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Cicciolina’s Sexual Politics
Should women use their sexuality for political gain? Or is it better to avoid this route to power? One woman who famously used her sexuality as a political tool was Hungarian-born Ilona Staller, best known as the Italian adult film star, Cicciolina. In 1987, 20,000 people in the district of Rome hand-wrote her name on their ballots, preferring her over forty-seven other Radical Party nominees...
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Why Women Go Green
In most political parties, except in the Green Party, men far outnumber women. Since their inception, Green Parties worldwide have boasted a disproportionately high number of women members. In Europe, however, Green women also hold the majority of high-level leadership positions. For example, 32 out of 55 German Green Party parliament members are women...
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Water Woes
Throughout history, women have played a central role as stewards of water. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "Women are most often the collectors, users and managers of water in the household as well as farmers of crops. Women and children provide nearly all the water for the household in rural areas." In urban areas, women are often in charge of accessing clean water and ensuring sanitation for their families...
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Fascist Women Speak
Some believe that religious institutions discourage women from political participation. But on the contrary, history has shown that religion is also able to open doors for women. This is especially true in right-wing movements, and, in particular, the Spanish fascist movement of the mid 20th century...
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Women, Media and Politics in Lebanon
In a country where over half of the population are women, Lebanon lacks political representation even more than some of its other Arab neighbors. Simba Russeau looks at the roles women are seeking to fulfill in Lebanon after the formation of a national unity government.
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Dictating Democracy
Can art act as a catalyst for social change? In the United States, where freedom of expression is protected by the first amendment of the Constitution, New York-based artist Sheryl Oring encourages U.S. citizens to take advantage of that freedom with her ongoing performance piece I Wish to Say.
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Reflections of Iraq
Guided by candlelight, she performed 22 emergency cesarean sections during Iraq's first Gulf War. She helped young widows build the skills to start their own businesses. She jumped into politics as one of three women on Iraq's 25-member interim Governing Council. OBGYN, activist and politician, Dr. Rajaa Hadid Al-Khuzai has devoted her entire life's work to women's rights, putting herself and the security of her family at risk...
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Films on Democracy
Here is a selection of must-see films made by women about democracy in the United Kingdom, Middle East, Argentina, Guyana and Tibet. For a more comprehensive list of films about Women, Power and Politics, see our film list.
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Electing Dragons
Until 2008, election law in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan allowed only one vote per household. Even though Bhutanese women hold the majority of property deeds and run households, those votes were almost always cast by men. This year, Bhutan enacted universal suffrage--granting the vote to all adult men and women...
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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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