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Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Japanese lawmaker’s comments on sexual assault spark calls for more female representation in politics
A Japanese lawmaker has apologized for claiming that women can lie about sexual assault. The comments sparked an online petition and have led to calls for increased diversity in the country’s male-dominated politics. Sugita Mio, a member of the main...
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Japan is a 'democracy without women', says ruling party MP
A prominent member of Japan’s ruling party has described the country’s politics as “democracy without women”, days after the new prime minister appointed just two female MPs to his cabinet. Tomomi Inada, a former defence minister from the governing...
Friday, September 18, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at 87
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in...
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Julia Gillard pleased her misogyny speech has become ‘battle anthem’ for young women
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she is pleased her viral “misogyny” speech directed at Tony Abbott has become a “battle anthem” for young women fighting to make their way in the workplace. Speaking at the virtual launch of her...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Jacinda Ardern says vision not 'defined' by Covid-19
Labour's campaign slogan "Let's Keep Moving" is hardly the most inspirational but reflects the conservative game plan - trade on the Covid response and stay on track. With Parliament adjourned and politicians ready to hit the campaign trail, RNZ...
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Julia Gillard discusses failings of political strong men like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, coronavirus and her misogyny speech on Q+A
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has hit out at "strongman" leaders across the globe for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "unless you're following the science", you are doing the wrong thing. Some of the nations that are led by...
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Japan to focus on female empowerment, support for single mothers
The Japanese government adopted Wednesday a set of policies on women, focusing on promoting their empowerment in the business and political arenas and helping single mothers secure child support from divorced husbands. The policies stated that...
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Jacinda Ardern: 'Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong'
In this book extract, the New Zealand PM says too much focus on power and strength means leaders can lose sight of the need for kindness. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Jacinda Ardern and I’m the prime minister of New Zealand. And I’m...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Justice for women amidst COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global emergency of multiple dimensions. Most national governments have adopted extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 global crisis, 2020 was expected to...
Friday, May 22, 2020
Jacinda Ardern's global renown is great, but she must do more for women
The gendered dimensions of political leadership during the Covid-19 crisis has achieved global proportions, with headlines claiming that women are doing things differently, and with better results. Much of this is assertion, given Vietnam and...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Julia Gillard on breaking barriers for women in politics and why she's an optimist
Julia Gillard, you became the first female prime minister in Australian history in 2010. What have been the challenges and opportunities for you as a woman working in politics? Have the obstacles women face in positions of power changed over the...
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Justice for Women
Justice for women and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitment to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group on Justice for Women worked to better understand...
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Japan’s upper house is no place for a woman
It should be no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared gender equality to be one of his main priorities. Japan ranks 125 out of 149 countries in measures of female political empowerment and 117 in measures of economic...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not. Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for office to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper...
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Jacinda Ardern voted Australia's most trusted politician
Two weeks out from the general election, Australia says its most trusted politician is Jacinda Ardern. In a poll by Millward Brown, 1400 Australians were asked to score 12 politicians across six areas: relevance, integrity, shared values, commitment...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Jane Castor elected Tampa's first openly LGBTQ mayor
"How exciting is this?" Castor said Tuesday night to a cheering crowd as she raised her hands in the air. "The next mayor of Tampa!" With endorsements from organizations that advocate for LGBTQ rights, like the Human Rights Campaign and Equality...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Japanese city gets its first ever female politician
Misuzu Ikeda becomes first assemblywoman in Tarumizu as record numbers of women elected nationwide. Misuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the...
Monday, April 22, 2019
Japanese women see record election win, but parity remains slow
Women won just 10.4 percent of the seats up for grabs in Japan’s regional assembly races yet still recorded a record high, Kyodo News said, highlighting the slow pace of improvement for gender equality in the country’s government. Results from the...

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