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Friday, May 06, 2016
The political situation in Burundi is typical of a post-conflict country that is striving to reconcile the need to consolidate the newly restored peace and responding to the basic needs and demands of the population, while laying the required...
Friday, May 06, 2016
Botswana is considered a middle-income country. The country has also enjoyed a stable democracy since 1996. Botswana is committed to upholding the rule of law and affords its citizens and all people in the country ‘the protection and the enjoyment...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Leadership Hand LLC has produced this infographic with key events that have marked the year 2015 in terms of women’s progress in politics across the world. See below for the PDF.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
International IDEA has identified Political Participation and Representation as one of its four key impact areas, and the strengthening of democratic governance structures to manage and accommodate diversity as a crosscutting objective of all its...
Thursday, November 26, 2015
This report argues that women’s empowerment in Tunisia is largely rooted in the particular features of the elite post-independence bargain, early political choices regarding state–society relations and the associated policies in the areas of...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
This study from Nepal by International IDEA identifies gender gaps and barriers which undermine women’s ability to realize their full potential in politics. It looks at both systemic barriers, particularly gender-based violence, and obstacles...
Monday, March 23, 2015
Calls for the integrity of elections urge governments and international actors to attach importance to the professionalism of electoral management bodies, the regulation of political finance and the promotion of equal participation and...
Women in politics in Pakistan
Sunday, February 08, 2015
  Democracy requires the equal access and full participation of both women and men, on the basis of equality, in all areasand at all levels of public life, especially in decision-making positions. Both the Beijing Platform for Action (PFA) andthe...
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...
Monday, October 27, 2014
This is a presentation about the formation of a women's parliamentarians network/ caucus within the parliament of Serbia.
Monday, August 25, 2014
A Comparative Study in Five Southeast Asian Countries: Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste: There were at least two main reasons why a study into women’s representativeness in the parliaments in five Southeast Asian...
Monday, August 25, 2014
It is generally recognized that women worldwide make substantial contributions towards politics, society and the economy in their country. In newly democratic countries in Southeast Asia the role of women in politics in particular has been...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Lessons from the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste on Patriarchy and the Rise of Women’s Participation in State Politics: The results of research carried out by the Partnership and its regional partners on Women’s Political...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Today, gender equality and justice have become global issues. Achieving these goals requires wide support not only from governments, but also from international organizations in different parts of the world.In Asia, women’s participation and...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Prepared and presented by Basma Soudani Belhadj (President  and founder of League of Tunisian Women Voters LET) and Najla Abbes  (board member and co-founder of LET): An overview of women's political participation after the 2011 revolution in...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Slovenia is a Central-East European state entering the European Union as a kind of "success story‟. It‟s transition into the free market economy was one of the most unproblematic, with no shock therapies, with steady growth and stable economic...
Friday, May 02, 2014
This publication identifies hurdles preventing marginalized people from taking active part in customary and democratic decision-making. It highlights strategies for managing transition from political exclusion to inclusion and identifies lessons...
Friday, May 02, 2014
In December 2010, the Tunisian people ignited a process of change that has impacted upon all of North Africa. A Constituent Assembly was elected in October 2011, which had as its main mission to elaborate the country’s and the region’s first truly...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized Women’s Successes in Overcoming Political Exclusion identifies critical factors preventing marginalized women’s inclusion in customary and democratic decision-making structures and describes how...
Friday, May 02, 2014
This publication reveals stories of leadership, struggle and achievement of the 197 women in the Constituent Assembly in Nepal. It documents the initiatives, roles and challenges of the women members of the Constituent Assembly and at the same time...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Violence against women in politics - how common is it in South Asia? According to a new study by UN Women, it is rampant 60% of women do not participate in politics due to fear of violence; 45% per cent of women candidates in India face physical...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This presentation was give during the iKNOW Politics webinar on Women in Politics Use of ICTs held April 30th 2014 by Ms.Danya Bashir, a Libyan, author, activist and the MENA region Executive Director of Social Media for Change, an innovative NGO...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This presentation was given by Oyungerel Tsedevdamba MP and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism,President, Democratic Women’s Union of Mongolia during the iKNOW Politics webinat on women in politics use of ICTS which was held on April 30th 2014.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
This case study highlights some of the good practices emerging among Federation of Canadaian Municipalities (FCM) and its partner local government associations in improving women’s political leadership and decision-making in local government. It is...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Features:Strengthening Indigenous Communication in Abya YalaMaría del Rosario (“Rosy”) Sul GonzálezAn account from the Second Continental Summit on Indigenous Communication in Oaxaca, Mexico. Nothing About Us, Without Us. Everything About Us, With...
Monday, January 13, 2014
“Every country deserves to have the best possible leader and that means that women have to be given a chance to compete. If they’re never allowed to compete in the electoral process, then the countries are really robbing  themselves of a great deal...
Monday, December 02, 2013
The paper begins with an explanation of the international law, treaties and obligations that require states to ensure women’s access to and equality in the voter registration process. Not every state has ratified all of these documents, but most...
Friday, November 15, 2013
In order to understand how the contest for power in newly independent Timor-Leste has played out through the constitution building process it is necessary to consider the context within whcih the constitution building process came about... We invite...
Monday, November 11, 2013
In an attempt to get more detailed information, the Gender Team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commissioned case studies in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan and Timor-Leste. The case studies examine whether and how resources...
Friday, October 25, 2013
This article prepared by Yamini Mishra, Gender Responsive Budgeting Specialist, South, East and South East Asia, UN Women challenges us to think about what GRB has meant for the reality of women's lives? Has it translated into better outputs and...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Corruption related to political party financing poses a great threat to democratic development worldwide.The study investigates party financing issues accross 22 countries.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This paper presents an insight into an initiative that intends to empower women through Information and Communication Technologies, by means of a joint venture between NGOs and local women organizations. The paper reflects on direct and indirect...
Friday, October 11, 2013
A Synthesis of Research Findings from Select Districts in India There is growing momentum among governments and civil society to foster and ensure women’s participation and leadership in the political arena, and specifically within local governance...
Monday, September 16, 2013
This chapter is from a book “Ending Violence against Women: A Challenge for Development”, the book was written by Francine Pickup with Suzanne Williams and Caroline Sweetman and published by Oxfam GB.An integrated response: human rights and...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
South Sudan faces yet another crossroads in its history as a young nation. The six months between the January 2011 referendum and independence on July 9, 2011 did not allow enough time for South Sudanese to consider and discuss fully many important...
Friday, August 09, 2013
A paper presented at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)/CEE Network for Gender Issues Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 22–23 October 2004 The Implementation of Quotas: European Experiences "...The IPU does not...
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Latin America is populated by some 40 million indigenous people of a total population of about 500 million. Among the countries with a predominantly indigenous population are Guatemala, Bolivia and Ecuador. In Guatemala, the indigenous population...
Friday, July 12, 2013
PowerPoint Presentation on the Krantijyoti Project; A Project for Empowerment of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) in Local Government” with Ms. Neela Satyanarayana, State Election Commissioner of the State of Maharashtra.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
This publication is the result of concrete activities supported by UN Women and the “Equity in Governance” (EiG) project which aimed at translating international commitments and national gender equality policy to the realities of local governance in...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Electoral equity is a fundamental component of a democratic election, and therefore a principal concern of international electoral observation. In order to institutionalize the focus on electoral equity, in 2010 the Organization of American States...

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