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The iKNOW Politics Team welcomes you to our Library! We have the strong commitment of making available, for free, relevant resources and publications related to the political empowerment of women and support women politicians, practitioners, academics, experts, and the general public alike. Currently we have more than 416 different resources, searchable below by keyword, type of resource and thematic. Interested in region or country-specific resources? Please visit our homepage and use our word map! Please send us your feedback and to connect@iknowpolitics.org. We hope you will enjoy the iKNOW Politics online library!

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
African leaders have celebrated the 26th African Union Summit from 21 to 31 January, in Addis Ababa. This edition of the meeting was particularly focused on gender equality and women’s rights. The Director of Women, Gender and Development of the...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
For over 20 years, Bineta Diop has been a tireless advocate for gender equality in Africa and at the forefront of a gender-sensitive approach to conflict prevention. She is the founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité, which focuses on women-led peace...
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a seasoned Program Manager/Senior Program Manager with strong staff and program management and writing skills to support the Institute’s democratic development programs in...
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,...
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.
Edelfriede Barbosa Almeida
Monday, January 19, 2015
Edelfride Barbosa Almeida is an economist and founding member of one of the first NGOs in Cabo Verde to promote gender equality, Morabi. She participated in the parallel forum of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held specifically for NGOs, in...
Monday, December 15, 2014
The wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, has urged Nigerian women to partake in political activities in order to bring positive changes.   Mrs Ahmed made the call at Afon, the headquarters of Asa Local Government Area of the state...
Friday, December 12, 2014
While on the 10th of December the world was celebrating Human Rights Day, in Bujumbura (Burundi) the International Conference on “Women’s Political Participation and their Role in the Prevention of Electoral Violence in Africa”, organized by Cordaid...
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...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Women have complained about the recent primaries carried out by different political parties in the country saying they did not favour them and they were also cowed and forced into submission to the men. Speaking under the aegis of the 100 Women...
Friday, December 12, 2014
There is need to recognise the collective dignity of humanity and collaborate in creating an environment where all could grow and progress side-by-side towards the collaborative fulfillment of national aspirations. A vibrant democracy anywhere...
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
AS the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries draw nearer, a House of Representatives aspirant, Honourable Fatai Olukoga, has urged more women and youths to participate in party politics. Olukoga, who is seeking to represent Ikorodu Federal...
Maureen Jankowski Member of Parliament, Namibia
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks to Maureen Jankowski, Member of the Namibian parliament about women in politics in her country.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This case study outlines the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s (ECN) efforts to take gender in electoral processes into account in its electoral legal reform consultations that took place between 2011 and 2014. The ECN completed its nation-wide...
Friday, November 07, 2014
A delegation of women parliamentarians comprising representatives from national parliaments from eight African countries are expected in Rwanda next Monday on a week-long study tour.The parliamentarians will share ideas and exchange experiences on...
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Nigerian women are more reliable in politics than their male counterparts, this is according to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Punch reports that the former Head of State made the statement on Wednesday when some national executive...
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...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Participants at a two-day workshop organised by the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos, for journalists in Abuja, have been charged to support women in politics and also set the agenda for issue-based campaign for aspirants aspiring for various...
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...
Graça Sanches Member of Parliament Cabo Verde
Graça Sanches Graça Sanches, one of the youngest Members of Parliament in Cabo Verde
Sunday, October 26, 2014
On the islands of the archipelago that make up Cabo Verde, a country off the coast of western Africa, she is a household name. One of youngest Members of Parliament in Cabo Verde, Graça Sanches became a parliamentarian at the age of 30. Raised in a...
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...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Women have traditionally been marginalised from the structures of state that determine political and legislative  priorities. In recent years, Africa has witnessed rapid escalation in female political representation. This paper  illustrates the...
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....
IPU
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...
Female President Ghana
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Deputy General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dr Yaw Baah, has said that the country’s economic problems could be solved when a female is elected as the president. “If you want Ghana to develop, make a woman the president," he said...
Farkhunda, Afghanistan
Friday, October 03, 2014
Short compilation about the participation of youth in parliament.
Youth in parliament
Friday, October 03, 2014
The first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians will bring together young members of parliaments, youth leaders from other walks of life and experts from across the world in a bid to “take democracy to task”. The Conference will focus on...
Friday, October 03, 2014
The 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Emphasizing the need to prevent and counter all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on age, in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Universal...
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has developed a curriculum aimed at assisting women at all levels to participate and make decisions on issues that concerns them. The UNESCO said through the project, it...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Female politicians feel that their male counterparts enjoy more space in the media because they have more resources. Women Parliamentarians attending a Gender and Elections workshop in Kadoma last week said politics in Zimbabwe was no stroll in the...
Friday, September 12, 2014
This wonderful infographic summarizes all the relevant data on women in all branches of government as well as legislation in place for women's political participation from around the world.
Friday, September 12, 2014
As the 2015 general elections approach many womena re beginning to call for free elections without corruption to give a chance for everyone to participate. They held that the current system only allows for the participation of the afluent and...
Women in leadership will curb corruption – RDP
Sunday, September 07, 2014
WINDHOEK - The National Secretary of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Women’s League is of the view that corruption will drastically decrease if more capable women occupy leadership positions. Speaking to New Era just after the official...
Friday, September 05, 2014
The security services detained 16 activists of the "No to women's oppression" group, who staged a protest in front of Omdurman women prison today. The women protested against the detention of women politicians, especially Dr Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Following Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy announcement in April of 2014, media outlets speculated whether the future grandchild to Hillary Clinton would impact her potential presidential campaign in 2016. In this research paper, Jennifer Lawless...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has launched a report and training manual for building the capacity of stakeholders on Affirmative Action in the country. The manual titled: "Sociocultural Determinants of...
Political finance handbook
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
All political parties need funding to play their part in the political process, yet the role of money in politics is arguably the biggest threat to democracy today. This global threat knows no boundaries, evident across all continents from huge...
Somali Minister Anisa Abdulkadir Haji Mumin
Monday, September 01, 2014
Somali women have been facing formidable challenges and complain about marginalization in politics but they in turn played a pivotal role in securing peace deals between warring forces on the ground. Among the stumbling blocks are cultural and...

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