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Why Vote?
Government affects all of our lives in profound ways. What issues have inspired you to vote? Why do you think so many citizens are cynical about elections? What kinds of actions can you take when your candidates do not deliver on their campaign promises?
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Campaigning for Traffic Light Women
Featured Community Voice: Luz DarribaArtist Luz Darriba is waging a campaign for the traffic light women to be her public representatives. On International Women's Day on March 8, 2006, Luz and a group of volunteers took to the streets of Lugo in northern Spain to modify 76 pedestrian crossing lights to show female icons...
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Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day
Until June 26, 2006, women were not allowed to vote or run for election in Kuwait. On that historic day, thousands of Kuwaiti women waited in sweltering 102-degree heat to cast their vote for the first time in their country's history. Unfortunately, out of 28 women who ran for parliament, not one was elected, although many fared well...
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Q'uran on Women’s Leadership
Featured Community Voice: Anne Sofie Roald Anne-Sofie Roald is an associate professor at the University of Malmo, Sweden, a program director at Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, and author of Women in Islam: The Western Experience. A historian of religion and convert to Islam, her main work has been in the field of Islamism, gender and migration studies...
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Kashmir and Elections
Featured Community Voice: Ather Zia Kashmiri scholar, journalist and former civil servant Ather Zia offers a detailed and rarely discussed history of the elections and campaigns in the disputed region of Kashmir in India...
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How to Start a Women’s Party
Featured Community Voice: What Women Want (Australia) Justine Caines is the founder and leader of the first Australian women's political party, What Women Want (Australia). Created to reform childbirth and maternity healthcare, the party fielded 18 candidates in the 2007 elections and garnered 60,000 votes...
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Do Women Change Elections?
While most women around the world had the right to vote by the mid 20th century, only in the last few decades have there been a significant number of women elected at local and national levels. And there is yet to be a critical mass. Today, women still face many barriers to participating meaningfully and competitively as candidates for office...
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