Social Media is a Powerful Platform for Women in Politics — and their Harassers

Posted on Blog on November 06, 2019

Yesterday, Lucina Di Meco, a senior gender expert with the Wilson Center, released her report, #ShePersisted: Women, Politics & Power in the New Media World, which looks into women leaders and the double-edged sword of social media in the current world order. The report covers 28 countries, 85 women in the fields of politics, civil society, journalism, television and technology, and the impact and importance of social media for women political leaders — given the continued gender bias found in traditional media.

Māori women fought alongside non-indigenous women for suffrage, but are they fairly represented in New Zealand’s House of Representatives?

Posted on Blog on October 28, 2019

New Zealand’s actions for gender and Indigenous inclusion are working, it is now just a matter of ensuring Indigenous women have the same voice as their male and non-Indigenous counterparts. 

Gender Quotas for the Underrepresented? A Gender Parity Case Study: Brazil

Posted on Blog on October 28, 2019

Yes 2018 marked an increase in women elected, the election of the first Transgender woman and the first Indigenous woman; but, Brazil ranks 134th in the IPU global rankings on gender parity in national legislatures, and “deeply entrenched attitudes help keep women out of politics in Brazil, despite progressive laws intended to change that.”

The History of Indigenous Women's Leadership

Posted on Blog on October 23, 2019

Of the 598 member tribes in the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) women only lead 120, roughly twenty percent, as of 2015. These statistics illustrate the continued impact of colonialism on America Indian tribal nations, and American Indian women in particular. 

The Impact of Haudenosaunee Culture on the Early Suffragettes

Posted on Blog on October 22, 2019

In a speech to the International Council of Women in 1888, suffragette and anthropologist, Alice Fletcher said “I crave for my Indian sisters, your help, your patience, and your unfailing labors, to hasten the day when the laws of the land shall know neither male nor female, but grant to all equal rights and equal justice.” In the 131 years following Alice Fletcher’s speech, women in general have gained a great many rights, but the Haudenosaunee women have lost many of theirs, and there remains an upward battle for equal justice.

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