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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Albania: Women candidates missing from elections
Though promising to respect gender equality and political representation, political parties in Albania have neglected calls to include women candidates in the May 8th local elections. In all, only 17 out of the 768 candidates, or 3%, are...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: Women have emerged as key players in the Arab spring
Through protesting, organising, blogging and hunger-striking, women have taken a central role, but it remains to be seen whether their rights will improve For more information, please visit The Guardian.  
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Albania: Women candidates missing from Albanian elections
Though promising to respect gender equality and political representation, political parties in Albania have neglected calls to include women candidates in the May 8th local elections. In all, only 17 out of the 768 candidates, or 3%, are...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani MP to Attend Global Women Summit
Azerbaijani MP, Ganira Pashayeva, will attend the Global Summit of Women to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 5-7, the Parliament reported. The summit will be devoted to the theme "Women: Bridging solutions to the 21st century". Pashayeva...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Angola: Government values gender equality as sustainable development requirement
The Angolan Executive has always paid attention to the defence and promotion of gender equality as a matter of social justice and sustainable development imperative. This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the vice-president, Fernando da Piedade...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: Egypt, Tunisia Offer Stark Contrast for Women in Arab Spring
The future of women's rights in the Arab Spring countries has been an open worry in recent months. Observers have noted there are no women in the transitional government in Egypt. Fundamentalist elements in Yemen that had opposed raising the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armenia : Greater role for women in politics
U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch made a case for a greater involvement of women in Armenia’s political life, saying that is a necessary condition for democratization and the rule of law. Yovanovitch said political and economic reforms in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armenia: Armenian PM calls on parties to include more women in candidate lists
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan calls on all political forces to include more women in the list of candidates standing for parliamentary election. At Friday session the government adopted strategic program of gender policy for 2011-...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghan Official: Talks with Taliban Will Not be at Expense of Women
As Afghanistan looks to a future without U.S. troops, the Kabul government says reconciling with the Taliban is critical to making peace after nearly 10 years of war. Some human rights activists are concerned that reconciliation could lead to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armenia: U.S. Envoy Urges Greater Role For Armenian Women
U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch made a case for a greater involvement of women in Armenia's political life on Wednesday, saying that is a necessary condition for democratization and the rule of law. Yovanovitch said political and economic...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Albania: Women triumphs in Conservative Albanian Backwater
Adelina Farrici, a teacher from Burrelwas, was one of only two women to be elected mayors in local elections held on 8 May in Albania. She received 3,658 votes against 3,119 cast for the incumbent mayor Skender Lleshi.  Her feat was yet more...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Argentina: Power Still Overwhelmingly in Men's Hands
In Argentina the overwhelming majority of decision-making posts in the most diverse areas are occupied by men, with the exception of the presidency, held by Christina Fernandez. This conclusion was reached by a quantitative study, "Sexo y...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Clinton Legacy Tied to Women's Rights
The women of Afghanistan have had a window of freedom for ten years but now they are facing possible betrayal and abandonment during U.S. talks with the Taliban. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, must make every endeavor to safeguard...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab States: Why women in politics matter
The Arab Spring created hope for democracy in which women would at least have a voice. But we're still waiting. Following a five-month stalemate, Lebanons prime minister has finally announced his 30-member cabinet. News reports have...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab States: The Macho Politics
Stubbornness and domination have become characteristics to be admired in the male with varying degrees in the entire Arab world. Girls are encouraged to defer to their brothers, and taught to hide their intelligence and good sense in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: NGO Seeks To Increase Number Of Women In Government
An Afghan nongovernmental organization has compiled a list of 1,400 women qualified to hold posts in national or local government in an effort to promote greater inclusion of women in politics and social life, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Algeria: Female candidate quotas raised
The next generation of Algeria's elected bodies will include more women than before. A new law, which establishes a quota for female candidates, will come into force with the 2012 parliamentary vote. From now on, any list of candidates for...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Oxfam warns women face rising danger if excluded from Afghanistan peace talks
Oxfam warns that women’s “hard-won gains remain fragile.” Numerous gains have begun to see reversals says Oxfam’s recent October report, “A Place at the Table – Safeguarding women’s rights in Afghanistan.” “Women want peace but not at the...

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