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Friday, February 24, 2017
Women may be deterred from entering politics because of abuse suffered by female MPs, Diane Abbott says. The shadow home secretary said she was speaking out about her own experiences after recently receiving a series of threats and insults. In the...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years? Early signs from the groups that work...
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...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Join a conversation between members of the judiciary, executive and legislative branches and global policy experts organized by the Graduate Institute of Geneva in collaboration with Women@theTable and The Women in Public Service Project at the...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Nadia Ahmed Abdou is the first female to be appointed governor in Egypt after she was sworn into office on Thursday as the head of the Nile Delta Governorate of Beheira. Abdou’s appointment is part of a limited cabinet reshuffle of nine ministers...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For women across the world, electoral politics can be a hostile and violent place. Women who stand for office can expect casual sexism and discrimination, ranging from snide remarks about their appearance to being propositioned by their male...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Feb 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The pitiful show of female candidates in India's state elections is an indictment of the failure of successive governments to enact a two-decade-old bill to give women a stronger voice...
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is Chair of the Executive Board of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum. She is the former Minister of Interior of Iceland, the first Member of Parliament for the Reykjavík South constituency in Iceland, as well as a...
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
From 27-30 November 2016, International IDEA Haiti office organized a conference for the National Federation of Women Mayors of Haiti (FENAFEMH), in partnership with the South Training Institute (IFOS). For the first time in Haiti, a 30% gender...
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
It is a well-established finding that proportional representation (PR) is associated with greater female legislative representation than single member majoritarian systems However, the degree to which different types of PR rules affect voting for...
UK parliament
Thursday, January 26, 2017
An overwhelming majority of women MPs have received online and verbal abuse from the public and a third have considered quitting as a result, a BBC Radio 5 live survey suggests. Some reported death threats, with more than half of those questioned...
Pakistan MP
Thursday, January 26, 2017
KARACHI: A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced. Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an...
parliament south africa
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Members of the public are invited to nominate suitable candidates for the Commission for Gender Equality (GCE), according to the Ad Hoc Committee established to fill vacancies in the Commission. Applications will also be accepted. The public call...
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...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Given that she is deputy speaker in parliament, the holder of a PhD and has served as an assistant dean at one of Kenya’s leading universities, Joyce Laboso should be eminently qualified to run for any political office in Kenya. However, the central...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
This paper was submitted by Catherine M. Watuka, Executive Director of the NGO Women United for Social, Economic & Total Empowerment based in Kenya. The  purpose of this paper is to outline and evaluate the barriers women face in becoming...
uk
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Gender quotas have emerged globally as a key solution for improving women's political representation. Yet in Britain—where they take the form of all-women shortlists (AWS)—they remain contentious, both within and outside political parties. In this...
aws
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The UK Labour Party has long utilised All-Women candidate shortlists in an aim to ensure that female representation in the House of Commons increases. This has always been controversial, however it has been responsible for a noted increase in the...
ipu
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The 136th Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from the 1st to the 5th of April, 2017. Among the numerous agenda items the assembly is to focus on during its time in Dhaka, the attending parliamentarians will...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
When she thinks about getting women involved in government, Kelly Dittmar can’t help but be reminded of asparagus. A few years ago, Dittmar, an expert on women’s participation in politics, had a friend who needed to fill a spot on “some sort of...
uk
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Political parties must face fines if they do not ensure at least 45% of general election candidates are female, MPs have recommended. The Women and Equalities Committee said the fact that 30% of current MPs were women represented a "serious...
Credit: Pulse Ghana
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Sources from the Electoral Commission indicate that the nationwide figure of women who won the parliamentary election on Wednesday, December 7, to represent their respective constituencies in the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana, which...
oman
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Seven women were elected to Oman’s Municipal Council in the second-ever such vote held in the country on Sunday. The result marks an increase from 2012, when four women won seats. “Society is becoming more aware of how important the woman’s role is...
Friday, December 16, 2016
From November 30 to December 2 leading activists in the field of women in politics from Europe and the US came together to jointly strategise around how we can get more women into elected office. With the rise of right-wing populism on both sides of...
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...
undp
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The story of women’s political empowerment in the Pacific continues to be one of struggle and hardship. Commitments have been made by Pacific Leaders to facilitate women’s entry into politics. While some countries have translated these commitments...
ipu
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Women Speakers of Parliament from across the globe agreed to rapidly develop parliamentary objectives and action plans that put at the core the integrity of our planet and peace and prosperity. At the conclusion of the two-day Global Summit of Women...
abu dhabi
Monday, December 12, 2016
The Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament launched this morning in the United Arab Emirates capital city of Abu Dhabi. The summit, which involves two days of forward-looking panels and debates in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary...
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...

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