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Friday, May 20, 2016
In a political context marked by the historical fact that a woman is the leading candidate for presidential nomination of a major USA political party, Hillary Clinton, Pew Research Center Survey explains how gender relates to political attitudes....
Thursday, May 19, 2016
As MPs start debate on Bill C-237, MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South) announced politicians from across party lines support his private member's bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament. "Most of the time in Ottawa, politicians from...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Women’s public and political participation is a critical step towards reshaping economic, political, and social conditions to allow for equality in opportunities and results for women and men. Women can be informed, thoughtful, and strategic...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Women participation in different aspects of elections is increasing in Tanzania, but candidates still have to contend with many challenges, the Tanzania National Elections Gender Assessment report says. The report by the International Republican...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle. Fueled by boundless curiosity and rigorous research, Cristen...
Friday, May 13, 2016
The political participation of women is currently a hot topic in American politics. In the race to the 2016 United States presidential elections, different polls declare Hillary Clinton a strong candidate to become the first female President of the...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Emerge Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to increase the number of Democratic women in public office, has published an article on the underrepresentation of women in politics in that State. According to CAWP data, only 25.8% of state lawmakers...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Iranian voters elected a record number of women to parliament since before the 1979 Islamic revolution. The 17 women elected make up 6% of the new cohort of 290 MPs. Only 16 cleric MPs have been voted in, meaning the new parliament will include more...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
In the United Kingdom, of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 459 (71%) and women only 191 (29%). There have only ever been 450 women MPs. The vision and the goal of the 50:50 Parliament campaign is a parliament where men and women...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
This article was originally published by International IDEA here. By Hamza Amor, Associate programme officer, Tunis office. Since starting its transition to democracy in 2011 Tunisia has been heralded as success story in the region. Since the 2014...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
As part of the lead up to Canada’s 150th celebrations in 2017, Equal Voice is launching a national initiative, Daughters of the Vote, to recognize a significant event in Canadian history: The 100th anniversary of the first voting rights for a select...
Torild Skard Norwegian politician and researcher
Friday, April 29, 2016
Torild Skard's most recent book, Women of Power, has been awarded the Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by CHOICE, the US Library journal. Ms Skard has led a vibrant political career. She was the first woman to hold the position of President of...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly of Viet Nam will take place on May 22, 2016. The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC)’s Presidium held the third consultation meeting on April 15 to approve the official list of 1,...
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
Approximately 1,809 women serve in the 50 American state legislatures at the beginning of the 2016 legislative session. This means that women make up 24.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide. This represents little change from the 2015...
Monday, April 18, 2016
The Inter-parliamentary Union has recently published a report reviewing the developments made in women's participation in parliaments in the last 20 years, globally, regionally and at the country level. The report shows that the past 20 years have...
Sheila Malcolmson Member of Parliament in Canada
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Sheila Malcolmson is a Member of Parliament in Canada and the New Democratic Party’s Status of Women Spokesperson. This interview was conducted during the Inter-parliamentary Union annual parliamentary day meeting, in cooperation with UN Women on 15...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Dr. Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University, has published an article in The New Yorker, entitled ‘The Sovereignty of Women’. The article deals with the historical difficulties of women to be fully recognized as political...
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Celebrating its twenty-second year of existence this summer, the Women's Campaign School at Yale University (WCS) is a non-partisan, issue neutral leadership program, whose mission is to improve women’s political participation by increasing their...
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
The past week marked positive changes for women in Viet Nam’s political landscape. On March 31, Viet Nam's National Assembly (NA) elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as its Chairwoman, making her the first woman to lead the country’s parliament. At 61,...
Jennette Arnold Chair of the London Assembly
Monday, April 04, 2016
On International women’s day, iKNOW politics' contributor Uday Nagaraju met with Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly since May 2015. They talked about measures to achieve gender equality in politics at the local and regional levels...
Friday, April 01, 2016
The number of women Speakers of Parliament reached an all-time high by the end of 2015 at 49 (or 17.9% of the total number of Speakers), reports the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) in “Women in Parliaments in 2015: The year in review”. That is up...
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Following her appointment as Deputy Leader of Samoa’s Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), Fiame Mataafa was named Deputy Prime Minister, the first Samoan woman to hold that position. She is also the minister for natural resources and environment....
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Newsletter for the period August-December 2015 of the Project for the Reinforcement of Technical and Functional Competences of the Superior Audit Institutions, National Parliaments and Civil Society for the Control of Public Finance in the PALOP and...
Saida Ounissi Member of the Tunisian Parliament
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Saida Ounissi, 28 years old, is a member of the Tunisian Parliament. She represents the circumscription of France 1 and the Ennahdha Movement, an Islamist party. Within the parliament, she is a member of the Committee for the Martyrs and Wounded of...
Rafik Halouani Mourakiboun's General Coordinator
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Rafik Halouani is Mourakiboun's General Coordinator. Mourakiboun is a leading Tunisian NGO that specializes in the observation and monitoring of elections in Tunisia. Mr. Halouani is one of the four winners of the National Democratic Institute's (...
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
The Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) that observed the general elections in Belize on November 4, 2015 today presented a report to the Permanent Council highlighting the procedures and systems “that generated a generally...
Monday, March 07, 2016
On March 2, 2016, the National Democratic Institute launched its new Arabic-language e-learning and training platform “Taalam Shaarek”, which means “learn participate” in English. The platform allows citizens to build their civic and political...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
The Islamic Republic’s 10th parliamentary elections is said to have ended with two main big winners: Reformists and women.  Early numbers show twice the number of female members as in the previous parliament. The youngest new Member of Parliament is...
Monday, February 29, 2016
Both men and women politicians need money because it is critical for communicating with constituents. Political parties, candidates and other electoral institutions need funding to carry out tasks including campaigns. Money can also have a serious...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Melanie Mark grew up in one of Canada's poorest neighborhoods, moving around the social housing system while her mother struggled with addiction and her siblings lived in foster care. Decades later, she is the first indigenous woman to be elected to...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Arab Consultancy Office (ACO) in cooperation with the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights (ECWR) has concluded a conference “Egyptian Woman in Parliament 2015” that was held in partnership with the European Union and the Spanish Agency for...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Three Caribbean countries have been governed by women in the last twenty years. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, three former British colonies, shared the experience of having been ruled by women leaders. In the case of Jamaica, Portia...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
This report, published in 2015 by the International Institute for Electoral Assistance and Democracy  presents findings from a study on political party financing and equal participation of women in Kenyan electoral politics. It was conducted with...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
‘Women and power: Overcoming barriers to leadership and influence’ is a case study developed as a result of the project ‘Women’s Voice and Leadership in Decision-Making project’. This project run over a period of two years, from 2014 to 2016, with...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In 2013 the 29th General Assembly of the Latin American Parliament, that took place on 19-20 October, approved the Resolution on the political participation of women, which “reaffirms the commitment to substantive equality of women and men,...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Leadership Hand LLC has produced this infographic with key events that have marked the year 2015 in terms of women’s progress in politics across the world. See below for the PDF.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Marshall Islands parliament has elected a new president, former Education Minister Dr. Hilda Heine, the first female leader of any independent Pacific island nation. Dr. Heine stands out as the first Marshallese citizen to obtain a doctorate and...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Running Start, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization training young women to run for political office, is calling for applications to fill the position of Staff Assistant in Washington, DC. Join Running Start’s small, dynamic team to train young...

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