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In the last 10 years, Morocco has witnessed two divergent trends relating to economic equality between women and men. On one end, the country has enacted laws affirming parity in the labor market between men and women, and it ratified the...
In the last 10 years, Morocco has witnessed two divergent trends relating to economic equality between women and men. On one end, the country has enacted laws affirming parity in the labor market between men and women, and it ratified the...

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In April’s local elections, only one in three of those eligible to vote actually did so. What proportion of those voters were women? It’s difficult to get an exact percentage, but in most UK elections, women account for just under half of the...

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“Our young women are forming a new era in female history,” wrote Massachusetts feminist Judith Sargent Murray excitedly. “The Rights of Women begin to be understood; we seem, at length, determined to do justice.” The year was 1798. It would be two...

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This year marks Mexico’s 60th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and though the country has made progress in passing reforms to increase women’s political participation, women are still not well-represented in decision-making bodies. Mexico has a 60/...

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Eight weeks from Election Day, the heads of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee view the battle for the Senate through very different prisms -- though they share some of the same views on how...

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This article describes benefits and challenges of feminist advocacy. It offers tips for successful advocacy and describes strategies to be incorporated into current and future work.
Megumi Kaneko stood on a podium in front of a poster of herself and dissolved into tears as she urged the mostly-male audience to pick her in this weekend’s Japanese election. In the male-dominated world of Japanese politics, the 36-year-old beauty...
This guide is based on a three-week on-line discussion on young women and HIV/AIDS, hosted by The Association for Women's Rights in Development and UNIFEM. It provides an overview of the on-line discussions, highlights young women’s leadership in...
On the eve of elections in Delhi, women's rights activists called on political parties on Tuesday to commit to a "Womanifesto" - a gender-sensitive agenda - to combat rising crimes against women in the Indian capital. The gang rape and murder of a...
urmese women’s rights activists and government officials aim to finish drafting a bill by the end of the year to prevent violence against women, activists say. “Once enacted, it would be the first law to ensure the protection of women from all forms...
Regardless of the role or industry in question, networking is often an essential part of the modern day-to-day job. We all build up an array of contacts during our professional lives and we learn from the people we meet and work with. As a...
Advocacy 101 is a two-hour course that gives an overview of policymaking at the state legislative and municipal levels of government. The course illustrates basic forms of advocacy as well how to effectively communicate with elected officials and...
This manual was developed for an advocacy training session held in Kyrgyzstan. It contains important information on the legislative processes in Kyrgyzstan in order to aid in the planning and carrying out of effective legislative advocacy campaigns.
This manual was developed for an advocacy training session held in Kyrgyzstan. It contains important information on the legislative processes in Kyrgyzstan in order to aid in the planning and carrying out of effective legislative advocacy campaigns.
Advocacy and lobbying are activities that represent and promote the needs of specific groups in political and social arenas. One such group is women, who can collectively pressure their leaders for legislative reforms to protect and promote women’s...
This manual brings together training material used in Vital Voices advocacy and campaign skills trainings across the globe.  
Political parties in the country have been asked to ensure that at least 30 per cent of all elected positions at the districts, regional and national levels are occupied by women. The electorate have also been advised to vote for more women to...
Afaf Ahmed Abdel Rahman former Minister of Social Development, Khartoum State, Sudan
Ms. Afaf Ahmed Abdel Rahman shares here experience with iKNOW Politics online network. She has been an active member since 2009. Ms. Afaf is the former Minister of Social Development, Khartoum State, Sudan.
When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in the all-encompassing burqa. While most women in conservative Afghanistan may still wear the burqa, today's Afghan woman has choices she...
Afghanistan has been called one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, and much of that danger lies in the home. According to the United Nations, more than 87 per cent of all women there suffer from domestic violence. But now, a...
Since the revolution of January 2011, IDEA has been following closely the transition to democracy in Tunisia. Over the past two years, the Institute has strengthened its presence on the ground to provide support to the ongoing constitutional process...
This resource highlights action-oriented agreed conclusions on a number of issues, including women in power and decision-making, and institutional mechanism for the advancement of women.
You will find here the list of MEPs who have already endorsed EWL Manifesto. Let’s get much more until the European elections! Thanks for your support! As the European Parliament elections are getting closer, we need to make sure that women’s rights...
This powerpoint presentation was given during the Regional Conference on Women's Political Participation: Charting a Path for Political Equality in Asia, organized by UNDP and the National Committee on Gender Equality of Mongolia. Ms. Rabindranath...
This guide describes ‘feminist advocacy’ and how gender equality advocates can use it most effectively. It provides tips on how to weave feminist advocacy into work, chose an advocacy strategy, and build an advocacy campaign.
The law, which was signed into the statue books on Jul. 8, guarantees support to victims, through safe houses, medical treatment and financial and legal help. In addition, violence has been designated as a "public crime", which means anyone can...
Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) engage institutions and citizens in the Arab countries in global concerns so as to build understanding and consensus around regional and national development priorities. They also identify disadvantaged groups...
Jane Martinson reports from the Women in the World summit, where campaigners are drawing attention to the internet as a tool to aid women in the Middle East. To read the full article, please visit The Guardian.
16 Mar 2012 - The Arab Spring continues to blow winds of change in the Middle East. There is no doubt the direction these countries are heading in will affect Arab societies and personal rights. But recently, the focus has been on women in the...
On a cold Monday morning in June, some 50 women from various political backgrounds gathered in this Argentine port city to talk about gender roles inside the home. They conceived of a society in which men and women of all classes share both the...
Future Prime Minister of Malaysia. Mother. Wife. Friend. Daughter of the mercurial and charismatic Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Nurul Izzah is all these and more. How she has grown up.  When she started out in politics, and started speaking publicly,...
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics,...
  Aspiring for True Democracy: The Role of Women and Youth in the Arab Spring withDr. Azza KamelEgypt Dr. Kamel is the director of Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT), the winner of NDI’s 2011 Madeleine K. Albright...
With the new organizational law, the objectives and duties of the national women's machinery (NW)M have been updated and expanded to focus on building equality for women and men, and to move beyond the elimination of discrimination against women,...
The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international membership organization connecting, informing and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human...

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For a while there in 2011, or at least for a few minutes that August, Michele Bachmann was a real contender for the Republican presidential nomination. The race she ran offers several lessons for women who may be thinking of making a White House bid...
Lacking basic services and living under the constant threat of eviction, the people of Bhola wanted to change their situation but needed support to formulate a plan of action. Enter the Local-to-Local Dialogue, a strategic process developed by the...
    26 Mar 2012 - The Government of Bangladesh firmly believes that gender equity is more than a goal itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance....
Former first lady and Mozambican education minister Graça Machel’s advocacy work in women’s financial inclusion will not extend to a return to active mainstream politics. She was speaking exclusively to Independent Newspapers on the edges of the...

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