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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...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) has slammed MP Ahmed al-Tahawy, member of the parliamentary health committee, for saying that it is not appropriate to halt the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), which he describes...
Cecilia Tkaczyk Former Member of the New York State Senate
Thursday, August 25, 2016
TimesUnion interviews former Member of the New York State Senate, Cecilia Tkaczyk, on the topic of women in politics. Access the original interview here. What brought you into politics? In 2012 I was on the Duanesburg school board and we were...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
TITLE: A woman’s place is apparently not in the house (either of them): Discrimination and harassment of women in politics ABSTRACT: Women continue to be under-represented in politics around the world. Myriad obstacles face politically ambitious...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Women are chronically underrepresented in U.S. politics. Yet TV shows, fictions, and films have leapt ahead of the electoral curve to give us our first female president(s). What messages about women and power do these fictional representations of...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
After years of wrangling and debates among African leaders, the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) is gaining real momentum, with a new action plan signed this week by Pan African Parliament (PAP) representatives and the U.N. Population...
Thursday, August 18, 2016
42 delegates from BRICS countries will be attending a two-day meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarian Forum to be inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Jaipur on Saturday. “A total of 42 delegates from the BRICS countries are attending...
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Tunisia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs submitted to parliament in mid-July a new draft law on the elimination of violence against women. Article 2 of the draft law extends to “all forms of gender-based violence directed against women by any...
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The 11th edition of the Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament will be held on 12 and 13 December 2016 and will be co-hosted by the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates and the IPU,. The Summit will be held under the overall theme...
Monday, August 08, 2016
UN leaders and experts have sent an Open Letter to each member of the UN Security Council asking for the selection of a woman and gender equality champion as the next UN Secretary-General. People who know the UN well have written to the members of...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Foreign Policy has published an article on women’ss political leadership. Studies show that when women comprise around 25 percent of a group, their influence dramatically reshapes culture. Is 2016 the year women change the world? For the first time...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Is there a new trend in women world leaders? This article tries to give an answer to this interesting question, with inputs from different organizations, including UN Women. Britain’s Theresa May recently took office as the first woman prime...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The Guardian has published an article on the support that former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is giving to Hillary Clinton. She has urged Americans to call out sexism against the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. Gillard...
Friday, August 05, 2016
As the Democratic presidential primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has grown much closer, some commentators suggest that Clinton’s campaign is being bombarded with sexist invective — especially from Sanders supporters. But...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has published an article on sexism in politics. Due to its interest for the advancement of women’s political empowerment we are featuring it on our platform. Click here to read the original article. The history of...
Friday, August 05, 2016
President Barack Obama published an article on Glamour magazine, where he explains his views on feminism and women’s empowerment. There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995, with 29 Member States, which aims to support sustainable democracy worldwide and assist in the...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
People and their talents are among the core drivers of sustainable, long-term economic growth. If half of these talents are underdeveloped or underutilized, growth and sustainability will be compromised. Moreover, there is a compelling and...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on July 1 honored former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. The award recognizes exceptional service and personal sacrifice motivated by...
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Meryl Kenny, Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, wrote an article published by IPI Global Observatory, on the recent rise of women holding positions of political power worldwide. Due to its interest, we transcribe the...
Friday, July 29, 2016
The Congress of Deputies of Spain has chosen a woman, Ana Pastor, as president for the 12th Legislature last July 19. Ana Pastor, a graduate in medicine and until then Minister of Public Works and Transport of Spain and Member of Parliament for the...
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...

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