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#WomenLead (Issue 119): Your weekly round-up on women in politics
Hello, and welcome to Issue 119!
In this week’s edition, we bring you updates on Brazil and Iran, and the spotlight is on an important, critical issue of global importance: girls’ and young women’s stifled political aspirations. Please be generous in sharing it on your social media and with your friends and colleagues! ☺️
In case you missed last week’s edition, you can read it here.
✨ SOME HISTORIC, SOME TIMID GAINS: Ninety-one women have been elected to the Chamber of Duties in Brazil, the lower house of the country’s parliament, up from 77 in the previous election. But they will continue to be a small minority, comprising just 17.7 percent of all members.
However, in some encouraging news, for the first time, not one but two trans candidates, Erika Hilton and Duda Salabert, have been elected to parliament. And there will also be representation from indegenous communities - Sônia Guajajara and Célia Xakriabá - will also be members of the new house.
💇 IN SOLIDARITY: Women in several countries have been cutting their hair in a show of solidarity with the women of Iran who are fighting against oppressive laws that make the hijab mandatory. These include some women politicians from Europe too!