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Wednesday, December 02, 2015
The Latin American and the Caribbean Parliament, Parlatino, approved on 1 December 2015 the ‘Framework Law on Parity Democracy’, developed with the support of UN Women. The Framework, that raised widespread agreement among Member States, will serve...
Women Suffrage
Monday, April 27, 2015
On February 6, 1918, a select group gained suffrage but it took 10 more years before all women had the same voting rights as men. Yet at the last election, in 2010, more than nine million women didn’t use that hard-won right. As we approach polling...
Women's political participation in Latin America
Monday, April 27, 2015
The newly launched webinar series created by VoteRunLead and LatinasRepresent has taken on the brave and worthy task of helping Latinas to "step into the political power."  Only 32 percent of the 104 women serving in the 114th U.S. Congress are...
Monday, March 30, 2015
This year the youth of the region will be the stars of the Youth Forum of the Americas as social actors, within the framework of the Summit of the Americas. The IV Forum to be held during the 8th and April 9th, is the official event of the VII...
Women’s International League of Peace
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
My grandmother, Lola Maverick Lloyd, was among 47 American feminists who sailed to the Netherlands in April of 1915 in hopes of stopping World War One.  She and her peers were answering the call of a Dutch physician, Aletta Jacobs, who pleaded with...
women in local government
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
On September 12th 2014 iKNOW Politics launched an online discussion about women’s access to, and experience in, mayoral positions. The discussion received contributions from several countries, including Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Colombia,...
Sunday, February 22, 2015
The inter-american commission of women (cim) seeks to place political violence against women as the first topic in the hemispheric debate. Research shows that increased visibility of this violence has paralleled the raising participation of women in...
Monday, February 16, 2015
The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Program for the Support of Women’s Leadership and Representation(PROLEAD) announces a call for proposals for evaluations that analyze the effectiveness of interventions that promote women’s voice and...
She ran She won
Thursday, February 12, 2015
iKNOW Politics has compiled video testimonies from women parliamentarians from all over the globe to create this video on identifying and overcoming obstacles that women women face when seeking election to parliament.
Women in the USA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
While women in southern New Jersey government agree they haven’t shattered the glass ceiling in politics, fewer of them are getting headaches from bumping up against it these days and several have broken through to achieve historic firsts.   At the...
Monday, December 15, 2014
 than 50 percent of votes in the 2016 presidential election will be women and more than 50 percent of those women are likely to vote for the Democratic nominee. Those facts are a major reason why Democrats have won four of the past six presidential...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Calling something “politically correct” is usually a way of dismissing it. When a woman calls out sexism, for example, an exasperating response is to call her a “p.c. liberal feminist.” Instead of addressing the alleged sexism, it suggests her...
Friday, December 12, 2014
An interest in the gender gap between the representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two University of Pittsburgh professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three years of research....
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Conventional knowledge on the effectiveness of gender quotas for enhancing women’s political participation has, to date, been unanimous on the superiority of quotas in proportional representation (PR) systems. Yet this view overlooks the many...
Monday, December 01, 2014
Justin Trudeau’s ejection of two Liberal MPs from his caucus—over allegations of sexual harassment of two anonymous NDP MPs—has unnerved Ottawa. If you need proof, you need look no further than MP Peter Goldring’s now-retracted comments about...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Tuesday’s elections brought a number of firsts for women in American politics. Iowans for the first time sent a woman, Joni Ernst, to Congress. Mia Love became the first African American Republican woman to win a congressional seat. And next year,...
Friday, November 07, 2014
 The midterm elections brought landmark victories for female candidates. North country voters elected the first female sheriff in New York and the youngest female congresswoman in U.S. history. Yet even with more women than ever sitting in positions...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Republican Elise Stefanik has become the youngest woman elected to Congress in history, winning her race against Aaron Woolf in New York's 21st open district 56-32, ABC News projects. She's the first Republican to win the district, which had been...
Friday, November 07, 2014
For the first time, Congress will have 100 women in office, thanks to Tuesday’s midterm elections. And of the three state-based initiatives that would have restricted women’s access to abortion, two—the “personhood” measures in Colorado and North...
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The gender breakdown of the next Congress is still to be determined, but a major milestone was reached Tuesday night: For the first time in American history, the number of women sitting in Congress will hit triple digits. Democrat Alma Adams of...
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Virginia Varela serves as Program Analyst for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uruguay. She is responsible for the “reducing poverty and inequality” portfolio, which also figures the gender agenda as part of a joint cooperation...
Friday, October 31, 2014
  Register Now!   Friday, November 7, 2014 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA Join women and men from across the region at the first...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The recently-opened exhibit at the Design Museum in London titled “Women Fashion Power” says a lot about how society tends to care more about how female politicians dress than it does about males. While sometimes there’s a correlation between a...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
This year’s midterm election seems all about the women. More campaign ads than ever feature women or focus on women’s issues. It’s a strategy that makes sense when you consider there are 29,426 registered female voters in Athens-Clarke County alone...
Monday, October 27, 2014
As a South-South forum, the Inter-Regional Seminar on Women’s Political Empowerment, with the theme Translating Women’s Participation in Politics into  Critical Actions and Influence, brought together representatives of 36 parliaments from across...
Coryn Grange
Monday, October 27, 2014
iKNOW Politics is a powerful tool that not only fosters intelligent discussion between women and men across the world, but also furthers the importance of empowering women. Advocating for increasingly politically active women is essential for...
Andrea Isabel Ixchíu Hernández
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Andrea Ixchíu is a K'iche de Totonicapán woman from Guatemala. She is a journalist and workshop facilitator dedicated to promoting indigenous women’s rights in Guatemala. Since childhood, Andrea has organized local campaigns to denounce violence...
Dilma Roussef is re-elected.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
President Dilma Rousseff has promised to re-unite Brazil after narrowly winning re-election to a second term in office with 51.6% of the vote. She said "dialogue" would be her top priority after a bitterly fought campaign against centre-right...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
In light of the first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians which brought together young members of parliaments, youth leaders from other walks of life and experts from across the world in a bid to “take democracy to task” 10-11 October...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Malala Yousefzai is the youngest Nobel laureate. Her prize is inspiring – it recognises her bravery and the importance of girls’ education.  But Yousefzai’s story includes violence that cannot be understood without awareness of the politics of weak...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Future Policy Award 2014: Duluth Model is world’s best policy / Exemplary laws from Burkina Faso and Austria win Silver / Vision Award goes to Istanbul Convention Hamburg/Geneva/New York – 14 October 2014: The “Coordinated Community Response...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes....
IPU
Friday, October 10, 2014
Geneva, 10 October 2014 A benchmark IPU analysis on youth representation in politics reveals that low youth representation in parliament remains a global challenge for democracy despite some encouraging trends and emerging best practices to engage...
Quotas for female politicians, elections in Brazil
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Photo-Paulo Whitaker/Reuters SÃO PAULO—This year, for the first time in Brazil’s history, two women—incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and former environment minister Marina Silva—had a serious chance of winning the presidency. Marina, who sought...
The political participation of youth
Thursday, October 09, 2014
  In preparation for the First IPU Global conference of Young Parliamentarians, iKNOW Politics hosted an online discussion on the political participation of youth and their capacity to empower women. The discussion received feedback from several...
Dilma Rousseff
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Brazil's presidential race will go to a second round after incumbent Dilma Rousseff fell short of an outright victory in Sunday's election. She received 42% of the vote and will face centre-right rival Aecio Neves, who won 34%, on 26 October. In a...
Farkhunda, Afghanistan
Friday, October 03, 2014
Short compilation about the participation of youth in parliament.
Youth in parliament
Friday, October 03, 2014
The first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians will bring together young members of parliaments, youth leaders from other walks of life and experts from across the world in a bid to “take democracy to task”. The Conference will focus on...
Friday, October 03, 2014
The 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Emphasizing the need to prevent and counter all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on age, in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Universal...
Indigenous Women Leaders
Friday, September 26, 2014
By Mariana Jardim Andrade Leones              The participation of indigenous women in their societies over the last years, especially in the Latin America has been continually increasing. This achievement is the result of the efforts of...

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