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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Bihar elections: Do women’s votes count?
Given the rigid social structure, it is likely that women have little political agency in this State. In a State where 53 per cent of women think that it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife, how much political agency does a woman have in Bihar...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Beyond the Pandemic: #Openingthedoors to Women’s Meaningful Participation
DPPA’s virtual WPS event “Beyond the Pandemic: Opening the Doors to Women’s Meaningful Participation”, with the following speakers engaging in an interactive dialogue: Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding...
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Breaking down gender barriers in Paraguay
Pushing gender parity and youth participation to the forefront of the political agenda Alejandra Sanabria and Maria Sol Arrúa, believe that politics should not change a woman when she gets involved with it. Instead, women should actively be changing...
Friday, October 02, 2020
Belgium appoints Europe's first transgender deputy PM
A transgender woman was sworn in as deputy prime minister in Belgium's new government on Thursday, becoming the most senior trans politician in Europe. Petra De Sutter, a gynecologist and Green party Member of the European Parliament, became one of...
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Building gender-equal democracies requires both political representation and economic justice
By Saskia Brechenmacher, In 1916, the American essayist Agnes Repplier wrote that “democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.” For advocates of...
Friday, September 18, 2020
Bolivian interim President Anez withdraws from election race
Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez has said she will not run in the country's election next month, in an attempt to unify votes against the MAS party of former leader Evo Morales. Anez, a former conservative senator, took office in the power...
Monday, August 17, 2020
Barriers to women’s political participation In South Asia: Money, muscle & misogyny
“What according to you is the biggest barrier to women’s political participation ?” To this question, 68 percent participants voted patriarchy as the biggest barrier for women’s political participation. But surprisingly, 32 percent voted that women...
Friday, August 14, 2020
Belarus: Authorities threatening women political activists ahead of election
President Alyaksandr Lukashenka seeking re-election next month for sixth consecutive term. Activists threatened that their children will be taken into state custody, and with sexual violence. ‘These deeply disturbing patterns are no doubt fuelled by...
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Black women mayors healing and leading their communities
In the weeks following George Floyd’s murder, communities around the U.S. have collectively mourned the killing of another African American at the hands of police officers. In the midst of widespread civil unrest, black women mayors have taken the...
Monday, June 15, 2020
Balance up leadership
Balance Up Leadership is a global effort to build the platform for women’s leadership through advocacy, using the evidence base and tools designed to promote gender parity in all sectors and at all levels. Balance Up leadership aims to work with...
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Black female mayors take the spotlight amid protests and pandemic
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation’s attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” Bottoms said...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Breaking cycles of violence: Gaps in prevention of and response to electoral-related sexual violence in Kenya
Introduction I was targeted because my husband is from a different community that was perceived to hold a differing political opinion from the one of the dominant community we live in.’ Survivor of sexual violence during the 2017 elections...
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Bolivia: Jeanine Añez claims presidency after ousting of Evo Morales
The Bolivian senator Jeanine Añez has declared herself the country’s interim president after the resignation of Evo Morales, even though lawmakers from his party boycotted the legislative session where she assumed office. Añez, 52, took temporary...
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly cut by crowd of protesters
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The mayor of a small town in Bolivia has been attacked by opposition protesters who dragged her through the streets barefoot, covered her in red paint and forcibly cut her hair. Patricia Arce of the governing Mas party was handed over to police in...
Monday, November 04, 2019
Beyond the peace process: Women and political transitions panel series
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is organizing panel series on Capitol Hill that will bring greater focus to the political participation aspects of the implementation of the 2017 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Act. The WPS Act and its...
Friday, November 01, 2019
Botswana battles declining number of women in politics
Female under-representation in politics continues to be a problem in Botswana, where only three women won seats in the 57-member National Assembly during last week’s general elections. Activists say the central African country has a bias against...
Monday, October 28, 2019
Belgium gets first female PM as Sophie Wilmès takes office
Belgium’s first female prime minister in its 189-year history has taken office, after Sophie Wilmès was named as the head of the country’s next caretaker government. Wilmès succeeds the liberal leader Charles Michel, who will become president of the...
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Blood and hope: Women in Afghanistan elections
September elections in Afghanistan were expected to produce the country’s democratic transfer of power and a moral sign of social progress, however, it saw a record low turnout. With a handful of women running for provincial seats, Afghanistan...

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