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The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has commenced a two- day gender strategy and methodology workshop in Monrovia. The workshop, which is being held at a local hotel, started Wednesday with NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, emphasizing the need for more women participation.
The new decade begins with the election of another woman president. Dilma Rousseff, the Labor Party's candidate, won the presidential elections in Brazil with 56 percent of the votes. Similarly, Laura Chinchilla, candidate for the Partido Liberación Nacional, won the presidential race in Costa Rica with 47 percent of the vote. In Chile, meanwhile, Michelle Bachelet ended her term with an approval rating of 83 percent.
75% of opinion leaders in Latin America believe that deliberately fomenting gender parity in politics can "strengthen democracy", according to a survey on women's participation in politics carried out by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010.
Tunisia's ruling that men and women must feature in equal numbers as candidates in July polls is an Arab world first that builds on this year's revolt and allays fears of conservative influence, observers say.
Evo Morales began his second term as president of Bolivia by swearing in a cabinet made up of an equal number of women and men - unprecedented in this South American nation with a strong patriarchal tradition.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed the hope that the ongoing ECOWAS Delocalized Parliament Meeting in Monrovia will give courage to the Liberian National Legislature to give serious consideration to the bill seeking 30 percent women participation in political representation.
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November 6, 2013
Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Party leader, peace and social justice activist Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, spoke to Ann Garrison for Womens' International News Gathering Service (WINGS) in July 2010, near the close of Rwanda's 2010 presidential election year, which was really an election stage play complete with election observers from the U.S. and the U.K. Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame was “re-elected” on Aug.
The UN Millennium Campaign, Femnet and Oxfam GB announced here Thursday the commencement of a series of global conversations to discuss the status of the promises world lea ders have made to women in the Millennium Development Goals.
The conversations, to be broadcast live on Facebook, began Wednesday and will end this Friday. It will involve leading gender activists on the continent.
"Show me something that is not transformed by the other half of the human race." -- Gloria Steinem
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In the small nation of Montenegro, men are in the minority. However, in the country's 81-member legislature, men occupy 67 seats. This leaves just 14 seats (17 percent) to women.
The good news? This is the greatest representation female candidates have achieved since 1992.