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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Indian elections 2019: women candidates to watch out for
The outcome of the world’s largest election is almost upon us – the counting of votes by 900m eligible voters begins on May 23. With more than 500 directly elected seats being contested in India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, all eyes...
Friday, May 17, 2019
In India’s elections, female candidates still need men’s blessings
Swati Yadav had lost count of the number of village campaign stops she had made since her morning began — was it 27, or 28? She was doggedly stumping for a parliamentary seat through 100-degree temperatures in the northern Indian state of Haryana...
Friday, May 17, 2019
In abortion fight, 2020 female candidates lead call to arms
For Senator Elizabeth Warren, the moment brought up memories of “back alley butchers” and “desperate women.” Senator Kamala Harris compared it to “a scene from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’” And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand warned about a “war on women,”...
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Inguna Sudraba
Inguna Sudraba is a Member of Parliament of Latvia and former Auditor General in the State Auditing Office of Latvia. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, May 03, 2019
Indonesia: To achieve real representation, women need more power in political parties
The race between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto might have captured most of the media attention, but tomorrow nearly 8,000 candidates will also be competing for 575 seats in the national legislature (DPR). About 40 per cent of these candidates are...
Friday, May 03, 2019
India elections: Will women voters be a game changer?
Although women have held powerful government positions in India, their political participation in the country has largely been curtailed by a male-dominated system. Will the ongoing general election bring about a change? Around 625 million women...
Friday, May 03, 2019
In the aftermath of genocide, Rwanda’s women have transformed the country
By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Swanee Hunt, Twenty-five years ago, a savage genocide ripped apart Rwanda, a tiny nation in the heart of Africa. This month’s observance of the genocide that killed almost a million focused, as it should have, on those...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Is a new era dawning for women in politics?
By Robert D. Eldridge, Japan is known for its low rates of female participation in politics and ranks poorly internationally. However, there are some positive trends afoot, with the recent unified nationwide series of local elections seeing the...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Indonesia's had gender quotas in parliament for years - why aren't they working?
From her home in Jakarta, Permaswari Wardani proudly holds up an intricate hand-drawn comic. It’s her humorous take on what she sees as the wrongs in Indonesian politics today. The 38-year-old architect hopes the run of 5,000 copies – leading to...
Friday, April 12, 2019
India: Ironic lack of women candidates in northeastern states
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee, My vote matters’. This is how the Election Commission is exhorting the electorate “in our ageless democracy,” in a poster depicting two tribal women from Sikkim. “The lines on my face do not matter, the ink on my finger...
Friday, April 12, 2019
India: History’s biggest election has no place for women
History’s biggest elections are yet another proof that we live in a “man’s world.” Less than 8% of the total 1,271 candidates contesting the first phase of India’s general election are women. Polls to elect India’s new Lok Sabha (parliament’s lower...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal
Lalthlamauni or Jarjum Ete win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in the two states – which both have more women voters than men – to contest a Lok Sabha election. This April 11, when polling begins in Mizoram and...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
International Idea's GSoD In Focus: Political gender equality and the global state of democracy indices
This GSoD In Focus showcases global and regional data around trends in and the progression of gender equality, based on data from the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Indices. The GSoD Indices are International IDEA’s measurement of democracy for...
Monday, March 18, 2019
In 2020 field full of women, some men signal they will pick a female vice President
With a record number of female candidates running for president, some male Democratic contenders are signaling that a woman will be on their 2020 ticket — just not at the top. Two male candidates, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Beto O’Rourke...
Friday, March 08, 2019
International IDEA: #BalanceForBetter
International Women’s Day presents an opportunity to take stock and reinforce the sought-after goals for women’s empowerment in all spheres of life. The global pursuit to #BalanceforBetter can only be attained when there is zero tolerance for any...
Friday, February 15, 2019
India: National Women’s Party: ‘will contest 283 seats’
“Our candidates are mostly women who work in the NGO sector and have grassroots experience. There are many retired IAS officers who are joining our party. The candidates will depend on their own resources for campaigning,” Shetty said. Shweta Shetty...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
It’s election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?
Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament. Pauline Tallen began...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
India: Empowering effects of women in politics
By Rachel Brulé, Reservation for women in politics has positively impacted their inheritance rights as well as marriage negotiations. Quotas for women in government have swept the world as a revolutionary tool to further female political inclusion....