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The iKNOW Politics Team welcomes you to our Library! We have the strong commitment of making available, for free, relevant resources and publications related to the political empowerment of women and support women politicians, practitioners, academics, experts, and the general public alike. Currently we have more than 883 different resources, searchable below by keyword, type of resource and thematic. Interested in region or country-specific resources? Please visit our homepage and use our word map! Please send us your feedback and to connect@iknowpolitics.org. We hope you will enjoy the iKNOW Politics online library!

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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...
Monday, June 12, 2017
By Karen Cirillo and Jodi Hilton In the small village of Getik, Arpine Gyulumyan runs a bed and breakfast with her family. But she is also an engineer, a social worker, and a community council member. While few residents venture far from their...
Monday, June 12, 2017
Women are more politically mobilized than ever before — but that’s not enough to get them into office. A POLITICO investigation reveals what’s really stopping women from breaking through. One morning this spring, 80 women of different ages, parties...
Monday, June 12, 2017
By Evelyn Anite, Uganda's minister of finance for infrastructure and privatization. When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stands down later this year as president of Liberia, it will mean that for the first time in more than a decade, no African country will...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
When Bidya Devi Bhandari became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015, cynics dismissed her arguing that she was the widow of a political leader, it was a ceremonial position anyway, and one woman becoming head of state did not change the lives of...
Monday, June 05, 2017
Forum organized by African Union Commission and UN Women, with the support of Germany, outlines roadmap for women in governance, peace and security. (New York, 2 June)—UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The African Union Commission, UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and the Government of Germany are organizing a high-level “Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation.” The forum is scheduled...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Nepal — "I am contesting the upcoming election with my headscarf on, duly following the advice of my mother-in-law. But I have offered my full support to my daughter-in-law to contest the polls without the scarf" says Kausilya Tharu, 45, who came...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women. Sylvie Goulard is defence minister while Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is sports minister....
Hanna Hopko Ukrainian Member of Parliament
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hanna Hopko is a Ukrainian Member of Parliament and the head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee.
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
Scotland may be tiny, but the ambitions of its female leaders certainly are not. Teen Vogue spoke to the three parties ahead of the June 8 election in the United Kingdom to find out about female representation in Scotland, and what’s been done to...
Monday, May 08, 2017
Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, and still stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, increasing numbers of Democratic women are diving into Massachusetts politics. “The national political environment we’re in, that’s the backdrop to...
Monday, May 08, 2017
Provisional election results in Niue indicate a boost to women's representation in Niue's parliament. At least four women have won a place in the 20 seat legislature after the country went to the polls on Saturday. O'love Jacobsen was one of two...
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Polls have opened in Niue where a record number of candidates are vying for a seat in the common roll. A record number of 23 candidates are vying for the island's six common role seats, 10 of them women, also a record high. The other 14 seats in...
Friday, May 05, 2017
The clips aim at building understanding among Lebanese stakeholders, and especially political decision-makers, on the range of possible temporary special measures that can be adopted to encourage and increase women’s participation in elections,...
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Donald Trump's election was a life-altering event for many Americans. While men as well as women say the election deeply affected their lives, it is hard to overstate the impact it has had on women. An estimated 4.5 million Americans, mostly female...
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Women in the interior of Naitasiri are proud to see a woman head the Fijian Parliament. According to a statement released by the Fijian Parliament Office, women from of Lutu Village in Naitasiri who met with the Speaker of the House, Dr. Jiko Luveni...
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Business as usual is not an option. To fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, concrete actions and intensified commitments to...
Monday, May 01, 2017
UN Women will launch a publication titled “Shaping the international agenda: Raising women’s voices in intergovernmental forums” at a high-level event in New York on 2 May, 2017. Women’s participation and leadership make for better policies. Yet, as...
Friday, April 28, 2017
The research presented in this paper provides useful insights into how increasing women’s descriptive representation within a legislature affects citizens’ interest and engagement in the political process, or their symbolic representation. Uruguay’s...
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...
IPU Secretary General
Martin Chungong Inter-parliamentary Union Secretary General
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A Cameroonian national, Martin Chungong made double history by becoming the first-ever African and the first non-European to be elected as IPU Secretary General in the Organization’s 126-year history. With more than three decades of experience and...
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...
Mariam Jack Denton
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Gambia has a new speaker of parliament in the person of Mariama Diack Denton. She becomes the first speaker of a post-Jammeh era National Assembly. She takes over from Abdolie Bojang whose tenure expired ahead of the April 6th legislative polls...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
LAS VEGAS — Cheaper tampons. Office breaks to pump breast milk. No co-pay on birth control. These are not the talking points of a ladies’ happy hour. They are among the State Senate and Assembly bills being considered in the Nevada Legislature. Not...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kenya could get its first female governor in the next General Election after 10 women formally submitted their bids, as indicated in the list of aspirants published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Unlike in the last elections...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) over the weekend completed a week training for 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from across the 73 electoral districts in Liberia. The training was held at the Development...
Invercargill
Monday, April 17, 2017
Invercargill has smashed through the glass ceiling, a candidate for the 2017 election says.  Four women are vying for the top spot in this year's election - but there's no sense among any of them that this is anything usual.  They've all had their...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday said the politics needs more women. Participating in an interactive session with members of Young Ficci Ladies Organisation here, Sitharaman said, “This (politics) may...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
For one Chicago woman, the epiphany came just a few days after the presidential election. As Sameena Mustafa processed Donald Trump's victory and the shifting national political climate, she found it was no longer enough to vote, donate money or...
Monday, April 10, 2017
Since 1995, the world average of women in parliament has grown from 11.3 percent to 22.7 percent. Although progress is slow going, multiple initiatives can be credited for building momentum behind equal representation. The Beijing Platform for...
Monday, April 10, 2017
To better understand the role of women’s networks, the Women in Public Service Project released the publication "Women's Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change," a research paper and toolkit by Lucina Di...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
The Network of Women Parliamentarians in Cabo Verde (Rede de Mulheres Parlamentares de Cabo Verde, RMPCV) has met the Minister of Finance, Dr. Olavo Correia, and the Minister of Education, Family and Social Inclusion, Maritza Rosabal to deliver...
Nigeria women
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Founder of ‘She Forum Africa’, a pan-African NGO, Ms Inimfon Etuk, advocated on Wednesday for more women participation in politics in order to promote entrepreneurship and women’s business initiatives in local communities. In a statement signed...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
After Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in June 2016—the first woman in American history nominated for president by a major political party—she tweeted a picture of her dancing with a young girl. The caption...
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...
Monday, March 27, 2017
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having...
Monday, March 27, 2017
In an effort to address the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of political office, this study investigates one of the stereotype-based social costs that women face as political candidates. Because power and power-seeking are central to the...

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