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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The extent of women’s representation in elected office in any given country is determined by a wide range of factors, including the general progress towards achieving equality of rights and opportunities among women and men in public and private...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Overview Promoting gender equality outcomes in parliament Gender equality and gender mainstreaming: key definitions Gender research: questions driving gender research across all policy areas Collecting and using sex–disaggregated data Gender...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Why form a Women’s Caucus? Women who are organized into a caucus can serve the same purpose as a “critical mass” of women, even where women do not make up a significant a portion of the legislature.1 Caucuses are able to extend influence over...
Monday, September 19, 2016
Many Canadians are grappling with the prospect of changes to Canada’s First Past the Post electoral system. The current consultation phase represents an enormous opportunity to better understand the limitations and opportunities of electoral systems...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
During political transitions it is important to put emphasis on women’s rights and gender equality in order to take the opportunity to correct the historical exclusion of women from the political sphere. Thus, a reform process towards democracy can...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality "Ra’edat", or "Pioneers" in English, is a regional parliamentary network that advocates gender equality and the fair participation of women in policymaking in the Arab States region. The Network...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice (WGDAW) was created by the Human Rights Council in 2010, and consists of five independent expert members from different regions of the world.  The methods of work...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
In 2011, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) conducted a survey to document how national Human rights institutions (NHRIs) in the OSCE region address women’s rights and gender equality. This Handbook presents the...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has repeatedly stressed the importance of ensuring equal rights of men and women; accordingly, participating States have agreed to take all actions necessary to promote equally effective...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This handbook provides basic guidance to all OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions (EOM) on monitoring women’s participation in electoral processes. It has been developed as part of the ODIHR’s effort to enhance equality between women and men by...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Women comprise over 50 per cent of the world’s population, but they continue to be underrepresented in all political arenas. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented. In a representative...
Monday, June 06, 2016
This research aims to map young women’s political participation at the Local Government, Presidential and Parliamentary levels including university student bodies. It also aims to track the political engagement and participation of young female...
Thursday, June 02, 2016
This manual seeks to help women during their first time as a politician in their local municipality as it is a tool that will help women elected officials to carry out their role as local elected officials. This manual aims to provide women with...
Friday, May 20, 2016
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against...
Friday, May 20, 2016
The Program in Gender, Leadership and Public Policy was founded more than 40 years ago and has been a premiere training ground for women leaders. The program’s academic home is within the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Women’s public and political participation is a critical step towards reshaping economic, political, and social conditions to allow for equality in opportunities and results for women and men. Women can be informed, thoughtful, and strategic...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
This is a USA-focused guide for American mayors on how to promote gender equality in cities and local government. It features many case studies –one of them on CEDAW implementation in San Francisco- recommendations, links to complementary studies,...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
UNRISD Research and Policy Briefs aim to improve the quality of development dialogue. They situate the Institute’s research within wider social development debates, synthesize its findings and draw out issues for consideration in decision-making...
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Celebrating its twenty-second year of existence this summer, the Women's Campaign School at Yale University (WCS) is a non-partisan, issue neutral leadership program, whose mission is to improve women’s political participation by increasing their...
Monday, December 28, 2015
The program “Enhancing Women’s Political Participation in China,” implemented between 2011 and 2015 by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) with the support of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, has three goals: (1) to improve laws and...
Monday, November 02, 2015
Despite almost 15 years of commitments on the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, there are still major gaps in moving from commitments to actions.  In November 2013, Iraq became the first country in the MENA region to adopt a National Action...
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Fifteen years after the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, this briefing calls the United Nations and its Member states to use a formal review of the Women, Peace and Security agenda as a way to address major gaps. According to...
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
This toolkit is intended for the use of Change Makers working with men and women from their communities to support change in knowledge and attitudes on gender equality and women’s political participation. It provides them with a series of tools for...
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
In this guide written by Jeanette Kloosterman of Oxfam Novib and Chloe Safier of Oxfam International, Oxfam explores the meanings of the “Transformative Leadership for Women’s Rights” approach by distinguishing transformative leadership from other...
Monday, March 16, 2015
DemTools are a set of open-source solutions developed by NDI’s Technology for Democracy team (NDItech) to address some of democracy’s most common problems. 
Parliamentarians Handbook on Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
There are approximately 370 million indigenous peoples in some 90 countries throughout all regions of the world. While they constitute 5 per cent of the world’s population, they make up 15 per cent of the world’s disadvantaged. Of the 7,000 ...
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...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
This Guide is intended to inform electoral management bodies (EMBs) about the ways in which social media can be used to increase the participation of the electorate, boost communication, engage all members of the community, and improve transparency...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Prsentation given by Jorge Cardona, Professor of International Law, Member, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Member, Commission of Experts of the Ibero‐American Convention on the Rights of Youth
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Presentation on Civil Society organizations as instruments to overcome barriers to engaging political institutions given by Pablo Angulo, Youth Program Associate at the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) at the Expert Group...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Presentation on Youth‐led Structures given by Ivana Savić, Executive Director, CHRDS and Organising Partner for UN Major Group for Children and Youth at the Expert Group Meeting “Youth, Development and Rights”New York, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The presentation given by Åshild Marie Vige fropm the Norwegian Children and Youth Council on "Barriers to political participation, focusing on the issues of diversity and discrimination faced by many youth when attempting to engage in the political...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
You cannot wait for the people to come to parliament; you need to go where the people are. Today, the people are on social media. Increasingly, parliaments are there too. Social Media Guidelines for Parliaments draws on the experience of the ‘early...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Follow-up activities aim at ensuring that recommendations and decisions by human rights mechanisms and bodies are implemented so as to improve respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights for all. UN human rights mechanisms and bodies seek...
Friday, May 02, 2014
This publication provides a set of guiding principles for constitutional reform based on practical experiences of constitutional reform processes in a number of countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa)....
Friday, May 02, 2014
Political parties and organizations need to have the capacity to both compete and cooperate. Dialogue among political parties usually takes place within democratic institutions such as national parliaments. Yet parliamentary dialogue alone cannot...
Thursday, May 01, 2014
The experience accumulated by the UNDP with other institutions is synthesized in the proposal we hereby present today: “Parliaments and Gender Equality. Gender mainstreaming in legislatures”. This contribution has come about as part of the regional...
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.Susan Kemp who is a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) where she works on designing, implementing...
Monday, March 17, 2014
Increasing Women’s Political Participation Through Effective Training Programs: Aguide to best practices and lessons learned. The NDI training manual provides key considerations to examine during the program design phase, including an analysis of...
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Women account for only about 20 per cent of the world’s MPs. In nearly every country they form a minority in parliament, an institution traditionally governed according to the principles and worldviews of their predominantly male memberships.  ...

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