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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bahrain: Women set to make their mark in poll
WOMEN candidates dismissed fears last night that Bahrain's democracy is sidelining them during next month's elections due to their decreased number. They said this year's electoral race and past results will create a large segment of Bahraini women...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazil: Dilma Rousseff slated to become Brazil's first woman president
All eyes are on Brazil's presidential elections which were held today. As it stands, Dilma Rousseff, a 62-year-old economist, will become the nation's first woman president. Rousseff was supported by outgoing President Lula who has served his...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazil: Brazil's greens turn right in presidential vote
Powered by progressive, neoconservative capital and soft power techniques Green Party candidate Marina Silva sent shock waves through Brazil's male dominated political culture by winning 19 million votes in Sunday's presidential election. She...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazl: Elects First Woman President
Brazil has elected its first woman president: Dilma Rousseff took the top slot after yesterday’s runoff election. The former energy secretary and chief of staff to president Luiz Inácio da Silva declared in her victory speech that her “mission is...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazil: Gender Gap Persists in Brazil Despite Election of Female President
Despite having elected a woman as president, Brazil still offers fewer opportunities to its female population, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said Thursday.Brazil ranked 80th among the 138 countries in the UNDP's gender equality list...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bostwana: Women in Politics - A House Divided... But Determined
"The Botswana Caucus for Women in Politics has failed to realise the objectives it was intended for, but we will not give up on it just yet," says Margaret Nasha. The BCWP is a platform established to enable women from all political parties...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Women seats in Sangsad to go up
Constitution amendment body faces difficulties in introducing direct election system. The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendments agreed in principle to propose increasing reserved seats for women in the House but it is...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Thwart smear campaign agaisnt women policy
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to help the government implement National Women Development Policy for the welfare of women.  She said that a certain quarter “trading on religion” has been trying to mislead people by...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women's rights still an uphill battle in Republika Srpska
Although guarantees exist on paper, non-compliance with the standards and principles of gender equality remain an obstacle for women in Republika Srpska, advocates say.  In RS (Republika Srpska), experts say, the most common forms of...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bahrain: Women Struggle to Unite Fractured Bahrain
Women in Bahrain have launched new initiatives to tackle sectarian tensions that emerged as the fallout of widespread unrest sweeping the country since Feb 14. The tiny island with oil incomes representing around 70 percent of government...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: Women Defy Islamic Clergy
Bangladeshi women are pushing government to implement the recently approved National Women Development Policy (NWDP) 2011, which has met with strong resistance from Islamic clergy. Leaders and activists of the Jatiya Mahila Sangstha (National...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazil: Women gain power in Planalto palace
Brazil's first woman president now has ten women in her cabinet, two short of her 30 per cent target. By appointing women to two key ministries this month, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has nearly met her goal of having a cabinet...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Balkans : women are seeking a better role in democratization efforts.
In Europe’s Balkan region, where citizens are trying to overcome ethnic conflict, political polarization and struggling economies in hopes of joining the European Union, women are seizing a larger role in democratization efforts. Increasingly...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bangladesh: bride disowns her 'dowry demanding' husband
A top human rights group in Bangladesh has praised a bride who disowned her husband within minutes of their wedding because he demanded a dowry. Ms Yasmin's decision to divorce her husband within minutes of their wedding in the conservative...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Botswana: Where Are Local Women Politicians
Botswana has been lauded as a true 'shining example of democracy in Africa', but when it comes to empowering women in politics the country is like most other African states. In fact it's even worse - with little improvement since independence...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bulgaria: Do women rule the country?
Women are increasingly powerful in Bulgaria. Today, one-third of company owners and top managers in Bulgaria are women. According to the (male) minister of economy, women under 30 years old make up about half of those positions. In the last...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bahrain: Women Take Pride in Vital Protest Role
Women in Bahrain are known to play more of a role in public life than in most neighboring countries. They drive, vote, and some are active in politics. So it was no surprise to find on arriving here that Bahraini women were also prominent in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Brazil: Popular President Helps Women in Politics
Manuela D'Avila hopes she and women like her will change the face of government in Brazil, a country where the female presence in politics has lagged behind neighbors despite the election of Dilma Rousseff as the nation's first female...

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