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Friday, February 10, 2017
This policy guidance provides a range of good practice options for advancing gender equality in the content of constitutions. It contributes to, and complements, the capacity-building support that United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff in...
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
In 2013-2014, a study was undertaken by UNDP to explore the presence of women in decision-making positions in the countries of the Caribbean Community1,2 (CARICOM), as well as the link between their presence in politics and institutions and the...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is an international legal instrument that requires countries to eliminate discrimination against women in all areas and promotes women’s equal rights. CEDAW is...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) has designed this Framework in order to assist political parties and gender equality advocates in their efforts to develop comprehensive policies to advance...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) includes gender equality and women’s empowerment programming as a key facet of its democracy-building work in countries transitioning from violent conflict to more stable political processes...
Thursday, December 01, 2016
As per the statues of international IDEA, the Secretary-General reports to the Council of Member States on the overall implementation of the Institute’s activities. In April 2014, as part of the Mid-Term Strategy Review, Member States recommended...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Research on women’s political participation at the community level was undertaken by Womankind in four very different countries – Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and Afghanistan. The work in each context intends to increase women’s political participation...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
A short piece of research was carried out in Zimbabwe in August 2015, as part of a larger research programme undertaken by Womankind Worldwide to look into the different spaces (explained further in section 7) that had been created for women to...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
While the influx of women into parliament is beneficial for representative democracy, it has tended to disrupt the established order, provoking some resistance. The recent the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) study on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
With a special attention to gender, this four-year regional development project is designed to strengthen the development responses to mitigate the growth of violent extremism in Africa.  This focus is motivated by the ever-increasing presence of...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Gender equality is fundamental to responsive and accountable democratic societies. Women’s representation in elected institutions in equal proportion to men is key to the credibility and legitimacy of parliaments, national assemblies and local...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Freedom House has published its new report ‘Freedom on the Net 2016. Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps Under Pressure’. Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Georgia’s October 2016 parliamentary elections were characterized by an open political environment, a competitive campaign, overall results that were validated by credible observers, and some underlying problems that need concerted attention. NDI's...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
With the adoption of the General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on sustaining peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a multilateral policy consensus is emerging around a common vision for peaceful societies. Building and...
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) is a project of the International Peace Institute (IPI). It asks: How can the UN-based multilateral system be made more “fit for purpose”? In answering that question, the ICM has analyzed fifteen...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
With no political solution on the horizon to end the conflict in Syria, it is clear that humanitarian agencies must continue to prepare for a protracted conflict. In late 2013, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook an extensive literature...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces to assess the evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls over the past 20 years. They...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The rise of social media in the past decade has changed the political landscape - not only the way friends connect with one another, but also how people and public officials communicate. Elected officials and governments across the globe are able to...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Extensive research shows that when women run for office, they perform just as well as men. Yet women remain severely under-represented in our political institutions. In this report, we argue that the fundamental reason for women’s under-...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Gender mainstreaming has been embraced internationally as a strategy towards realizing gender equality. Gender mainstreaming has a double dimension: it requires both integrating a gender perspective to the content of the different policies, and...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Women’s caucuses are particularly useful for strengthening the voice of an under-heard constituency. They increase the confidence of female legislators, who often have less political experience than male colleagues, by providing a vehicle for...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The report’s chapters were built in response to the Concluding Observation No. 60 by the CEDAW Committee, where the Committee request from the Iraqi government’s side to submit, within two years, a written report on steps and measures taken to...
Friday, September 09, 2016
In this report, the Working Group examines discrimination against women and girls in cultural and family life. The cultural construction of gender determines the role of women and girls within the family, including in marriage. After analysing the...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Like many countries around the world, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan faces risks from “violent radicalization,” often defined as a process through which a person comes to embrace the use of violence to serve an ideology, religion or political goal...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
People and their talents are among the core drivers of sustainable, long-term economic growth. If half of these talents are underdeveloped or underutilized, growth and sustainability will be compromised. Moreover, there is a compelling and...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, the United Nations celebrated 70 years of fostering human rights, and governments and civil society assessed 15 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and of Security...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The ceasefire, brokered in February 2016, is beginning to fail. As violence once again escalates in Syria, and the international community fails to protect the Syrian women and men from mass atrocities, WILPF believes that addressing the root causes...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) has ruled repeatedly on impunity for human rights violations as one of the main obstacles to observance of the rule of law...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Gender equality is both an essential development goal in its own right and a driver of human development. International law recognizes that everyone has a right to participate in public life, but it remains an ongoing challenge to achieve women’s...
Friday, July 01, 2016
As the world adopts a new framework to tackle its most acute development problems, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) has a clear vision for its role. Building on high-impact grant-making since 2009, the Fund is poised to directly support...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time and time again, the Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter the “IACHR” or the “Commission”) has stressed how vital access to justice is to eradicating violence against women once and for all.    On a number of occasions, the...
Monday, June 13, 2016
This study report on Women in Power and Decision-Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries, 2015 is part of the project Short term high quality studies to support activities under the Eastern Partnership – HiQSTEP, carried out by an international...
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Are women in Congress really more likely than their male counterparts to work together and get things done, regardless of party lines? Or are they first and foremost partisan creatures? This Political Parity report was authored by researchers...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Women have historically faced greater barriers than men when it comes to fully participating in society. Across geographies and income levels, disparities between men and women persist in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for advancement,...
Friday, May 20, 2016
The aim of the project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. The terms of reference specified two key objectives. The first was to overview existing UN mechanisms to ascertain...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Women participation in different aspects of elections is increasing in Tanzania, but candidates still have to contend with many challenges, the Tanzania National Elections Gender Assessment report says. The report by the International Republican...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL), as a network of 30 NGO’s and academic institutions focusing on gender equality, submits this Shadow report with regard to the consideration of the Sixth Periodic Report submitted by the Czech Republic to the United...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
For Arab countries, the twentieth-anniversary review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform comes at a time when the region stands at a major crossroads in the context of recent uprisings, political instability and protracted armed conflicts...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Equality between women and men is one of the EU’s fundamental values and its promotion is an obligation enshrined in the Treaty. To fulfil this obligation, the European Commission adopted the 2010-2015 Strategy for equality between women and men as...

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