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Friday, October 09, 2015
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel (Hamburg, 1954) is sometimes considered as the most powerful women in the world. Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000 and German Chancellor for the last ten years, this doctor in physical...
Minister for Justice and Equality-Frances Fitzgerald
Saturday, April 18, 2015
There are many advocates for gender quotas to help women advance in politics - including front-bench politicians like Frances Fitzgerald. But sometimes events overtake arguments, and the astonishing rise of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women's rights and empowerment and...
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,...
Joanna Maycock
Joanna Maycock European Women’s Lobby (EWL) Secretary General
Sunday, February 22, 2015
talks to Malgorzata Bratkrajc, iKnow Politics writer volunteer, about her successful career in development sector, the reasons behind joining European Women’s Lobby, and the challenges lying ahead of the association in the years to come. Find out...
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in Politics? Eleonora Palmero answers (Italy)
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in Politics? Junie Joseph answers
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.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon/©Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Nicola Sturgeon has been in the job only three months but already she is eyeing her legacy. “Being the first woman First Minister is a big responsibility and I feel the weight of that acutely. I’m determined to use that position to help further the...
Yulia Tymoshenko ex Prime Minister of Ukraine
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Female members of parliament -- a distinct minority -- are more active about introducing legislation than their male counterparts, according to the civil network OPORA. To view the full article published on 6th February 2015, please click here.
Dourou holds the highest-elected office of any woman in Greece-Photo Rena Dourou Official website
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Women are conspicuously absent from the cabinet of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. They have traditionally been underrepresented in Greek politics, but Syriza was different. Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens. "Greek society exhibits one of the...
women in the media
Saturday, January 24, 2015
30 January 2015 at 10:30IDEA, Strömsborg, SE-103 34 Stockholm, SwedenPresentation to be followed by a question-and-answer sessionLunch and refreshments will be provided aInternational IDEA invites you to attend a guest presentation about gender bias...
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Opposition challenger Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has become the first female president of Croatia, winning by the narrowest of margins. She secured 50.5% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted, while incumbent Ivo Josipovic was close behind on 49.5...
Sunday, January 04, 2015
We have a woman who is First Minister if that’s not an example of us reaching gender equality, what is? It’s a statement the Women 5050 campaign, seeking a 50/50 representation of women in Scotland’s public life, hears at least daily. It is indeed...
Nicola Sturgeon
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
 by Lucile Huguet Scotland didn’t get enough Yes to become independent from England. However, the country is at a real turning point of its history. Scotland got its first female politician elected as head of the country. As we know, the No vote was...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
As European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, I am strongly committed to advancing equal opportunities for men and women in the EU. The proposed directive on women on corporate boards is one of my main priorities for gender...
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...
Ruth Sealy
Friday, December 12, 2014
City University London Researcher and Lecturer Ruth Sealy discusses the lack of women at the top of companies, the idea of adding quotas to bring about change and how the U.K. stacks up in its number of female leaders with Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Ukraine’s new parliament has the highest number of female lawmakers in history. There are 50 of them, or 12 percent of the 421 lawmakers. They are also more educated, eloquent and elegant than ever before. All women lawmakers in this parliament have...
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
Smashing the glass ceiling women face to “smithereens” is an important part of tackling inequality, Scotland’s new First Minister said. Nicola Sturgeon, who is the first female to take on the top job in Scottish politics, pledged she would work to “...
Nicola Sturgeon
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Smashing the glass ceiling women face to "smithereens" is an important part of tackling inequality, Scotland's new First Minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon, who is the first female to take on the top job in Scottish politics, pledged she would work...
Madame Maryvonne Mottin
Madame Maryvonne Mottin Former mayor of Bernières Sur Mer, a town of 2311 inhabitants, from 2001 to 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
  What are the biggest challenges facing women’s access to mayoral offices? The biggest challenge for me was the fight against prejudices. In 2000, when I announced that I would run for this position, one member of the council house staff  retorted...
Younger women and the 2015 election
Monday, November 24, 2014
Should politicians be appearing on programmes like the X Factor to reach new audiences? Or should they be breaking down complex political subjects and putting them in simpler terms to get more potential voters interested? These were some of the...
Kanela Zuko
Thursday, November 13, 2014
SARAJEVO – Sending a message of hope to Bosnian Muslim women, a veiled woman was elected to the House of Representatives in October's elections, becoming the first woman to enter the parliament with the Islamic headscarf. "I think my being elected...
Birgitta Jonsdottir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir Member of Parliament, Iceland
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland about the changing face of politics and how she began her career.
Anette Trettebergstuen
Anette Trettebergstuen Member of Parliament, Norway
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Anette Trettebergstuen, Member of parliament from Norway about including youth and wowmen in parliament and politics at large.
Hege Haukeland Member of Parliament Norway
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Hege Haukeland, Member of Parliament from Norway, about women's political participation, women in parliament and the involvement of youth in politics.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
By Ashwath Komath, It is a very common stereotype in the world, especially in politics, that women cannot be strong and cannot handle ministries of defence or foreign affairs because at times they involve the element of violence in them. It is the...
Grabar Kitarovic and Tomasic
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Member of the European Parliament Ruza Tomasic on Sunday supported HDZ candidate Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic in the race for the next president of Croatia, saying that Croatia was ready for a woman president. "Croatia is ready for a woman president and...
Helen McEntee
Helen McEntee Member of Parliament, Ireland
Friday, November 07, 2014
Helen McEntee, the youngest female member of parliament in Ireland speaks about the participation of women and youth in politics.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
By  Malgorzata Bratkrajc, A new European Commission took office on November 1st, 2014. Unsurprisingly, the composition of the new Commission confirmed that the flagship EU initiative of gender balance in decision-making positions is not being taken...
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...
Monday, October 27, 2014
This is a presentation about the formation of a women's parliamentarians network/ caucus within the parliament of Serbia.
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...
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...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A 27-year-old Bosnian Muslim immigrant has been named the new Swedish minister of education, setting a role model for young, active Muslims. The minister, Aida Hadzialic, was named earlier in October in Stefan Löfven new cabinet as the new Upper...
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....
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...
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...