After two years of research and many in-depth consultations, on 14 May the World Bank team will launch a ground-breaking report, with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
The new report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, focuses on freedom from violence, control over sexual and reproductive health, ownership and control of land and housing, and voice and collective action. It shines a spotlight on the value of enabling women and girls to fulfil their... Read more
A former lawyer at Morgan Stanley will become the first woman to lead a bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Justice, the government said Friday, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to promote women in the workforce.
Kazumi Okamura, currently a prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office, will head the Human Rights Bureau at the Ministry of Justice. Ms. Okamura, a graduate of Harvard Law School who passed the bar in New York state, worked as a lawyer at Morgan Stanley in Japan from 1990 to 2000, according to the prosecutors’ office.
Ms. Okamura’s promotion was part of a wave of... Read more
Lisa François Executive Director of the Women's Collective for Women's Political Participation "Fanm Yo La", while commending the efforts of the Government for the numerous appointments of womens to key positions, expressed concern about the lack of women in the Permanent Electoral Council [whose Gabrielle Hyacinthe is the Director General] and appeal the legislative power, whose representatives are not yet been appointed, to meet the quota in its future designations...
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Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said that women are his "weakness" and added he was convinced that they will be the ones who win him the presidency next month when he faces off at the ballot box against President Hugo Chavez.
The 40-year-old former governor and attorney interrupted his speech during a rally Saturday in Tocuyito, a city in the central state of Carabobo, to confess that he was "impressed with how beautiful the women are" in that state.
"At times, you stop here and you have some girls in front and you start to look at them and you lose your... Read more
Eight years ago, artist Trish Kelly made a short video about masturbation - a Rick Mercer-style monologue about sex when you’re single that she filmed for an online TV channel in Vancouver. It was frank and funny, the kind of commentary you’d see today from the 20-somethings Girls. But eight years ago, Trish Kelly wasn’t running for Vancouver’s park board. Sure enough, last week, a blogger linked the video to a commentary about Kelly’s campaign, declaring it scandalous. A few days later, after long conversations with her party, Vision Vancouver, Kelly stepped down.
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With only three female aldermen on the last council and just one woman running for mayor, some people are wondering why more women aren’t interested in seeking public office.
According to Druh Farrell, who has represented the people of Ward 7 for 12 years, part of the answer is in how women are treated in politics.
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There is an Ethel, a Melanie, a Dana, a Jolie, a Melody, a Nancy, a Judith, and a Margaret who would prefer voters call her Peggy.
Women are all over Lake and Porter county ballots this spring.
Some 51 Democrats and 45 Republicans are competing with men and sometimes other women for the state legislature, county, township and municipal offices May 6.
They represent almost a third of all candidates for public elective offices. More than 25 of them are incumbent officials running for re-election.
Center Township Assessor Kristie L. Dressel said she started politics working the polls for her... Read more
Dear International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics Members:
We are pleased to launch the first moderated Electronic Discussion of the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics on Eliminating Violence Against Women in Politics. Violence or the threat of violence has been identified by members of the iKNOW Politics community - as well as through global and regional meetings of women politicians and their supporters sponsored by iKNOW partner organizations - as a significant impediment to women’s political participation. While crimes of violence against women in politics are... Read more
Given the chance to vote for the first time in the March primary, 17 year olds turned out at a higher rate in Cook County than voters old enough to be their parents, according to a new study released today.
A state law allowed 17 year olds who’d turn 18 by the general election to vote in the primary and elections officials and representatives of several civic groups, including the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the League of Women Voters of Chicago, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Mikva Challenge, engaged in a short-term... Read more
This report summarizes the Latin American Index of Fulfilled Commitment (IFC) and includes a measurement of the index from 1995 to 2003 in 18 countries of the region. The information presented in the IFC reveals progress and setbacks regarding gender equality at the national level. It focuses on women's participation and access to power, economic autonomy and poverty, and women’s health and reproductive rights. Read more
30 Years of Democracy: Riding the Wave? Women’s Political Participation in Latin America examines the progress made in women’s participation at all levels of public and party decision making, in the three decades since the start of the third wave of democratization in Latin America, drawing on data from 18 countries in the region.
The report finds that, although the number of women in politics has improved overall, real progress is highly uneven and limited to only some countries. Indeed, even within these countries progress is largely confined to only some elected offices.
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Black female politicians have made history in the state of Georgia. For the first time ever, not just in the state but the nation, five African-American women will be on a statewide ballot.
These candidates are: Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent. So far, Wilson grabbed the Democratic nomination in a recent runoff against another black woman, Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan of Austell.
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Are you considering your next career move? Want to advance faster in leadership or compensation? Puzzled by power politics in the office? Accelerate your career and uptick your leadership skills with this innovative, 9 practical women’s leadership “Power Tools” program entirely online. Created by New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of Take The Lead, Gloria Feldt, the course gives fresh insights to the dynamics and positive uses of power. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to maximize their effectiveness as leaders in achieving business or organizational... Read more
Eight weeks from Election Day, the heads of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee view the battle for the Senate through very different prisms -- though they share some of the same views on how the midterms are shaking out.
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A Practical Guide to Constitution Building provides an essential foundation for understanding constitutions and constitution building. Full of world examples of ground-breaking agreements and innovative provisions adopted during processes of constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
The Guide analyzes the adoption of the... Read more
In 2008, the UN Security Council recognized sexual violence as a tactic of warfare. Unaddressed in almost all peace negotiations, it represents one of history’s greatest silences. To address this, a group of high-level mediators, subject experts, and women’s rights advocates will assemble to generate technical guidance for, and urge political commitment in, the international community. The event is timed to contribute to discussions on the upcoming Secretary-General’s Report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1820. The Colloquium outcomes will also support other longer-term... Read more
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all levels.
Whilst the advances made in women’s parliamentary representation worldwide is no doubt a cause for celebration we know full well that ‘bums on seats’ are not enough. Attention must increasingly turn to ensuring women parliamentarians reflect the diversity of societies in which they live and that their increased participation translates into actual influence.”
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The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is an international development program that promotes the rule of law by working with in-country partners to build sustainable institutions and societies that deliver justice, foster economic opportunity and ensure respect for human dignity.
The ABA established the program in 2007 to consolidate its five overseas rule of law programs, including the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which it created in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read more
On Oct. 3 Brazil could become the third country in the subregion to elect a woman president within the space of just a few years. Dilma Rousseff, the candidate of the governing Workers' Party (PT), is ahead of her closest rival, social democrat José Serra, by 20 points in the polls.
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