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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
Sweden's minority center-left coalition will introduce legislation in February to make listed companies increase the number of women in their boardrooms, news agency TT said yesterday. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's coalition of Social Democrats and...
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...
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...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Johanna Rickne is a Associate Professor in Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University. Her research concerns gender quotas, careers in politics, and questions about family-work balance in the political and private...
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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...
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...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Women's rights activists in Liberia welcomed a new law creating parliamentary seats reserved for women, young people and people with disabilities, in a country where women are poorly represented in politics despite having a female leader. Liberia's...
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...
Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas
Monday, October 03, 2016
This is a unique collection of data on the use of gender quotas around the world. It presents an overview of trends and challenges in the implementation of quotas, and it includes profiles of 85 countries and territories with detailed description of...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Women’s rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on 20 September, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Mohammad Shoeb publishes in Qatar’s The Peninsula this article on women’s integration through quota systems. Integration of women in all walks of life, including national assemblies and other law-making entities, through quotas is a must to...
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...
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, June 30, 2016
Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media. The Parliament of Moldova recently adopted a new law that, for the first time, introduces...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
To empower elected women representatives, several initiatives supported by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, such as trainings, workshops, exposure visits are helping women bring socio-political change in the communities....
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Building on the Canadian government's long-standing support for broader gender diversity, Ontario is working to eliminate barriers women face in attaining top positions in businesses and provincial agencies and boards. With input from the new Women...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
The Inter-parliamentary Union has recently published a report reviewing the developments made in women's participation in parliaments in the last 20 years, globally, regionally and at the country level. The report shows that the past 20 years have...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Abstract: Though more than 100 countries have adopted gender quotas, the effects of these reforms on women's political leadership are largely unknown. We exploit a natural experiment—a 50–50 quota imposed by the national board of the Swedish Social...
Jennette Arnold Chair of the London Assembly
Monday, April 04, 2016
On International women’s day,Uday Nagaraju interveiwed Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly since May 2015. and shared it with iKNOW Politics. They talked about measures to achieve gender equality in politics at the local and...
Friday, April 01, 2016
The number of women Speakers of Parliament reached an all-time high by the end of 2015 at 49 (or 17.9% of the total number of Speakers), reports the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) in “Women in Parliaments in 2015: The year in review”. That is up...
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...

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