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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
This paper was submitted by Catherine M. Watuka, Executive Director of the NGO Women United for Social, Economic & Total Empowerment based in Kenya. The  purpose of this paper is to outline and evaluate the barriers women face in becoming...
Monday, December 05, 2016
By Rose Dlougatch, Senior Research Associate, Freedom on the Net, Freedom House Growing internet access has facilitated women’s social and political engagement. According to Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2016report, two-thirds of countries...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
We look to our parliaments to represent us, adopt laws that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms, and distribute resources to those in need. In such ways, parliaments are uniquely positioned to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
This article was originally published by International IDEA here. By Hamza Amor, Associate programme officer, Tunis office. Since starting its transition to democracy in 2011 Tunisia has been heralded as success story in the region. Since the 2014...
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
As Global Women Movement celebrates International Women's day on March 8th, while everyone is silent listening to the anthem of freedom and peace, and what has been achieved in progress toward full substantive equality in rights, Iraqi women...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
By Ikram Ben Said Even though we are living in the 21st century, gender equality is still considered a women’s issue, in Tunisia, and policy makers are trying to avoid or postpone the conversation because they are dealing with “more important issues...
Friday, November 27, 2015
Earlier this month, the Tunisian organisation Aswat Nissa (the voice of women) launched their biggest project yet; the Women Political Academy 2015-2016. In partnership with Oxfam, the Academy aims to train 60 women aged 18 to 35 that are already...
"Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
By Charlotte Maria Sáenz Resistance and strength manifest like weeds through cracks in Chiapas, Mexico and transnational Kurdistan where the respective Zapatista and Kurdish resistance movements are creating new gender relations as a primary part of...
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Labour MP, Sharon Hodgson, attended the recent CPA Women Parliamentarians’ Conference, setting out how this Commonwealth group is helping to reduce gender based violence. To view what she had to say, please click here
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka-Photo ONU Femmes/Marc Grob
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has devoted her life to issues of human rights, equality and social justice and previously served as Deputy President of South Africa. In this message, she stresses that violence against women can...
Thursday, October 09, 2014
We already know that Pakistani women are key to moderating extremism and combating terrorism. As civil society and government leaders, they are implementing innovative solutions in order to restore stability and bring peace to their communities and...
Professeur Muhammad Yunus-Photo: Yunus Centre/Nasir Ali Mamun
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Professor Muhammad Yunus Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. From Prof....
Christine Lagarde
Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Christine Lagarde A former French minister for various economic portfolios – including finance and employment, agriculture and fisheries, and trade – Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
"It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern wars." These are not the words of a woman who has faced the violence and ferocity of conflict, but words of Major General Patrick Cammaert, who served as the Deputy Force...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013. A longstanding women’s rights advocate, she has...
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties. The Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme entered this very complex and sensitive...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Progress and challenges for women politicians in the region Important and undeniable progress: Michelle Bachelet becomes President of Chile again on 11 March 2014, the second woman re-elected to that post in Latin America (after Cristina Fernández...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Participation in electoral politics has declined across Western Europe in recent decades as citizens have become increasingly disillusioned with conventional forms of politics. As James Sloam notes, this is especially true for the current generation...
Monday, April 14, 2014
Editorial by Charles Chauvel, Advisor for Parliamentary Development, UNDP As an implementing partner of iKNOW Politics, UNDP calls attention to its newly-adopted gender equality strategy for the period 2014-2017.  The strategy seeks to ensure that...
Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda. (Image: Maxppp/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The document reflects on how Rwandan women have secured big gains in the halls of power, although challenges remain.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Since the 1920s, the addresses have gone from nearly all-"men" affairs to a roughly equal gender footing. Though contraception is rarely mentioned in State of the Union addresses, it might make an appearance tonight, since President Obama is...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Dec. 5 was the 79th anniversary of the day Turkish women were granted the right to vote and to be elected.  The confusion in the domestic and external agenda caused this gain to be celebrated less than it deserved.  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and friends...
Friday, November 15, 2013
The likely victory of Michelle Bachelet in Chile’s presidential elections will strengthen women’s political power in Latin America, a region where while progressing, still sees millions of women as the victims of discrimination and violence. Despite...
Friday, November 08, 2013
The women of Afghanistan today aren’t the same women of 2001. They’ve expanded their access to health care, education, justice, and political power. As Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa noted Tuesday in a congressional hearing, “Afghan...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Even though women have advanced in terms of the quality and quantity of their political participation in almost every country in the world, some of them are still experiencing gender based harassment and violence in politics. In countries that have...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Women in Iraq bear the brunt of increasing levels of gender-based violence, inadequate infrastructure and poverty. Yet women activists recognize that their struggle for equality and social justice as women cannot be separated from the wider...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The lack of institutional concern for epidemic levels of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt is part of the larger neglect of the issue of gender equality by the post-revolutionary powers.  Journalist and activist Hania Moheeb spoke out at the ...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
When history books reflect on modern Egypt, we will read the “official” version of the story but we will never read the stories that matter: her stories. We will not hear the voices of millions of women who stood shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand,...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Betraying their own biases, various Western commentators have frequently expressed shock at the visible and active presence of women and girls in demonstrations across the region. This sense of surprise has often doubled at the sight of innumerable...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This week we were supposed to be celebrating the first state visit to the White House by a Brazilian president in nearly two decades. Instead we are recognizing a very different first—the first time a world leader has declined to attend a state...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The designation of Oct. 11 as Taiwan Girls’ Day in the ROC represents another step forward for the country in its goal of promoting the rights of women across the economic, educational, political and social spectrums. This important undertaking...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
When first lady Michelle Obama comes to San Francisco on a two-day trip starting Saturday to raise money for the Democratic Party, she doesn't plan the typical meet-and-greets. One of her events will include a small roundtable in the San Francisco...
Friday, October 04, 2013
Quotas – whether mandatory, legislated or voluntary – continue to be one of the most effective means for increasing the number of women both in political parties and elective office. In 2012, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, women won 24...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It is still fresh in our memory how dreadfully the media treated Megawati after she took leadership of the PDI-P in 1993. The mockery mounted during her tenure as vice president from 1999 to 2001 and as president from 2001 to 2004.  Those were...
Monday, July 08, 2013
By posing this question to parliamentarians from all over the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) caused something of a stir. An IPU study[1] found that women are overwhelmingly the main drivers of change in terms of gender equality in...
Monday, June 24, 2013
Poli-Sci Perspective is a weekly Wonkblog feature in which Georgetown University’s Dan Hopkins and George Washington University’s Danny Hayes and John Sides offer an empirical perspective on the issues dominating Washington. In this edition, Hayes...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Imagine being a woman who has lived in a stateless, militarised, and violent country for over two decades. Despite all the challenges that come with war you manage to survive and feed your family; you exercise your agency and build peace within your...
Friday, April 19, 2013
A study by the Women's Media Center (WMC) suggests that any and all descriptions of a woman candidate's appearance damaged her chances of being elected, while "the male opponent paid no price for this type of coverage," according to the survey's key...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 In this documente diverse themes have been included such as: Cripled Democracies After The Fall of one Party Systems In Central and South East Europe • The expectations of the people before the start of transitions in practice were simplified and...

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