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Friday, July 28, 2017
By Carolina Floru International IDEA provides support to the policy debate for addressing gender inequality and political violence against women in Bolivia, which has led to formulation of policies to address the issues of violence against women at...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tunisia’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at ending “all violence against women” in a move welcomed by rights groups. The new law, which is expected to enter into force next year, defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Paula Sherriff tries her best not to be paranoid, or let it get in the way of her work as an MP. But, ever since her friend and colleague Jo Cox was murdered in the street a few miles from where Sherriff lives, she has found threats of violence...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Be confident and don't succumb to "imposter syndrome". Bangladeshi-born British member of Parliament Rushanara Ali offered her advice on International Women's Day 2017 to The Economist. 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) requires more than adopting laws—they need to be effectively implemented. Parliamentarians, NGOs and legal officers met to discuss the issue at a regional conference for Eastern and Central Europe...
Monday, June 19, 2017
As a society bound by tradition, change comes slowly to Japan. That includes opportunities for women in politics and government. But lately there's been a shake-up of the old order, with women reaching new heights that could hardly be imagined just...
Thursday, June 08, 2017
The political arena in the country appears to be far from offering a level playing field for women politicians, at least going by the recent party primaries where only handful of them successfully braved the bruising and bare-knuckled campaigns...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is organizing jointly with the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, along with Global Rights for Women and Vital Voices, a...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Abuse targeted at politicians on social media is putting some women off standing for public office, a union has warned. Sexist comments and insults have become too common for people trying to serve their community, Unison Wales said. Labour's...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
This conference seeks to explore in the nature, origins, and manifestations of resistance to women’s political leadership, taking a global perspective and engaging scholars and practitioners working in a host of related areas. Positioned at the...
Monday, May 08, 2017
Obsession with female politicians’ appearance in the media is putting young women off going into politics, a study has revealed, prompting campaigners to call for an end to sexism in political media coverage.  41 per cent of girls aged between nine...
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Michel Martin, journalist and weekend host of NPR's All Things Considered will be moderating a conversation with: Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and author of the New York Times best-seller All the Single Ladies: Unmarried...
Dr. Jessie Kabwila Member of Parliament in Malawi
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Hon. Dr. Jessie Kabwila is a politician, academic, and feminist. Member of Parliament in Malawi, she is currently the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentary Caucus.  iKNOW Politics: In 2014, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Jean Sinzdak could see right away that this year would be different for women in politics. For the first time in her 12 years of running a seminar for women interested in public office, she had to start a waitlist. Registrations for the “Ready to...
Monday, April 24, 2017
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) has cited violence as a leading factor discouraging young women from actively participating in politics. Zimbabwe will hold general elections next year, and women participation is pivotal as they constitute 52%...
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Written by iKNOW Politics Contributor Arezoo Najibzadeh and Emerald Bensadoun. This blog was originally published here by Huffington Post Canada on 20 March 2017.  In a country that prides itself in its gender-equal cabinet, the question of whether...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
“It is not only important for us to open doors and encourage women to take the lead in politics, but it is also important to create safer spaces where they can succeed and thrive as well.” Arezoo is an intersectional feminist and women in politics...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Politicians join public in condemning and ridiculing newspaper headline that leers at Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May. A Daily Mail front page that declared “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” next to a photograph of Scottish first minister...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The “boys club” environment at Parliament House has been blown out of the water as the biggest contingent of female Labor Party politicians descend on the institution. The new parliament is also set to boast the most women from all political...
Friday, March 24, 2017
Is backlash to women’s political participation rising? Do we see a new form of political violence? What role does social media play? What can policymakers do?  Women’s participation in politics – as voters, supporters, lobbyists, candidates and...
Friday, March 17, 2017
In commemoration of National Women’s History Month, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will host a briefing on preventing and mitigating violence against women in politics. Although many factors constrain women’s political participation...
Thursday, March 09, 2017
There is a growing awareness of gender-based violence that targets women voters and candidates in elections, women campaigners in political parties and civil society organizations, and women elected or serving as public officials. Such violence in...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Women may be deterred from entering politics because of abuse suffered by female MPs, Diane Abbott says. The shadow home secretary said she was speaking out about her own experiences after recently receiving a series of threats and insults. In the...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out about the sexist attitudes she still battles as a senior woman politician. In a wide-ranging interview with The Gentlewoman magazine, the SNP leader brought up a number of incidents that what...
UK parliament
Thursday, January 26, 2017
An overwhelming majority of women MPs have received online and verbal abuse from the public and a third have considered quitting as a result, a BBC Radio 5 live survey suggests. Some reported death threats, with more than half of those questioned...
Pakistan MP
Thursday, January 26, 2017
KARACHI: A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced. Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Given that she is deputy speaker in parliament, the holder of a PhD and has served as an assistant dean at one of Kenya’s leading universities, Joyce Laboso should be eminently qualified to run for any political office in Kenya. However, the central...
pakistan
Monday, December 12, 2016
Submitted by Halima Tahirkheli  In southern Mexico in 2016, women were granted the permission to vote in local elections for the first time. Since 1953, women were allowed to vote in the presidential and regional election; however, traditional law...
rempel
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Michelle Rempel, the Conservative MP for Calgary Nose Hill, is again speaking out about the harassment and abuse Canada’s female politicians endure. On Tuesday, she tweeted a picture of an anonymous and deeply unsettling letter she received...
Sandra Jansen
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Warning: This story contains foul language some readers will find offensive. Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen drew a standing ovation on November 22, 2016 after she rose in the legislature and gave an impassioned speech denouncing the hateful and...
israel
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
By Charlotte England Israel’s parliament has banned politicians, other employees and visitors from wearing miniskirts and short dresses. The revised dress code at the Knesset applies immediately to everyone entering the building, officials said on...
Sylvia Walby Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster
Friday, November 25, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
By Liz Ford The IPU study of 55 female MPs in 39 countries reveals ‘widespread and under-reported problem’, with more than 20% subjected to acts of sexual violence. Physical, sexual and psychological violence against female MPs is undermining...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
While the influx of women into parliament is beneficial for representative democracy, it has tended to disrupt the established order, provoking some resistance. The recent the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) study on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. The effects, or even merely the threat, of violence can undermine the legitimacy of electoral results and broader political...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
With no political solution on the horizon to end the conflict in Syria, it is clear that humanitarian agencies must continue to prepare for a protracted conflict. In late 2013, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook an extensive literature...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Election monitoring, whether by citizen observation groups or international observers, can provide a significant opportunity to assess the quality of women’s participation throughout an election cycle, and identify barriers to their full and...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Through its “Votes Without Violence” initiative, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is developing and testing new strategies to address violence against women in elections. Collecting needed data on this under-reported issue provides...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has warned women going into politics to expect rape threats as part of a blunt assessment of the hurdles facing female politicians. Ms Gillard also spoke of her own experiences of sexism as Australia's first...
Monday, October 10, 2016
Abu Chiad boasted about beheading infidels, raping women and children and slaughtering in the name of Islam. Speaking from a prison in the city of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, he told Dr. Jan Kizilhan that these acts would get him to heaven. Kizilhan,...

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