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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
So far, 2016 proved eventful for women’s political participation and leadership in politics. In Rome, 37-year-old lawyer Virginia Raggia promised a new era for the city as she celebrated her victory in June over centre-left Democratic Party...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has repeatedly stressed the importance of ensuring equal rights of men and women; accordingly, participating States have agreed to take all actions necessary to promote equally effective...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
On January 30, 2014, the Middle East Program and Global Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Woodrow Wilson Center and CARE hosted an event “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond” with Stephenie...
Monday, July 25, 2016
The Guardian relays that according to a report commissioned by the Speaker, the House of Commons should install gender neutral toilets, allow MPs to breastfeed in the chamber, and introduce quotas to ensure that at least 40% of political journalists...
Monday, July 25, 2016
This interview was published in 2013. At the time of the interview, Omezzine Khalife was a member of Ettakatol Party and ran for the Constituent Assembly in Tunisia. She was a member of the Ettakatol’s Women’s Organization. Omezzine speaks here to...
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...
Thursday, July 14, 2016
After weeks of uncertainty in British politics following the EU referendum, Theresa May, 59, a Conservative politician, has become Britain's second female prime minister. "The government I'll lead will be driven not by the interests of the...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) has ruled repeatedly on impunity for human rights violations as one of the main obstacles to observance of the rule of law...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Unexpected and transformative revolutions broke off in North Africa and quickly spread to the Middle East and the rest of the world in 2010 and 2011. Spontaneous, leaderless, youth-driven, and backed by social media, these revolutions called for...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Gender equality is both an essential development goal in its own right and a driver of human development. International law recognizes that everyone has a right to participate in public life, but it remains an ongoing challenge to achieve women’s...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
We look to our parliaments to represent us, adopt laws that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms, and distribute resources to those in need. In such ways, parliaments are uniquely positioned to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The low representation of women in politics remains one of the most obvious obstacles preventing us from achieving gender equality in the world. In the Republic of Moldova, a medium income country in Eastern Europe that ranks 50th in the most recent...
Monday, July 11, 2016
The 135th Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from the 23th to the 27th of October 2016. Among the numerous agenda items the assembly is to focus on during its time in Geneva, the attending parliamentarians...
Monday, July 11, 2016
They used to be in a bigger number in the 2009 – 2014 Parliament team but in the 2014 elections their numbers fell and now there will be a strong advocacy to have them back in Parliament. The Malawi Parliamentary women caucus says it will have a...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
2016 has been a historic year for electing women to public office. In the US, the first woman has become the presumptive presidential nominee from a major political party. In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen became the first female Prime Minister to take office...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
While the 20th National Assembly has the highest proportion of seats held by women in its history, at 17 percent, gender disparity was still prevalent during the general election in April, a study showed on June 21st.                    The study,...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Former New South Wales deputy Labor leader Linda Burney has claimed victory in the southern Sydney seat of Barton. The win makes her the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. Ms Burney said the victory was...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party after Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest. After the second MPs' ballot, Home Secretary Mrs May finished with 199 votes, Energy Minister...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity...
Friday, June 24, 2016
This short video features women Members of Parliament, including Anita Vandenbeld, talking about what they wished they knew when they were 20, and encourages young women to apply to Daughters of the Vote. Equal Voice is selecting young women from...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media. The Parliament of Moldova recently adopted a new law that, for the first time, introduces...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
This research study was conducted by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) in partnership with UNDP Somalia. SIDRA Institute is a knowledge-policy interface established to fill the strategic gaps of shaping and...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Women comprise over 50 per cent of the world’s population, but they continue to be underrepresented in all political arenas. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented. In a representative...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Helen Joan Cox, Labour Party politician and Member of the UK Parliament for the constituency of Batley and Spen, has died after being attacked in her district. Jo Cox was 41 years old when a man shot and stabbed her multiple times after shouting “...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Herald Scotland reports that a major exodus from Glasgow's ruling Labour administration is set to deepen rifts within the authority, with almost half the party's female councillors expected to quit politics. It is understood that six female...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Organization of American States, OAS, approves a historical American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 17 years after the first meetings to sign this Declaration. Héctor Huertas, lawyer and indigenous leader of the Guna people in...
Monday, June 13, 2016
This study report on Women in Power and Decision-Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries, 2015 is part of the project Short term high quality studies to support activities under the Eastern Partnership – HiQSTEP, carried out by an international...
Gustavo Sibilla Research Director of ASAP
Friday, June 10, 2016
The Buenos Aires Herald published its interview with the research director of ASAP (Argentine Association of Public Budget and Finance Administration) Gustavo Sibilla on 2 June 2016. Here is the interview: How many women are in public office in...
Thursday, June 09, 2016
An agreement has been reached in Mauritania on action necessary to protect women and girls from child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other violence. The priorities set by women MPs include robust new laws and other measures targeted...
Ellen Fitzpatrick author of "The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency"
Thursday, June 09, 2016
By Laura E. Hatt America has seen a strong female candidate in two of the last three presidential elections. In fact, in some eyes, a woman’s name on the ballot might now seem almost commonplace. What (and who) happened to make this possible?...
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Victoria Woodhull in 1872, Margaret Chase Smith in 1964, and Shirley Chisolm in 1972 – well before Hillary, for close to a century and a half, these and many other women mounted runs for the U.S. presidency. In this book, Ellen Fitzpatrick reveals...
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Building on the Canadian government's long-standing support for broader gender diversity, Ontario is working to eliminate barriers women face in attaining top positions in businesses and provincial agencies and boards. With input from the new Women...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
London’s new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has announced key members of the team he hopes will help him deliver his manifesto pledges as he embarks on his first term as mayor. It is a line-up which, as promised, gives senior roles to women, confirms his...
Monday, June 06, 2016
The Women’s Foreign Policy Group will host on June 20th an event around the theme “Celebrating Women Leaders benefit luncheon on Combating Terrorism, Regional Conflicts, and Migration Challenges in the Middle East and Africa”. This year, the event...
Monday, June 06, 2016
Out of 32 female members of Israel's parliament, called the Knesset, 28 say they have been sexually harassed or assaulted, and at least two say those experiences occurred in the Knesset itself, according to a new survey by an Israeli television...
Friday, June 03, 2016
Labour's Diane Abbott, the SNP's Hannah Bardell and former Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson have revealed the levels of online abuse they received as Members of Parliament. BBC Radio 5 live approached current and former female MPs and asked...
Friday, June 03, 2016
In this special edition of France24’s program “The 51 percent”, the recent Women in Parliament Global Summit that happened in Jordan from 4 to 6 May 2016 is covered. Some 400 women politicians and policy-makers met to discuss ways of closing the...
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Are women in Congress really more likely than their male counterparts to work together and get things done, regardless of party lines? Or are they first and foremost partisan creatures? This Political Parity report was authored by researchers...
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Are women in Congress really more likely than their male counterparts to work together and get things done, regardless of party lines? Or are they first and foremost partisan creatures? Watch the webinar offered by Political Parity with researchers...

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