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Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Afghanistan

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a passionate young MP from Afghanistan—one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a female politician. She was elected to parliament in 2010 and became President of IPU’s Committee on Democracy and Human Rights in 2014.
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Dr Nada Ibrahim, Iraq

Dr Nada Ibrahim is a member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives for the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, a Sunni party. First elected in December 2005 under the newly adopted Iraqi constitution, she is now serving her second term as
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Ana Gabriela Guevara, Mexico

Former world-class Mexican athlete Ana Gabriela Guevara is now a Senator. She works for social justice and considers it an honour to have entered politics. Senator Ana Gabriela Guevara is an icon in Mexico. Her career as a 400m athlete
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Arta Dade, Albania

Albanian MP Arta Dade is committed to increasing the number of women in parliament, and working together to tackle organized crime and corruption. She is a former minister of foreign affairs and culture, youth and sports. This is an edited
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Margaret Mensah-Williams, Namibia

Margaret Mensah-Williams still remembers the shock she felt as a child at seeing men with numbers around their necks, during the apartheid era in Namibia. Spurred into political action, she later made history, becoming the country's first woman deputy speaker
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Roberto León, Chile

Chilean MP Roberto León is committed to closing the gap between rich and poor. His political interest was sparked as a schoolboy growing up under dictatorship, and he now works for change both at home and across Latin America.
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Nabila Benomar, Morocco

Moroccan MP Nabila Benomar believes education is the key to changing discrimination against women—and says that despite the king’s strong support for women, much remains to be done in wider society. She encourages other women to enter politics despite the struggles they may face. This is an edited version of an iKNOW politics interview conducted on 5 March 2013.
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Safiatou Traoré, Mali

Safiatou Traoré’s passion to improve the lives of women and young people in Mali was the driving force behind her entry into politics. She backs positive discrimination to help close the gap between the numbers of men and women in
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Sahar Qawasmy, Palestine

Palestinian MP Sahar Qawasmy is a member of Fatah who was elected to parliament in 2006 and the first female provincial secretary. She has fought hard to end discrimination against women—arguing against whose who try to justify inequality on religious
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Gabriela Rivadeneira, Ecuador

Gabriela Rivadeneira became the youngest Speaker of Parliament in Latin America not long after being elected to parliament for the first time. From writing political graffiti on walls as a young person, she has risen to the very top of
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Amina Zouabi, Jordan

Former Jordanian Senator Amina Zouabi finds grounds for optimism in the opportunities being given to women in her country—although traditional views persist. She urges women to fight for further change armed with education and culture. This is an edited version
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Birgitta Jonsdottir, Iceland

In what way has the investigation by US authorities impacted on your work as an MP? I was advised by my lawyers in the USA and by the Icelandic foreign affairs ministry not to travel to the USA while my
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Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, United Arab Emirates

Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi was the first woman in the United Arab Emirates Parliament and the first female deputy speaker of the Federal National Council. She made history in 2013 when she chaired a House session, an occasion she described as a great honour. This is an edited version of an iKNOW politics interview conducted in November 2013.
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Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Bangladesh

Former Supreme Court lawyer Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the first-ever woman to take the top job in the Bangladeshi parliament and also the youngest. She is a committed campaigner for women’s rights who has won an award for her work
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