"Because there's still a lot to be done and a lot to be fought for in order for women effectively achieve more political participation and representation."
Gretchen Bauer is a university professor with a specialization in African Politics and Women in Politics, and has traveled, studied and worked extensively in East and Southern Africa. During the early years of her career her research and scholarship focused on democratization and civil society organizations in southern Africa. During a 2002 sabbatical leave she was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research in Windhoek, Namibia and conducted extensive interviews with and research on women Members of Parliament in Namibia’s lower and upper houses.
Ikram Ben Said is a women’s rights advocate and Founder of “Aswat Nissa” (Voices of Women), a Tunisian nonprofit promoting women’s active participation in the political and policy-making spheres while fighting against all forms of discriminations and violence against women.
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 sector.
Julie Ballington is the Policy Advisor on Political Participation in the Leadership and Governance Section at UN-Women. She oversees the section’s work on women’s political participation, including in electoral assistance, parliamentary strengthening, political party support and governance at the local level. She previously served as UNDP’s Gender Advisor in the Global Programme on Elections within the Division for Democratic Governance.
Ms. Maguire is the Chief of Country Support for Eastern and Southern Africa with UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. She joined UNDP in 1998 and has worked as UNDP’s chief Electoral Advisor in the Democratic Governance Group from 2003 to 2013, and before that in UNDP’s Evaluation Office on results-based performance assessment. In her current position, she provides support to UNDP country offices on programme and operations, across all the areas in which UNDP works.
Bolivian defender of women’s political rights, she has a degree in economics with a master’s level specialization in finance from the Bolivian Catholic University. She has completed various courses and diplomas, both national and international, in the areas of Public Service Management; Promoting Community Development; Participation, Administration and Planning of Municipal Projects; and Gender. For three years, she was the project manager and primary person in charge of programs for microcredits and SMEs directed at women. Given her experience over the span of fifteen years, her work is
Mona Lena Krook is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Her research analyzes electoral gender quotas in cross-national perspective. Her first book, Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide (Oxford University Press, 2009), received the American Political Science Association’s 2010 Victoria Schuck Award for the Best Book on Women and Politics.
Nika Saeedi is Policy Specialist, Gender, Political Process, and Peacebuilding as part of the Inclusive Political Process Cluster. She is responsible for Women’s Political Participation in UNDP. Nika has over 15 years’ experience, including 9 years of field experience and 6 years of working at UNDP/BCPR in policy development, program design and management, and partnership building on women peace and security (WPS) across conflict prevention, the rule of law, governance and early recovery.
Noha El-Mikawy is a Governance and Poverty Advisor at the Oslo Governance Centre. She has contributed to UNDP programme and project formulation in the areas of parliamentary strengthening, anti-corruption and public sector reform, judicial reform and gender empowerment in Arab middle income countries, Arab countries in (post) conflict, as well as oil-rich states. Ms. El-Mikawy has taught politics of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo and at the Free University of Berlin and Erlangen University in Germany.
Rumbidzai Nhundu is a multi-disciplinary Gender practitioner, with several years of hands-on professional experience on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment initiatives at national, regional and international levels. Competent in the area of knowledge transfer and training on gender mainstreaming in institutions including Parliaments, democracy and governance processes and systems, management of electoral processes from a gender perspective and Additional Empowerment Strategies design and facilitation for women in politics.