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Nigeria cannot afford the high cost of creating additional seats in its National Assembly. Sunday/Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Friday, June 11, 2021
Nigeria’s National Assembly: why adding seats for women isn’t enough
Nigeria has very few women participating in politics. Only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. And only four out of 36 deputy governors are women. The country has never had a woman state governor....
 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the Nigerian Senate in 2015. There are very few women representatives. Sunday Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Monday, May 10, 2021
Nigeria has few women in politics: here’s why, and what to do about it
There are few women in political and leadership spaces in Nigeria. Currently only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. Ogechi Ekeanyanwu, from The Conversation Africa, asked Damilola Agbalojobi,...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named the new head of the World Trade Organization. An economist, she previously served as Nigeria's finance minister and as managing director of the World Bank. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes history as WTO's first African and female leader
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former two-time Nigerian finance minister, was appointed Monday to the be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization. She is the first African and the first woman to lead the body, which governs trade rules...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is poised to become the World Trade Organization’s first Black and first female leader.Credit...Martial Trezzini/EPA, via Shutterstock
Friday, February 12, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to become W.T.O.’s first female leader
Her path was cleared after Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade minister, announced she was withdrawing from consideration to head the World Trade Organization. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former finance minister of Nigeria, appears set...
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Norway supports UN Women to advance Libyan women’s participation in peacebuilding and political processes
With generous support from the Government of Norway, UN Women will intensify its efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Libya at this critical juncture. The Government of Norway has contributed USD 570,000 to UN Women Libya to...
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
Friday, January 08, 2021
New Yemeni government excludes women for first time in 20 years
Feminists in war-devastated Yemen have condemned the exclusion of women from a new government formed under a power-sharing deal between the internationally-recognized government and separatists. The 24-strong government announced late Friday...
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
No 10's Covid press briefings led exclusively by men for past six months
Downing Street has not used a female minister to lead its coronavirus press conference for more than six months, a tally by the Guardian has found, prompting accusations that Boris Johnson does not value the women in his team. It has also emerged...
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Now’s our chance: After a tumultuous 2020, women leaders share 8 ways to rebuild a better world
It has been an unrelenting and rough year. We have faced a global pandemic that has sickened millions and caused over 300,000 American deaths, a national reckoning over systemic racism and racialized police violence, destructive wildfires and...
رئيسة وزراء نيوزيلندا تحلف اليمين باللغتين الإنكليزية والماورية في السادس من تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر 2020 في ويلينغتون © أ ف ب
Friday, November 06, 2020
New Zealand's Ardern sworn in for second term
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sworn in for a second term Friday, as final election results showed her landslide victory was even bigger than previously thought. The charismatic leader and her ministers made their oaths of office in...
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
New Mexico elects its first all women of color House delegation
New Mexico made history by electing its first U.S. House delegation made up of all women of color, the result of three races with women running in both major parties. Democrat Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women in Congress, was...
Monday, October 26, 2020
Next Serb government among most gender-balanced in the world
Serbia’s proposed new-look government is among the world’s most gender balanced, with women named to half of ministerial posts. The lineup, announced Sunday, propels the Balkan country to the brink of the global top 10 for gender equality -- an...
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Never say die? German bill using feminine word forms sparks row
Germany’s justice ministry has sparked an argument over gender and language by drafting a bill that uses only feminine endings, giving some the impression that it applies only to women. Legal texts in Germany usually use the masculine version of...
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Nothing less than equality and a seat at the table for youth
UN Women, in collaboration with ITU (the UN agency for information and communication technologies), and youth and gender equality activists around the world, celebrated International Youth Day on 12 August with a virtual event. Co-hosted by...
Friday, August 21, 2020
Not all women gained the vote in 1920
When the 19th Amendment became law on August 26, 1920, 26 million adult female Americans were nominally eligible to vote. But full electoral equality was still decades away for many women of color who counted among that number. The federal suffrage...
Thursday, July 30, 2020
New Zealand's Ardern on track to win September election, poll shows
Support for New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rose during July, a poll showed, keeping her Labour party on track to win a general election in September. The 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll showed Labour's popularity at 53%, a rise of three...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
New online summer workshop programme because of Coronavirus, equal power training is moving online
This summer, we’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and community organising and leadership. This programme includes sessions on getting into politics specifically for women who...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
New online summer workshop programme because of Coronavirus, equal power training is moving online
This summer, we’re running a programme of FREE online training for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and community organising and leadership. This programme includes sessions on getting into politics specifically for women who...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Namibia's youngest MP enters the crucible as Africa's youth lead the way
One of Africa’s youngest cabinet members to date is experiencing a baptism of fire. Emma Theofelus, 23, was appointed Namibia’s information, communication and technology deputy minister a week after coronavirus hit Namibian shores. “I have literally...

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