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Meet former Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, now  a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, former MP Ann Cryer, probably best known for her campaigns against forced marriages, and the current speaker in the House of Lords Baroness D’Souza and...

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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....

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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...

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As a first of its kind in the OSCE region, this study is concerned with the presence and operation of dedicated women’s parliamentary bodies (alternatively referred to as parliamentary struc­tures for women members of parliament (MPs)) that promote...
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...
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area in the newer post-communist democracies of Central...
Ruth Sealy
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...
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,...
The principle of equal access for women and men to electoral mandates and elective functions has been a constitutional principle since 1999 in France, but the country is lagging behind. Time to legislate and ensure women’s representation in...
Gender quotas have worked to increase the number of women getting elected in politics and should be looked at along with other measures to encourage women to become candidates, Northern Ireland MLA, Anna Lo of the Alliance Party told a Sinn Féin...
You will find here the list of MEPs who have already endorsed EWL Manifesto. Let’s get much more until the European elections! Thanks for your support! As the European Parliament elections are getting closer, we need to make sure that women’s rights...
Anette Trettebergstuen
Anette Trettebergstuen Member of Parliament, Norway
iKNOW Politics speaks with Anette Trettebergstuen, Member of parliament from Norway about including youth and wowmen in parliament and politics at large.
The Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment are inviting applications from dynamic, creative women and men from all over the world to champion women's economic empowerment online and offline in their communities.   To apply please click...
Armenian Government approved the bill on Securing Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in the Thursday session to be discussed in the Parliament on second reading. The bill was elaborated within the framework of the European...
On December 21, the presentation of the “Participation for Change” book and a roundtable on research findings were held, with representatives of political parties, NGOs, research and scientific centers and mass media attending. Research revealed...
The newspaper present analysis of impact of the implementation of gender quotas on women in politics in Armenia.
Despite the introduction of a quota to ensure women make up 20 per cent of Armenia’s parliament, the reform has failed to have much effect, with only half that percentage winning seats in the May 6 election. Fourteen women out of the 131 members of...
The number of women standing in local elections in Armenia has barely changed from four years ago, despite government pledges to increase participation. Activists are now saying it might be is time for local polls to be subject to the same gender...
Italian lawmakers begin voting on Thursday for a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano amid growing debate about electing a woman for the first time in this male-dominated society, and even seemingly strong popular support for the idea. (We...
This manual describes public hearings as an integral part of the work of parliamentary committees. It serves as a guide for members of parliamentary committees in Kosovo on conducting a public hearing. It includes information on types of hearings,...
It aims at providing the legislators with the necessary tools that would help them in assessing legislations and proposing them to promote social and democratic change in their countries. The guide highlights and discusses several important topics...
This is a unique collection of data on the use of gender quotas around the world. It presents an overview of trends and challenges in the implementation of quotas, and it includes profiles of 85 countries and territories with detailed description of...
This study examines how austerity measures may have adversely affected children and women in a sample of 128 developing countries in 2012. It relies on International Monetary Fund (IMF) fiscal projections and IMF country reports to gauge how social...
An Azerbaijani delegation led by chairwoman of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Hijran Huseynova will attend the OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference to take place in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 10-11. The...

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Picture it: A world without a gender gap. Imagine a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?
Birgitta Jonsdottir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir Member of Parliament, Iceland
iKNOW Politics speaks with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland about the changing face of politics and how she began her career.
Kanela Zuko
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...
On May 27, the National Democratic Institute hosted the 2014 HOPE Fellows for a presentation titled, “When Legislation is Not Enough: Addressing Gaps in Implementation of Kosovo’s Laws on Gender Equality.” Speaking directly to the topic of realizing...

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One of UNDP’s Youth Strategy key aims is to strengthen youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions (Youth Strategy Outcome 2). When young men and women understand their rights, they can become...
One of UNDP’s Youth Strategy key aims is to strengthen youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions (Youth Strategy Outcome 2). When young men and women understand their rights, they can become...
The ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics invites panel and paper proposals for the First European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG). The conference aims to bring togetherscholars engaged in cutting-edge research on a wide range of...
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...
Political institutions have traditionally been created in male dominated societies in which men formulate the rules of the political game.  Although traditional political institutions have undertaken efforts to become more accessible for young...
A key player in the European Union, Catherine Ashton caps her turn as a diplomat by orchestrating an impossible seeming peace between Serbia and Kosovo. When Catherine Ashton was named High Representative for Foreign Affairs and National Security...
This report analyzes Serbia's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It examines Serbia's implementation of each of the provisions specified in CEDAW through two types of analyses: an...
This report analyzes Russia's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It examines Russia's implementation of each of the provisions specified in CEDAW through two types of analyses: an...
The Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics (CAWP) is based in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queen's University Belfast. It aims to foster an appreciation of women's contribution to politics, government and...
Caroline Hubbard
iKNOW Politics Expert Caroline Hubbard speaks about the challenges international organizations face while working on women's rights issues.
Presentation on Civil Society organizations as instruments to overcome barriers to engaging political institutions given by Pablo Angulo, Youth Program Associate at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) at the Expert Group...
This report addresses gender equality and women’s human rights in the UK and the European Community development cooperation programmes in South Africa, Nicaragua and Bangladesh. Six case studies are used to compare on-the-ground practice with stated...

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