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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Today, most citizens endorse democracy but expect much more than a periodic opportunity at the ballot box. These citizens have access to an expanding repertoire of mechanisms to express criticism and influence political processes. These mechanisms...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
iKNOW Politics expert Farida Jalalzai submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. Few social changes have been as dramatic and rapid as women’s increased political representation worldwide. Simultaneously,...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
When she thinks about getting women involved in government, Kelly Dittmar can’t help but be reminded of asparagus. A few years ago, Dittmar, an expert on women’s participation in politics, had a friend who needed to fill a spot on “some sort of...
Friday, August 19, 2016
A few months prior the UNESCO elections for the post of Director-General, Egypt decided to nominate the Egyptian ambassador and diplomat, Moushira Khattab to the post. The elections for a leader to fill the shoes of Irina Bokova (who has set her...
Ellen Fitzpatrick author of "The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency"
Thursday, June 09, 2016
By Laura E. Hatt America has seen a strong female candidate in two of the last three presidential elections. In fact, in some eyes, a woman’s name on the ballot might now seem almost commonplace. What (and who) happened to make this possible?...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Emerge Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to increase the number of Democratic women in public office, has published an article on the underrepresentation of women in politics in that State. According to CAWP data, only 25.8% of state lawmakers...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Women have traditionally been marginalised from the structures of state that determine political and legislative  priorities. In recent years, Africa has witnessed rapid escalation in female political representation. This paper  illustrates the...
Amberin Zaman
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Europe’s security body has released a strongly-worded statement voicing concern over the targeting of prominent Turkish journalist Amberin Zaman by presidential hopeful Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “Dunja Mijatović, OSCE [Organization for...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Voters in the EU will elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament during the European elections of 22-25 May 2014. The new European Parliament, representing the interests of over 500 million citizens, will shape European legislation over the...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The note is an updated version of the 2011 study Electoral Gender Quotas and Their Implementation in Europe (PE 408.309), and it maps the diffusion of electoral gender quotas in the 30 EU/EEA countries and evaluates the effectiveness of different...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Equal Votes Equal Voices IFES promotes equal rights and political participation for women around the world. The full participation of women in political, social and economic life is beneficial to families, communities and nations. Women’s...
Monday, April 28, 2014
The inclusion of youth in formal politics is important, as the 2011/2012 arab States popular uprisings and various occupy movements have demonstrated. In countries in transition, fresh ideas and new leadership can help to overcome authoritarian...
Monday, March 17, 2014
6 key findings on obstacles to women in politics based on a an Inter-parlimentary Union survey of Women and Men in Parliaments
Sunday, March 09, 2014
International IDEA in collaboration with Demo Finland, UN Women and the Embassy of Finland organized a seminar on the Electoral System and Women’s Representation in Nepal: Need for Reform? on 4 March 2014 in Kathmandu. 270 people participated,...
Friday, January 31, 2014
Jenny Pierce's recent piece about El Salvador on the Inter-American Development Bank's blog, Sin Miedos, questioned where women's voices fit into discussions surrounding the (in)famous gang truce brokered in 2012. While Pierce's question remains...
Monday, December 16, 2013
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...
Monday, December 02, 2013
A group of women MPs from South Sudan’s parliament were warned by a delegation of women from Eastern Equatoria that legislators that did not make the effort to visit their constituencies would face the consequences at the next election.At the public...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Egypt has been undergoing a tumultuous, uncertain democratic transition for more than two years. Inspired by the events in Tunisia, Egyptians organized and participated in mass protests to oust President Hosni Mubarak. When he stepped down on...
Emma Yohanna Candidate in the Municipal elections of Padang, Indonesia
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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...
Monday, September 16, 2013
The National Council for Women called on the committee which is drafting Egypt’s constitution to include a quota for women in parliament, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported on Monday.     The state-run body organised a meeting on Monday to...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Egyptian Women struggled for over 6 decades in order to obtain the right to political participation as voters and candidates, which was achieved through being stipulated in the Constitution 1956. This resulted in the participation of women in the...
Monday, July 22, 2013
This book focuses on the long struggle against women's political exclusion. The authors examine a wide range of issues related to the political exclusion of many women inclusing ideologies, cultural barriers, electoral systems, etc. Gender quotas...
Sunday, July 07, 2013
More than 400 people have signed up to run as candidates in the Kuwaiti parliamentary elections on July 27. The list of 418 hopefuls at the end of the 10-day registration process on Saturday afternoon includes eight women, Kuwait News Agency (...
Thursday, May 09, 2013
This primer offers an introduction to the intersection of gender and electoral financing. Money is a prerequisite for competing in most political systems today, but patterns of gender discrimination force women candidates to make do with more...
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Although Lebanon is known in the Middle East for its relative political openness and for the degree of freedom Lebanese women enjoy, it paradoxically has one of the lowest rates of women’s political engagement in the region. This report examines the...
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Human rights activists and civil society organisations continue to seek stronger political representation for Egyptian women in parliament, ahead of elections for the lower house of the legislative authority this year. The Shura Council, which holds...
Thursday, November 22, 2012
  The European elections will be held in all 28 member states from the 22 to 25 May. Every five years EU citizens choose who represents them in the European Parliament, the directly-elected institution that defends their interests in the EU...
Sunday, July 29, 2012
In this document the author analyzes the legislation on political parties' electoral funding from a gender perspective in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil and Panama.  
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Analyzing the Colombian legislation, the author reponds to the following questions: What laws have been adopted in Latin American countries regarding funding for women in politics? To what extent have these been adopted and what sanctions are there...
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The right to vote and the right to stand for election are two fundamental tenets of democracy. Notably, many countries did not afford women the right to vote until the 20th Century. Even today, universal suffrage is not a given right in all...
Friday, January 13, 2012
The adoption of the parity law in Senegal is an important step on the way to increased political participation and equal political representation of women.  Senegal’s women were rightfully proud of this landmark achievement, but other countries’...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Description of government structure: •Chief of State: President --- --- * •Head of Government: Prime Minister Essam SHARAF •Assembly: Egypt has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Advisory Council (Majilis Al-Shura) with 264 seats and the...
Monday, September 12, 2011
The Women and Constitution Building Initiative in Nepal was initiated (June 2008) in the spirit of a newly formed Constitution Assembly (CA) which saw the election of a high percentage of women. International IDEA, together with its partners,...
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
This manual presents a methodological tool for monitoring media coverage during election campaigns. It focuses on a gender perspective using objective and verifiable information, and is based on experiences of six Latin American institutions.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights will hold a seminar entitled "Towards a fair representation in the Parliament" on Monday, April 4, 2011.  Numerous male and female participants including heads of parties, political experts, legal experts,...
Friday, March 11, 2011
Following the events of the past few months, Egypt will hold a referendum on March 19th to change some amendments in certain articles in 1971constitution.  The main proposed changes would shorten the presidential term from six to four years, while...
Monday, October 04, 2010
On October 10th, Kyrgyzstan will choose a new parliament in what are said to be the 'most competitive' elections this region has seen in years.   Kyrgyzstan's parliament in chosen through a list proportional representation system.  If you would like...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Brazil is holding parliamentary elections as well as the first round of presidential elections on October 3.   The electoral system works as follows: - The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 4-year...

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