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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Canada: All-party support for legislation to end gender inequality in politics
As MPs start debate on Bill C-237, MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South) announced politicians from across party lines support his private member's bill aimed at bringing gender parity to Parliament. "Most of the time in Ottawa, politicians from...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
CSW60: Highlights on women's political participation and leadership
Every year in March, representatives of Member States, UN entities, and civil society organizations from all regions gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to evaluate progress on gender...
Monday, March 07, 2016
iKNOW Politics wishes all its members and followers a happy Women's Day 2016!
On September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Summit approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SDG5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030....
Dilma Rousseff
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Brazil election: Dilma Rousseff to face Aecio Neves in run-off
Brazil's presidential race will go to a second round after incumbent Dilma Rousseff fell short of an outright victory in Sunday's election. She received 42% of the vote and will face centre-right rival Aecio Neves, who won 34%, on 26 October. In a...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Trinidadian Women Are Gaining Ground at the Ballot Box
With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Network of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago is training women to be more effective in running for election. They seek to learn the rules, use the rules and change the system. Like a DJ, she...
Ana Luisa Rodríguez de González-Foto PNUD
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Women gain ground in El Salvador’s politics
Ana Luisa Rodríguez de González has already served four terms as the mayor of Atiquizaya. She won her first election in 2003. In that same year, of the 262 municipal councils holding elections, only 15 were led by women. "These first elections I...
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party youth ready to rise in ranks
Myanmar's younger opposition members urge elders to step aside for new generation as they aspire towards bigger roles and louder voice. The Nobel Peace Prize winner's National League for Democracy (NLD), founded after a bloody crackdown on a failed...
Gloria Calliste, candidata a concejal para el gobierno local, caminando en su circunscripción en Trinidad y Tabago. Foto cortesía del T & T Guardian.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Trinidadian women gain ground at the ballot box
With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Network of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago is training women to be more effective in running for election. They seek to learn the rules, use the rules and change the system. We invite you to...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Women in power and decision-making: Strengthening voices for democracy
Strengthening women's role in power and decision-making is one of the 12 critical areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20 next year. Giving women a greater voice in all spheres is central to...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights
The bicycle, when it was still new technology, went through a series of rapid iterations in the 19th century before it really went mainstream. Designers toyed with different-sized front and back wheels, the addition of chains and cranks and pedals,...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Women avoiding politics because they don’t want to fail, Zambia
MMD chairperson for Arts and Culture Elizabeth Chitika Mulobeka has noted that women are avoiding politics because they are scared of failure. Ms. Mulobeka who is also former Kawambwa Member of Parliament said women do not want to be associated with...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Lack of women in politics highlighted in official report, Ireland
The Department of Justice has reported to the United Nations that there are too few women in politics and other decision-making roles in Ireland. In a gender equality report submitted to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, violence against...
Thursday, June 12, 2014
UN Egypt calls for firm stand on violence against women
The United Nations in Egypt has been following with deep concern the recent reports and statistics indicating the high prevalence of sexual harassment in Egypt. The UN calls upon authorities, civil society and stakeholders to join forces and take a...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Receive 2014 IFES Democracy Award
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will honor Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado with its 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. Machado has been the target of numerous unproven accusations by...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Spanish politician Isabel Carrasco shot dead in Leon
A top politician in northern Spain has been shot dead in public and two women have been arrested. Isabel Carrasco, head of the provincial government in Leon and a member of the governing People's Party (PP), was shot as she crossed a footbridge....
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Canada faces 'crisis' on indigenous living conditions
Canada faces a "crisis" over the living conditions of its aboriginal residents, the UN special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples has said. James Anaya said Canada had taken "positive steps" but that "daunting challenges" remained,...
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Australia has gone backwards on women in politics
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says Australia has gone backwards on female participation at the highest levels of politics and decried the perception that leadership is a man’s game. Addressing the annual YWCA breakfast on Tuesday, Ms Gallagher said...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Women’s participation in Slovene politics
“Slovene politics is no longer a boys-only game”, said the Slovene prime minister Alenka Bratušek on 8.3.2013.  Slovenia is one of three EU countries with a female prime minister. The last parliamentary elections saw 34% of parliamentary seats taken...