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March 18, 2023, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Women’s representation in the House of Peoples’ Representatives increased to 27.9 per cent in 2010 from 21.4 per cent in 2005; the deputy speaker of the house was a woman; there were 4 women chairs of standing committees; 91 women were members of the standing committees; 4 women were in the advisory committees and 9 women were members of coordinating committees. In the current parliament (fifth term), women’s membership has reached 38.8 per cent; 7 women are chairs and 8 women serve as vice-chairs of standing committees. Similarly, women’s representation in the regional councils reaches 40.2 per cent in regional councils and 50 per cent in woreda and kebele councils"...more
March 8, 2023, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"During the 2020 parliamentary elections, the largest number of parties complied only with the legal minimum related to the number of women on the candidate lists, so that 18 women entered the Parliament of Montenegro, which is 22.2 per cent of the total number of MPs. After certain changes in parliamentary clubs, there are currently 22 women or 27.16 per cent of the total number of MPs in the Parliament" (16). "Currently, the National Council of Albanians consists of 31 members, of which 4 are women, which is 13 per cent of the total number of members; The Council of the Muslim People of Montenegro consists of 25 members, of...more
March 4, 2023, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In 'Femme Africaine,' for example, the singers declare: 'You can become prime minister of the country. Get up, we have to do something. African women, be independent.' That's an important message in a country where, as of February 2021, a little over 8% of seats in parliament were held by women, according to U.N. Women" (Para. 9).
March 3, 2023, 11:28 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda, South Africa

Meanwhile, Rwanda, much smaller and with fewer resources than Nigeria, tops the global list with almost 50 percent of its lawmakers being female. South Africa, a major regional player like Nigeria, has the 11th most equal legislature.
March 3, 2023, 11:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Only 21 of Nigeria’s 469 parliamentarians are women, a mere five percent. That’s why her group, Women in Successful Careers or WISCAR, has pivoted to raise funds for female candidates in February 25 general elections. The group was founded mainly to spotlight leading African women, and this is one of the most crucial votes in Nigeria’s democratic history" (Para. 2). "Nigeria has one of the most male-dominated legislatures in the world, ranking 182 out of 186 countries in terms of gender parity in parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union" (Para. 5).
Feb. 24, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In the formation of National Assembly, out of 56 members, at least 21 members (at least 3 from one province) come from women. The Constitution provisions for representation of women in Village Executive at 26.66% (4 out of 15 members) and 26.31% (5 women out of 19 members) in Municipal Executive. The GoN has submitted an amendment Bill on Local Bodies’ Election (Procedure) Act, 1991 in 2016 to ensure at least 50% candidacy of women from each political party in the election." (11). "Presently, in the Legislature-Parliament, the representation of women is at 29.91%" (28).
Feb. 4, 2023, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Namibia has made notable gains in enhancing women representation in National Assembly. In 2014 National Elections, women representation increased from 25% to 46% …" (26). Table 8 titled 'Women in Politics' provides a comprehensive breakdown of women's participation in different position in government with women making up 23% in the Cabinet, 46% in Parliament, 26% in Consul General and ambassador positions, and 29% as Permanent Secretaries, Executive Directors, Principal Secretaries, and Director Generals. (26-27). Table 11 titled 'Women in National Assembly' documents women's participation between 1990-2020. There is a steady increase from 8.3% or 1/6 female to male ratio in 1990-1995 to 12.5% or 2/6 in 1995-2000 before nearly doubling...more
Dec. 29, 2022, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"A record 181 female candidates will be vying for 125 seats – up 77 from the previous upper house election in 2019 – a trend that has given hope to women campaigning to break the male stranglehold on Japanese politics. Women comprise 33.2% of all candidates, a level close to the government’s target of 35% by 2025" (para 3). "Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP) – which is expected to win more than half the seats on Sunday – has increased the proportion of female candidates since the last upper house elections three years ago, but only to 23.2%" (para 5). "The world’s third-biggest economy fares poorly when it comes...more
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

" 'Women are significantly underrepresented in parliament where just 34% of MPs are women, and while progress has been made, the pace is glacial,' said Amy Whitelock Gibbs, the interim director of policy at the Fawcett Society" (para 4). "The rate of women’s participation is higher in the devolved legislatures and local government across the UK: 43% members of the Welsh parliament are women, along with 46% of the Scottish parliament and 37% of the Northern Ireland assembly" (para 14). "About 41% of local authority councillors in England are women; 26% of councillors in Northern Ireland are women, along with 35% in Scotland and 28% in Wales. Fifty-two per cent...more
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"[A]mong a half-dozen nations in the world that this year can claim at least 50% female representation in their parliaments...[is] the United Arab Emirates" (para 3).
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"[A]mong a half-dozen nations in the world that this year can claim at least 50% female representation in their parliaments...[is] Rwanda" (para 3).
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"[A]mong a half-dozen nations in the world that this year can claim at least 50% female representation in their parliaments...[is] Nicaragua" (para 3).
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:12 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"[A]mong a half-dozen nations in the world that this year can claim at least 50% female representation in their parliaments...[is] Mexico" (para 3).
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:12 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"[A]mong a half-dozen nations in the world that this year can claim at least 50% female representation in their parliaments...[is] Cuba" (para 3).
Dec. 26, 2022, 5:07 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Soraya Peke-Mason from the liberal Labour Party was sworn in to Parliament on Tuesday, replacing former Speaker Trevor Mallard, who left to become ambassador to Ireland. With the resignation of another male lawmaker, it has tipped the balance in Parliament to 60 women and 59 men" (para 1).
Dec. 8, 2022, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Sirajuddin Haqqani, Afghanistan's acting interior minister and Taliban co-deputy leader, joked his government will 'keep naughty women at home', referring to women who 'are controlled by other sides to question the current government' during an interview with CNN" (para 9). "Most recently, Taliban leaders introduced regulations such as limiting women's movement without a male chaperone, and two weeks ago gave an order that all women must wear a face covering in public" (para 19). This statement and Taliban orders indicate that the government intends to limit female mobility and keep women at home, thereby indicating that women will be prevented from serving in high ranking government positions (AMC - CODER...more
July 6, 2022, 10:35 a.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"The overall rate of representation of women in the realm of political decision-making was 15 per cent for the period 2006–2011, compared to 26 per cent for 2012–2019, an increase of 11 percentage points. At the National Assembly level, the 2018 law setting a minimum quota of 25 per cent of elected legislative positions for women has had a significant impact" (17).
July 1, 2022, 11:43 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"The current quota mechanism for the parliamentarian elections established in 2011 facilitated the elections in 2018 of 25 women (38 per cent), surpassing 35 per cent of women in Parliament for the third legislature in a row" (20).
July 1, 2022, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Women have been elected into 17.23% seats in Parliament in 2014 General Election" (24).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"...At the local government elections in 2017, the proportion of women in the municipality councils increased to 32.9 percent (29.7 percent in 2013). The number of female mayors rose to 14 out of 98 (12 in 2013). At the regional government elections in 2017, 38 percent of the elected were women, which is a minor decrease in the number of elected women in comparison to the election in 2013 (39.5 percent). After the general elections in 2015, women accounted for 37.1 percent of the national parliament (65 out of 175 seats). This is a minor decrease in the number of women in comparison with the latest general elections in 2011,...more
June 7, 2022, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Various measures have been taken to ensure that female members are elected into the villagers committee (see article 4 on temporary special measures), including a seat reserved for female candidates and a second round of elections for female candidates. The proportion of rural women in villagers committees has increased significantly, from 15.1 per cent in 2004 to 21.5 per cent in 2009" (31). " Changes in women’s political participation are reflected by relevant statistics. The total number of female deputies at the Tenth Session of the National People’s Congress (2003) was 604 (20.3 per cent), compared to 638 (21.4 per cent) at the Eleventh Session (2008). Among the 27 candidates...more
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In 2012, women in parliament were 14%. They gained their position through a selection process, done by tribal elders. Out of the 275 members in parliament, 14% were women and were appointed by an elder" (Para. 3). "In 2016, women participation increased from 14% to 24%, but the new administration began to change the system by appointing delegates instead. No longer were tribal leaders allowed to appoint individuals into the parliament" (Para. 4). "The 51 delegates were comprised of both women and men from the same clan. They were now responsible for choosing members of the parliaments..." (Para. 5). "In 2021, the number of delegates increased from 51 to 101...more
May 30, 2022, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"A unit of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) undertakes, as part of its mandate, the ongoing task of promoting gender equality in all spheres of life and eliminating all forms of discrimination, during the 2012–2015 period, women hold 31 percent of the seats overall. Men account for at least 30 per cent of the membership of the 120 commissions, while women are underrepresented on 55 of them" (9-10). "A detailed analysis of results of the 2011 elections to the federal Parliament published by EKF shows that the proportion of women elected to the National Council has stagnated, at 29 per cent,...more
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Th[e] law brought greater gender balance to parliament, where 34 percent of legislators were women" (21).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Contrary to the position of women members of parliament and women ministers, there is a notable increase in the position of women in the High Organs of State" (20). "During ten years (2000 2010) the State Advisory Council counted only one woman (6 per cent). In 2010, the number increased from one to three (20 per cent) and since July 2012 to four (25 per cent). From 2000 2005 there were no women members of the Independent Electoral Council. The proportion of women increased from 0 per cent to 40 per cent during 2005 2010 and in 2010 to 57 per cent. In the National Electoral Office, the proportion of...more
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In October an appointed electorate of more than 330,000, representing just under a quarter of the total citizen population, elected 20 members of the Federal National Council (FNC), a 40-member consultative body with some legislative authority. The size of the electorate increased by approximately 50 percent from the 2015 election. Each emirate receives seats in the FNC based on population. In a nontransparent process, each emirate ruler appoints that emirate’s portion of the other 20 FNC members. Approximately 35 percent of eligible voters participated, electing seven women to the council. In December 2018 the government decreed that women’s representation in the FNC would be raised to 50 percent during the...more
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Only six of 128 members of parliament were women, and several of the female members of parliament were close relatives of prominent male politicians" (28).
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Under the current Legislature, women sitting at the Senate amount to 17.85 per cent, while those at the Chamber of Deputies amount to 21.27 per cent, whereas Italian women parliamentarians reach 19.2 per cent. As at December 2008, at the governmental positions level, the rate of women amounted to approximately 11 per cent" (50).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. The electoral code requires that at least 20 percent of each party’s candidates in internal party primaries be women. Although the parties met this requirement, they placed the majority of female candidates toward the end of the closed party lists, effectively limiting their chances of being elected. Women served in both the legislature and the Supreme Court; however, there were only 19 women in congress (eight of 45 senators and 11 of 80 national deputies). There were no female governors" (10).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"As of December 1 [2019], there were 72 women in the 329-seat Chamber of Deputies and 19 women in the 136-seat Senate" (19).