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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Modernizing our Parliament shouldn’t end with COVID-19
By Eleanor Fast, In unprecedented times come unprecedented measures. Amid COVID-19, Canadians have learned this first hand. Just six weeks ago, social distancing was a concept most had never heard of. Working from home, while on the rise in many...
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Make this the century of women’s equality: UN chief
Speaking to faculty and students at The New School, a university in New York City, the UN chief declared himself a proud feminist and called for men everywhere to support women’s rights. “Just as slavery and colonialism were a stain on previous...
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Media's gendered stereotyping was worse for Gillard than Thatcher 30 years earlier, research shows
You might think that with more women entering politics the media would have become less likely to report on the appearance, fashion choices and relationship status of female prime ministers. But research from the Australian National University shows...
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Meet the 6 new ministers who got everyone in Lebanon talking
Amidst all the gloomy news and dispiriting just-ins invading our feeds every day, it's quite nice to come across some uplifting stories, every now and then, that remind us that there are still things, however small, to rejoice over in Lebanon. One...
Monday, January 13, 2020
Marlène Schiappa: “For generations, we have been nominating men just because they are men”
Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination in France, attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region. She...
Monday, January 06, 2020
Michelle Williams urges women to vote in their 'own self interest' in 2020
Michelle Williams used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to encourage women to hit the polls this November. (…) Williams said she tried "my very best to live a life of my own making," and she would "not have been able to do this without employing...
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Most Indian women still have no freedom to get involved in politics
Female voters may be coming out in never-seen-before numbers in India, but politics is still not a burning passion for most. Two in every three women reported having no freedom at all with respect to political participation, a recent study by...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Muslim women and refugees won historic victories across the US in Tuesday's elections
The 2018 midterm elections saw voters elect a record number of women to the House of Representatives, with a number of individual candidates achieving historic firsts with their victories. That trend continued in many ways on Tuesday, as women and...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Maharashtra polls: No of women candidates decline
Several women leaders in Maharashtra are contesting the Vidhan Sabha polls but in terms of numbers the representation has reduced. This time 235 women are contesting of which only 39 are from the four mainstream political parties - the BJP,  Shiv...
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Maternal mortality and women's political participation
Raising women’s political participation leads to faster maternal mortality decline. We estimate that the introduction of quotas for women in parliament results in a 9–12 per cent decline in maternal mortality. In terms of mechanisms, it also leads...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Money talks: A look at female donors’ favorite presidential candidates
If you want to talk about putting your money where your mouth is, then look no further than the historic 2018 midterm election. Women donated a record amount to political candidates in the most expensive midterm race in history. And there are signs...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Ma. Theresa V. Collantes
Ma. Theresa V. Collantes a is a Member of Parliament of the Philippines. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Friday, September 06, 2019
Men are more confident to enter politics and more likely to have been encouraged to run, poll shows
Men have greater confidence in their ability to serve as politicians and are more likely to have been personally encouraged to enter politics, a new poll shows, underscoring factors why women are under-represented at all levels of elected office in...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
More than 180 women set to contest Federal National Council elections
Close to 200 women are set to contest this year's Federal National Council elections — more than double the number who took part when the country last went to the polls. A total of 182 female candidates have been included on a 499-strong preliminary...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Making national legislatures more gender-balanced
By Archana Datta, The Global Gender Gap report for 2018 said that the widest gender disparity is in the field of political empowerment. To cite the Inter-Parliamentary Union 2018 report, women legislators account for barely 24% of all MPs across the...
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Meet the European Parliament's youngest ever MEP
The new-look European Parliament includes the youngest person ever to sit as an MEP. Kira Peter-Hansen, from Denmark, is just 21 and was still studying at university when she was elected. She told BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night "even the interns...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Mette Frederiksen becomes Denmark's youngest-ever prime minister
Mette Frederiksen, the leader of Denmark's center-left Socialist Democratic party, has announced that she will form a left-leaning, one-party minority government, making her the nation's youngest-ever prime minister. "It is with great pleasure I can...
Friday, June 21, 2019
Malawi Parliament picks first woman Speaker: Catherine Gotani Hara
Hon Catherine Gotani Hara, a lawmaker with the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, MCP, has been elected speaker of the country’s parliament becoming the first woman speaker. Multiple local media portals have reported that she won a closely...