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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Following election, Jordan sees drop in female lawmakers
Only 15 women make it into parliament thanks to quota system for minorities. The results of this week’s Jordanian parliamentary vote announced on Wednesday were disappointing for advocates of gender equality, as only 15 women were elected to the 130...
Monday, September 28, 2020
Failing to add women could cause Kenya to shutter Parliament
Kenya faces a historic decision to close parliament for failing to enact rules on fair gender representation in public bodies. Chief Justice David Maraga advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the legislature after receiving six petitions on...
Thursday, September 24, 2020
From recovery to transformation: Launch of the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker
The Global COVID-19 Gender Response Tracker compiles and analyzes more than 2500 policies from 206 countries and territories to assess what governments are doing to: address violence against women, ensure women's economic security and support unpaid...
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Female voices 'drowned out' in reporting on Covid-19, report finds
Women’s voices have been “worryingly marginalised” in reporting of the coronavirus, partly due to the war-like framing of the pandemic, according to a report analysing stories across six countries. Each woman’s voice in news coverage of the crisis...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
For women in politics, Pakistan still lags behind
Given the role female leaders like Fatima Jinnah played in its independence and being the first Muslim country to be led by a woman in Benazir Bhutto, one may think Pakistan has been doing quite well when it comes to women’s participation in...
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Female leaders say sexism, threats come with the job
Local female leaders in Norman and Oklahoma City have been subject to threats, harassment and sexism in recent months. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with urgent calls for racial justice have stirred a new group of vocal critics, with their anger...
Thursday, September 03, 2020
First African-Pakistani lawmaker fights discrimination to rise up in politics: Interview with Tanzeela Qambrani
Tanzeela Qambrani (41) created history in Pakistan when she became the first Sheedi Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) of Sindh Assembly in 2018. Her election to the Sindh Assembly was significant for many reasons. As the first Sheedi lawmaker, she...
Monday, August 10, 2020
Four Israeli women who’ve broken new political ground
One was 3 years old when she trekked out of her remote African village with her parents, ultimately bound for Israel, and another had to break loose of the strictures of her insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish world. A third had to win over the spiritual...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Female leaders have been better at tackling Covid-19, says ECB chief
Female leaders are doing a better job of handling the coronavirus crisis than men, the European Central Bank’s Christine Lagarde has said, praising them for honest communication and for showing they care. The differences in policies and...
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
From New Zealand to Iceland, the femocracies that aced their coronavirus response
By Katie Strick, As the people of New Zealand prepared to go into lockdown in March, their prime minister Jacinda Ardern went live on Facebook from her sofa. “I thought I’d jump online and just check in with everyone, really, as we all prepare to...
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Faces of 4 brilliant, youthful Kenyan women doing greatness behind progressive politics arena
The scenario in Kenyan politics, however, contravenes this adage that is worth making reference to if the role of women in the society is anything to go by- besides being many important things, they are nurturers. It does not need a keen eye to see...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Female leaders shaping the world of the future: Building a new normal
As the world battles the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic offers an unprecedented opportunity: the opportunity to write a new “normal”. A normal that forms our societies’ perceptions of women as well as women’s access to...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
First lady announces youth art project on women's suffrage
Melania Trump wants to use art to help children learn about women's suffrage. The first lady on Monday announced a youth art project to coincide with the ratification nearly 100 years ago of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right...
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Forum of women members of Parliaments in Kyrgyzstan takes on domestic violence
Within the first two weeks of 2020, three women were beaten to death by their husbands or partners in Kyrgyzstan. Sadly, these were not isolated incidents. Despite having a domestic violence law in place since 2017, domestic violence is not rare in...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Finland’s Maria Ohisalo: Navigation through Covid-19 requires leadership based on win-win approach
By Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, The world is facing a shared threat through Covid-19 but our experiences are hugely different, partly due to how our governments think and react. No matter how strongly we value our personal freedoms or how disconnected...
Friday, May 01, 2020
Female world leaders hailed as voices of reason amid the coronavirus chaos
By Jennifer Hassan and Siobhán O'Grady, Silveria Jacobs is not messing around. When coronavirus cases started increasing in the Caribbean nation of Sint Maarten, the 51-year-old prime minister delivered blunt instructions. “Simply. Stop. Moving,”...
Monday, April 20, 2020
Female parliamentarians still face a motherhood penalty, but the evidence globally suggests it can be ended
Why do we still rarely see mothers, especially those with young children, represented in parliament? The rarity of scenes like the one above of women successfully balancing motherhood with a career in politics underscores an observable fact that...
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Four key global trends on gender, security and safety
March felt more like global disaster month than Women’s History Month, with COVID-19 consistently dominating the headlines. Yet in the midst of the critical pandemic response, we can’t lose sight of how gender is shaping key global trends—and how...

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