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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...
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...
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...
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...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Barriers to election remain high in quest for gender equality in Japan
Why hasn’t Japan been able to eliminate the perception that politics is a man’s world? Gender equality, women’s active participation in the workplace and female empowerment have taken root in society, but women’s participation in the all-important...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Breaking the mold: Understanding gender and electoral violence
Women around the world are playing increasingly visible roles in the political processes of their countries as voters, candidates, representatives, protesters, journalists and as civic educators in the home, the community and beyond. However, as...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Breaking the glass ceiling: How these women parliamentarians made it
With a record 78 MPs, this election proved that female candidates can win. Meet some first-timers without any political lineage to find out the odds they conquered on the way to Parliament. RAMYA HARIDAS| CONGRESS She sang her way into people’s...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Between glass ceilings and glass walls: A study of women's participation in public administration in the Arab States
Inclusive decision-making is necessary in terms of both legitimacy and good policy outcomes. Recognizing this, closing persistent gender gaps in public life has emerged as a critical policy issue as countries increase their efforts to foster...
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Being believed shouldn't be a barrier to women in politics
Individuals from all corners of Canada stood in awe watching (or listening) to Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony to the House of Commons justice committee on February 27. Many were shocked to hear about the alleged political interference from our...
Monday, March 04, 2019
Better balance in power and politics: connecting, sharing and learning in an international context
In October 2018, the British Council published Women, Power, Politics: what’s changed in 100 years? The webinar Better balance in power and politics: connecting, sharing and learning in an international context will build on the recommendations from...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Barriers to Women Entering Parliament and Local Government in the United Kingdom
In January 2018, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned this rapid evidence review, the two broad aims of which were to identify: a) barriers to women’s participation in local and national government; and b) evidence of policies and...
Friday, February 08, 2019
Brazilian politician under fire for showing too much cleavage in Parliament
A female lawmaker who attended a swearing-in ceremony in a business suit accentuating her breasts is causing a furor in Brazil — a deeply conflicted country that recently elected an ultra-conservative president but is also known for skimpy swimsuits...
Monday, January 21, 2019
Breaking the myths and stereotypes: Women in leadership
This exclusive breakfast aims to explore the connection between gender stereotypes in leadership and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Leveraging insight from the Reykjavik Index for Leadership, this session will discuss how the...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
BBC's TV programme for Africa #TheSheWord, special debate in Nigeria focusing on women in politics
From February 4, each morning the global breakfast show Newsday (04:00-0800 GMT) will offer an insight into how Nigerians and people from various other parts of Africa view this momentous election.  Focus on Africa Radio will be covering daily...
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Brazil votes on Sunday. And Brazilian women have a better chance at reshaping its politics than ever before
With just one week to go before Brazil’s Oct. 7 presidential elections, up to 10 percent of the country’s male voters remain undecided — and roughly 19 percent of female voters. Many voters and observers, both inside and outside Brazil, are worried...
Thursday, September 13, 2018
By the numbers: women congressional candidates in 2018
All congressional primary elections other than Louisiana (which holds a jungle primary on November 6th) are now complete, giving us the opportunity to take stock of women's candidacies and put their successes into context. Note that our findings on...
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Brazil women bring fight against sexism on to political agenda
When a leftwing female congresswoman was described as too ugly to be raped, Manuela D’Avila’s stomach turned. The speaker was Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian far rightwing congressman and presidential candidate. That feeling only worsened after the...

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