Women's Leadership

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Learn & Interact

Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the Arab States
The United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security was adopted on 31 October 2000 (S/RES/1325). Participation is one of the four pillars of the UNSCR, stressing the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and...
Women’s participation in politics in (post) conflict countries: Role of women in peace negotiations
“Wherever there is conflict, women must be part of the solution” – Michelle BacheletWomen must be allowed to participate in peace negotiations as well as be a part of the transition process after a conflict. However, most often women are neglected and ignored and their opinions and voices are cast...
Challenges for women in politics: the glass ceiling - stereotypes in terms of portfolio assignments
“The principles of gender-sensitive parliaments can be advanced if women occupy leadership positions as parliamentarians and as key members of parliamentary staff, as they are in a position to influence policy directions, change parliamentary procedure and practices, serve as role models to other...
Young Women and Political Leadership
Welcome to the circle on Young Women and Political Leadership. In this circle, iKNOW Politics members are invited to share their ideas and experiences about the participation of young women in politics and public life. It would be interesting to hear what iKNOW Politics members think are are the...
Helen Clark, radio interview
New Zealand's first elected female Prime Minister, Helen Clark became active in politics while studying at the University of Auckland.In this radio interview from election night in 1981, you can hear the newly-elected MP for Mt Albert talking about her hopes for her new life in Parliament.She would...
What nobody tells you about being a woman in politics
From unwanted advice about having kids to unrealistic expectations for fundraising, Reps. Terri Sewell and Veronica Escobar talk about the obstacles faced by women who run for office.Click here to to hear the full conversation.
Spotlight- discussion with Martin Chungong
Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir discusses with Martin Chungong Managing Director of the International Parliamentary Union on gender-based violence and harassment for women in European Parliaments.Click here to watch the video.
What if women ruled the world?
Only 6.3% of all international leaders are women. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian president and Africa's first elected female head of state, suggests ways to redress the balance.
Quotas and affirmative action in politics is ‘not good for women’: Bishop
Former speaker and Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop says quotas and affirmative action in politics is ‘not good for women’ because they ‘become a permanent second-class citizen. ‘I would never ever want that said about me, and I would never ever want that said about another woman in the Liberal Party.’ Ms...
How growing number of women in politics is shaping perceptions of power, strength
There are more women than ever serving in Congress right now.And there are more women running for president in 2020 than ever before.This seems to represent a fundamental shift in American politics, rather than merely “the year of the woman” — a term used to describe the state of American politics...
Training modules to increase women's political participation
These new training materials take best practices and approaches from NDI's work around the world and make them into a set of tools to increase the quality of training programs for women as voters, advocates, elections officials, political party members, candidates and office holders. The training...
Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit
The Gender-Responsive Assembly Toolkit is intended for all actors that drive change within organizations, including Director-/Secretary-Generals, Secretariats, Member States, civil society and staff. We undertake to uphold common standards for gender-responsive assemblies by sharing current actions...
Guide to Women Leaders (WFPG)
The Women’s Foreign Policy Group publishes the Guide to Women Leaders in International Affairs to highlight women leaders shaping foreign policy around the world. The Guide provides an index of prominent women from across the international community, including heads of state and government,...
The boot camp building a new cohort of female leaders in Latin America
In Latin America, a boot camp for high-potential women in the public sector aims to break the male hold on political decision-making by creating a new generation of female leaders. The intensive program involves coaching sessions, mentoring, skills training, networking opportunities and lectures by...
Toolkit: Advancing Women Leaders in Africa
In March 2017, Dr. Joyce Banda launched her paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa” as the crux of her research while serving as a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.  As a woman leader and former President of Malawi, Dr. Banda knows the barriers...
Guide on Women’s Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change
Since 1995, the world average of women in parliament has grown from 11.3 percent to 22.7 percent. Although progress is slow going, multiple initiatives can be credited for building momentum behind equal representation. The Beijing Platform for Action, an agenda for women’s empowerment, is one...

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iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
International Idea's GSoD In Focus: Political gender equality and the global state of democracy indices
UN Women
Violence against women in politics: Expert group meeting report and recommendations
UN Women
Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums
Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration

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