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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Alison Smale About five decades since the surge in modern feminism, it is unlikely that most women — in the United States, at least — would have anticipated the current political climate in which gender equality remains almost as elusive as ever...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
This paper was submitted by Catherine M. Watuka, Executive Director of the NGO Women United for Social, Economic & Total Empowerment based in Kenya. The  purpose of this paper is to outline and evaluate the barriers women face in becoming...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
When she thinks about getting women involved in government, Kelly Dittmar can’t help but be reminded of asparagus. A few years ago, Dittmar, an expert on women’s participation in politics, had a friend who needed to fill a spot on “some sort of...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
As Hillary Clinton exits the national stage, US women continue to pursue a political life. Will a Trump presidency motivate more women to run for office? The election of Donald Trump delivered a crushing blow to US women's rights activists hoping to...
Credit: Pulse Ghana
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Sources from the Electoral Commission indicate that the nationwide figure of women who won the parliamentary election on Wednesday, December 7, to represent their respective constituencies in the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana, which...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Seven women were elected to Oman’s Municipal Council in the second-ever such vote held in the country on Sunday. The result marks an increase from 2012, when four women won seats. “Society is becoming more aware of how important the woman’s role is...
local elections
Friday, December 23, 2016
By Corinne Roberts It’s midday in one of Dili’s busiest markets. A man pushes a food-cart selling an Indonesian-style soup with spicy meatballs. In an aluminum-roofed market stall, Barbara Garma Soares is shopping for football jerseys. Soares is one...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
The story of women’s political empowerment in the Pacific continues to be one of struggle and hardship. Commitments have been made by Pacific Leaders to facilitate women’s entry into politics. While some countries have translated these commitments...
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Monday, December 12, 2016
Submitted by Halima Tahirkheli  In southern Mexico in 2016, women were granted the permission to vote in local elections for the first time. Since 1953, women were allowed to vote in the presidential and regional election; however, traditional law...
Thursday, December 08, 2016
International IDEA has conceptualized this Framework in order to provide an example of the main elements of an internal gender policy for an electoral management body (EMB). Its purpose is to support EMBs in their aspirations and efforts to create...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016
The impact of economic resources on the political participation of women has become a prominent issue in the field of comparative political finance. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that politics dominated by money is, more...
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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Over the last twenty years, the world has witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of women serving in elected and appointed political roles. Having more women in politics has been viewed in largely positive terms, as leading to attention to a wider...
Kuwait
Friday, December 02, 2016
By Laura Cohn Safa Al Hashem will be the sole woman in Kuwait’s parliament as it struggles to diversify. In its weekend election, the tiny oil-rich nation of Kuwait had the opportunity to substantially boost the share of women in its parliament. And...
Honduras NDI
Thursday, December 01, 2016
“This battle will liberate us; we want to be involved in the decision making process. Women will not continue to be used as fillers,” declared Socorro Torres, coordinator of the Honduras Interparty Women’s Network (Red de Mujeres Interpartidarias de...
Wednesday, November 30, 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, November 17, 2016
Job Opening (click here for more information) Posting Title: SENIOR ELECTORAL OFFICER Job Code Title: SENIOR ELECTORAL OFFICER Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO Duty Station: Field Locations Posting Period: 07...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Job Opening (click here for more information)   Posting Title: PRINCIPAL ELECTORAL AFFAIRS OFFICER Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL ELECTORAL AFFAIRS OFFICER Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO Duty Station: Field...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Georgia’s October 2016 parliamentary elections were characterized by an open political environment, a competitive campaign, overall results that were validated by credible observers, and some underlying problems that need concerted attention. NDI's...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is working to promote the organization of credible and participatory elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Building on past election experiences, post-election reports and election observation recommendations,...
Friday, November 11, 2016
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote that American women shouldn’t "wrinkle their foreheads with politics." A century and a half later, when Hillary Clinton was born, that attitude still prevailed. That year, 1947, the US had zero female senators, zero...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Parliamentary elections in Morocco took place on the 7th of October, 2016. Around 16 million Moroccans of the country's 34 million were registered to vote. Candidates from 30 parties competed to win seats in the 395-member Chamber of Representatives...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
By Euan McKirdy, CNN The highest -- and toughest -- glass ceiling remains unshattered. This year's presidential election ultimately was not kind to Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee for a major party, but down-ballot, some of...
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
By Erin Donelly Oregon Democrat Kate Brown became the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor yesterday. Though Gov. Brown is married to a man, she identifies as a bisexual woman. Gov. Brown was actually the incumbent in Oregon's...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Polls show that Georgians would like to see more women in their parliament. Currently, women make up 12 percent of the Georgian legislature, behind the average of 25.8 percent for European countries and placing Georgia at 147 of 194 countries...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. The effects, or even merely the threat, of violence can undermine the legitimacy of electoral results and broader political...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
As part of its ongoing effort to empower Jordanian women to more effectively engage in the political process, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) launched a program on “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Elections.” The program targeted women...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Through its “Votes Without Violence” initiative, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is developing and testing new strategies to address violence against women in elections. Collecting needed data on this under-reported issue provides...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Party leader tells committee he backs all-female shortlists and is determined to have 50/50 representation by next election. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for all-female shortlists to achieve equal representation in parliament and...
Monday, October 10, 2016
We may think we know what it is like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. Women must all cover up in public. Women cannot drive nor can they travel without the permission of a man. Women are restricted in work, and study, and social activities. But Saudi...
Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas
Monday, October 03, 2016
This is a unique collection of data on the use of gender quotas around the world. It presents an overview of trends and challenges in the implementation of quotas, and it includes profiles of 85 countries and territories with detailed description of...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Women’s rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on 20 September, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The extent of women’s representation in elected office in any given country is determined by a wide range of factors, including the general progress towards achieving equality of rights and opportunities among women and men in public and private...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Extensive research shows that when women run for office, they perform just as well as men. Yet women remain severely under-represented in our political institutions. In this report, we argue that the fundamental reason for women’s under-...
Monday, September 19, 2016
Many Canadians are grappling with the prospect of changes to Canada’s First Past the Post electoral system. The current consultation phase represents an enormous opportunity to better understand the limitations and opportunities of electoral systems...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Young people in growing numbers from from around the world have a superpower. They have the power to engage and to vote, and NDI is encouraging them to use it. As we celebrate International Day of Democracy, it is important to remember that...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The U.S. isn’t the only country deep into an election season. The former Soviet republic of Georgia, which gained independence in 1991, is heading into parliamentary elections in October. But while Hillary Clinton is busy breaking down gender...
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
In a historic first, Hillary Clinton was named the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in the upcoming U.S. elections. If she wins, she will join Theresa May of Britain and Angela Merkel of Germany in the ranks of women who lead prominent...
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia's lower house of parliament has promised to bring the "fighting spirit of her clan" to political life. In her maiden speech, Linda Burney wore a traditional kangaroo-skin cloak with her personal totem...
Friday, August 26, 2016
It is election time in Zambia, with citizens going to the polls today to elect the President, Members of Parliament and Councillors, and to vote in a constitutional referendum. It looks to be a close race, but unfortunately not as far as women are...

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