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Arjun Bahadur Thapa Secretary General of SAARC
Thursday, January 12, 2017
iKNOW Politics 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...
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...
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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...
Monday, October 31, 2016
NPR reports that if women formed a political party, they would need only two more seats to form a majority government in Iceland, after winning a record 30 seats in this weekend's national elections. Voter turnout was just under 80 percent — local...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Empower Women Champions sharing their experience on what does it mean to be a Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment. 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
With no political solution on the horizon to end the conflict in Syria, it is clear that humanitarian agencies must continue to prepare for a protracted conflict. In late 2013, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook an extensive literature...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces to assess the evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls over the past 20 years. They...
Monday, October 17, 2016
This annual study provides a snapshot of the gaps in men and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 25 metropolitan areas. It measures these gaps in a given...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
This opinion piece was written by Hibaaq Osman, founder and CEO of Karama, and published by the Huffington Post. The debates on who would will lead the United Nations ended yesterday like they always do - behind closed doors with a man winning. The...
Monday, October 10, 2016
As atrocities mount in South Sudan, with reports of government and non-government soldiers killing and raping, the UK is preparing to send peacekeeping troops there. How will the UN peacekeeping summit, hosted this week in London, make maintaining...
Monday, October 10, 2016
The Syrian civil war has produced a catalogue of horrors – cities bombed into rubble, the rise of ISIS, refugees fleeing across open seas on makeshift rafts– that have been widely covered in the Western media. During this same time, the dissolution...
Monday, October 10, 2016
Abu Chiad boasted about beheading infidels, raping women and children and slaughtering in the name of Islam. Speaking from a prison in the city of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, he told Dr. Jan Kizilhan that these acts would get him to heaven. Kizilhan,...
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of its efforts to engage youth as champions for gender equality, IWSAW released an...
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The Gender Studies Program at The New School presents a panel discussion about gender-based violence and responses to it, featuringPriya's Shakti, a multimedia "augmented reality" project that integrates a print comic with digital animation to...
Friday, September 30, 2016
The Zambia National Women’s Lobby has hailed President Edgar Lungu for observing gender parity in his appointment of Cabinet Ministers so far. Lobby Executive Director Juliet Chibuta in a statement issued to the media observed that seven women have...
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
By Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Union Commission for the European Union Budget and Human Resources   Theresa May and Angela Merkel got there first, but like many in Europe, I was moved when Hillary Clinton stood up and...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Women parliamentarians from the Arab States region unite to make a difference for sustainable development. While the Arab States region is at a crucial point of transition in history, gender equality and inclusion must be on the top of the region’s...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Though half of the world's population, women continue to be under-represented as voters, party leaders and elected officials. Just over 20 percent of parliamentarians worldwide are women. Yet evidence is strong that as more women are elected,...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The data in the table below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Unionon the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 1st August 2016. 193 countries are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Gender mainstreaming has been embraced internationally as a strategy towards realizing gender equality. Gender mainstreaming has a double dimension: it requires both integrating a gender perspective to the content of the different policies, and...
Friday, September 16, 2016
When President Obama took office, two-thirds of his top aides were men. Women complained of having to elbow their way into important meetings. And when they got in, their voices were sometimes ignored. Across sectors, and both in and outside work, ...
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 13, 2016
After Amira’s husband was killed in the Syrian war, she found herself adrift in Lebanon. Barred from working and with two young children to feed, she resorted to marrying off her nine-year-old daughter and putting her 12-year-old son to work. Amira...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice (WGDAW) was created by the Human Rights Council in 2010, and consists of five independent expert members from different regions of the world.  The methods of work...
Friday, September 09, 2016
In this report, the Working Group examines discrimination against women and girls in cultural and family life. The cultural construction of gender determines the role of women and girls within the family, including in marriage. After analysing the...
Friday, September 09, 2016
Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA) Director-General Raed Mohammed Bin Shams recently announced endeavors to help Bahraini women develop tools to grow into positions of leadership, a strategy that falls in line with the goals of the...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Turkey, host to the world's largest Syrian refugee population, which swelled after a civil war broke out in the country five years ago, is looking to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of the refugee community - women. Authorities said...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Local rights groups criticized on Tuesday the legal provision on female genital mutilation (FGM) in its current format, proposing several amendments besides those put forth by the health ministry. Since its issuance in 2008, the legal provision...
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
The Administrative Appeals Court in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province has reportedly appointed the first female arbitrator in a commercial case. Arab News reports that Shaimaa Sadeq Al-Jibran’s appointment came despite the objections of one of the...
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Womankind Worldwide explains the importance of the CDIMA, Center for the Holistic Development of Aymara Women (CDIMA). Asunta is 46 and from Queñi. For years she suffered physical and emotional abuse from her brother. “He wanted to have all the land...
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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