruption are all working against the women trying to address the problem. When she first tried for a seat in the Papua New Guinea parliament in 2017, Rufina Peter was a...
Monday, February 28, 2022
‘The bench is loaded’: A record number of Latinas are running for US governor
At least a thousand men have been governor of a U.S. state; just 45 women have, and only two of them Latinas. This year, their presence on primary ballots is making a difference. When Annette Taddeo ran for an open Florida Senate seat in 2017, the...
‘It can be done’: how a strong female crossbench could challenge Australian politics - The Guardian
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
‘It can be done’: How a strong female crossbench could challenge Australian politics
By Jo Dyer As disillusionment with the Morrison government grows, a new generation of independents is emerging to run against the system itself. The event’s lineup was formidable and the audience at the 2021 Sydney writers’ festival was expectant:...
‘We are struggling’: two former officials at Afghan women’s affairs ministry. Credits: The Guardian
Monday, January 17, 2022
‘We are struggling’: two former officials at Afghan women’s affairs ministry
Gul Bano* and Karima* are activists who ran provincial branches of the ministry of women’s affairs in two different parts of Afghanistan. Their former offices have been taken over by the Taliban’s feared enforcers, the ministry for the promotion of...
‘It is what girls need’: the FGM activist hoping to be the Gambia’s president (copyright: The Guardian)
Thursday, November 11, 2021
‘It is what girls need’: the FGM activist hoping to be the Gambia’s president
Jaha Dukureh was a young mother of three with little campaigning experience when she started a movement in the Gambia to end female genital mutilation, backed by the Guardian. In the seven years that followed she advised Barack Obama in the US,...
Photograph: David Mareuil/AP. Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida (front centre), poses with his cabinet in Tokyo. The LDP is fielding just 33 female candidates in elections this month.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
‘It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Harassment is common for women who run for office and female MPs comprise just 9.9% of lower house. Mari Yasuda has come to dread checking her social media accounts. While a TV programme has tipped the candidate as “one to watch” in Japan’s general...
On China, Covid-19 and being the first woman in the job: Samoa’s first female PM– video
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
‘Women have not been able to hold these positions’: Samoa’s first female PM gets down to the job
After months of political turmoil, following the country’s most contentious election, Fiama Naomi Mata’afa is ready to get to work. The prime minister’s office in Apia, the capital of Samoa, which overlooks the harbour, has just been vacated by the...
 A woman holds a Chilean flag in Valparaiso last year. In a referendum in October, Chileans voted by a 79% landslide majority in favor of a popularly elected citizen assembly with gender parity. Photograph: Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters
Friday, May 14, 2021
‘A game-changing moment’: Chile constitution could set new gender equality standard
Chileans to elect 155-strong assembly made up of equivalent men and women to set out new framework and enshrine equal rights Women’s rights activists in Chile say that the country’s new constitution will catalyze progress for women in the country –...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “I felt hurt and left alone: as a woman and as a European.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
‘It happened because I am a woman’: von der Leyen speaks of Turkey snub
European Commission president blames sexism for second-rank treatment in Ankara The first female president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has blamed sexism for an incident in which she was left without a chair on a diplomatic...
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
‘We can’t leave parliaments to men’: Leading in Spring Street
Ask every female politician in the Victorian Parliament and they will most likely have that one story. There’s the young mother who was reprimanded for wearing black skinny jeans in the Legislative Assembly (“it was one less thing I needed to iron...
Thursday, September 17, 2020
‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight
 The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
‘Reluctant politician; Forever social worker’—Congress’ MP from chattisgarh Jyotsna Mahant
Congress’ lone female MP in Chhattisgarh, Jyotsna Mahant’s entry in politics is a result of nepotism. It’s the same as how several women who belong to political parties enter politics, but what is unique about her is that she has already been...
Friday, July 24, 2020
‘I Am Someone’s Daughter, Too’: Ocasio-Cortez, House Democrats Call Out ‘Culture’ Of Sexism In Congress
Over a dozen House Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), took to the House floor on Thursday to call out a “culture” of sexism in Congress following an incident in which Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was overheard calling Ocasio-Cortez...
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
‘How much for an hour?’: Hong Kong female politicians speak out against sexual harassment culture
She decided the comments would stay online, and she will not be deterred. Had she decided to delete the whole conversation, it would not have been the first time. Leung has previously felt forced to remove political videos and pictures from her...