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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016
The impact of economic resources on the political participation of women has become a prominent issue in the field of comparative political finance. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that politics dominated by money is, more...
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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
With many positions left to fill, President-elect Trump has already tapped several women for important positions in his administration. They include: Governor Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as secretary of...
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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...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016
“This battle will liberate us; we want to be involved in the decision making process. Women will not continue to be used as fillers,” declared Socorro Torres, coordinator of the Honduras Interparty Women’s Network (Red de Mujeres Interpartidarias de...
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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...
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...
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
The British Labour Party has launched a mentoring program for women to honor the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. Its goal is to help more than 600 women to enter politics over the next 5 years. Cox died in June, after she was shot and stabbed in a...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The extent of women’s representation in elected office in any given country is determined by a wide range of factors, including the general progress towards achieving equality of rights and opportunities among women and men in public and private...
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
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...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The Liberal Party's federal executive has signed off on a 10-year plan to significantly increase its female representation in Parliament, in what one senator has described as a "watershed" moment for the party. Under the "gender diversity reform...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The U.S. isn’t the only country deep into an election season. The former Soviet republic of Georgia, which gained independence in 1991, is heading into parliamentary elections in October. But while Hillary Clinton is busy breaking down gender...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality "Ra’edat", or "Pioneers" in English, is a regional parliamentary network that advocates gender equality and the fair participation of women in policymaking in the Arab States region. The Network...
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
In a historic first, Hillary Clinton was named the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in the upcoming U.S. elections. If she wins, she will join Theresa May of Britain and Angela Merkel of Germany in the ranks of women who lead prominent...
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia's lower house of parliament has promised to bring the "fighting spirit of her clan" to political life. In her maiden speech, Linda Burney wore a traditional kangaroo-skin cloak with her personal totem...
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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 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
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...

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