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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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Fashion Is Political
Robin Givhan, the Pulitzer prize-winning fashion editor for the Washington Post, writes about the fashion industry and the ways in which it influences the lives of ordinary people who seldom find themselves walking along a red carpet. She refuses to accept the notion that fashion is somehow for "other" people...
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Do Women Have to Vote for Women?
Recently, there has been a lot of criticism of current women leaders by leaders of women's organizations, asking whether they are accountable to women in their countries. This includes Senator Hillary Clinton, who is running for President in the U.S., President Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany...
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Standards of women leaders
It is not unusual for a woman today to be seen as an asset in some political situations - particularly in circumstances where she is unexpected, or even a novelty, and can be seen to voters as a sign of a party's 'modernity' or renewal. But once a woman is actually in office (political), focus quickly shifts from symbolic value to performance...
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Cartoon As a Political Manifesto
Women don't have a sense of humor. Women don't care about politics. Women don't want to be politicians. For eight years, these false truisms formed a haunting soundtrack to French cartoonist Catherine Beaunez's life.
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A Collage of Her Severally-Inspected Parts
Kashmiri scholar, journalist and former civil servant Ather Zia details the range of ways in which Kashmiri women participate in politics...
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Muslim Women Engage in Politics
Featured Community Voice: Rania Matar Lebanese-born photographer Rania Matar, who currently lives in the United States, frequently travels back to her native country...
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Freeing Finnish Women’s Voices
Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the right to vote in 1906, and the first country in the world where women could run for office. In 2000, Finns elected their first female president, Tarja Halonen, who won a second term in 2006. Although substantial progress has been made, the roles of Finnish women--in the political, professional, and social spheres--continue to evolve...
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When Women Enter Elections
Many women think that voting is a civic duty--an appropriate, even obligatory, activity for women. Far fewer women and men are convinced that women should run for office.
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My Political Life
Throughout my life I have witnessed and experienced the effects of socioeconomic disadvantages...
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