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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bahrain: Special Quota Plea for Women
A special quota is needed to guarantee women's participation in municipal council and parliaments across the Arab world, a leading Bahraini lawyer said yesterday. Former United Nations (UN) General Assembly president Shaikha Haya bint Rashid...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bahrain: Middle East Gender Parity Group Launched at Forum
Fifty influential female and male leaders have formed a Middle East Gender Parity Group to tackle discrimination and close the gap between the sexes. Launched at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East in Sharm El Sheikh, the Forum’s Middle East...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Women in Politics
After the 2001 elections, there were 6 women directly elected to the 300-member Parliament. The number of seats reserved for women had been increased to 45 from 30 seats that had been reserved in the previous Parliament. Party affiliation...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Botswana: Political Women Under Threat
Chances are that more women will be dropped from decision-making positions after the on going party primaries and 2009 general elections. The women will revert to singers in party choirs, cooks during party conferences and fundraising agents. To...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazil: Parties Fielding Too Few Women in Local Elections
There are still too few women on the lists of candidates for Brazil’s municipal elections in October. Women candidates for the position of mayor in the Oct. 6 elections represent only 10.3 percent of the total, hardly larger than the 2004...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bahamas: Gender Inequity In Politics, Culture
While women in the region can vote, and are acknowledged for their role in community and low-level politics, at least two prominent women politicians in the region have insisted that the playing field is not level, and a woman’s ability to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Women Cruise to a Historic High
Highest 18 women have won 22 parliamentary seats in Monday's battle of ballots, meaning the new parliament will have the highest number of at least 63 female lawmakers, including 45 to be elected to reserve seats, in the history of Bangladesh...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Hasina Takes Oath as New Bangladesh Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina, the winner of Bangladesh's parliamentary election last month, was sworn in as the country's prime minister on Tuesday, ending two years of rule by an army-backed interim government. It will be her second time in the office. To read...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Bangladesh to Hold Elections to Parliament Seats Reserved for Females on March 29
Bangladesh to hold polls to 45 parliament seats reserved for women on March 29, Election Commissioner Sakhawat Hussain told reporters here on Monday. Members of the country's ninth parliament (MPs), who were elected by direct public votes in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: 45 Women MPs to Take Oath Sunday
Forty-five new women MPs, elected to reserved seats, will be sworn in on Mar 29. Speaker Abdul Hamid will administer oaths to 36 new Awami League MPs, five of BNP and one of Jatiya Party, said Shawkat. The candidates were elected unopposed on...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Bangladesh 45 Women MPs for Reserved Seats Sworn In
The newly elected 45 women members of parliament from the reserved seats were sworn in on Sunday at the oath room of national parliament building in Dhaka. Speaker M Abdul Hamid administered the oath to the lawmakers this morning. Of the 45 women...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Burkina Faso- The quota law imposing 30 percent of women on electoral lists was adopted!
On April 16, the quota law which imposes 30 percent of women on electoral lists in Burkina Faso was adopted by 87 votes out of 103 deputies present at the National Assembly meeting. To read the full article visit Africa for womens rights
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Botswana: A New Broom Sweeps BDP Women's Wing Clean
The newly crowned Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Women's Wing chairperson, Angelinah Sengalo, has promised to empower women politicians to identify the power they possess. To read the full article, please visit Mmegi Online's Website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Bangladesh's Women are In The House
At a public meeting in Noakhali district in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh, Agriculture Minister Motia Chowdhury had a strange encounter. Throughout the proceedings, a group of men stood with their backs toward her. The men, as it...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Women MPs Vow to Unite for Political Empowerment
Women lawmakers of the ninth parliament at an orientation programme today pledged to work together for empowering the womenfolk politically and towards removing disparity between men and women. It is time for women to stood under a single...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Bangladesh to Increase Women Seats in Parliament to 100
"The number of reserved seats for women in parliament will be increased to 100 and there will be direct election in these seats," Finance Minister Muhith told the House while presenting the budget for 2009-10 yesterday. The women MPs have so...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BRAZIL: Electoral Reform "Just a Sop" to Women
The Brazilian government is congratulating itself on the first-stage approval of a draft electoral law that increases women's participation in party politics. However, the women's movement says it introduces no changes to a power structure...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BURUNDI: UNIFEM Supporting Women's Participation in 2010 Elections
The Government of Burundi has sent a request to the Secretary-General asking for UN support for the 2010 presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. In this spirit, UNIFEM supported a workshop in Bujumbura aimed at formulating...

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