Month: September 2013

Rwandan women MPs now account for nearly two thirds of all legislators in the country’s lower house of parliament following this week’s elections. According to the Rwandan National Electoral Commission, nearly 64 per cent of all seats in the lower house are now held by women MPs, a significant jump from 56.3 per cent in […]

Even after decades of progress toward the equality of women, almost 90 percent of countries surveyed in a recent study continue to have a law or regulation that prevents women legally from fully using their economic opportunities. Policymakers who tolerate such outdated legal restraints on women are, in effect, forcing their economies to fight with […]

Beaming with pride and excitement, Fanny Chirisa was among the 124 women sworn-in on 3 September as new Members of Parliament (MPs) in the 8th Parliament of the Republic of Zimbabwe. A long-time women’s activist, she said she hopes to use her knowledge and experience to familiarize other MPs with the gender equality and women’s […]

“I am here to share with you that the President of the Republic of Senegal Mr. Macky Sall has honoured me in proposing that I lead the new administration,” said Aminata Touré, in a press briefing in the capital city of Dakar on 1 September 2013, following the official announcement that she would become the […]

In her first press conference as Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed the organization’s urgent need for funding to sustain work on its key priority areas, and to ensure gender equality features prominently in the post-2015 Development Agenda. Speaking about her vision for the organization and immediate priorities against the backdrop of important […]

The Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to introduce gender targets with the aim of doubling the share of women in management. By end of 2019, 35% of middle management positions (Heads of Division, Deputy Heads of Division, Heads of Section, Senior Advisers and Advisers) and 28% of senior management positions […]