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Monday, May 08, 2017
Provisional election results in Niue indicate a boost to women's representation in Niue's parliament. At least four women have won a place in the 20 seat legislature after the country went to the polls on Saturday. O'love Jacobsen was one of two...
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
An opposition party in Algeria two weeks ago unveiled a parliamentary electoral list composed entirely of women. The first of its kind in the country's history, the all-female list was drawn up by the Algerian National Front, a "centrist" opposition...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Parties in Bordj Bou Arreridj Province had been showing hijabs surrounding blank spaces alongside photos of male candidates. On Tuesday the election authorities gave parties two days to display photos or be removed from the vote. An official said...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For women across the world, electoral politics can be a hostile and violent place. Women who stand for office can expect casual sexism and discrimination, ranging from snide remarks about their appearance to being propositioned by their male...
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Monday, December 12, 2016
Submitted by Halima Tahirkheli  In southern Mexico in 2016, women were granted the permission to vote in local elections for the first time. Since 1953, women were allowed to vote in the presidential and regional election; however, traditional law...
Thursday, December 08, 2016
International IDEA has conceptualized this Framework in order to provide an example of the main elements of an internal gender policy for an electoral management body (EMB). Its purpose is to support EMBs in their aspirations and efforts to create...
Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas
Monday, October 03, 2016
This is a unique collection of data on the use of gender quotas around the world. It presents an overview of trends and challenges in the implementation of quotas, and it includes profiles of 85 countries and territories with detailed description of...
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
In a historic first, Hillary Clinton was named the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in the upcoming U.S. elections. If she wins, she will join Theresa May of Britain and Angela Merkel of Germany in the ranks of women who lead prominent...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Atlantic publishes the following article on the relationship between American Muslim women and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Access the original article at The Atlantic’s website. Donald Trump has effectively declared Muslims the enemy, ...
Friday, July 29, 2016
The Congress of Deputies of Spain has chosen a woman, Ana Pastor, as president for the 12th Legislature last July 19. Ana Pastor, a graduate in medicine and until then Minister of Public Works and Transport of Spain and Member of Parliament for the...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
On January 30, 2014, the Middle East Program and Global Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Woodrow Wilson Center and CARE hosted an event “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond” with Stephenie...
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...
Anita Vandenbeld Member of Parliament in Canada
Thursday, December 24, 2015
    iKNOW Politics interviewed Ms. Anita Vandenbeld, newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) in Canada and member of the Liberal Party. Ms. Vadenbeld reported to us over the phone that in the recent election, she had the highest number of votes of...
Monday, November 16, 2015
It is official. The decades of military-rule dictatorship are over in Myanmar. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi, has triumphed with more than the minimum two-thirds it needs to choose a president for the...
Annastacia Palaszczuk-Photo /Official Website
Saturday, February 14, 2015
It’s a historic day for politics and women in Australia – and even more remarkable for one woman minister, who is also Queensland’s first ever Indigenous woman MP. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cabinet marks an Australian first, with a majority of...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Megumi Kaneko stood on a podium in front of a poster of herself and dissolved into tears as she urged the mostly-male audience to pick her in this weekend’s Japanese election. In the male-dominated world of Japanese politics, the 36-year-old beauty...
Anette Trettebergstuen
Anette Trettebergstuen Member of Parliament, Norway
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Anette Trettebergstuen, Member of parliament from Norway about including youth and wowmen in parliament and politics at large.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls says Australia can help Pacific nations improve poor levels of female leadership. Natasha Stott-Despoja is the head of an Australian delegation to Tonga to meet about 30 women in politics from around the...
Saturday, July 05, 2014
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...
Friday, May 16, 2014
You will find here the list of MEPs who have already endorsed EWL Manifesto. Let’s get much more until the European elections! Thanks for your support! As the European Parliament elections are getting closer, we need to make sure that women’s rights...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area in the newer post-communist democracies of Central...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
KOLEA, Algeria: A string of white pearls around her neck, her hair tied in a bun, Louisa Hanoune, the only woman running for Algeria’s presidency, holds out her palms and declares: “I have clean hands.” The remark triggers an outburst of celebratory...
Monday, April 07, 2014
Afghan women represented a third of the vote and a historic number of provincial candidates at the weekend's elections. Aid workers say that women are defiant in the progress of democracy and rights, and won't be deterred by violent insurgency. We...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds: At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew up in the United States after her family fled there. She vividly remembers the culture shock of visits...
Monday, February 03, 2014
Efforts to boost the participation of women in Afghan politics are in serious jeopardy, an IWPR debate has heard. Noor Mohammad Noor, a spokesman for the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), said that attitudes towards female members of...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Photos from election day in Costa Rica, February 2, 2014 We invite you to see the full article published February 2, 2014
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Nouakchott, Mauritania - An African Union (AU) observer mission to the Mauritanian municipal and legislative polls, led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, has recommended that the Mauritanian government should create an environment...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A revision to Nicaragua’s law on municipal elections last year required political parties to put up equal numbers of women and men as candidates for mayor and city council. It also increased the number of city council seats in each municipality. The...
Monday, November 18, 2013
SWAZILAND needs to reserve a quota for women and physically challenged persons in the electoral process. This would guarantee full representation of women and marginalised groups in elective positions.The African Union made this recommendation to...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Hundreds of Paktia Province women October 23 rallied in Gardez to announce their intentions to actively participate in the upcoming elections next year. "We will be voting for the candidates who could help us achieve our rights," civil society...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Historically, customs and traditional laws in Africa hindered women's access to education and development, while promoting, to a varying degree, a culture of male dominance across the continent. However, there is now growing recognition of the...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Last May, Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament quietly removed an electoral law that stipulated that a quarter of all provincial council seats should be allotted to women. When women politicians found out nearly a month later, they fought to have...
Monday, September 09, 2013
The 2009 election was the first to take place after the adoption of a quota for women’s participation in political life, and after the revisions to the Electoral Code approved in late 2008. The quota law, “On Equality in Society,” was enacted in...
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Ex-frontrunner Christine Quinn is the latest female candidate to start strong, but fade at the end. Are women voters part of the problem? On Tuesday, after a press conference in East Harlem where Christine Quinn, the onetime frontrunner in New York...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Cate Faehrmann acknowledges the fact that she took a big risk in resigning from the NSW Legislative Assembly to contest the federal election on September 7. But for this traditional ‘greenie’ and founding director of GetUp!, “its absolutely a risk...
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro learnt what it meant to have guts long before she went into politics. Her parents, who immigrated to Australia from Italy after World War II, ran a small fish store in Petrie Terrace, an inner-city suburb of Brisbane. Far...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The key message conveyed in Kelly O’Dwyer’s maiden speech in parliament was that of aspiration. In February 2010, the Federal Member for Higgins *Vic) cited the story of her grandparents who established a small business and, through their...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Next up in our Women in Politics series, is Senator Bridget McKenzie. Tall and blonde, Ms McKenzie gained unwanted media attention last year when fellow National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce referred to her in the Senate as “a flash bit of kit.” FROM...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Next up in our Women in Politics series is high profile Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young. The Liberal Party have let it be known that the 31 year old Senator is in for the fight of her political life at the next Federal...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
At 38, Julie Bishop had achieved what many young lawyers aspire to do. Having worked as a barrister and a commercial litigation solicitor, she was managing partner of a national law firm’s Perth office. She was at the peak of her career, or so she...

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