Celebrating Women’s Equality Day – Whitehouse – Aug 26

August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. We commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. As a result, historic change occurred, forever transforming our nation as we took … [Read more...]

Women and Democracy: Past, Present, Future

Women Mobilizing the Third Wave of Democratization For the past twenty-five years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of women who are politically mobilized, a trend that has coincided with the so-called Third Wave of Democratization. These “notes for discussion” address two basic questions: What is the impact of women’s mobilization on the process of democratization? How has the process of democratization affected women’s movements and agendas? The analysis is … [Read more...]

KENYA prepares to go to the polls on Monday

March 2013 – As Kenya prepares to go to the polls on Monday, a senior United Nations official has called on authorities to ensure the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, recalling that thousands of cases of rape and other forms of sexual assault were documented during the violence that followed the 2007 elections. “I urge the authorities in Kenya to ensure that civilians of all ethnic and political backgrounds can exercise their right to vote in safety and security, and to … [Read more...]

Kenya goes to the Polls on Monday, MAR 4, 2013 – Brookings

On Monday, Kenyans will head to the polls to elect their fourth president in the most crucial election the country has held since its independence. This is first election since 2007, when post-election violence erupted, killing over 1,000 Kenyans. In this week's Global Update, my colleagues and I from the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative weigh in on Kenya’s upcoming election, reflecting on 2007, and asking important questions about Kenya’s future as a democracy. This historic event … [Read more...]

Positive Change and Progress in the Status of Women

  THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE WORLD TODAY     Since the early days of the Industrial Revolution, women in Europe and North America have made considerable progress towards equality with men, although much remains still to be done. Of course, the industrialization of Western countries at first had not improved the status of women, but had degraded them even further by exploiting them and their children in factories as cheap labor. In the preceding relatively prosperous … [Read more...]

Canadian Women 'MOM the Vote' – Annie Urban via care2

Moms should be a force to be reckoned with in politics. Not only do mothers control most of the family spending, but they are also often the ones taking care of three generations – their children, their parents, themselves and sometimes their spouses too. Canadian mothers are the ones taking family members to the doctor, making child care or nursing home arrangements, going to the grocery store and paying the heat bill, all while commuting to and from a full-time job. Many of the key issues … [Read more...]

Canadian Women ‘MOM the Vote’ – Annie Urban via care2

Moms should be a force to be reckoned with in politics. Not only do mothers control most of the family spending, but they are also often the ones taking care of three generations – their children, their parents, themselves and sometimes their spouses too. Canadian mothers are the ones taking family members to the doctor, making child care or nursing home arrangements, going to the grocery store and paying the heat bill, all while commuting to and from a full-time job. Many of the key issues … [Read more...]

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