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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The methodology for incorporating a gender perspective into OAS/EOMs presented in this manual provides OAS international electoral observation with the technical tools for a careful examination of equitable participation by men and women throughout...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In the framework of the ‘Tunisian Week’ which took place at the European Parliament (Brussels) on the 2-4 May, the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Global Forum co-hosted the debate ‘Gender equality and the participation of women in public life‘. The...
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The IPU developed both the concept and definition of gender-sensitive parliaments and has been at the forefront of supporting gender-sensitive parliamentary reform. On 20 April, the Feminist Group of the Finnish Parliament held a meeting in Helsinki...
Thursday, May 04, 2017
In Cambodia, women continue to be underrepresented in politics. Only three of 29 cabinet ministers are women, and there are no women provincial governors. Women make up just 20 percent of National Assembly members— though a higher proportion than...
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Vous désirez briguer un poste de conseillère ou de mairesse ?  Vous souhaitez connaître le fonctionnement d’un conseil municipal ? C’est quoi SimulACTIONS ? Un projet innovateur et concret visant à démystifier le fonctionnement, les procédures d’un...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Jean Sinzdak could see right away that this year would be different for women in politics. For the first time in her 12 years of running a seminar for women interested in public office, she had to start a waitlist. Registrations for the “Ready to...
Monday, April 24, 2017
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – In rural Cambodia, the women’s revolution is coming. It’s not happening with pink pussy hats, placards and chanting. Instead, it’s driven by quiet determination and a hunger to learn. They are gathered on the second floor of a...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) over the weekend completed a week training for 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from across the 73 electoral districts in Liberia. The training was held at the Development...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Organizers of a three-year project hope to increase the number of Island women engaging as elected representatives and organizers. “Engaging Island Women for Political Action” is a project of the P.E.I. Coalition for Women in...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
For one Chicago woman, the epiphany came just a few days after the presidential election. As Sameena Mustafa processed Donald Trump's victory and the shifting national political climate, she found it was no longer enough to vote, donate money or...
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
Women in Somalia continue to face significant obstacles that limit their political participation. Along with institutional and financial constraints that prevent women from running for office, women also face technical capacity challenges and other...
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...
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...
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....
Friday, March 03, 2017
The parliamentary event at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held in New York on 17 March 2017. The event, entitled Empowering parliaments to empower women; Making the economy work for women, is...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
When Liberians go to the polls on October 10, they will see more women on the ballots. That is, if 138 “women’s leadership boot camp” graduates have anything to say about it.   Although in 2005 Liberians elected Africa’s first woman head of state,...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By Marie Doucey International IDEA and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), with the support of the Swiss Confederation and USAID, organized two BRIDGE workshops in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on gender and elections and on media...
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
From 27-30 November 2016, International IDEA Haiti office organized a conference for the National Federation of Women Mayors of Haiti (FENAFEMH), in partnership with the South Training Institute (IFOS). For the first time in Haiti, a 30% gender...
Friday, February 03, 2017
Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and...
Friday, February 03, 2017
Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
When she thinks about getting women involved in government, Kelly Dittmar can’t help but be reminded of asparagus. A few years ago, Dittmar, an expert on women’s participation in politics, had a friend who needed to fill a spot on “some sort of...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
As Hillary Clinton exits the national stage, US women continue to pursue a political life. Will a Trump presidency motivate more women to run for office? The election of Donald Trump delivered a crushing blow to US women's rights activists hoping to...
maldives un women
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The United Nations in Maldives and the UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka organized a workshop to discuss women’s participation and leadership in peace and security based on the principles of the historic UN...
Thursday, December 08, 2016
International IDEA has conceptualized this Framework in order to provide an example of the main elements of an internal gender policy for an electoral management body (EMB). Its purpose is to support EMBs in their aspirations and efforts to create...
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...
ipu
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) follows up its landmark study on sexism against women MPs with an initiative to advance gender-sensitive reforms in parliament. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, IPU launched...
ipu toolkit
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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-...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is working to promote the organization of credible and participatory elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Building on past election experiences, post-election reports and election observation recommendations,...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
As part of its ongoing effort to empower Jordanian women to more effectively engage in the political process, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) launched a program on “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Elections.” The program targeted women...
Monday, October 03, 2016
The constitution-building process provides an extraordinary opportunity for women and gender-equality advocates to participate in the framing of democratic institutions. The Constitution Assessment for Women’s Equality helps users analyse a...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Overview Promoting gender equality outcomes in parliament Gender equality and gender mainstreaming: key definitions Gender research: questions driving gender research across all policy areas Collecting and using sex–disaggregated data Gender...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The platform features different courses focused on capacity-building for MPs. 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Strengthening women’s rights and addressing barriers to political participation are critical to achieving gender equality and female empowerment. USAID is supporting women around the world by: Providing training for female members of political...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Young people in growing numbers from from around the world have a superpower. They have the power to engage and to vote, and NDI is encouraging them to use it. As we celebrate International Day of Democracy, it is important to remember that...
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...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice (WGDAW) was created by the Human Rights Council in 2010, and consists of five independent expert members from different regions of the world.  The methods of work...
Friday, September 09, 2016
Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA) Director-General Raed Mohammed Bin Shams recently announced endeavors to help Bahraini women develop tools to grow into positions of leadership, a strategy that falls in line with the goals of the...
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Womankind Worldwide explains the importance of the CDIMA, Center for the Holistic Development of Aymara Women (CDIMA). Asunta is 46 and from Queñi. For years she suffered physical and emotional abuse from her brother. “He wanted to have all the land...

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