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Adelma Salas President of the Paraguayan Network of Women Municipal Leaders
iKNOW Politics: Thank you so much for having agreed to this interview with iKNOW Politics. I would like to start by asking how you got your start in politics and if you ever faced any difficulties as a woman. My first steps in politics were very...
Afaf Ahmed Abdel Rahman former Minister of Social Development, Khartoum State, Sudan
Ms. Afaf Ahmed Abdel Rahman shares here experience with iKNOW Politics online network. She has been an active member since 2009. Ms. Afaf is the former Minister of Social Development, Khartoum State, Sudan.
Agnes Francesci Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica
Interview with Ms Agnes Francesci, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador.
Ala Talabani Member of Parliament, Iraq
iKNOW Politics interview with Ms. Ala Talabani, Member of Parliament in Iraq on the creation of the Multi-Party Women's Caucus during the International Conference on Effective and Sustainable Participation of Women, December 11, 2013,  Algeria.
Alomiza Ennos-Barr Liberian Representative and Chair of the Women Legislative Caucus
“I was a typical African woman who was raised to believe that politics is for men, and I refused to run. But in the end, I did it for my party, because I thought it would be unfair to stay out of politics. So I accepted and decided to run.” -...
Ameena Alrasheed, Ph.D
Ameena AlRasheed iKNOW Politics expert & Professor at Bahrain University
Dr.Ameena Alrasheed speaks to us about women, peace and security and the implementation of UNSCR1325 in the Middle East and North Africa region What measures can/should be put in place to guarantee women’s political participation in post-conflict...
Amina Zouabi Senator and President of the Jordanian Women’s Union
iKNOW Politics: Has social media played an important role in your experience as a parliamentarian? I think that online social networks are extremely important and necessary at present times because of the speed with which they can spread a message...
Amsatou Sow Sidibé President of Convergence of Actors in Defence of Republican Values “C.A.R Lenen”. Candidate in Senegal’s 2012 presidential elections
iKNOW Politics: Thank you for granting us this interview.  Tell us about Amsatou Sow Sidibé, what is your background? How did you enter politics?  I am a Senegalese woman, an aggregate qualified professor and Chair of the Private Law Department. I...
Anar Simpson Global Ambassador Technovation Challenge
Girls in Yemen developed an App to raise awareness on the detriments of early marriage. The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics spoke with Anar Simpson, Global Ambassador for Technovation Challenge.  Held March 12, 2014 during the...
Anette Trettebergstuen
Anette Trettebergstuen Member of Parliament, Norway
iKNOW Politics speaks with Anette Trettebergstuen, Member of parliament from Norway about including youth and wowmen in parliament and politics at large.
Anne McLellan former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
“Certainly networking with women is important, and that is one of the things I talk about when I go out and talk about why we don’t have more women in politics.” - Anne McLellan iKNOW Politics: You were elected to the Canadian House of Common for 13...
Anne-Marie Lizin Interview from the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) with Anne-Marie Lizin, President of the Belgian Senate
Ms. Anne-Marie Lizin is the first woman to preside over the Belgian Senate. Prior to taking up that position, she was a member of the European Parliament and a member of the Belgian Lower House. Opening the meeting of parliamentary gender committees...
Arte Dade Member of Parliament, Albania
Interview with Arta Dade, member of the Parliament of Albania, speaking on the Women Parliamentarians Alliance in Brussels during the Women in Parliament (WIP) Conference, November 2013  
Ascofaré Ouleymatou Tamboura Member of Parliament for Ténenkou Cercle, President of the Women’s Caucus of the National Assembly of Mali
“To my sisters and my daughters who want to embark on politics, I have only one piece of advice: you have to believe!” - Ascofaré Ouleymatou Tamboura iKNOW Politics: To start, can you tell us what challenges you had to overcome as a woman in...
Listen to the interview with Senator Asma Khader on key milestones reached for women in politics in Jordan in 2013

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Betty Amongi-Ongom Member of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda
Interview with Ms. Betty Amongi-Ongom, Member of Parliament of Uganda during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27 2013 in Quito, Ecuador.      
Bintu Jalia Lukumu N Abwooli Member of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda
Interview with Ms Bintu Jalia Lukumu N Abwooli, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador.
Birgitta Jonsdottir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir Member of Parliament, Iceland
iKNOW Politics speaks with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland about the changing face of politics and how she began her career.

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Carmen Beramendi National Representative (1990-1995) and Director of the National Women’s Institute, INMUJERES (2005-2010), Uruguay
“The lack of political participation by women marks an important democratic deficit. All structures that make democracy more effective are also structures that can contribute to increasing women’s participation, though this is not automatic. At...
Carolyn Bennett Member of Parliament and Chair of the Liberal Women's Caucus in Canada
International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics spoke with Carolyn Bennett, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Liberal Women's Caucus in Canada on women's political participation in Canada, the challenges of creating a women's caucus and how...
Celestine Adjonahoun Member of Parliament in Benin, President of women Caucus
“It’s not a world you can enter without being prepared. I’m convinced that being involved in politics implies a certain personal culture. You can’t be the kind of woman who’s at a loss for words; you have to stand up for yourself and learn to take...
In 2014, Chanda Kochhar, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India's largest private sector bank and the second-largest bank in the country, was named among Fortune's 50 most powerful women in business for the...
Victoria Fontan is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and author of “Decolonizing Peace” (2012) and “Voices from Post-Saddam Iraq” (2008). She is now undertaking her third PhD in the Department of...

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Danielle Perrier President of a District Council in Mauritius
"I believe in parity a lot. I also believe in the sharing of responsibilities. When there is a critical mass of women, we will finally be able to change things.” - Danielle Perrier iKNOW Politics: You were the first woman to be elected president of...
Dewi Coryati Member of the Indonesian Parliament
“As a woman you have to work twice as hard as men in order to be recognized.” - Dewi Coryaty iKNOW Politics: Besides being member of the Parliament you have been also a leading figure in your party. What challenges did you face as a woman in...
The interviews presented in this publication relate the personal experiences of 14 parliamentarians who describe their journey to parliament and the challenges they have faced in fulfilling their responsibilities. The interviews highlight that every...
Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 35 parliamentarians between March and November 2009. Interviews were designed to gather data on (a) the ways in which members of minority and indigenous groups become parliamentarians, (b) the...
Dr Jennifer Geerlings Simons Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic Suriname
Interview with Dr Jennifer Geerlings Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic Suriname during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador.  
Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates
The International Knowledge Network for Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) spoke with Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, the first female in the UAE Parliament and the first female deputy speaker of the Federal National Council - United Arab Emirates...
Dr. Donya Aziz Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
“…I think that we‘ve helped to change the Pakistani social fabric in this regard [to women] and now sometimes we even hear little girls say that they want to be members of parliament when they grow up which is great because when I was a little girl...
Dr. Hanan A. Al-Ahmadi Member of Majlis Ash Shura, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Interview with Dr. Hanan A. Al-Ahmadi, Member of Majlis Ash Shura, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27 2013 in Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Al-Ahmadi is among the first women...
Dr. Lubna Al Ansari Member of Majilis Ash Shura, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Interview with Dr. Lubna Al Ansary, Member of Majlis Ash Shura of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Al-Ansary is among the first...
Drude Dahlerup iKNOW Politics Expert
Speaking on exchanges between Scandinavian students and students from the Arab States and regime changes as opportunities for gender equality during the International Conference for Women in Parliament, Algeria, in December, 2013

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Elena Schuck Political Youth Activist
When feminism means political engagement I can say that the subject of politics has always provoked me, in a good and a bad way. I have always liked to discuss it, but at the same time I would be very disappointed with several of its issues. I was...
Elizabeth Salguero Member of Parliament and president of the Human Rights Commission in Bolivia
“…but on the other hand, there is also a challenge, not only in Bolivia but in the region, for us feminists that have been in this fight for a long time to pass the torch to young women and to work jointly with them and strengthen their leadership....
Emma Kowa Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Interview with Emma Kowa, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013 in Quito, Ecuador.  
Emma Yohanna Candidate in the Municipal elections of Padang, Indonesia
I am Emma Yohanna and I’m from Padang, Indonesia. I am currently one of the 10 candidates running in the municipal elections for the town of Padang, where I hope to win and become mayor. I am also the first woman candidate for this position. It will...
Anita Haidary is an Afghan women's rights activist and co-founder of Young Women for Change (YWC), a non-governmental organization aiming to empower and improve the lives of women in Afghanistan. She is now studying Film Studies at an American...
Epsy Campbell President of the Acción Ciudadana Party, Costa Rica
"In the game of politics, everyone thinks that they’re the best. So if you’ve got a reason to be there, you have to keep on progressing." -Epsy Campbell iKNOW Politics: Welcome, Epsy, and thank you for finding time to speak with iKNOW Politics....
Erika Brockmann Former Bolivian Parliamentarian (1997-2005), Specialist in Democracy and Gender Issues
iKNOW Politics: I’d like to begin by asking you about your political career.  When did it begin and what inspired you to get involved?  What opportunities and obstacles have you come across as a woman in politics? As early as secondary schooling and...

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