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Thursday, May 26, 2016
In the framework of the XXXVII Assembly of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) in Lima there were elected the new authorities that will govern the Steering Committee of the CIM from 2016 to 2019, responsible for exercising the political...
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Namibian Parliament has produced an action plan to promote gender equality through new and revised laws, and enhanced parliamentary oversight of the country’s international human rights commitments. The proposals follow a seminar attended by the...
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has stressed the organization's commitment to working for gender equality and has outlined strategic steps necessary for progress. In an address to the mid-year review of the International Geneva Gender...
Monday, May 23, 2016
The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu will pass constitutional amendments to reserve seats in parliament for women, Justice Minister Ronald Warsal said. There are currently no women in Vanuatu's 52-seat parliament. The nation, made up of a string of...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women...
Friday, May 20, 2016
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against...
Friday, May 20, 2016
The Program in Gender, Leadership and Public Policy was founded more than 40 years ago and has been a premiere training ground for women leaders. The program’s academic home is within the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global...
Friday, May 20, 2016
The National Electoral Institute (INE), the Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) and the Prosecutor Specialized on Electoral Crimes, presented the "Protocol to Deal with Cases of Political Violence against Women" that aims to detect, prevent and avoid...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
As MPs start debate on Bill C-237, MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South) announced politicians from across party lines support his private member's bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament. "Most of the time in Ottawa, politicians from...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Women’s public and political participation is a critical step towards reshaping economic, political, and social conditions to allow for equality in opportunities and results for women and men. Women can be informed, thoughtful, and strategic...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Women participation in different aspects of elections is increasing in Tanzania, but candidates still have to contend with many challenges, the Tanzania National Elections Gender Assessment report says. The report by the International Republican...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
This is a USA-focused guide for American mayors on how to promote gender equality in cities and local government. It features many case studies –one of them on CEDAW implementation in San Francisco- recommendations, links to complementary studies,...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
During the biannual meeting of the Federal Electoral Tribunal, its president, Constancio Carrasco, has assumed the Presidency and the Technical Secretary of the Observatory of Political Participation of Women in Mexico. At the event, Lorena Cruz,...
Monday, May 16, 2016
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in...
Monday, May 16, 2016
Dilma Rousseff, 36th President of Brazil, has been suspended since 12 May 2016 in the context of an impeachment process that led to former Vice President Michel Temer to assume the presidential powers and duties as Acting President. The new...
Monday, May 16, 2016
The process to establish a Women’s Situation Room has started in Ghana. The idea is to use the experience and expertise of women in order to prevent the conflict that may arise in the November polls. The idea of a Women’s Situation Room was created...
Friday, May 13, 2016
Lorena Cruz Sanchez, president of the Mexican National Women's Institute (INMUJERES), said that the state of Sinaloa is a pioneer and a national reference and model to achieve gender parity in politics. Having recently inaugurated the Observatory of...
Friday, May 13, 2016
The political participation of women is currently a hot topic in American politics. In the race to the 2016 United States presidential elections, different polls declare Hillary Clinton a strong candidate to become the first female President of the...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Emerge Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to increase the number of Democratic women in public office, has published an article on the underrepresentation of women in politics in that State. According to CAWP data, only 25.8% of state lawmakers...
Friday, May 06, 2016
The political situation in Burundi is typical of a post-conflict country that is striving to reconcile the need to consolidate the newly restored peace and responding to the basic needs and demands of the population, while laying the required...
Friday, May 06, 2016
Botswana is considered a middle-income country. The country has also enjoyed a stable democracy since 1996. Botswana is committed to upholding the rule of law and affords its citizens and all people in the country ‘the protection and the enjoyment...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
For Arab countries, the twentieth-anniversary review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform comes at a time when the region stands at a major crossroads in the context of recent uprisings, political instability and protracted armed conflicts...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Female MPs are applauding one of their colleagues for writing a scathing op-ed that sheds light on the routine discrimination endured by women in politics. In an opinion column, Michelle Rempel, the Conservative MP for Calgary Nose Hill, recounted...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Iranian voters elected a record number of women to parliament since before the 1979 Islamic revolution. The 17 women elected make up 6% of the new cohort of 290 MPs. Only 16 cleric MPs have been voted in, meaning the new parliament will include more...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The Graduate Institute’s Programme on Gender and Global Change and the Geneva Gender Champions organized the inaugural Geneva Gender Debate on 8 March 2016. Moderator Scott Weber, Director-General of Interpeace, began by remarking that whilst all...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
In the United Kingdom, of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 459 (71%) and women only 191 (29%). There have only ever been 450 women MPs. The vision and the goal of the 50:50 Parliament campaign is a parliament where men and women...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
This article was originally published by International IDEA here. By Hamza Amor, Associate programme officer, Tunis office. Since starting its transition to democracy in 2011 Tunisia has been heralded as success story in the region. Since the 2014...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
On 14 March, following International Women’s Day, The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) and the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) organized the panel “Women Leaders: The solution to peace and security”,...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The European Women’s Lobby task force for Central European, Baltic and Balkan States, together with Kvinna Till Kvinna’s Western Balkans Group, organized on the past 25 April in Brussels, a joint meeting to discuss the challenges for women’s rights...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
As part of the lead up to Canada’s 150th celebrations in 2017, Equal Voice is launching a national initiative, Daughters of the Vote, to recognize a significant event in Canadian history: The 100th anniversary of the first voting rights for a select...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Tanya is the City Councillor for Ward 13 and came into politics via her work as President of the SOHO Community Association. Virginia Ridley is the Ward 10 Councillor and she was deeply involved in her local community before running in 2014. Join...
Torild Skard Norwegian politician and researcher
Friday, April 29, 2016
Torild Skard's most recent book, Women of Power, has been awarded the Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by CHOICE, the US Library journal. Ms Skard has led a vibrant political career. She was the first woman to hold the position of President of...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly of Viet Nam will take place on May 22, 2016. The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC)’s Presidium held the third consultation meeting on April 15 to approve the official list of 1,...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
In the 2014 elections in Malawi, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the presidency, and the number of women MPs was reduced from 43 to 33. This decline in women representation came despite opinion polls showing strong support for women’...
Pam Damoff Pam Damoff is Member of Parliament in Canada
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pam Damoff is a business professional and community activist who has served as a Town Councillor in Oakville since 2010. Her extensive public service is combined with over 27 years of corporate experience on Bay Street. She has been elected to...
Friday, April 22, 2016
Watch this UNDP documentary highlighting the success stories of 5 women who were elected in 2010 as members of municipal council and as Moukhtara in Lebanon. UNDP Lebanon In Arabic with English subtitles
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Co-organized by the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) and the National Assembly of Zambia, and building on the theme “Agenda 2030: Youth leading the way, leaving no one behind”, the third edition of the IPU’s Global Conference of Young...
Oluremi Tinubu Member of the Nigerian Senate, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women's Affairs
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). An educationist, administrator, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of the Niger, she was the exemplary First Lady of...
Monday, April 18, 2016
The objective of this publication is to critically assess progress and efforts in advancing women’s political participation in the OSCE region. This compendium brings together existing knowledge and good practice while considering what needs to be...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Approximately 1,809 women serve in the 50 American state legislatures at the beginning of the 2016 legislative session. This means that women make up 24.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide. This represents little change from the 2015...

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