The country that has known only women PMs for 28 years of its 50-year existence, and other stories
#WomenLead (Issue 80): Your weekly round-up on women in politics
Hello, and welcome to Issue 80!
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This week, we bring you updates from Australia and South Korea, and the spotlight is on Bangladesh, a country which just celebrated its 50th birthday. In case you missed last week’s edition, you can read it here.
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🤨 SAFE EXCUSES: Australia is due to hold elections for its National Parliament next year. Even as the country pushes to improve the representation of women, political parties are more likely to put forth women candidates on losing seats, while safe seats are more likely to be fought by men, an analysis by The Guardian shows.
Related: Canada again has ‘record’ number of women running but will they win?
📢 SHOUT OUT: In an inspiring development, Shoutout, a South Korea based women’s group, held a protest in front of the headquarters of two major political parties in the country to denounce the “misogynist” 2022 presidential election, Hankyoreh reported. The women criticized the anti-feministic campaigns of the candidates of the People Power Party (PPP) and the Democratic Party (DP), and said that male politicians who exploit misogyny could not be put in charge of state affairs. #GoldenWords
PPP candidate Yoon Seok-yeol’s campaign includes a promise that could lead to complanaints of sexual violence to face criminal charges for calumny. He has also promised the abolition of the ministry of gender equality. Lee Jae-myung, the DP’s candidate, had defended his nephew accused of brutally murdering two women in 2006.