A woman leaves a polling station after casting her vote during the 2013 Kenyan elections.
Kenya's progressive 2010 Constitution brought improved women's representation in Parliament and public life. But historical prejudices remain, always more intensely apparent during elections.
As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
Women are increasingly the breadwinners of their families, a shift in domestic roles that has upsides and challenges.
Here's how we can make families work better for women in the 21st century.
Shinzo Abe has made his clearest statement yet on his ambition to alter the pacifist Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution.
Shinzo Abe may have kickstarted the debate on constitutional change with high hopes for success. But the outcome in 2020 is anything but certain.
Protests in South Africa are about more than just service delivery of basic services such as water and electricity. They reflect a wider crisis about the failure to build a more equitable society.
Outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, was sentenced this month to two years in prison for blasphemy.
Ethnic Chinese and Christians in Indonesia have endured systematic and long-standing discrimination throughout the country's history.
AU Chair Moussa Faki in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
When the US Secretary of State stood up the AU Chairperson the writing was on the wall. Africa needs to become the master of its own destiny.
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Iran's economic recovery and reintegration into the global economy have become key electoral topics.
The MSF-backed al-Quds hospital after it was hit by airstrikes on April 28 2016.
It's estimated that at least 800 medical personnel have been killed since the start of the Syrian war.
Iranians want their country to remain open to economic and social opportunities, including by looking to the West.
Jobs and labour rights are at the centre of the candidates' campaigns in the Iranian presidential election.
A candlelight vigil in Bali shows support for jailed Indonesian politician Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
Ahok is only one among many people in Indonesia who have been jailed under the country's controversial blasphemy law.
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
Venezuela is among the countries in which popular resistance to repressive politics is on the rise.
There are groundswells of civic engagement in a handful of countries, but ensuring the survival of fundamental freedoms in these dangerous times will require a resistance that knows no borders.
Protestors hold banners saying ‘No to the stigmatisation of civilians’ at a meeting of the Hungarian parliament’s justice committee.
A proposed law in Hungary to monitor finances of foreign-funded NGOs is another burden for the country's civi society.
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Trump’s encouragement of Duterte suggests that US pressure on regimes around the world to uphold civil liberties may have become a thing of the past.
Moon Jae-in is expected to win the May 9 presidential election.
Balancing domestic expectations and delicate relations with neighbours while trying to deal with North Korea's race to become a nuclear power will make for a challenging five-year term.
Seismic waves observed in South Korea after North Korea claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb on January 6 2016.
The key question is whether North Korea does have nuclear weapons that it can readily use against the United States and its regional allies, South Korea and Japan.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan recently met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Other regions may be helpful to Erdoğan for a short time, but they cannot substitute the economic and political contributions Turkey requires of Europe.
If Maduro is to stay in power, he needs to keep these guys on his side.
If the military abandons Venezuela's power-grabbing president, it's game over for the Maduro regime.
A French president with a global mindset.
France's president-elect made his name in the global arena, and has a diplomatic bent. Revitalising French foreign policy may well be among his early successes.