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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized women's successes in overcoming political exclusion
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized Women’s Successes in Overcoming Political Exclusion identifies critical factors preventing marginalized women’s inclusion in customary and democratic decision-making structures and describes how women have worked in overcoming barriers to their...
Monday, January 08, 2018
Women in politics: Invitation to shadow Welsh Assembly member
Young women are being given the chance to shadow an assembly member for the day in an effort to boost female participation in politics. The February event includes a Senedd tour, a question and answer session and a debate about the role of women. Helen Bradley from equalities charity Chwarae Teg...
Monday, January 08, 2018
MPs say plans to tackle Westminster sex assault claims ‘too vague’
Campaigners warn it could be months before proposals are finalised, which could leave party whips with too much power. Proposals to tackle sexual harassment and assault in Westminster have been criticised by campaigners and MPs for being “too vague” and leaving “too much power” with the party whips...
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Fourth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
Inclusion is a foundational pillar for all state activities. It is the very purpose of parliaments. Despite trends towards a more inclusive, mobile and interdependent world, increased pressures to raise barriers between people are challenging the principle of inclusion. The risks of exclusion are...
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Akbar Khan
  iKNOW Politics contributor Uday Nagaraju met CPA Secretary-General H.E  Akbar Khan and discussed CPA’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality, women’s empowerment and political participation. CPA is an association of Parliaments of  52 Independent nations which includes advanced...
Friday, November 03, 2017
Women in politics are also saying #MeToo
In the wake of the sexual violence allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, survivors across the globe and from all types of industries joined their voices to share harassment and assault stories using the hashtag #MeToo — and women in politics have not been the exception. More than...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Fewer women in Iceland's new parliament
The Icelandic general elections took place last weekend. The results show that the number of women as members of parliament decreases. The last government had 47,6% women and they will now be 38,1%, of the 63 elected members. The rate has not been this low since 2007. The rate is very different...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Women in parliament: Assessing the effectiveness of gender quotas in Poland
Gender quotas aim to increase women’s parliamentary representation. However, the effectiveness of quotas varies. This article explores this issue further by examining the case of Poland, where gender quotas were introduced in 2011. The Polish case presents an interesting puzzle. Although the...
Monday, October 02, 2017
Facebook Live Discussion on the Role of Male Champions in Promoting Women's Political Participation and Leadership
Co-organized by iKNOW Politics and International Gender Champions, this Facebook Live discussion brought together a diverse panel of Geneva-based Gender Champions who shared their experiences and views on the role of male champions in promoting women’s political participation and leadership....
Friday, September 29, 2017
Working with the Tanzania Parliament on gender equality
One-third of the MPs in Tanzania’s parliament are women, making it one of global leaders on women’s representation. The Tanzania Women’s Parliamentary Group (TWPG), a women’s parliamentary caucus, collaborated with the IPU on advancing gender equality through the work of the National Assembly. As...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Women supported to campaign in Tonga
The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and it is time for more gender balance in Tongan politics. Siale 'Ilolahia says the early election in November is an opportunity for Tongan women to come forward. There is just one woman MP...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Somali women’s political participation and leadership: Evidence and opportunities
This report synthesises findings from an eleven month qualitative research project (August 2016 - June 2017), carried out by Social Development Direct and Forcier Consulting, and funded by the Research and Evidence Division (RED) within the UK government’s Department for International Development (...
Monday, September 25, 2017
Court ruling raises hopes among Kenyan women for more political representation
NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buoyed by record gains in last month's elections, Kenyan activists say they hope the nation's top court will enforce women's right to better political representation, following a surprise decision to nullify the presidential election. Female Kenyan...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Pacific Islands Forum leader plans more effort to help women as leaders
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders.  The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says she hasn't done enough to empower women in the Pacific.  She said if she got...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Proposals to increase number of female MPs in Commons rejected
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and equalities committee chair, Maria Miller, said the...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Jordan's Parliamentary Women’s Caucus
The Parliamentary Women’s Caucus launched on 25 the of August 2013 represents a political step that aims at enhancing the role of Jordanian women in the parliament through establishing a nucleus for united women’s approach under the dome to promote national priorities and women’s issues which would...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Samoa's deputy PM explains barrier for women politicians
The deputy prime minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says the uncertainty associated with running for office deters Pacific women from entering politics. Fiame, who is the longest serving woman MP in Samoa's Parliament, was speaking at a meeting of the Women in Leadership Advocates Group this...
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Engaging Male Champions to Support Women’s Political Participation
Research and experience has documented that gender diversity yields better outcomes in political decision-making and that women’s role in local and national political processes greatly improves democratic outcomes. Women’s right to equal voice and participation in political life has a strong...