Partner Updates

March 22, 2019
Women greatly outnumbered by men in political power
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When it comes to political power, women are totally outnumbered by men, accounting for less than 7 percent of the world’s leaders and only 24 percent of lawmakers, according to the latest statistics. U.N. General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the...
March 22, 2019
We'll start seeing more lasting peace when women get more seats at the negotiating table
Peace agreements last 35% longer when women are involved in the negotiating process. But too often, they're not. For most of human history, war and peace have been decided at tables full of men. But as the world moves slowly but surely towards more gender equality, the contributions of women to the...
March 22, 2019
'I'm ready,' says first transgender candidate for Thai PM
Pauline Ngarmpring thought she would take it slow as she began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of 49. Instead, three years on, she is a candidate for Thai prime minister - the country’s first transgender candidate for the post - and her days and nights are filled...
March 22, 2019
Naveen Patnaik's party to give 33% tickets to women in Lok Sabha elections
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced 33 per cent quota for women in the allocation of Lok Sabha tickets of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party. Addressing the Women Self Help Group's (SHGs) Conclave under 'Mission Shakti', Patnaik said, "I would like to announce here at Kendrapara, the...
March 22, 2019
Shakti: Gunning for more women in politics in India
A non-partisan collective is targeting the general elections for equal representation of women in Parliament, but the road to gender-just politics is tricky to traverse Vinod Rathod of the Delhi Police has been manning the Parliament gates for four years now. Like his namesake singer, he can also...
March 22, 2019
Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns
The former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs who leads the 193-member world body, pointed out that in 2105 it would have taken 30 years to close the gender gap, but now, she told the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), if current trends continue, gender parity will not be reached for “107...
March 21, 2019
UN Women and partners launch new initiative to repeal discriminatory laws worldwide
Over 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected by discriminatory laws—laws that impede gender equality and hold women and girls back. In too many countries, there are unequal standards for women and men, whether it’s for applying for a passport or in the choice of employment,...
March 15, 2019
Proportion of women ministers all-time high, IPU/UN Women map shows
UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The proportion of women ministers is at an all-time high at 20.7 percent, 2.4 percentage points higher than that in 2017, according to data in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union)-UN Women map released Tuesday. "Women's representation...
March 15, 2019
'Snail's pace' progress of women in politics calls for tougher measures, leaders say
By Ellen Wulfhorst, UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of women in the top echelons of world politics has crawled to an all-time high, but progress is so slow that more quotas and incentives are called for, female leaders said at the United Nations on Tuesday. Countries with...