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The iKNOW Politics Team welcomes you to our Library! We have the strong commitment of making available, for free, relevant resources and publications related to the political empowerment of women and support women politicians, practitioners, academics, experts, and the general public alike. Currently we have more than 985 different resources, searchable below by keyword, type of resource and thematic. Interested in region or country-specific resources? Please visit our homepage and use our word map! Please send us your feedback and to connect@iknowpolitics.org. We hope you will enjoy the iKNOW Politics online library!

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Monday, October 02, 2017
Co-organized by iKNOW Politics and International Gender Champions, this Facebook Live discussion brought together a diverse panel of Geneva-based Gender Champions who shared their experiences and views on the role of male champions in promoting...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Brexit will affect whole population yet there is only one woman in the core negotiating team, Labour MPs say. Theresa May has been urged to review the gender balance of the government’s EU negotiating team in a letter signed by 56 female Labour MPs...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Using data to bridge the gender gap Globally, women make up 49.7% of the population but hold only 22% of public offices. The Women in Public Service Project Data Portal seeks to answer why this is so, and how to increase the percentage of women in...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Women in Public Service Project’s “50 x 50” initiative has a new tool to help chart a course toward its goal of gender equality in decision-making positions in public service by 2050. A growing data base on global women’s leadership can now be...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women. Sylvie Goulard is defence minister while Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is sports minister....
Hanna Hopko Ukrainian Member of Parliament
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hanna Hopko is a Ukrainian Member of Parliament and the head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The IPU developed both the concept and definition of gender-sensitive parliaments and has been at the forefront of supporting gender-sensitive parliamentary reform. On 20 April, the Feminist Group of the Finnish Parliament held a meeting in Helsinki...
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Business as usual is not an option. To fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, concrete actions and intensified commitments to...
Monday, May 01, 2017
UN Women will launch a publication titled “Shaping the international agenda: Raising women’s voices in intergovernmental forums” at a high-level event in New York on 2 May, 2017. Women’s participation and leadership make for better policies. Yet, as...
Dr. Jessie Kabwila Member of Parliament in Malawi
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Hon. Dr. Jessie Kabwila is a politician, academic, and feminist. Member of Parliament in Malawi, she is currently the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentary Caucus.  iKNOW Politics: In 2014, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
What impact is the snap Election having on the selection of female candidates? With less than 7 weeks to go some parties are changing the way they're choosing who'll contest seats. Will women win or lose out on better representation at Westminster...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday said the politics needs more women. Participating in an interactive session with members of Young Ficci Ladies Organisation here, Sitharaman said, “This (politics) may...
Financing for Gender Equality
Monday, April 10, 2017
This collection of essays addresses the glaring gap between policy commitments and actual investments in gender equality, ranging across sectors and focusing on development aid, peace-building and climate funds. Casting a spotlight on the...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
The IPU held several events during the first week of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place in New York from 13 to 24 March. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and the UN Women Executive Director...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The introduction of a quota system in the political landscape to facilitate a greater number of women at all levels of politics, has been shunned by a group of young men, majority of whom stated that gender presented no barrier to political...
Monday, March 27, 2017
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having...
Monday, March 27, 2017
In an effort to address the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of political office, this study investigates one of the stereotype-based social costs that women face as political candidates. Because power and power-seeking are central to the...
Friday, March 24, 2017
This book is an overview of women’s activism and political struggles in contemporary Africa, and the ways in which the continent's women are shaping the struggle for women’s rights internationally. Throughout Africa, growing numbers of women are...
Monday, March 20, 2017
New York, 20 March - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is joining forces with the Wilson Center to provide extensive data on women’s leadership in public administration for The Center’s Women in Public Service Project.   By collecting...
Monday, March 20, 2017
By iKNOW Politics Expert Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu International Women’s Day (IWD) provides an ideal opportunity to look back on the gains made and the challenges that women of the world continue to face across all regions. Equally important,...
Friday, March 17, 2017
In commemoration of National Women’s History Month, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will host a briefing on preventing and mitigating violence against women in politics. Although many factors constrain women’s political participation...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A unique visual tool to capture women’s participation in executive government and in parliament on a given date – 1st January 2017. The map of Women in Politics not only provides a country ranking for both ministerial and parliamentary...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (IKNOW Politics) is a joint project between the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), International IDEA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Entity for Gender...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
This year, International Women’s Day is devoted to Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Globalization and technology change are driving that change. It’s important that women are able to succeed in this new world of work.  As...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The annual brochure provides an overview and analysis of progress made and setbacks encountered by women in parliament further to elections and renewals held over a year. Produced every year on the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), it...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Starting on March 8, the UN Women HeForShe Arts Week will be celebrated across eight cities from Sao Paolo to Bangkok to raise funds for gender equality through the arts. Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland and HeForShe IMPACT Champion,...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied by women. Rwanda and...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out about the sexist attitudes she still battles as a senior woman politician. In a wide-ranging interview with The Gentlewoman magazine, the SNP leader brought up a number of incidents that what...
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...
Arjun Bahadur Thapa Secretary General of SAARC
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Contributor Uday Nagaraju met in Nepal His Excellency Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General of SAARC, and discussed SAARC’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality and women’s empowerment. The South Asian Association for Regional...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sweden's minority center-left coalition will introduce legislation in February to make listed companies increase the number of women in their boardrooms, news agency TT said yesterday. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's coalition of Social Democrats and...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental...
Friday, December 16, 2016
We are sharing the annual message from the Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, Joanna Maycock. Dear EWL Friends and Family, Let me begin by stating the obvious…This has been one hell of a year.  From Brexit, to the US elections, to the...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Rodney Reynolds Antonio Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) who was sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General, will preside over a 71-year-old Secretariat which is badly in need of institutional reforms, including the break...
Mmamoloko Kubayi
Mmamoloko Kubayi Member of the South African National Assembly
Monday, December 05, 2016
Mmamoloko Kubayi is a Member of the South African National Assembly and holds the position of Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services. This interview was conducted during the 135th IPU Assembly in Geneva. 
Friday, November 18, 2016
Government representatives and officials from the National Women Machineries (NWMs) in the Member States of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today adopted a unified Arab framework to measure accountability...
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...
Monday, November 07, 2016
The former state official of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, was elected president of this country on past October 3rd in the parliament, Riigikogu. The sole candidate, 81 MPs out of 101 cast their votes in her support. Kaljulaid will serve as the first...

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