Women in African politics: a vote of confidence

Women are increasingly challenging the traditional male monopoly of African politics. In Cameroon, campaigners have worked tirelessly to boost the chances of women standing in the country's pending elections On a sunny day in early May, in Ndu, northwest Cameroon, a group of women, many of whom have taken the day off from work on their farms, are evaluating the performance of an aspiring politician. One suggests smiling more, another that the candidate project her voice more and not look at her feet while talking. The women are here in the Bishop Shanahan…Read more

UN supports election of women MPs in PNG

30  JULY 2012 PORT MORESBY (THE NATIONAL) ----- The  United Nations has welcomed the election of two women MPs so far, saying it is a step towards ensuring more equitable gender representation in parliament. The UN country coordinator in PNG, David McLachlan-Karr, said the election of Delilah Gore and Loujaya Toni was a step forward in the national decision-making process to achieve genuine social progress and sustainable development. He said the UN was delighted to see such an achievement in the Pacific as the region lacked balanced gender representation in parliament. “Around the…Read more


Editor: Liu Weiguo - July 4, 2012 A reshuffle of provincial-level leadership nationwide, which has seen more women leaders elected, has been concluded with Guo Jinlong elected as the Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the first plenary meeting of the 11th CPC Beijing Municipal Committee on July 3, 2012. The group of newly-elected local leaders is characterized by several features, according to relevant data. Their average age is generally younger than that of their predecessors with more officials aged between 45 and 50 being elected…Read more

Solomon Islands cabinet refuses to approve UN report on women before CEDAW meeting

The Solomon Islands cabinet has refused to approve a report on women in time for its submission to a meeting of a United Nations gender discrimination committee. Solomon Islands is one of the few states party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women that has never submitted a country report. The permanent secretary for the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs says cabinet has not explained its decision to withhold the report. But Ethel Sigimanu said this denies Solomon Islands the opportunity to inform the…Read more

Following elections, proportion of Senegal’s female parliamentarians almost doubles

The number of female elected parliamentarians in Senegal’s National Assembly has almost doubled thanks to the impact of new parity laws on the July elections With 44.6 per cent of female parliamentarians, Senegal has come close to achieving parity in its National Assembly. 64 women now occupy a total of 150 seats, up from 33. Adopted on 28 May 2010, the law on parity has ensured a major step forward in female political participation in the country. The legislation aims to secure full equality in all elective and semi-elective bodies, and at all…Read more
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