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Thursday, June 16, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995, by Member States, which aims to support sustainable democracy worldwide and assist in the development...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Organization of American States, OAS, approves a historical American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 17 years after the first meetings to sign this Declaration. Héctor Huertas, lawyer and indigenous leader of the Guna people in...
Monday, June 13, 2016
This study report on Women in Power and Decision-Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries, 2015 is part of the project Short term high quality studies to support activities under the Eastern Partnership – HiQSTEP, carried out by an international...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Summary record of the Joint Biennial Meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A game...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Members of the Working Group, as well as representatives of civil society organizations and academia will evaluate lessons learned and assess the results of the First Round of National Reports on the Protocol of San Salvador. This online event is...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Foreign ministers of OAS member states will meet from June 14-15, in the Dominican Republic. The General Assembly will be broadcast live on the OAS Website. More information is available here.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Foreign Ministers of the Hemisphere, gathered for three days in Santo Domingo during the annual meeting of the hemispheric institution’s highest decision-making body, will discuss “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
In the context of the 46th OAS General Assembly, the institution’s highest authorities, along with representatives of civil society organizations in the Hemisphere, will exchange views on their main concerns, public policies throughout the region,...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Hollywood star and human rights activist, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, has been recently appointed as Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, within its new Centre for Women, Peace and Security (WPS). This position is unpaid and honorary,...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
After the brutal raping of a 16-year old girl by 30 men in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, different women's groups have carried out actions of rejection, as this demonstration in Goiania. The victim, who said she believed she would die, is now trying to...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
New article published in The Atlantic explores the reasons behind Michel Temer’s decision to establish a white men only government in Brazil. The fact that the new government of Brazil is only made up by white men caused many commentators to...
Friday, May 20, 2016
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against...
Friday, May 20, 2016
The aim of the project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. The terms of reference specified two key objectives. The first was to overview existing UN mechanisms to ascertain...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
This is a USA-focused guide for American mayors on how to promote gender equality in cities and local government. It features many case studies –one of them on CEDAW implementation in San Francisco- recommendations, links to complementary studies,...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
During the biannual meeting of the Federal Electoral Tribunal, its president, Constancio Carrasco, has assumed the Presidency and the Technical Secretary of the Observatory of Political Participation of Women in Mexico. At the event, Lorena Cruz,...
Monday, May 16, 2016
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Like other blockbuster media moments, Shonda Rhimes' television show Scandal proves there is a massive audience for American political dramas, especially those featuring a sidelong glance toward largely repressed national and cultural debates about...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
A new article published in The Cap Times focuses on the sexist violence experienced by women who are involved in politics. The article starts citing the words by State Representative Michelle Litjens, who declared: “You have to be pretty strong. I...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
An article published in The Atlantic discusses the negative impacts for women’s political empowerment of the so-called ‘system of beauty’. This expression refers to the systematic referral to women’s appearance, instead of focusing the attention on...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL), as a network of 30 NGO’s and academic institutions focusing on gender equality, submits this Shadow report with regard to the consideration of the Sixth Periodic Report submitted by the Czech Republic to the United...
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Judith Prat, documentary photographer, has recently published an article on the sustained political struggle of Kurdish women. The article builds upon an interview with Cemile Akgun (vid. Photo) from the association “Mothers for Peace”. After the...
Monday, May 09, 2016
The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) has published an article on the situation of women defenders of human rights in Mesoamerica. The article highlights the extra difficulty experienced by female human rights activists in a context marked by...
Friday, May 06, 2016
Botswana is considered a middle-income country. The country has also enjoyed a stable democracy since 1996. Botswana is committed to upholding the rule of law and affords its citizens and all people in the country ‘the protection and the enjoyment...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
With this event The Organization of American States opens a space to debate about the regional advances within the framework of the “Protocol of San Salvador”, accessible here. The debate refers to the importance of promoting and enabling the...
Pam Damoff Pam Damoff is Member of Parliament in Canada
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pam Damoff is a business professional and community activist who has served as a Town Councillor in Oakville since 2010. Her extensive public service is combined with over 27 years of corporate experience on Bay Street. She has been elected to...
Megan Gerrard Megan Gerrard is Senior Programme Officer for Gender-Based Violence Prevention - Women's Refugee Commission
Monday, April 25, 2016
Oluremi Tinubu Member of the Nigerian Senate, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women's Affairs
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). An educationist, administrator, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of the Niger, she was the exemplary First Lady of...
Monday, April 18, 2016
The objective of this publication is to critically assess progress and efforts in advancing women’s political participation in the OSCE region. This compendium brings together existing knowledge and good practice while considering what needs to be...
Monday, April 18, 2016
This animated video was launched by UN Women Jordan, during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence". While highlighting the positive effects of its implementation in the society, the video revises the negative connotations associated...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The International Peace Institute (IPI) has interviewed Hon. Dr betty Achan Ogwaro, parliamentarian in the government of South Sudan. The interview discusses the difficult situation for women in the violent conflict affecting this African country....
Friday, April 08, 2016
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Women Refugee Commission (WRC) have decided to work together to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls in Europe fleeing conflict. European and national policies are gender blind to the reality...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
The Huffington Post published recently a compilation of 60 photographs of women protesting around the world. Based on reports by UN Women, the article departs from the fact that women are generally underrepresented in electoral and institutional...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Published in the Huffington Post, this new article by Emma Fulu discusses the present and future challenges for gender parity and women’s political empowerment. Starting with a discussion on the rejection that the adjective ‘feminist’ still provoke...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Different organizations published a solidarity statement with Nazra for Feminist Studies. The following manifesto was originally published here. The undersigned organizations, affiliated to the Egyptian Feminist Movement, condemn what Nazra for...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
After the last International Women’s Day, UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, delivered the message ‘From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards’: “As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going...
Friday, April 01, 2016
The regular meeting of the body of the inter-American human rights system will include public hearings to be held on April 4, 5, 7 and 8, in which countries as well as civil society organizations will participate.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Organization of American States (OAS) –through the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)- the Principality of Liechtenstein (in its capacity of Permanent Observer) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) will...
Friday, March 11, 2016
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights has just published a new report on the serious situation affecting human rights in South Sudan. The report describes a multitude of horrendous human rights violations, including a...
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, has published an Op-Ed on CNN on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2016. Ms. Albright is chairwoman of the Albright Stonebridge Group, and of the National Democratic...
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The Campaign has mobilized 48 Presidents and Prime Ministers who have committed to the importance of more women in political leadership. The Heads of State and Government have contributed to the advocacy campaign with their individual testimonial by...

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