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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...
Friday, January 08, 2016
A recent article authored by Ms. Miriam Kelberg stresses the importance of gender quotas in India as a way to improve the standards of living for girls in this country. Gender quotas in India have had a strong impact at the local level, having...
Friday, May 30, 2014
India's 16th General Election has been the most expensive exercise of its kind in the country's history. One estimate puts the figure at Rs 30,000 crore, a tad shy of the bill notched up in the 2012 US presidential polls. What does this tsunami of...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Whoever thinks that women political leaders can’t survive the rough and tumble of electioneering and bring in the votes hasn’t met V. Sugnana Kumari Deo from Odisha. At 77, this senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator from Kabisuryanagar...
Friday, May 23, 2014
The 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw many highs for women.  Does this mean that finally the Women’s Reservation Bill and others Bills pertaining to women’s representation, security and development will be passed? The 16th Lok Sabha will have the highest...
Shailaja Chandra, former Secretary to the Government of India and former Chief Secretary, Delhi
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On 16 May 2014, Narendra Modi the Chief Minister of Gujarat state (in western India) led the Bharatiya Janta party (BJP) to a record victory in India’s 16th national election. BJP’s final tally of 282 seats (10 above the half-way mark in the 543...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The 2014 national elections in India recorded the highest ever turnout. Women voters outnumbered their male counterparts in 16 of 28 states. a story by UNDP India
Friday, May 16, 2014
They might not be getting their due when it comes to representation in parliament, but women have increased their participation in the voting process by nearly 10 percent in this general election, even surpassing men in eight states. Comparatively,...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As polling ended on Monday, the 2014 elections recorded the highest ever turnout with 66.38 per cent voters casting their votes to elect 543 members of the 16th Lok Sabha, beating the previous high of 64.01 per cent in the 1984-85 elections. With...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
There is a need for women to organise themselves as a pressure group to be able to carve a niche in the political sphere, three Delhi-based women journalists said Saturday.  Speaking at a panel discussion organised by the Federation of Indian...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It is already the fifth time today that Rama makes a cross in the last column of the table that is displayed on her monitor screen. The column is reserved for sexual harassment. A 16-year-old girl has just informed her on the phone that she "was...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Besides affecting their well-being, it prevents them from realising their full potential in society. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term physical, sexual and...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Women in Tamil Nadu not only outnumbered men on the voter list, they beat them in the race for getting the indelible mark on April 24. While 73.51 per cent of men (2,02,27,493) exercised their franchise for the Lok Sabha elections, the number of...
Monday, April 28, 2014
An analytical overview and issue briefs on women's empowerment in India, including rights and security, economic opportunities, and women in politics.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Across Asia, there is a growing commitment to democratic principles of governance and citizen participation. However, in many Asian countries, women still face serious cultural, social, and legal barriers that constrain their full participation in...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Governance in all South Asian countries is imbued with a predominantly patriarchal character. This is reflected in the fact that women form a disproportionately small segment of representatives in elected bodies across all levels of governance, and...
Monday, April 28, 2014
This paper examines current patterns of women’s political participation in the four subregions (Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, South Asia and the Pacific Islands) of the Asia-Pacific region. Key enablers and obstacles to women’s equal...
Monday, April 28, 2014
The photo essay captures the voices and hopes for change of hundreds of elected women representatives in five states across India. The ‘Hearts and Minds’ report is aimed at sharing the “lived experiences” of women and girls in India and ensuring...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Women of India Speak brings to the centre stage the “lived experiences” of women and girls in India. It ensures that the voices of those who remain socially, economically and geographically marginalized are meaningfully reflected in the emerging...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Women’s issues may be high on the agenda for political parties vying for votes in India’s mammoth general election, but few female lawmakers will get an opportunity to implement the policies being proposed. Less than a fifth of the candidates...
Monday, April 28, 2014
With 59 winners of the total 556 contestants, women candidates seem to have had a dream run in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. May 16 will tell if their success story repeats this time too.Congress president Sonia Gandhi topped the list of best...
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Minutes before he was hacked to death by a Hindu mob, veteran Muslim politician Ehsan Jafri reached for his phone and dialled one last number. For the dozens of neighbours also cowering in his home, it seemed like their only chance. At the...
Monday, November 25, 2013
While you may witness injustice on a daily basis, when was the last time you decided to interfere and help change a stranger’s situation? Either afraid of societal reprimand or confused on how to make a difference, many elect to ignore the pressing...
Friday, October 25, 2013
This article prepared by Yamini Mishra, Gender Responsive Budgeting Specialist, South, East and South East Asia, UN Women challenges us to think about what GRB has meant for the reality of women's lives? Has it translated into better outputs and...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Despite the steps towards gender responsive budgeting, the budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment show a decline. Not only has the magnitude of the gender budget as a proportion of the total expenditure of the...
Friday, October 11, 2013
A Synthesis of Research Findings from Select Districts in India There is growing momentum among governments and civil society to foster and ensure women’s participation and leadership in the political arena, and specifically within local governance...
Friday, October 11, 2013
"I wish women politicians are accepted in their own right" India had a woman Prime Minister long before the West elected one, but there have been very few women Cabinet ministers to date. Preneet Kaur of the erstwhile royal family of Patiala has...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Using state-level variation in the timing of political reforms, we find that an increase in female representation in local government induces a large and significant rise in documented crimes against women in India. Our evidence suggests that this...
Monday, July 29, 2013
India may boast a woman President, Prime Minister and Speaker, but when it comes to selecting candidates, key political parties still have a long way to go. In the past 10 years, only 7 per cent or 4,148 candidates out of the 62,847 candidates were...
Friday, July 12, 2013
PowerPoint Presentation on the Krantijyoti Project; A Project for Empowerment of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) in Local Government” with Ms. Neela Satyanarayana, State Election Commissioner of the State of Maharashtra.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.       When we analysed the data on women MLAs across India, we...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In 1993, India introduced quota-based political reservations for women in rural areas with the objective to promote gender equality in human development by making rural service provision and local governance inclusive and responsive to the needs of...
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Politics for long has been a bastion of males and it’s not very easy for any woman to make her presence felt in Indian political arena. In a country like India, it becomes even more difficult for a female politician as caste, creed and religion...
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This report describes women's participation at local and national levels and social movements and parties securing accountability in contemporary governance. The report also highlights issues and concepts related to donor-partner relationships ,...
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
This consolidated response highlights types of positive action measures, advocacy campaigns, women’s movements, and educational opportunities that help women in traditional and conservative societies to overcome some of the barriers that they face...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This book analyzes the manifestations of fundamentalisms in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on women as well as on democracy and politics in general. It includes strategies adopted by women’s groups and progressive women’s movements to...
Friday, January 23, 2009
This consolidated response analyzes current situation of women’s participation in local governments around the world and discusses the impact of women’s engagement in local politics.
Friday, January 09, 2009
This is a publication from the APWLD’s research project aimed at assisting women in Asia Pacific to challenge existing structures hindering women’s participation in political processes. The book presents case studies on six women leaders from Fiji,...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This paper highlights Indian experiences with introducing and using gender quotas in politics at local and national levels. It also describes different types of potential candidates and the impact of various players, such as media and women's...
Monday, August 18, 2008
This publication features a collection of 13 papers that discuss gender roles and e-governance, the ICT industry, cyber regulations, freedom of expression, right to information, and media. Rooted in the ground realities of women, the publication...

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