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Friday, October 06, 2017
UN Women and partners in Liberia sign agreement on women political participation
Monrovia - UN Women Liberia country representative, Marie Goreth Nizigama has frowned the under representation of women across Liberia’s governance structure. Madam Nizigama believes this participation can be impactful if priority is given to female participation, beginning with the pending 2017...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Women supported to campaign in Tonga
The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and it is time for more gender balance in Tongan politics. Siale 'Ilolahia says the early election in November is an opportunity for Tongan women to come forward. There is just one woman MP...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
#MoreWomen in Ireland's next local elections
Women for Election is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.  The organisation’s mission is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics. Women are held back from entering politics for many...
Monday, July 24, 2017
She Should Run Launches Campaign To Reach Gender Parity In Politics By 2030
Women make up just 20% of seats in Congress, 24% of state elective executive offices, and 25% of state legislatures seats across the U.S., according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics. She Should Run wants to change that. The nonpartisan organization focused on helping women...
Friday, July 07, 2017
UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality 2016 Annual Report
In 2016, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) supported 35 active programmes in 40 countries and reached more than 50,700 direct beneficiaries. The programmes, implemented by women-led civil society organizations, work to advance women’s political and economic empowerment at local, national...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Advocacy Handbook on Gender and Electoral Reform in Malaysia
The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. At 106 out of 144 countries, Malaysia’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Index indicates that the biggest inequalities exist in terms of women’s political empowerment. In continuity of National Conference on Gender ...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Democracy Day in Nigeria: NGO urges Government to create enabling environment for women in politics
In commemoration of Democracy Day, an NGO for women and girls, FAME Foundation has called on the Nigerian government to make it easy for women to get involved in politics to enable more women leaders in Nigeria. Speaking in a press statement, founder of the foundation, Aderonke Bello said women...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Record 111 women ran in British Columbia election, just 34 elected
A record number of women ran in British Columbia's (B.C.) provincial election, but that failed to translate into an increase of women in the province's legislative assembly. While 111 women were on the ballot, only 34 were elected. Based on the current numbers, 39 per cent of MLAs elected were ...
Monday, May 15, 2017
Women's group calls for more women candidates in Nigeria
Women group bitter as only 54 women submitted forms for 448 local government positions in Lagos Members of a coalition, Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality for Women Coalition (STAGE), recently lent their voices to the call for more women in government at a press briefing held in Lagos. Stating...
Monday, May 08, 2017
The media's obsession with appearance puts young women off going into politics, study finds
Obsession with female politicians’ appearance in the media is putting young women off going into politics, a study has revealed, prompting campaigners to call for an end to sexism in political media coverage.  41 per cent of girls aged between nine and 16 think there has been a rise in media sexism...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Liberia: The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election strengthens women's participation in politics
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 Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound, based in...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Cabo Verde: Female parliamentarians deliver documents to ministries to advance gender equality
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 proposals and recommendations agreed upon after gender...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
She Forum Africa urges more participation of women in Nigerian politics
The Founder of ‘She Forum Africa’, a pan-African NGO, Ms Inimfon Etuk, advocated on Wednesday for more women participation in politics in order to promote entrepreneurship and women’s business initiatives in local communities. In a statement signed by Mrs Beatrice Yeye-Adekunle Head of the Media...
Monday, March 27, 2017
African perspectives on gender equality and political empowerment of women
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having substantive participation of women are some of the...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Ikram Ben Said
Ikram Ben Said is a women’s rights advocate and Founder of “Aswat Nissa” (Voices of Women), a Tunisian nonprofit promoting women’s active participation in the political and policy-making spheres while fighting against all forms of discriminations and violence against women. Her latest initiative “...
Monday, March 13, 2017
Mauritian women MPs work to raise awareness on gender violence
A group of women 12 MPs from the Réseau des femmes parlementaires mauritaniennes (Network of Mauritian Women Parliamentarians/REFPAM) organized a “caravan”, or outreach visits, to provinces in the country to reach out to local and religious leaders, and the general public. The parliamentarians...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Summary of the e-Discussion on the SDGs and women's political participation
From 9 January to 12 February 2017, iKNOW Politics hosted an e-Discussion on Women’s political participation: a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality, democracy and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fourteen experts from Latin America, the Arab region, and Sub-Saharan...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Women and Political Transition: The Risk of Replicating Inequality and the Fundamental Need for Gender Parity in Decision-Making
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) includes gender equality and women’s empowerment programming as a key facet of its democracy-building work in countries transitioning from violent conflict to more stable political processes. IFES has programs on the ground in flashpoint...