Women enjoying freedom of voice (Around the World)

Published December 12th, 2010 - 13:57 GMT

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An Egyptian woman holds an election flyer depicting candidate Abdul Moneim Amara as she sits outside a polling station in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood, as the nation of some 41 million eligible voters goes to the polls.
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Image 1 of 10: An Egyptian woman holds an election flyer depicting candidate Abdul Moneim Amara as she sits outside a polling station in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood, as the nation of some 41 million eligible voters goes to the polls.

a Southern Sudanese woman carries her baby as she leaves after registering at a center to vote in the upcoming referendum on the south's independence from the north, in al-Fasher, the capital of north Darfur.
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Image 1 of 10: a Southern Sudanese woman carries her baby as she leaves after registering at a center to vote in the upcoming referendum on the south's independence from the north, in al-Fasher, the capital of north Darfur.

An Oshiherero woman casts her vote at a polling station in Windhoek. About 1.18 million voters are registered to vote for regional councillors in 107 constituencies in 13 political regions. The elections cost about 120 million Namibia dollars (12,457 euros and 16,615 US dollars).
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Image 1 of 10: An Oshiherero woman casts her vote at a polling station in Windhoek. About 1.18 million voters are registered to vote for regional councillors in 107 constituencies in 13 political regions. The elections cost about 120 million Namibia dollars (12,457 euros and 16,615 US dollars).

A woman shows documents and a ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Abidjan, during the second round of Presidential elections.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman shows documents and a ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Abidjan, during the second round of Presidential elections.

A woman waits to cast her ballot at a polling station in Chisinau. Moldova voted in a parliamentary election that aims to end a prolonged power vacuum in Europe's poorest country as it seeks to establish EU membership and sustainable growth.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman waits to cast her ballot at a polling station in Chisinau. Moldova voted in a parliamentary election that aims to end a prolonged power vacuum in Europe's poorest country as it seeks to establish EU membership and sustainable growth.

A Haitian woman passes in front of presidential candidate Jude Celestin posters in Petion-Ville. Deadly violence rocked the run-up to Haiti elections and protests simmered over the handling of a raging cholera outbreak, feeding fears Tuesday that the nation could slip toward broader unrest
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Image 1 of 10: A Haitian woman passes in front of presidential candidate Jude Celestin posters in Petion-Ville. Deadly violence rocked the run-up to Haiti elections and protests simmered over the handling of a raging cholera outbreak, feeding fears Tuesday that the nation could slip toward broader unrest

A woman casts her vote in the regional elections in Catalonia, in Barcelona. Polls indicate voters in what has traditionally been Spain's economic powerhouse will kick out the Socialist-led coalition in favour of the moderate centre-right nationalist Convergence and Union (CiU) coalition.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman casts her vote in the regional elections in Catalonia, in Barcelona. Polls indicate voters in what has traditionally been Spain's economic powerhouse will kick out the Socialist-led coalition in favour of the moderate centre-right nationalist Convergence and Union (CiU) coalition.

A woman marks her vote on a ballot paper at a polling station in Warsaw during Poland's local elections. Polling stations opened across Poland in the first round of local elections, seen as a key test for the governing liberals before general elections in late 2011.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman marks her vote on a ballot paper at a polling station in Warsaw during Poland's local elections. Polling stations opened across Poland in the first round of local elections, seen as a key test for the governing liberals before general elections in late 2011.

A woman walk past an election posters of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP-UDC) reading 'Ivan S. rapist and soon to be Swiss?' in Geneva.
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Image 1 of 10: A woman walk past an election posters of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP-UDC) reading "Ivan S. rapist and soon to be Swiss?" in Geneva.

An Egyptian woman walks past a man sleeping next to a wall decorated with election campaign posters next to a polling station in Cairo, as the nation of some 41 million eligible voters goes to the polls.
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Image 1 of 10: An Egyptian woman walks past a man sleeping next to a wall decorated with election campaign posters next to a polling station in Cairo, as the nation of some 41 million eligible voters goes to the polls.

In some parts of the globe women gained sufferage around the time of the World Wars, while in others they came by this right more recently. Either way a whole array of women are exerting their voting rights today internationally.

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