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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
From where I stand: “They said that a woman couldn’t run for elections… I proved them wrong”
Coumba Diaw is the only female Mayor in the Louga region of Senegal. She grew up listening to a rhetoric that restricted women from participating in politics and public life. But that didn’t stop her. Today she makes other elected officials aware of the importance of women’s leadership. “They said...
Friday, March 03, 2017
UN Women is hiring: Regional Policy Specialist, Political Participation and Governance
Location: Dakar, SENEGAL Application Deadline: 22-Mar-17 (Midnight New York, USA) Time left: 19d 6h 36m Type of Contract: FTA International Post Level: P-4 Languages Required: English and French   Duration of Initial Contract: 1 year Background UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality...
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Aminata Touré named Prime Minister of Senegal
On Sunday night, Aminata Touré was named Prime Minister of Senegal. Whichever mineral flows through the veins of Aminata Touré, she has spent all of her adult life working as a human rights and women’s rights activist, who has worked in Senegal and around the world on women’s issues and, more...
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Nigeria, Senegal Partner On Women for Democratic Leadership
Nigeria and Senegal are planning to provide women at grassroots level with leadership and advocacy skills that would enable them contribute meaningfully to the development of their countries. To this end, a three-day capacity building workshop has been scheduled for November this year in Dakar, the...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Press Statement of Michelle Bachelet UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women from Dakar, Senegal
Photo: Michelle Bachelet on her official trip to Senegal; photo credit: UN Women – Bruno Demeocq " During my visit, I met with Government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society partners, including women and men leaders who work tirelessly to advance gender equality and the empowerment of...
Monday, August 06, 2012
Senegal: Breakthrough for Women in Lower House
A record number of women were sworn in as legislators as Senegal's new parliament was inaugurated on Monday. Sixty-four women now have seats in this West African country's 150-member National Assembly, thanks to a law on gender parity. But the breakthrough made by women candidates has relaunched a...
Thursday, July 12, 2012
UN Women: Following elections, proportion of Senegal’s female parliamentarians almost doubles
The number of female elected parliamentarians in Senegal’s National Assembly has almost doubled thanks to the impact of new parity laws on the July elections With 44.6 per cent of female parliamentarians, Senegal has come close to achieving parity in its National Assembly. 64 women now occupy a...
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Amsatou Sow Sidibé
iKNOW Politics: Thank you for granting us this interview.  Tell us about Amsatou Sow Sidibé, what is your background? How did you enter politics?  I am a Senegalese woman, an aggregate qualified professor and Chair of the Private Law Department. I am Director of the Institute of Human Rights and...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Senegal Guarantees Gender Balance in Legislative Polls
The Senegalese parliament yesterday overwhelmingly voted in favour of a bill that introduced gender parity on the lists of proportional representation that political parties should present for legislative polls in the country. For more information, please visit AFROL News
Friday, January 13, 2012
Experiences in Implementing Parity Laws to Improve Women's Political Representation
The adoption of the parity law in Senegal is an important step on the way to increased political participation and equal political representation of women.  Senegal’s women were rightfully proud of this landmark achievement, but other countries’ experiences with parity laws show that there is long...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
SENEGAL: Presidential elections, 26 Feb 2012
  Description of government structure:     * Chief of State: President Abdoulaye WADE     * Head of Government: Prime Minister Soulayemane Ndene NDIAYE     * Assembly: Senegal has a bicameral Parliament (Parlement) consisting of the Senate (Sénat) with 100 seats and the National Assembly (...
Sunday, October 09, 2011
The Security Sector and Gender in West Africa: A survey of police, defence, justice and penal services in ECOWAS states
Since 2008, when the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) began working on gender and security sector transformation in West Africa, we have repeatedly been asked for information on gender and security from other countries in the region, such as examples of good practices...
Monday, August 08, 2011
iKNOW Politics was presented during the High level meeting on African EMBs
iKNOW Politics was presented during the High level meeting on African EMBs on Transformative and Gender Sensitive Elections Management in Mbodieng, Senegal from July 26 to 30  The High-Level Meeting of African Heads of EMBs contributed to build the capacity of elections practitioners...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
N’déye Fatou Touré
"I would like above all for all women interested in politics to know that, deep down inside, there is latent genius that holds and has the potential to create national wealth.” - N’déye Fatou Touré iKNOW Politics: Tell us about your career. What sparked your interest in politics? What inspired you...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Impact of Religion on Women’s Leadership Roles in Politics and Public Life
This consolidated response highlights the impact of religious norms and religion on women’s political participation. The response also describes women’s participation in religious institutions and religious political parties, as well as women’s resistance to religious limitations to their political...
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Fundamentalisms, Globalization and Women’s Human Rights in Senegal
This article discusses women’s rights in Senegal through the prism of the country’s religion, culture and secularism. It also describes the globalization of women’s human rights and the response of fundamentalists to this issue.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Party Finance Reform in Africa, Lessons Learned from Four Countries: Ghana, Kenya, Senegal & South Africa
This report presents the findings of the second component of the African Political Party Finance Initiative, which aimed to increase awareness about the need for transparent and accountable party financing and to promote reforms appropriate to the respective country contexts, specifically in Ghana...