Indigenous women and other minorities suffer from a lack of political representation, economic marginalization and poverty, lack of access to social services and discrimination. This section highlights news, resources and stories on minorities and indigenous women's struggle for political inclusion.
Picture it: A world without a gender gap; a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?
Women's economic empowerment is essential for sustainable development. The inclusion of women results in gains not just for women, but also for men and for children—gains in the economy, in health and brighter prospects for the future. In this special feature we explore linkages between women's political participation and economic empowerment.
ICTs can be potentially used to foster wider political participation. Look here for inspiration and examples of how women around the world used ICTs to change their societies.
Women’s issues seem to be high on the agenda for political parties in upcoming India’s mammoth general election. This section will explore this important event from a gendered perspective.
Arab women played a central role in the Arab revolutions and they are at the heart of the current debate as post-revolutionary Arab countries struggle to define their new identities. This section captures stories, news, resources and voices of women as they rebuild their countries in the Arab region.
"I call on the members of the largest youth generation in history to face the challenges and consider what you can do to solve it. To control your destiny and translate your dreams into a better future for all." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
As the prominence of women in politics increases, so does the incidence of violence against women in politics. This section highlights news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
In a representative democracy, political parties function as a link between state institutions and local grassroots organizations. It is political parties that aggregate interests, present political alternatives and nominate candidates. As such, political parties play an essential role for the advancement of women and the promotion of equality. In this section, you will find information on the role of political parties in promoting women's political participation.
The right to vote and the right to stand for election are two fundamental elements of democracy. Notably, many countries did not afford women the right to vote until the 20th Century. Even today, universal suffrage is not a given right in all countries, and women often face obstacles that undermine their participation in political and electoral processes. There are various ways to support women in overcoming these obstacles. Such methods include revising the electoral system used, applying affirmative action mechanisms such as quotas, improving voter education for women and training...