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Friday, August 05, 2016
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has published an article on sexism in politics. Due to its interest for the advancement of women’s political empowerment we are featuring it on our platform. Click here to read the original article. The history of...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) has ruled repeatedly on impunity for human rights violations as one of the main obstacles to observance of the rule of law...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time and time again, the Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter the “IACHR” or the “Commission”) has stressed how vital access to justice is to eradicating violence against women once and for all.    On a number of occasions, the...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Organization of American States, OAS, approves a historical American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 17 years after the first meetings to sign this Declaration. Héctor Huertas, lawyer and indigenous leader of the Guna people in...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Members of the Working Group, as well as representatives of civil society organizations and academia will evaluate lessons learned and assess the results of the First Round of National Reports on the Protocol of San Salvador. This online event is...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
In the framework of the XXXVII Assembly of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) in Lima there were elected the new authorities that will govern the Steering Committee of the CIM from 2016 to 2019, responsible for exercising the political...
Monday, May 09, 2016
The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) has published an article on the situation of women defenders of human rights in Mesoamerica. The article highlights the extra difficulty experienced by female human rights activists in a context marked by...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
With this event The Organization of American States opens a space to debate about the regional advances within the framework of the “Protocol of San Salvador”, accessible here. The debate refers to the importance of promoting and enabling the...
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs adopted in Vienna, Austria, a resolution on the necessity of incorporating the gender perspective to drug-related policies and programmes.  The resolution  highlights the importance of policies and programmes on...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Organization of American States (OAS) –through the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)- the Principality of Liechtenstein (in its capacity of Permanent Observer) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) will...
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
The Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) that observed the general elections in Belize on November 4, 2015 today presented a report to the Permanent Council highlighting the procedures and systems “that generated a generally...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Event Description This policy round-table, organized jointly by the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), will focus on...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This study is presented on the occasion of the Seventeenth Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (XVII IACML) of the Organization of American States (OAS), as a means of taking stock of efforts already underway, as well as to introduce new...
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Declaration on Political Harassment and Violence Against Women was issued in the framework of the Convention of Belém do Pará, held in October 2015, highlights the urgency of dealing with the multiple manifestations of harassment and violence...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Three Caribbean countries have been governed by women in the last twenty years. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, three former British colonies, shared the experience of having been ruled by women leaders. In the case of Jamaica, Portia...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In 2013 the 29th General Assembly of the Latin American Parliament, that took place on 19-20 October, approved the Resolution on the political participation of women, which “reaffirms the commitment to substantive equality of women and men,...
Friday, February 05, 2016
In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed 17 Global Objectives to achieve in the next 15 years, "Eradicating extreme poverty. Combating inequality and injustice. Solving climate change." Goals Goal 5 seek gender equality and empower women and...
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...
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...

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