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Youth Political Participation
Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men, and while women are often disadvantaged in accumulating experience to run for office, young people are systematically marginalized because of their young...
Violence against Women in Politics
Recently, elected women from France, Canada, Scotland and Israel, to name a few examples, publicly condemned misogynist and violent political cultures. Not only did they expose acts of harassment and violence in politics, they made the case that violence should not be the price of participating in...
Eliminating Discriminatory Laws and Closing Gender Gaps
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision-making and society at large.Gender discrimination...
Parliamentary Oversight of Gender Equality
Parliaments are key stakeholders in the promotion and achievement of gender equality. Parliamentary oversight processes provide and opportunity to ensure that governments maintain commitments to gender equality. While women parliamentarians have often assumed responsibility for this oversight, many...
Women mayors, women elected as head of villages, towns and cities
While women have made great strides in politics, there are still some glass ceilings to be shattered among these are women’s access to local offices and particularly their election as mayors.The first woman mayor recorded is believed to be Susanna Madora Salter of the United States who served as...
Mentorship programs to support candidates and elected female MPs beyond training and study tours
"Whenever I am asked what the missing link is between a promising businessperson and a successful one, mentoring comes to mind; if you are looking to make your way in business, try to find a mentor. If you are in a position to share the skills you have learned, give something back by becoming a...
Elene Khoshtaria
Elene Khoshtaria is a Member of Parliament and Member of the Gender Equality Council in Georgia.This interview was conducted in March 2017 in the margins of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York.
In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”
Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights activist, Ms. Gilly Khailany was one of the key...
Thandi Modise
Thandi Modise is the Chairperson of the Upper House of the Parliament (National Council of Provinces) of South Africa.This interview was conducted in March 2018 in New York during the CSW.
Moussa Timbiné
Moussa Timbiné is a Member of the National Assembly in Mali.This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
Caroline Janvier
Caroline Janvier was elected to the French National Assembly on 18 June 2017, representing the department of Loiret.This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
Ali Guyo
Ali Guyo is a Member of the National Assembly in Kenya.This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
Women Count: A casebook for Gender Responsive Budgeting groups
Women Count is a resource produced by the UK Women’s Budget Group for anyone who wants to work on gender responsive budgeting. It is available as a PDF and through a dedicated website: womencount.wbg.org.ukWomen throughout the world still face inequality throughout...
Making Laws Work for Women and Men: A Practical Guide to Gender-Sensitive Legislation
This ODIHR guide looks at the legislative process as a vital entry point for gender mainstreaming, while taking into account the direct and tangible impact of legislation on people’s lives. It is primarily intended for members of parliament and parliamentary staff, and aims to offer practical...
ipu toolkit
Evaluating the gender sensitivity of parliaments: A self assessment toolkit by IPU
While parliaments vary in their level of gender sensitivity, there is room for improvement across the globe. This toolkit is relevant to all parliaments, whatever political system they adhere to and whatever their stage of development. The self-assessment process is not intended to rank parliaments...
Women’s Caucus Fact Sheet
Why form a Women’s Caucus? Women who are organized into a caucus can serve the same purpose as a “critical mass” of women, even where women do not make up a significant a portion of the legislature.1 Caucuses are able to extend influence over several realms simultaneously: • They impact the...
E-learning Portal for Parliaments
The platform features different courses focused on capacity-building for MPs. 
ABC for a Gender Sensitive Constitution: Hanbdook for engendering constitution-making
During political transitions it is important to put emphasis on women’s rights and gender equality in order to take the opportunity to correct the historical exclusion of women from the political sphere. Thus, a reform process towards democracy can only be successful if human rights for both women...

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iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in parliament in 2017: The year in review by IPU
UN Women
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2017
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in Politics Map 2017

Related Websites

UN Women's Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database
City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres in Brazil
Violence against Women in Politics
E-learning Portal for Parliaments
Women’s Caucus Fact Sheet