Constitution and Legislative Reform

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Push for more women MPs stymied in Malawi
BLANTYRE, MALAWI — In Malawi, the push for more women members of parliament was dealt a blow when the government said it would not consider a proposal to create 28 automatic seats for women. Malawi ranks among the countries within the South African Development Community and world where women are...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Chile’s president is a woman — and she just scored a major policy victory for women. Here’s why that matters.
Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a reproductive rights bill sponsored by Bachelet and passed by...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and equalities committee chair, Maria Miller, said the...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he's looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country's parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female representation. According to the newspaper, The National,...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Scrutinising Legislation from a Gender Perspective: A Practical Toolkit
Gender is a critical dimension of parliamentary scrutiny. Considering laws, policies, programmes and budgets from a gender perspective ensures that they are fair to both men and women. This leads to better decision-making for everyone. This UNDP practical guide is for Members of the Fiji Parliament...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Making Laws Work for Women and Men: A Practical Guide to Gender-Sensitive Legislation
This ODIHR guide looks at the legislative process as a vital entry point for gender mainstreaming, while taking into account the direct and tangible impact of legislation on people’s lives. It is primarily intended for members of parliament and parliamentary staff, and aims to offer practical...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Kyrgyzstani women leaders organize to pass legislation to protect victims of domestic violence
Women in Kyrgyzstan face stark barriers to full political participation. Despite holding 23 seats in parliament, women reside in few leadership positions in parties. For example, Kyrgyzstan law requires that women make up every third name on a party candidate list. However, party leaders often...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Few, but Mighty: Women and Bill Sponsorship in the Pennsylvania General Assembly
Throughout this report, the authors offer a look at the unique strengths that women bring to policymaking and their impact on government is examined. They start by examining women’s representation in government, highlighting the underrepresentation of women both in the Pennsylvania state...
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”
Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for...
Friday, July 28, 2017
International IDEA supports debate on planning and public policy for gender equality in Bolivia
By Carolina Floru International IDEA provides support to the policy debate for addressing gender inequality and political violence against women in Bolivia, which has led to formulation of policies to address the issues of violence against women at sub-national levels. International IDEA...
Friday, July 07, 2017
Labour's female MPs vow to use Commons strength to improve lives of women
Party’s 119 women to operate as a parliamentary bloc to press minority Conservative government in variety of policy areas Labour’s female MPs are planning to operate as a parliamentary bloc to force Theresa May’s minority government to pass policies beneficial to women across Britain. The 119-...
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 ...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Proceedings Report of the “Gender and Electoral Reform: Making A Difference” Conference in Malaysia
The National Conference on “Gender and Electoral Reform: Making A Difference” in Malaysia was envisioned to look at current debates and obstacles as well as innovative strategies and alternative models in women’s representation in the Malaysian electoral process. This Conference introduced a panel...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Women’s Political Participation in the Commonwealth
A group of 25 people will be attending a workshop on Friday 7 July to discuss the findings of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s studies on Women’s Political Participation in the Commonwealth. They range from civil society expert and election management bodies, to parliamentarians, UN Women...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Making laws work to end violence against women and girls
Preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) requires more than adopting laws—they need to be effectively implemented. Parliamentarians, NGOs and legal officers met to discuss the issue at a regional conference for Eastern and Central Europe on Making Laws Work to End Violence against Women...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Irene P. Tillah
Irene P. Tillah is Assemblywoman in the second district of Sulu, Philippines. She is the Chairman of the Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations. This interview was conducted during an event organized by UN Women and the Inter-parliamentary Union in the margins of CSW61 in New York.
Monday, June 19, 2017
"We are not too young to run": Youth in Nigeria march to support bill
Despite comprising almost half of the Nigerian population, youth have been historically marginalized from entering politics at a state and federal level. Aspiring to increase youth’s participation in Nigerian politics, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Youngstars...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Video on the Gender Quota & other Temporary Special Measures
The clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections, including but not limited to quota.  It was prepared...