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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
These are the hurdles facing women in Swiss politics
In Switzerland, female voters outnumber their male counterparts by 10%. Yet women remain a minority in cantonal and federal politics. Here’s a look at some of the reasons for this discrepancy. The Swiss will elect a new parliament this October....
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tunisian women absent from presidential campaign
Tunisia has long been seen as a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab world, but on the eve of presidential elections, women are calling this reputation into question. "Men promise a lot to women. But when Mr Moustache arrives in power, nothing...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The women’s revolution in politics
By Caitlin Moscatello, When waves of pink-hatted women engulfed the streets the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated — having beaten the first woman to be nominated by a major party despite his viral boasts of grabbing women by their genitals —...
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Trolled online, women in politics fight to hold big tech accountable in the U.K.
Lisa Cameron is a member of the British Parliament. She's also a victim, and survivor, of online trolls. Cameron was new to politics in 2015, when she was elected in East Kilbride, Scotland. She'd been a clinical psychologist, a wife, a mom, and a...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Transforming education for a new generation of leaders
Viewpoint by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka The writer is UN Women Executive Director. She issued this statement for International Youth Day, 2019. NEW YORK (IDN) – Sixteen-year old Gambian Jakomba Jabbie wants to be an aerospace engineer. A vocal advocate...
Friday, August 16, 2019
This election season, we’re examining the role gender plays in news coverage. Here’s why
By Kiana Scott & Tamara Power-Drutis, When Jenny Durkan was sworn in as Seattle’s mayor in 2017, the Seattle Weekly introduced her with the words, “Durkan, who wore a royal blue blazer and black slacks, flashed a toothy smile as she settled at...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Transgender MPs are over-represented in Thai Parliament while women struggle to enter politics
As Thai women struggle to establish a foothold in the politics of a nation that ranks among the worst in the world for sex parity in government leadership, news outlets in the West are cheering on the progressiveness of men attaining political...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The podcast that's inspiring women to pursue positions in leadership
Women have made great progress in the struggle for equality. But when it comes to filling leadership positions, women lag substantially behind men across industries, including in law, medicine, finance, academia and politics. In podcasting, there’s...
Monday, August 12, 2019
The Role of Political Parties in Promoting Women in Politics
Background In most countries, political parties are the primary and most effective structure through which women become politically engaged and get elected. Political parties’ practices, policies, and values can have a deep impact on women’s...
Friday, July 12, 2019
The real turning point for women’s political power
In february 13, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt stood triumphant before the opening session of the National Woman Suffrage Association convention and declared the organization’s decades-long mission finally accomplished. “Women be glad today. Let your...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The prevention and mitigation of election-related violence: An action guide
Understanding and explaining outbreaks of election-related violence is a complex task; predicting whether forthcoming elections will turn violent, which factors may underlie or trigger violence, and what can be done to prevent violence is even more...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Thinking of running in 2020? Lessons learned from women who ran for congress in 2018
By Julie Dolan and Paru Shah, There’s a great deal of excitement leading up to the 2020 elections, in part because of the unprecedented numbers of women running for President. But candidates are also making history elsewhere, more quietly and...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The odds of a woman president just went up
By Elizabeth Ralph, We’re way more likely to have a woman president in 2020 than ever before. I know, you’re thinking, isn’t that just because there are six women in the presidential race right now — the most in history? Not so fast: Simple...
Friday, July 05, 2019
The cost of doing politics? Analyzing violence and harassment against female politicians
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation, following a troubling rise in reports of assault, intimidation, and abuse directed at female politicians. Yet...
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians
(Tokyo, 27 June)—In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The 6 women running for president in the US have answers
“The opportunities for the next president are enormous. We can show worldwide leadership.” — Senator Elizabeth Warren, on whether it’s possible for the next president to help stop climate change. There are a lot of Democrats running for president of...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The inescapable challenge of talking while female
By Adrienne Green, At first, it seemed like the Democrats’ first primary debate would be an exercise in politeness. As the candidates tried to introduce themselves and their agendas to potential voters, minutes went by without so much as a small...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The 2019 Democratic debate shows how striking it is to have more representation onstage
This week’s Democratic debates were historic: They mark the first time ever that more than one woman candidate was onstage at a US presidential debate. On Wednesday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stood alongside Rep. Tulsi...