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Monday, June 05, 2017
Forum organized by African Union Commission and UN Women, with the support of Germany, outlines roadmap for women in governance, peace and security. (New York, 2 June)—UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In commemoration of Democracy Day, an NGO for women and girls, FAME Foundation has called on the Nigerian government to make it easy for women to get involved in politics to enable more women leaders in Nigeria. Speaking in a press statement,...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Using data to bridge the gender gap Globally, women make up 49.7% of the population but hold only 22% of public offices. The Women in Public Service Project Data Portal seeks to answer why this is so, and how to increase the percentage of women in...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Women in Public Service Project’s “50 x 50” initiative has a new tool to help chart a course toward its goal of gender equality in decision-making positions in public service by 2050. A growing data base on global women’s leadership can now be...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections,...
Monday, May 15, 2017
Women group bitter as only 54 women submitted forms for 448 local government positions in Lagos Members of a coalition, Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality for Women Coalition (STAGE), recently lent their voices to the call for more women in...
Friday, May 05, 2017
The clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections,...
Monday, April 10, 2017
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...
Monday, April 10, 2017
To better understand the role of women’s networks, the Women in Public Service Project released the publication "Women's Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change," a research paper and toolkit by Lucina Di...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
NAIROBI — Kenyan activists on Monday welcomed a High Court ruling giving parliament 60 days to ensure a third of lawmakers are women or face dissolution. The ruling follows a lengthy struggle to increase women's political representation in the...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
The Network of Women Parliamentarians in Cabo Verde (Rede de Mulheres Parlamentares de Cabo Verde, RMPCV) has met the Minister of Finance, Dr. Olavo Correia, and the Minister of Education, Family and Social Inclusion, Maritza Rosabal to deliver...
Nigeria women
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Founder of ‘She Forum Africa’, a pan-African NGO, Ms Inimfon Etuk, advocated on Wednesday for more women participation in politics in order to promote entrepreneurship and women’s business initiatives in local communities. In a statement signed...
The courier
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was the lone Republican participant in a panel discussion on “women in politics” on 23 March 2017, but she was excited by the idea that some of the female Democrats present might join her in city government. “I’m really...
Monday, March 27, 2017
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
YAOUNDE — In Cameroon, civil society groups marked this year's International Women's Day by urging women to register to vote and take on larger roles in decision making in their communities. Gender activist and singer Gracia Fonyuy, uses her voice...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
By Pilar Tello Rozas and Carolina Floru Over the last two decades, important regulatory progress has been made in Latin America on the promotion of women’s political participation. 16 of the 18 Latin American countries have implemented affirmative...
Monday, March 13, 2017
By Shana Kaiser and Hamza Amor The members of the new Tunisian government of national unity were sworn in on 27 August, one day after winning the parliamentary vote of confidence. The new government has 40 members (26 ministers and 14 secretaries of...
Monday, March 13, 2017
A group of women 12 MPs from the Réseau des femmes parlementaires mauritaniennes (Network of Mauritian Women Parliamentarians/REFPAM) organized a “caravan”, or outreach visits, to provinces in the country to reach out to local and religious leaders...
Thursday, March 09, 2017
At the initiative of Co-President of UCLG, President of the UCLG Committee on Gender Equality, and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, a delegation of locally elected women will travel to New York to bring their perspectives to the 61st UN Commission on...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
From 9 January to 12 February 2017, iKNOW Politics hosted an e-Discussion on Women’s political participation: a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality, democracy and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fourteen experts from...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme, “Be Bold for Change”, is a call to forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. In particular, it calls for groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women....
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Starting on March 8, the UN Women HeForShe Arts Week will be celebrated across eight cities from Sao Paolo to Bangkok to raise funds for gender equality through the arts. Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland and HeForShe IMPACT Champion,...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
MANILA — The Commission on Elections will be holding a special satellite voter registration for women and girls in Metro Manila and in other parts of the country in celebration of the National Women’s Day. In Comelec resolution 10175 promulgated on...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled on February 14, 2017 at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030”...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) includes gender equality and women’s empowerment programming as a key facet of its democracy-building work in countries transitioning from violent conflict to more stable political processes...
Friday, December 16, 2016
From November 30 to December 2 leading activists in the field of women in politics from Europe and the US came together to jointly strategise around how we can get more women into elected office. With the rise of right-wing populism on both sides of...
Friday, December 16, 2016
We are sharing the annual message from the Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, Joanna Maycock. Dear EWL Friends and Family, Let me begin by stating the obvious…This has been one hell of a year.  From Brexit, to the US elections, to the...
rutgers
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Over the last twenty years, the world has witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of women serving in elected and appointed political roles. Having more women in politics has been viewed in largely positive terms, as leading to attention to a wider...
parliament 50
Friday, December 02, 2016
50:50 Parliament launched #AskHerToStand, a campaign to address the overwhelming gender imbalance in Parliament by encouraging everyone to ask talented and inspirational women to stand as Parliamentary candidates. 50:50 Parliament is working with ...
Westminster
Friday, December 02, 2016
By Alexandra Topping Women and equalities minister Justine Greening says there is a danger that female representation will flatline at current 30%. Progress on the representation of women in Westminster is in danger of stalling, according to a group...
iraqi women network
Thursday, December 01, 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...
50 50
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Join 50:50 Parliament for their annual event in Parliament to mark the anniversary of Nancy Astor, the first woman MP to take her seat in the Commons in 1919. This year 50:50 Parliament is launching #AskHerToStand; a campaign to address the gender...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Research on women’s political participation at the community level was undertaken by Womankind in four very different countries – Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and Afghanistan. The work in each context intends to increase women’s political participation...
Friday, November 11, 2016
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote that American women shouldn’t "wrinkle their foreheads with politics." A century and a half later, when Hillary Clinton was born, that attitude still prevailed. That year, 1947, the US had zero female senators, zero...
Friday, November 11, 2016
By Jack Aldane Visitors to the COP22 climate change summit in Marrakesh Morocco arrived early this morning to hear five female leaders discuss a global need for more women to influence the fight against global warming. Anne Hidalgo, Chair-elect of ...
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of its efforts to engage youth as champions for gender equality, IWSAW released an...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Women parliamentarians from the Arab States region unite to make a difference for sustainable development. While the Arab States region is at a crucial point of transition in history, gender equality and inclusion must be on the top of the region’s...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality "Ra’edat", or "Pioneers" in English, is a regional parliamentary network that advocates gender equality and the fair participation of women in policymaking in the Arab States region. The Network...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Local rights groups criticized on Tuesday the legal provision on female genital mutilation (FGM) in its current format, proposing several amendments besides those put forth by the health ministry. Since its issuance in 2008, the legal provision...

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