Another great resignation as Nicola Sturgeon steps down, and other stories
#WomenLead (Issue 133): Your weekly round-up on women in politics
Hello, and welcome to Issue 133!
Last month, former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to step down from her position had left so many around the world in shock. But who knew we were soon going to be dealt another blow? Last week, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made an equally stunning resignation announcement. That's our spotlight in this edition. We also have updates from Nigeria and the USA.
In case you missed last week’s edition, you can read it here.
😥 AN EXCLUSIONARY LINE-UP: Nigeria will hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections in February and March. According to a report in The Guardian Nigeria, there is only one woman among 18 candidates running to be President and none at all in the line-up to be the next Vice-President. Across the 36 states, women make up just 6 percent of candidates running for the governor’s post.
Among those running for the Senate, only 8.4 percent are women, while among those running for the House of Representatives, the share of women is 9.2 percent. A tenth of those contesting elections for the sub-national legislatures are women. Don’t forget - we are only talking about candidates for now!