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rempel
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Michelle Rempel, the Conservative MP for Calgary Nose Hill, is again speaking out about the harassment and abuse Canada’s female politicians endure. On Tuesday, she tweeted a picture of an anonymous and deeply unsettling letter she received...
cawtar
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
This mapping is made for the benefit of researchers who want to learn about Gender Studies in the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on the theme of women/gender in public life. Most of the research literature - especially...
hungary
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will inform their development agendas and policies over the next 15 years. Parliaments have a crucial role to play in advancing the...
Sandra Jansen
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Warning: This story contains foul language some readers will find offensive. Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen drew a standing ovation on November 22, 2016 after she rose in the legislature and gave an impassioned speech denouncing the hateful and...
israel
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
By Charlotte England Israel’s parliament has banned politicians, other employees and visitors from wearing miniskirts and short dresses. The revised dress code at the Knesset applies immediately to everyone entering the building, officials said on...
rutgers
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...
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. 
parliament 50
Friday, December 02, 2016
50:50 Parliament launched #AskHerToStand, a campaign to address the overwhelming gender imbalance in Parliament by encouraging everyone to ask talented and inspirational women to stand as Parliamentary candidates. 50:50 Parliament is working with ...
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...
Westminster
Friday, December 02, 2016
By Alexandra Topping Women and equalities minister Justine Greening says there is a danger that female representation will flatline at current 30%. Progress on the representation of women in Westminster is in danger of stalling, according to a group...
50 50
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Join 50:50 Parliament for their annual event in Parliament to mark the anniversary of Nancy Astor, the first woman MP to take her seat in the Commons in 1919. This year 50:50 Parliament is launching #AskHerToStand; a campaign to address the gender...
ipu
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) follows up its landmark study on sexism against women MPs with an initiative to advance gender-sensitive reforms in parliament. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, IPU launched...
ipu toolkit
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
While parliaments vary in their level of gender sensitivity, there is room for improvement across the globe. This toolkit is relevant to all parliaments, whatever political system they adhere to and whatever their stage of development. The self-...
trump ryan pence
Friday, November 25, 2016
By Leigh Ann Caldwell Republicans in the House and Senate have chosen their party's leaders for the next two years, and fewer women will be present in the top ranks. Just one woman, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was re-elected to her slot as...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday named Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina as his choice to become ambassador to the United Nations, adding to his prospective cabinet a former critic with whom he had sparred bitterly. Ms. Haley’s name had...
not too young to run
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Today the global campaign Not Too Young To Run was launched at the first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law taking place at United Nations Geneva.  The campaign, launched by a partnership consisting of the Office of...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
By Liz Ford The IPU study of 55 female MPs in 39 countries reveals ‘widespread and under-reported problem’, with more than 20% subjected to acts of sexual violence. Physical, sexual and psychological violence against female MPs is undermining...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
While the influx of women into parliament is beneficial for representative democracy, it has tended to disrupt the established order, provoking some resistance. The recent the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) study on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments...
Tunisia keeping the promise
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The spark that lit the Arab world aflame in 2010 was lit by Mohamed Bouazizi, a poor street vendor from the town of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, who set himself on fire after being mistreated by police. Or so the story goes. But, there’s a lesser-known...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Samir Salama The UAE will host the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament set to be held on December 12 and 13, said Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council. “The world’s largest gathering of women Speakers of...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Women's rights activists in Liberia welcomed a new law creating parliamentary seats reserved for women, young people and people with disabilities, in a country where women are poorly represented in politics despite having a female leader. Liberia's...
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
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Tunisia was left with the formidable task of rebuilding a government in a deeply divided nation. The ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his authoritarian regime was, perhaps, the easy part. Two...
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Estonia’s parliament has selected a new president who will be the country’s first female leader. Kersti Kaljulaid, a European Union accountant, won Monday’s vote 81-0, with 20 members absent or abstaining. Her selection follows two failed votes and...
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
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-...
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
Due to its interest for the political empowerment of women, we transcribe the article published today by the Pacific Standard. "Donna Brazile, the recently appointed acting chair of the Democratic National Committee promised to give a peek into a...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Women’s caucuses are particularly useful for strengthening the voice of an under-heard constituency. They increase the confidence of female legislators, who often have less political experience than male colleagues, by providing a vehicle for...
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...

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