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Egyptian women were at the heart of the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Their contribution ranged from work in the labour movement to a female journalist breaking taboos by suing the government for harassment. They walked shoulder...

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After gaining the right to vote and participate in elections in 1952, one would assume that more female politicians would be taking part in Lebanon’s administrative scene. Women won the right to participate in politics 19 years before those in...

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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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The Speaker of the Tongan parliament, Lord Fakafanua today launched a program, the Practice Parliament for Women. The program aims at encouraging women to enter parliament.  Lord Fakafanua announced the initiative this morning, and launched a...

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LAHORE: As many as 147 women are contesting election 2013 in 105 National Assembly and 301 women in 203 provincial assembly constituencies on general seats. As per data compiled by a research based organization and released by Aazar Ayaz, Executive...

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Dates * Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held from 1-3 March 2014* Applications and abstract submissions will be accepted starting from May 15th 2013* Deadline for abstract submissions is February 1st 2014 or as long as space is...

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Filing a nomination to stand in next year’s Afghan presidential elections is, unless you happen to be one of the ‘chosen few’ backed by your personal ‘private army’, akin to signing your own death warrant. And when the person who files, a complete...
This is a collation of case summaries from the Asia Pacific region citing CEDAW, National Constitutions, and other Human Rights instruments protecting equality of rights between men and women.
A quick look at the rights of women across Arab countries today. The article offers a snapshot of how women are fairing in different Arab countries. We invite our users to read the complete article published March 8 2014
UNDP has designed a new project that will aim to build an enabling environment to boost women’s economic empowerment and political participation. Expected to launch in March, the project will support the African Union (AU), Regional Economic...
Article by Alice Fookes, UK National Committee’s Education Programme Coordinator on her experience of the 57th session of the CSW. This year I had the chance to attend the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. I was one of the NGO...
Ten years after the start of the western intervention in Afghanistan, Afghan women are facing an uncertain future. Women have strived for and made important gains since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, including in political participation and access...
Women in Egypt
The statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood in response to the UN Commission on the Status of Women draft Agreed Conclusions on violence against women, is nothing short of an assault on their most basic rights as citizens and human beings, says...
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...
UN officials and activists expressed relief and delight over news that an agreement had been reached at this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Greeted with cheers, the agreed outcome document of the 57th CSW, which was announced on...
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all levels. Whilst the advances made in women’s...
This paper explores how inequalities in women's participation and influence in political and public life can be addressed through the new global development framework that is expected to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in...
The principle of equal access for women and men to electoral mandates and elective functions has been a constitutional principle since 1999 in France, but the country is lagging behind. Time to legislate and ensure women’s representation in...
The designation of Oct. 11 as Taiwan Girls’ Day in the ROC represents another step forward for the country in its goal of promoting the rights of women across the economic, educational, political and social spectrums. This important undertaking...
Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have voted to pass an act that would prohibit relatives from testifying against a criminal defendant in a judicial proceeding. If signed by President Hamid Karzai, the proposed change to the Afghan criminal code...
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...
In Afghanistan, a dangerous bill has slipped through two houses of Parliament and is poised to devastate women’s rights advocates and victims of abuse. The law would ban all family members of accused criminals—be they abusers, rapists, murderers—...
Women in Africa are undeniably participating in the information and communication technology (ICT) revolution and they are doing so in many and varied ways; the changes that the use of these tools have brought about are visible everywhere....
As of 13 March 2013   African Women’s Caucus Position Statement 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls   The African Women’s Caucus representing African...
Africa’s second female president, Dr Joyce Banda of Malawi, has attributed progress of women in politics and positions of power to men who gave them an opportunity to prove themselves. Addressing top government officials, diplomats and...
Armenian Government approved the bill on Securing Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in the Thursday session to be discussed in the Parliament on second reading. The bill was elaborated within the framework of the European...
  International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) hails the CEDAW Committee – past and present – for their commitment and their continuous effort to expand international standards and jurisprudence on the human rights...
SWAZILAND needs to reserve a quota for women and physically challenged persons in the electoral process. This would guarantee full representation of women and marginalised groups in elective positions.The African Union made this recommendation to...
For Covington’s first female mayor, one perk is serving as a role model to young girls in a state the Center for American Women and Politics ranks 38th in the nation for women in elective office. “(Young girls) need to build confidence at an early...

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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas passed a Resolu tion to amend the Constitution of The Bahamas through due process to remove all forms of discrimination against women. The resolution was passed during an historic Special Joint...
Samiyeh Balochzehi, 26, who was elected mayor by the Kalat city council, is an engineer and has a master’s degree in natural resources management from the Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch in Tehran. A local who spoke to Al-Monitor...
  BAHRAINI women are the most empowered women in the Middle East, according to a study by Mastercard. The research last year covered education, employment opportunities and involvement in government. Women accounted for 15 per cent of Bahrain...
Picture it: A world without a gender gap. Imagine a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?
Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai
Internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer, actor and activist, Mallika Sarabhai calls herself a "communicator". Through her art and activism, and in her message for #Beijing20, she stresses that it's time to break the silence about...
National Assembly members yesterday raised various concerns in adopting the domestic violence bill. Education minister Thakur S Powdyel, who is also the NCWC chairperson, while introducing the bill, said reports in media, and records with hospitals...
This report aims to develop ideas that may be useful in monitoring the compliance of government budgets with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It attempts to clarify how gender budget analysis...
Budgeting to Fulfill International Gender Commitments by Debbie Budlender, Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE).UNIFEM 2004 This booklet was commissioned by the Southern African Regional Office (SARO) of the United Nations Development Fund for...

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UN Member states have agreed that gender equality and women's rights must be prioritised in future discussions on what should be included in the next set of sustainable development goals. After two weeks of negotiations in New York, the Commission...
Early and forced marriage, gender equality and the rights of girls are on the agenda at this week's conference in Malaysia. Thousands of women's rights advocates, policymakers and civil society groups are gathering in Malaysia this week for the...

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