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Friday, April 12, 2019
MPs discuss ways to achieve gender equality at CSW63
The IPU and UN Women held a joint parliamentary event at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) on 13 March 2019 in New York. Participants at the event discussed ways of making social protection programmes more gender...
Friday, April 05, 2019
Why cabinet, rather than parliament, is the centre of power for African women
How do we know whether women are achieving equitable levels of political representation? For many years, scholars have focused on women’s representation in legislatures. But in many African states power is in fact concentrated in the executive...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Women in Politics Map 2019
This map is a unique visual tool that captures women’s participation in executive government and in parliament on a given date—1st January 2019. The map of Women in Politics not only provides a country ranking for both ministerial and parliamentary...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Women in parliament in 2018: The year in review
The annual report provides an update 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...
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
CSW 63: Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Investing in gender equality: Parliaments ensuring social protection, public services and infrastructure deliver for women and girls. The Parliamentary Meeting at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the IPU and UN...
Friday, March 01, 2019
How will women fare in Solomon Islands elections?
By Kerryn Baker  In terms of women’s representation in politics, Solomon Islands lags behind much of the world. In April, Solomon Islands will hold the first general election since the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Barriers to Women Entering Parliament and Local Government in the United Kingdom
In January 2018, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned this rapid evidence review, the two broad aims of which were to identify: a) barriers to women’s participation in local and national government; and b) evidence of policies and...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Representation Matters: Women in the U.S. Congress
The importance of having women serving in Congress is still not fully appreciated or understood. In order to document women’s contributions to governing and understand how women are navigating the contemporary environment of party polarization, the...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win in the United States
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win distills Political Parity’s research on women candidates and elected officeholders, drawing on additional studies to illuminate issues and proffer strategies for overcoming barriers to political parity. Each...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
2019 Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations
The 2019 Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations will take place on 21-22 February in New York. The international community and national governments are contending with global issues such as climate change, migrants and refugees, sustainable...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
CSW 63: Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The Parliamentary Meeting at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the IPU and UN Women, will contribute to the Commission’s main theme, Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Togo : Yawa Tsegan Djigbodi becomes the first president of the national assembly in the history of the country
For the first time in Togo’s history, the national assembly will be presided by a woman: Yawa Tsegan Djigbodi is the new president of this assembly. She is replacing Dama Dramani, president of the former mandate during which she was the first...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Canada should elect a gender-balanced Parliament in 2019
It was nearly a century ago that Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the House of Commons. Her victory in 1921 meant she represented not only the southwestern Ontario riding of Grey South East, but every Canadian woman across the...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Fawzia Zainal elected first woman Speaker of Bahraini parliament
Bahrain’s parliament made history on Wednesday when it elected MP Fawzia Zainal as its first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives. Zainal, who won 25 votes from the 40-member lower house chamber, became the second woman to head a...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
UN Women applauds UAE President’s decision to increase Emirati women’s representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent
UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, has warmly welcomed the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to raise the representation of Emirati women in the Federal...
Monday, December 10, 2018
Women to have 50% representation in UAE Federal National Council
Abu Dhabi: As per the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emirati women's representation in the Federal National Council, FNC, will be increased to 50 per cent in the coming parliamentary term. The step...
Friday, December 07, 2018
Women parliamentarians want global network to tackle discrimination
LONDON — Female parliamentarians have called for a global network to combat issues including online abuse from the public, threats to their safety and discrimination by male colleagues. A gathering of female members of parliament (MPs) from dozens...
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Iceland scandal over MPs' crude and sexist bar talk
There are calls for several Icelandic MPs to resign after they were recorded using crude language to describe female colleagues and a disabled activist. Icelanders were especially shocked that the MPs' targets included ex-MP Freyja Haraldsdottir, a...