After two years of research and many in-depth consultations, on 14 May the World Bank team will launch a ground-breaking report, with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
The new report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, focuses on freedom from violence, control over sexual and reproductive health, ownership and control of land and housing, and voice and collective action. It shines a spotlight on the value of enabling women and girls to fulfil their... Read more
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. Violence or the threat of violence has been identified by members of the iKNOW Politics community - as well as through global and regional meetings of women politicians and their supporters sponsored by iKNOW partner organizations - as a significant impediment to women’s political participation. While crimes of violence against women in politics are... Read more
From time being, sex stereotyping has always been an issue in contemporary setting. It assumes that masculine and feminine traits are intertwined with leadership. Due to the aggressive and competitive nature of politics, the belief is that participation in elected office requires masculine traits.
Hence, the bias leveled against women stems from the perception that femininity inherently produces weak leadership. However, sex stereotyping, a model for gender disparity, today, continues to attract much concern not only from the women folk, but also from every Nigerian who is appalled by the... Read more
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the IPU is organizing, with the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, a seminar for East and Southern African Parliaments on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide parliamentarians of the region with the elements of a comprehensive and multisectoral response to violence against women and girls and familiarize them with the components of legislation to effectively tackle this scourge.
Special emphasis will be placed on... Read more
Are you considering your next career move? Want to advance faster in leadership or compensation? Puzzled by power politics in the office? Accelerate your career and uptick your leadership skills with this innovative, 9 practical women’s leadership “Power Tools” program entirely online. Created by New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of Take The Lead, Gloria Feldt, the course gives fresh insights to the dynamics and positive uses of power. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to maximize their effectiveness as leaders in achieving business or organizational... Read more
This paper is a comparative commentary on the situation of women’s political leadership in Ghana. The paper highlights progress made in the country, draws attention to areas of retrogression and proposes some immediate strategies for greater representation of women in political leadership. Read more
In a landmark step, parliamentarians from countries in Central, East and the Horn of Africa, gathering at a conference organised by UNDP and AWEPA on 26-28 November 2003, reached an agreement on a Plan of Action for parliamentarians, aimed at reducing the illicit distribution of small arms and light weapons. In this Mombasa Plan of Action, parliamentarians agreed to urge their governments to adjust national legislation to create more efficient control on small arms. This booklet is earmarked to be a practical handbook. It seeks to serve parliamentarians during their efforts to make further... Read more
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 constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
The Guide analyzes the adoption of the... Read more
An interesting contribution in the discussion came from Sarry, who shared an experience from Namibia. Sarry: “Namibia at the moment stands at over 30% women representation and 42% at the local governance level. We are excelling at 42% because most of the issues that are addressed at the local level are bread and butter issues. It is easier for the countries in SADC to reach 50% in local governance because of the role that women play in politics and democracy. In Namibia, the process of training potential candidates, campaign managers and political campaign strategists is underway. As a gender... Read more
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, and women’s rights advocates will assemble to generate technical guidance for, and urge political commitment in, the international community. The event is timed to contribute to discussions on the upcoming Secretary-General’s Report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1820. The Colloquium outcomes will also support other longer-term... Read more
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all levels.
Whilst the advances made in women’s parliamentary representation worldwide is no doubt a cause for celebration we know full well that ‘bums on seats’ are not enough. Attention must increasingly turn to ensuring women parliamentarians reflect the diversity of societies in which they live and that their increased participation translates into actual influence.”
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This group is open to all women who wish to discuss women's political participation in sub-Saharan Africa. The Club of Madrid African Women Leaders Project brought together women from Nigeria, Uganda and Sierra Leone in a conference in Brussels in October 2008. During the conference, women leaders discussed the following topics: - The need for networking, caucusing and coalition building - leadership skills - affirmative action - engaging women in peace and security systems - implementing international legal frameworks - transforming attitudes toward women in politics in the media Some of the... Read more
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South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma won a tight fought vote to become the new head of the African Union Commission, the first woman to hold the post, African leaders said.
She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting.
“Now we have the African Union chair Madame Zuma, who will preside over the destiny of this institution,” Benin's president and current AU chairman Thomas Boni Yayi said.
Dlamini-Zuma, 63, an experienced diplomat, is a veteran of the fight against apartheid. A doctor by training, she... Read more
The Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Michael Arietti, at the US Embassy in Banjul had said that Africa cannot overcome its problems unless women take the lead.
Arietti was speaking Thursday during the closing ceremony of the three-day Young Women's Empowerment Programme (YWEP) organised by the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP), in partnership with Think Young Women (TYW), at TANGO office in Kanifing.
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Lecture by incoming AU Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to the ANC Women's League
t is with honour and humility to have been invited to address this gathering on the issue of the African Union. Let me begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to all of you for your good wishes both, during the run up to the election of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and following my successful election as the new Chairperson.
This election poses a greater responsibility on women in general since it is the first time that a woman has been elected to this position in 49 years... Read more
Top female and male leaders from across the continent have launched an Africa Gender Parity Group at the World Economic Forum on Africa. The group of business, government, media, academic and civil society decision-makers are collaborating on ways for companies and countries to eradicate gender inequality and better engage women in the economy.
To read the full article, please visit the All Africa's Website. Read more
The challenges confronting women politicians in Africa were given an airing recently during a press conference in South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg. Four politicians from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Lesotho felded questions Nov. 28 by reporters from South Africa and other African states, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The politicians were in South Africa at the invitation of Inter Press Service (IPS) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women for a three-day workshop with journalists.
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The Africa regional review of Beijing +15 focused on progress in the 12 thematic areas, and was drawn from a survey conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa with responses from 41 of the 53 African countries. The review noted that the most recent development in this regard was the incorporation of the 50/50 target of women representation in politics and decision- making positions in the SADC gender protocol. The SADC Regional Framework for Accelerating the Achievement of the 50 percent Target of Women Representation in Politics and Decision-making Positions at All Levels by 2015... Read more
Women's political representation is vital to securing greater gender equality, feminists and others argue. Africa has made great strides in electing more women to its parliaments.
Four African countries are among the top ten countries with the highest numbers of women in parliament. But even in these countries, gender inequality persists. Many of Africa's women are still constrained by sexist laws and cultural beliefs that infringe their rights.
More women in parliaments “make it more likely that legislatures will repeal regressive policies that deny women their basic human rights and create... Read more
African leaders have been criticised for not taking the issues of climate change and women seriously after the African First Ladies Forum on Climate Change failed to draw the participation of first ladies on the continent.
Dr Aminu Zakari of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Studies in Nigeria says the forum's work has already been delayed for two years.
"It's part of the politics. This is like the example of how our leaders are not really taking this issue seriously. We've been advocating for this. The first African first ladies would have started from Copenhagen in Denmark... Read more