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The IPU Assembly (formerly known as the Inter-Parliamentary Conference) is the principal statutory body that expresses the views of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on political issues. It brings together parliamentarians to study international...

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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...

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This Declaration, known as a pedagogic and debate work tool, is a proposal, in permanent construction, of the Declaration of Human Rights from a Gender Perspective, that integrates the progress related to human rights since 1948. It presents the...
This publication presents an overview and brief analysis of the first round of grants issued by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in partnership with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Both organizations are engaged in advancing gender...
This document analyzes the changes in Latin America and the relationship between democratic governance and the reform of gender inequality practices. It provides two sections that evaluate the concept of governance, and the reflection on the...

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This Report evaluates the evolution of the Cairo Program of Action, and focuses on sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health. It identifies and analyzes the normative progress in 20 countries in the region. It also presents...
Luz Haro President of the Women’s Association of Rural Parish Councils of Ecuador, AMJUPRE
iKnow Politics: I would like to start by asking you about your political career. When did it start? What motivated you? What opportunities or obstacles did you face because of your gender? I've never been asked this question in such detail. I am a...

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María Paula Romo Assembly member and president of the State Justice and Structure Commission in Ecuador
"In order to be active in politics, it is not necessary to be a candidate. Involvement in politics can also be through music, theatre, art, graffiti and activism. These are much more legitimate forms for youths. We don’t oppose formal politics since...
Martha Roldós former Member of Parliament in Ecuadorian Congress and former presidential candidate
"I am in politics because I want certain things to happen and others to not. Based on this, I will see who I join up with, who I talk to; and also who I won’t join up with and who I won’t talk to. If I begin to think about whose photo will be taken...

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This report contains sections on the socio-political participation of women and provides statistical information on the evolution of applying gender equality policies.
Even though women have advanced in terms of the quality and quantity of their political participation in almost every country in the world, some of them are still experiencing gender based harassment and violence in politics. In countries that have...

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Quito (Ecuador), 22 - 27 March 2013   The IPU Assembly (formerly known as the Inter-Parliamentary Conference) is the principal statuary body that expresses the views of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on political issues. It brings together...
Latin America is populated by some 40 million indigenous people of a total population of about 500 million. Among the countries with a predominantly indigenous population are Guatemala, Bolivia and Ecuador. In Guatemala, the indigenous population...

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Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics