Tag: Women in Politics

Academic Elisa Loncon to Rewrite Chile’s Constitution

By Jessie Tu The Mapuche are Chile’s largest indigenous group. Historically, they have been unacknowledged in the country’s rule book. On Sunday, one of its own, Mapuche woman Elisa Loncón, was elected by its constitutional delegates to lead a group to draft a new text to replace the Pinochet-era constitution. Of the 155 Constitutional delegates who make up the constitutional body of…

Meet The First Black Woman To Head DOJ Civil Rights Division

The Senate has confirmed Kristen Clarke as the new head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Clarke is the first woman and the first Black woman to fill the role. Her confirmation came on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, something Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described as being “particularly poignant and appropriate.”  The approval for the…

10 Countries That Are Leading the World for Women in Politics

By Khanyi Mlaba Women make up half of the world’s population and yet they are still largely excluded from politics and decision-making power.  The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organization of national parliaments, released its latest annual Women in Parliament report just a few days before International Women’s Day on March 8, and it indicated that the world is not yet on track…

Tanzania Swears in Its First-Ever Woman President

By Khanyi Mlaba Samia Suluhu Hassan has officially been sworn in as Tanzania’s first woman president after the unexpected death of former President John Magufuli on Wednesday March 17.  Hassan, who was previously the country’s vice president, automatically became acting president following the passing of Magufuli, and was officially sworn into the position two days later. “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be…

Meet the First Woman & African Head of the WTO

By Akindare Okunola Nigerian-born Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to become the first woman and the first African to serve as the world’s top trade official — the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) — following the withdrawal of South Korea’s candidate. Six men have served as director-generals since its founding in 1995. A former two-time minister of finance in Nigeria, and a recently confirmed…