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‘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...
Victoria Parliament
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...
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
‘It’s more than a seat at the table’
By Jennifer Medina, Senator Kamala Harris used to call it the “donkey in the room” — the (occasionally whispered) notion that she could not be the Democratic presidential nominee because it was inconceivable that she, a black woman, could win over a...
Friday, March 27, 2020
‘Opening a door that was closed too long’: the hunt for a female vice-president
Hours after the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential campaign and all but assured the next American president would be a white man in his 70s, a group of influential Democratic women gathered for dinner at a Spanish...
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
‘I don’t just want more women to run, I want them to win’
By Susan Inman, Running for office is a journey, and historically it’s a more difficult journey for women. While democracy was born thousands of years ago, in a very real sense, women are still pioneers on this frontier. Women only got the right to...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
‘If you’re a female MP, people intimidate you in the hope you will shut up and go away’
With the general election - arguably our most toxic one ever - only hours away, Marisa Bate investigates the grim reality of female MPs facing daily death and rape threats, installing panic buttons at home and asks three candidates running for re-...
Friday, July 19, 2019
‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President
“This is an obvious point to make, but it is, sadly, one that we cannot repeat enough”, she said, opening the day-long discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to identify best practices aimed to knock down barriers hindering women’s full...
Friday, November 23, 2018
‘It’s changed me forever’: Here’s how women fueled a political shift in Mecklenburg
Tuesday’s recount that ratified the election of Democrat Rachel Hunt to the North Carolina House underscored the success not only of female candidates but of the women who helped elect them. Hunt, who defeated Republican Rep. Bill Brawley by 68...
Friday, November 23, 2018
‘We have to raise the level of women's participation in political life’ – caretaker FM says at World Democracy Forum
YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 23, ARMENPRESS. Armenia’s caretaker foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan has delivered remarks at the Plenary Session of World Democracy Forum “Women, security and democratization in the context of multilateralism”. Below is the...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
‘And I’m a mom.’ Candidates and voters warm to kids on the trail
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate for Congress, had finished a radio interview and was heading toward the stage at the local library where a crowd waited for her to begin an event with the mayor and a native-son-turned-...

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