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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Day 4: End the democratic deficit
In a series of 16 blogs for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses 16 ways to end violence against women. A critical part of UN Women’s work in ending violence against women and girls is supporting change in...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resistance to Women’s Political Leadership: Problems and Advocated Solutions
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 representatives and the position of women in public and...
Monday, December 05, 2016
ICTs and Women's Empowerment
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 assessed witnessed a significant episode of digital...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Peacebuilding through parliaments
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. So why is it that they are so often absent from...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Barriers women face in Tunisian politics
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 national elections the country has worked to...
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The Iraqi Women Network statement on International Women's Day 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 celebrate this day while they are either Internally...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
What a 21st century feminist movement should look like in Tunisia?
By iKNOW Politics Expert 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.” Gender inequality has not...
Friday, November 27, 2015
Giving a voice to women in Tunisia
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 active in political parties to help them pursue a...
"Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Women up in arms: Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds embrace a new gender politics.
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 their struggle and process for building a better...
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Sharon Hodgson MP: The Commonwealth leading the fight to combat violence against women
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
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - It's time to fulfil the promise to end violence against women
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 and must end by addressing its root cause – gender...
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Women Countering Violent Extremism
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 region. Research also shows that:1. Police...
Professeur Muhammad Yunus-Photo: Yunus Centre/Nasir Ali Mamun
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Professor Muhammad Yunus - Women at the centre of our economic activity
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. Yunus's personal loan of small amounts of money in...
Christine Lagarde
Saturday, August 30, 2014
The 3 L’s of women’s empowerment
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 first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Why women matter for peace
"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 Commander of the United Nations Mission to the Democratic...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Gender-Specific Election Violence: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies
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 used as tools of gender-specific electoral and...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Once we make this dream a reality… by Michelle Bachelet
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 promoted gender equality and empowerment of women...
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Building women’s leadership in the most difficult places (Pakistan) – case study for your comments
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 issue by building a country level partnership with the...