Opinion Pieces

April 5, 2017
Everyday acts of gender-based violence are far too common in Canadian politics
Written by iKNOW Politics Contributor Arezoo Najibzadeh and Emerald Bensadoun. This blog was originally published here by Huffington Post Canada on 20 March 2017.  In a country that prides itself in its gender-equal cabinet, the question of whether or not Parliament Hill is a safe space for women...
March 8, 2017
Feminism, Facebook and Fake News: The case for women’s political engagement in 2016
iKNOW Politics expert Sonia Palmieri submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. Every generation blames the one before. Or so sang Mike and the Mechanics. When I was studying feminism in the 1990s, I remember thinking my brand of feminism was very different...
March 8, 2017
Women and Ghana’s 2016 Parliamentary Election
iKNOW Politics expert Gretchen Bauer submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. In December 2016, Ghana held its seventh parliamentary and presidential elections since transitioning from decades of military rule in 1992. In keeping with a pattern of...
January 11, 2017
Women MPs are the key to progress, says Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties must both adapt to become more reflective of the...
December 12, 2016
Access to elections for women in the past year
Submitted by Halima Tahirkheli  In southern Mexico in 2016, women were granted the permission to vote in local elections for the first time. Since 1953, women were allowed to vote in the presidential and regional election; however, traditional law in parts of Oaxaca State only allowed men to vote...
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December 1, 2016
Iraqi Women Network Statement: Marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign 2016
Submitted by Basma Al Khateeb On the twenty-fifth day of November, which was endorsed by the United Nations since 1999, the international day for the Elimination of violence against women, the 16 Days campaign against violence against women will be launched, it ends on Dec 10th, which marks the...
November 22, 2016
Immoral hazard: the gender inequality of risk
This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, in conjunction with the U.N.’s 22ndConference of the Parties (COP22) in Morocco (Nov. 7-18). To view the entire series, click here. By Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General...
October 13, 2016
Is the new man at the United Nations a feminist?
This opinion piece was written by Hibaaq Osman, founder and CEO of Karama, and published by the Huffington Post. The debates on who would will lead the United Nations ended yesterday like they always do - behind closed doors with a man winning. The former prime minister of Portugal, António...
September 28, 2016
The Glass Ceiling
By Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Union Commission for the European Union Budget and Human Resources   Theresa May and Angela Merkel got there first, but like many in Europe, I was moved when Hillary Clinton stood up and pronounced the "glass ceiling" finally shattered with...