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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Violence is not the cost of politics. That is the driving principle of the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) campaign to stop violence against women in politics. While gender equality in political life has significantly grown in the past few...
Monday, February 01, 2016
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently raised alarm bells over “new and extremely disturbing patterns of human rights violations”. With more than 230,000 people who have left the country in the last year and despite the numerous calls...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This Workshop Report was originally published by International IDEA here on January 11, 2016. Women continue to be underrepresented in Bhutan politics and following the general elections in 2013 the number of women parliamentarians sank from 14...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Careers in politics Workshop will take place in Miami on February 19, 2016. This four-hour workshop will cover these five highly needed political careers today for women: Strategists, lobbyists, communications, consultants, social media...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Campaign Finance 101 is an online course for candidates planning to run for office. It helps participants in creating a campaign finance plan, setting fundraising goals, donor identification and solicitation, campaign finance regulations and hiring...
Monday, December 28, 2015
The program “Enhancing Women’s Political Participation in China,” implemented between 2011 and 2015 by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) with the support of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, has three goals: (1) to improve laws and...
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Violence against women takes many forms and it is a global phenomenon. It is the case, however, that during electoral processes violence against women is generally increased; the reason behind this trend is that the attention that the media pay to...
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
UN Women’s initiative ‘HeForShe’, initiated on September 2014, is currently on tour all over Europe, and today’s stop is the London School of Economics. Everyone can follow the live event here. HeForShe is UN Women’s initiative to engage men and...
Women in Egypt
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Egyptian women have been using a number of hashtags — among them #Idon’tFeelSafeOnTheStreet, #AntiHarassment and #ExposeHarasser — on social networking sites to speak up about the daily sexual harassment they experience. These campaigns are part of...
She ran She won
Thursday, February 12, 2015
iKNOW Politics has compiled video testimonies from women parliamentarians from all over the globe to create this video on identifying and overcoming obstacles that women women face when seeking election to parliament.
Ruth Colian-Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The first-ever Israeli political party dedicated to ultra-Orthodox women, was unveiled Monday. Heading the party, called “B’Zhutan: Haredi Women Making Change” is Ruth Colian, 33, a veteran social activist and feminist who declared that this was a “...
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as...
Monday, December 29, 2014
A new day for women dawned in Taiwan Thursday, with females winning seven of the 22 city and county council speaker positions throughout the country.  The seven are Wu Pi-chu of Taipei, Kang Yu-cheng of Kaohsiung city, Jao Ching-ling of Taitung...
Monday, December 22, 2014
By Halima Tahirkheli, The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report has ranked Saudi Arabia as 128th of the 138 nations in terms of gender equality (Pasquesoone, 2011). One example of women’s limited rights is the male guardianship system. The...
Nicola Sturgeon
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
 by Lucile Huguet Scotland didn’t get enough Yes to become independent from England. However, the country is at a real turning point of its history. Scotland got its first female politician elected as head of the country. As we know, the No vote was...
Friday, December 12, 2014
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...
Fatemeh Rahbar Member of Parliament, Iran
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fatemeh Rahbar, Member of Parliament in Iran speaks to iKNOW politics about campaigning and election to parliament as a woman in her country.
Birgitta Jonsdottir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir Member of Parliament, Iceland
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland about the changing face of politics and how she began her career.
Dilma Roussef is re-elected.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
President Dilma Rousseff has promised to re-unite Brazil after narrowly winning re-election to a second term in office with 51.6% of the vote. She said "dialogue" would be her top priority after a bitterly fought campaign against centre-right...
Quotas for female politicians, elections in Brazil
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Photo-Paulo Whitaker/Reuters SÃO PAULO—This year, for the first time in Brazil’s history, two women—incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and former environment minister Marina Silva—had a serious chance of winning the presidency. Marina, who sought...
Women's campaign school
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Women’s Campaign School is teaching women how to run a successful campaign. For the most part, politics is still a man’s thing. And the numbers from the National Women’s Political Caucus support that (disappointing) claim: Of the 535...
Girls Matter
Sunday, September 07, 2014
The Girl Guides once taught young women to cope away from civilisation with camping trips and nature skills. Now, they are more concerned with helping them face the challenges of modern life. The youth group yesterday took its first step into...
Empower Malaysia
Friday, September 05, 2014
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is gravely concerned with the quality of the debate going on regarding a woman candidate for the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) post. Impossibly high moral standards are placed on Wan Azizah. We have...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Wai Wai Nu is a diminutive 27-year-old with pro-democracy activism in her genes and a quarter of her young life spent behind bars. The former political prisoner is now working to end the persecution faced by her people, the stateless Rohingya...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has launched a report and training manual for building the capacity of stakeholders on Affirmative Action in the country. The manual titled: "Sociocultural Determinants of...
E-book
Friday, August 22, 2014
This e-book with the title “The Success and the Barriers to Women’s Representation in Southeast Asia: Between State Policies, Political Parties and Women’s Movement” is a result of analysis of four regional researches conducted in a USAID Program...
Marina Silva
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Photo-AFP Some accused it of being predictable and even boring - a presidential election in which the incumbent was all but guaranteed of being re-elected without, perhaps, even the need for a second round of voting. But then tragedy intervened and...
International Youth Day 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Photo-UN Women/Marco Dormino Today 1.8 billion adolescents make up the largest youth generation in history – and they are stirring nations and raising their voices! The challenges faced by young women and girls in particular are making headlines...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The top candidates for Toronto’s mayoral race and where they stand on key issues are well known, but the odds are that few people know who is running for city council in their ward. A non-partisan group of approximately 15 youth is looking to change...
Sunday, July 27, 2014
With just 99 days to go until election day in November, political parties and candidates are all hard at work, looking for votes. Democrats want to make sure they get as many women's votes as they can. So they brought national Democratic Party Chair...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva, and its partner organizations, will host an NGO Forum as part of the UNECE* Regional Review of Beijing+20 (Palais des Nations, Geneva - 6-7 Nov. 2014). This NGO Forum will examine the 12 critical...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
MEPA is a one-year, post-graduate programme in comprehensive advanced learning on electoral processes for current and aspiring election professionals. The Programme, delivered with the support of International IDEA, is especially beneficial for...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Perspective by Bharati Sadasivam, Gender Practice Team Leader I was recently among a few thousand people at the public launch of a year-long UN Women campaign marking 20 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Women leaders,...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
“Recently, Uruguay has made headlines around the world by passing laws and measures considered progressive. However, on some basic issues we are still a long way from the headlines. We are more likely in the sidebars,” starts the ad starring well-...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) has identified the low number of women in Nigerian parliament as the reason for the failure of gender-based bills in the legislature, adding that it is unacceptable that only seven per cent of...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Tibetan Women's Association and its global network of regional chapters said they have successfully organized a series of actions during the 33rd Kalachakra initiation offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and held in Ladakh from July 03-14,...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently...
Friday, July 11, 2014
In the U.S., the term “hashtag activism” is usually uttered with a kind of derisive sneer, the implication being that social media can’t be used to effect any kind of “real” change. But in Syria, sites like Twitter and Facebook are an integral part...
Beijing+20
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Indian actor and director of numerous films and founder of Men Against Rape & Discrimination (MARD), Farhan Akhtar was touched by the struggle to end violence against women when a woman he worked with was sexually assaulted and killed in her own...

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