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Friday, August 19, 2016
This article was written by Sarah Cooper, the National Democratic Institute.  Election observation initiatives are most effective when their findings are not only valid but also—more importantly—accepted as such by the majority of citizens....
Friday, August 19, 2016
A few months prior the UNESCO elections for the post of Director-General, Egypt decided to nominate the Egyptian ambassador and diplomat, Moushira Khattab to the post. The elections for a leader to fill the shoes of Irina Bokova (who has set her...
Fadumo Dayib Somali Presidential Candidate
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Once A Somali Refugee, Fadumo Dayib is Now Running As Somalia's First Female President. Click here to access the original interview. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Fadumo Dayib is trying to do something no one has ever done before. Despite overwhelming odds,...
Monday, August 08, 2016
Six of the twelve candidates for the job of UN Secretary-General are women, but in the first informal vote at the Security Council only one woman made it to the top five. Why? On July 21st the UN Security Council conducted the first (but not the...
Monday, August 08, 2016
UN leaders and experts have sent an Open Letter to each member of the UN Security Council asking for the selection of a woman and gender equality champion as the next UN Secretary-General. People who know the UN well have written to the members of...
Friday, August 05, 2016
New article presents an analysis and implications for women’s political empowerment of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But as she is lauded at home with a historic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is being praised abroad for decades of quiet...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Foreign Policy has published an article on women’ss political leadership. Studies show that when women comprise around 25 percent of a group, their influence dramatically reshapes culture. Is 2016 the year women change the world? For the first time...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Is there a new trend in women world leaders? This article tries to give an answer to this interesting question, with inputs from different organizations, including UN Women. Britain’s Theresa May recently took office as the first woman prime...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The Guardian has published an article on the support that former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is giving to Hillary Clinton. She has urged Americans to call out sexism against the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. Gillard...
Friday, August 05, 2016
As the Democratic presidential primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has grown much closer, some commentators suggest that Clinton’s campaign is being bombarded with sexist invective — especially from Sanders supporters. But...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995, with 29 Member States, which aims to support sustainable democracy worldwide and assist in the...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
People and their talents are among the core drivers of sustainable, long-term economic growth. If half of these talents are underdeveloped or underutilized, growth and sustainability will be compromised. Moreover, there is a compelling and...
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Meryl Kenny, Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, wrote an article published by IPI Global Observatory, on the recent rise of women holding positions of political power worldwide. Due to its interest, we transcribe the...
Friday, July 29, 2016
The Congress of Deputies of Spain has chosen a woman, Ana Pastor, as president for the 12th Legislature last July 19. Ana Pastor, a graduate in medicine and until then Minister of Public Works and Transport of Spain and Member of Parliament for the...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
So far, 2016 proved eventful for women’s political participation and leadership in politics. In Rome, 37-year-old lawyer Virginia Raggia promised a new era for the city as she celebrated her victory in June over centre-left Democratic Party...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
On January 30, 2014, the Middle East Program and Global Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Woodrow Wilson Center and CARE hosted an event “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond” with Stephenie...
Monday, July 25, 2016
This interview was published in 2013. At the time of the interview, Omezzine Khalife was a member of Ettakatol Party and ran for the Constituent Assembly in Tunisia. She was a member of the Ettakatol’s Women’s Organization. Omezzine speaks here to...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, the United Nations celebrated 70 years of fostering human rights, and governments and civil society assessed 15 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and of Security...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This handbook provides basic guidance to all OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions (EOM) on monitoring women’s participation in electoral processes. It has been developed as part of the ODIHR’s effort to enhance equality between women and men by...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Unexpected and transformative revolutions broke off in North Africa and quickly spread to the Middle East and the rest of the world in 2010 and 2011. Spontaneous, leaderless, youth-driven, and backed by social media, these revolutions called for...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
We look to our parliaments to represent us, adopt laws that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms, and distribute resources to those in need. In such ways, parliaments are uniquely positioned to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The low representation of women in politics remains one of the most obvious obstacles preventing us from achieving gender equality in the world. In the Republic of Moldova, a medium income country in Eastern Europe that ranks 50th in the most recent...
Monday, July 11, 2016
They used to be in a bigger number in the 2009 – 2014 Parliament team but in the 2014 elections their numbers fell and now there will be a strong advocacy to have them back in Parliament. The Malawi Parliamentary women caucus says it will have a...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
2016 has been a historic year for electing women to public office. In the US, the first woman has become the presumptive presidential nominee from a major political party. In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen became the first female Prime Minister to take office...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Womankind Worldwide is a women’s rights and international development organization making an impact through the power of partnership. Since it was founded just over 25 years ago Womankind has helped 18 million women and their families. Their vision...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
This research study was conducted by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) in partnership with UNDP Somalia. SIDRA Institute is a knowledge-policy interface established to fill the strategic gaps of shaping and...
Monday, June 20, 2016
In Rome, 37-year-old lawyer Virginia Raggia promised a new era for the city as she celebrated her victory over centre-left Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti with 67% of the votes. Virginia Raggi has been elected as Rome's first female...
Ellen Fitzpatrick author of "The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency"
Thursday, June 09, 2016
By Laura E. Hatt America has seen a strong female candidate in two of the last three presidential elections. In fact, in some eyes, a woman’s name on the ballot might now seem almost commonplace. What (and who) happened to make this possible?...
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Victoria Woodhull in 1872, Margaret Chase Smith in 1964, and Shirley Chisolm in 1972 – well before Hillary, for close to a century and a half, these and many other women mounted runs for the U.S. presidency. In this book, Ellen Fitzpatrick reveals...
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
On Monday 6 June 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton gathered enough delegate commitments to become the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party for this year's US presidential election. Once she crossed the threshold of 2,383 delegates needed in order...
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Are women in Congress really more likely than their male counterparts to work together and get things done, regardless of party lines? Or are they first and foremost partisan creatures? Watch the webinar offered by Political Parity with researchers...
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...

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