The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. It is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).
The goal of iKNOW Politics is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life by utilizing a technology-enabled forum. The iKNOW Politics Web site plays a central role in achieving this goal by offering users the opportunity to:
- Access resources, including the online library and the information and expertise of other users, experts and practitioners;
- Create knowledge through mediated discussion forums, information exchange and consolidated expert responses to member queries; and
- Share experiences by using tools specifically designed to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and best practices among members of a global community committed to the advancement of women in politics.
In order to provide the highest possible level of accessibility and ensure wide-scale use, the content and resources on the iKNOW Politics Web site are available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
We present you the iKNOW Politics Team:
RUTH BEECKMANS: Project Coodinator
Ruth Beeckmans holds a Masters in “Comparative Culture Sciences” and “International and European Law”. She previously worked as Parliamentary Development Analyst of the UNDP Democratic Governance Group in New York. In 2009, she served as Regional Electoral Coordinator for the Senatorial Elections in Haiti with MINUSTAH. Prior to this, she worked for the Belgian NGO, Broederlijk Delen, as Policy Analyst on Central Africa. She served as human right specialist for the “Justice and Peace Commission” in Burundi and worked on democratization and decentralization processes in the DRC. She also participated in the electoral observer missions of EURAC in the DRC (2006) and for the European Commission in Nigeria (2007), Sierra Leone (2007) and Togo (2010).
FILIPA RANGE RODRIGUES: Spanish-French language facilitator
Filipa Rodrigues holds a Bachelors in International Relations and a Masters in Chinese Studies. She has worked for the European Parliament for 6 years as a parliamentary adviser, focusing on international trade, economic affairs, environment and energy. In 2010, she worked as a Communications and Project Development consultant for UNODC in Lao PDR. She served as Electoral Officer with UNMIT in Timor-Leste for the 2012 Legislative and Parliamentarian Elections and has most recently worked as a research consultant for IPU.
SALMA NASSER: English-Arabic language facilitator
Salma Nasser holds a Bachelors in Political Science, a Masters in Political Science and a PhD in Development. She served as Senior Officer in the Minister of International Cooperation’s Cabinet in Egypt for over 5 years and she taught in the University of Bangkok and the Future University in Egypt. She has completed several independent consultancies for the UN and reports on gender issues. Since 2011, she was the Regional Team Manager for MENA region in the UNECA African Women’s Rights Observatory and Country Team Leader for Egypt for UNECA African Women’s E-network.
JACQUELINE TSUMA: Web Manager
Jacqueline holds a Bachelors in Computer Science, a Masters in Technology and Resource Management and is currently pursuing a PhD focussing on Knowlegde Management Systems for user-generated information in development work. She worked for 5 years with the United Nations in Bonn, Germany (UNCCD, UN-SPIDER and UNESCO) managing and developing web-based knowledge and information portals. For 3 years prior to that she managed a behaviour change communication and training program targeting youth in universities for public health awareness, life skill development and civic participation with an NGO in Kenya (I Choose Life). She most recently worked with iKNOW Politics as a Knowledge Management Officer providing KM support to the knowledge portal and network.