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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
For every woman in political office in the United States, there are three men.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, an unprecedented number of women — primarily Democrats — are running for office in 2018. Final numbers will not be available for some time, but Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect Democratic...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
UN ESCWA Report on Women’s Political Representation in the Arab Region
The objective of this study is to generate evidence-based policy recommendations for Arab States, in order to help them scale-up efforts to meet their commitments as relates to goal 5 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),...
Monday, February 05, 2018
UN Women Report on ending violence against women in political and electoral processes in Pakistan
Pakistani women face unique and frequently more severe challenges to their political participation than men do. In particular, the violence faced by Pakistani female political candidates, and voters is a serious barrier to their full participation...
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Women's Participation in Local Government
The under-representation of women at any level of governance and decision-making results in a democratic deficit. It has been proven time and again that diverse groups make better decisions. This is particularly true when it comes to a task as...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
Caribbean countries face complex development challenges shaped by socio-political, economic and environmental factors. These are experienced differently by women and men due to gender inequalities that intersect with variables like class, age, race...
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018
The seventh ECOSOC Youth Forum, to be held at the UN Headquarters from 30 to 31 January 2018, will be an opportunity for young people to share their perspectives and engage on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its review during the ECOSOC...
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Take five: “Demand to have a seat at the table, don’t wait for an invitation”
As hundreds of youth activists from around the world convene at the United Nations for the annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, from 30-31 January 2018, UN Women spoke to Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy...
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Running Start's Young Women’s Political Leadership Program
Running Start’s flagship program introduces high school girls to the power of political leadership. It includes workshops led by experts about public speaking, networking, fundraising, on-camera media training, and advocacy. Women candidates and...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Africa's first elected woman president has transformed Liberia
On Monday, Liberia inaugurated a new president and the nation’s first female vice president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ended her presidency the way she began it—shattering precedent. The first woman to be elected president of an African nation has...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Romania: Viorica Dancila voted in as first female prime minister
The Romanian parliament has approved Viorica Dancila as the country's first female premier. She steps into the post as the government is passing laws critics say could hinder the fight against corruption. The left-wing government she will lead is...
Monday, January 29, 2018
New cabinet has 6 female ministers for the first time in Egypt’s history
“The merciful heart of the revolution,” a title given by late President Gamal Abdel Nasser to Hikmat Abu Zaid, the first Egyptian woman to be named a minister when she was appointed as the Minister of Social Affairs in 1962. Fifty-six years later,...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Multi-party Caucuses for Gender Equality: A Handbook for Parliamentarians in Latin America and the Caribbean
Parliamentary gender caucuses bring together legislators committed to advancing women’s rights and gender equality to coordinate their efforts and accelerate progress. There is no set form for these groups; rather, they should be designed to...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
There’s now a searchable database of the black women running for office in 2018
Hundreds of thousands of women marched on the streets in response to Donald Trump’s election in 2017. A year after his inauguration, women marched again. This time though, they’re also taking their fight to the ballot box. A record number of women...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Lebanon pushes for more women in politics
Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to Parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country’s first women’s affairs minister says. It is a daunting task for a Middle Eastern country that may...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
We deserve better, Kenyan women tell President Kenyatta
The Federation of Women Lawyers has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of treating women as ‘second class citizens’ after he failed to name any of them in his first batch of nine members of the Cabinet. Fida said that in retaining only six men in his...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Women slowly changing the face of French politics
The current French parliament has the most women it has ever had: 224 women were elected in June, out of 577 seats. This is mostly due to president Emmanuel Macron, who pushed for more women to run for office. But the rest of the French political...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Briefing on Women’s Political Participation: Global Tools, Trends and Challenges
A Briefing Series Inspired by Sustainable Development Goal #5: “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls” Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for the third event...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Summary of the e-Discussion on Engaging Male Champions for Women’s Political Participation
The e-Discussion on Engaging Male Champions for Women’s Political Participation was co-convened in collaboration with International Gender Champions from 6 September to 12 October 2017. Fourteen participants from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab region...