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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
iKNOW Politics expert Sonia Palmieri submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. Every generation blames the one before. Or so sang Mike and the Mechanics. When I was studying feminism in the 1990s, I remember...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Feb 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The pitiful show of female candidates in India's state elections is an indictment of the failure of successive governments to enact a two-decade-old bill to give women a stronger voice...
Monday, October 10, 2016
We may think we know what it is like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. Women must all cover up in public. Women cannot drive nor can they travel without the permission of a man. Women are restricted in work, and study, and social activities. But Saudi...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
TITLE: A woman’s place is apparently not in the house (either of them): Discrimination and harassment of women in politics ABSTRACT: Women continue to be under-represented in politics around the world. Myriad obstacles face politically ambitious...
Fadumo Dayib Somali Presidential Candidate
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Once A Somali Refugee, Fadumo Dayib is Now Running As Somalia's First Female President. Click here to access the original interview. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Fadumo Dayib is trying to do something no one has ever done before. Despite overwhelming odds,...
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Meryl Kenny, Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, wrote an article published by IPI Global Observatory, on the recent rise of women holding positions of political power worldwide. Due to its interest, we transcribe the...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In 2013 the 29th General Assembly of the Latin American Parliament, that took place on 19-20 October, approved the Resolution on the political participation of women, which “reaffirms the commitment to substantive equality of women and men,...
Monday, November 09, 2015
According to the Saudi Gazette, Safinaz Abu al-Shamat and Jamal al-Saadi made history by becoming the first Saudi women to register to vote. In a country where women are still not allowed to drive cars, the changes allowing them to vote and run for...
Fatemeh Rahbar Member of Parliament, Iran
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fatemeh Rahbar, Member of Parliament in Iran speaks to iKNOW politics about campaigning and election to parliament as a woman in her country.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
This free web-based course provides participants with a general grounding in the current concepts of governance from a gender perspective and offers some examples and resources for applying these within key governance institutions, with a focus on...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Malala Yousefzai is the youngest Nobel laureate. Her prize is inspiring – it recognises her bravery and the importance of girls’ education.  But Yousefzai’s story includes violence that cannot be understood without awareness of the politics of weak...
Elections in Tunisia 2014 Women
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily...
Female President Ghana
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Deputy General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dr Yaw Baah, has said that the country’s economic problems could be solved when a female is elected as the president. “If you want Ghana to develop, make a woman the president," he said...
Political finance handbook
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
All political parties need funding to play their part in the political process, yet the role of money in politics is arguably the biggest threat to democracy today. This global threat knows no boundaries, evident across all continents from huge...
Saturday, August 02, 2014
There may have been storms on election day, but for Delegate Donna Christensen the sun was shining.  She and her running mate, Basil Ottley, beat out a crowded six candidate field to win the Democratic primary for Governor of the Virgin Islands. Del...
Monday, July 28, 2014
Black female politicians have made history in the state of Georgia. For the first time ever, not just in the state but the nation, five African-American women will be on a statewide ballot. These candidates are:  Doreen Carter for secretary of state...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Last week I was in Tahiti (yes, I know) for PIPSA, the biannual Pacific Islands Political Science Association conference, to discuss China's role in the region and the influence Pacific island governments have in negotiating Chinese financing (more...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Key points from ICAN’s Libya brief: Libya women played a crucial role in the revolution and were initially part of mediation and transition discussions, but have since been dismissed as stake holders by the transitional government and international...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Twenty-seven presidential hopefuls have registered as candidates for Afghanistan's crucial April 5 vote, setting the stage for a wide-open race among former warlords, powerful officials, and several prominent Western-educated technocrats... The...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Despite efforts to increase the number of women in politics, they still face an uphill battle to join the male-dominated political world, a political expert has said. Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) political analyst Siti Zuhro said women in...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Though disallowed from the 2014 presidential race, Fawzia Koofi is optimistic about her political career in Afghanistan. Yet it is not clear what will happen to the state of women's rights before the next one. Afghanistan remains one of the most...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Getting Afghan women voter cards has proven a challenge for the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which has made female turnout a top priority this election cycle, but southern Helmand province is said to be an especially challenging...
Monday, October 28, 2013
A young Fijian woman who intends to stand in the Fiji elections says she has received threats, including threats of rape, on social media. Roshika Deo is standing as an independent candidate in next year's promised elections. Ms Deo who has been...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Six female members of the Vermont House of Representatives flanked former Democratic Gov. Madeleine Kunin Monday as she announced the launch of Emerge Vermont, an organization that will recruit, train and mentor Democratic women to run for political...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The emergence of three female Democrats as competitive Senate candidates has party activists optimistic the 2014 election cycle will end with a record number of women in the upper chamber. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Tuesday urged more Nigerian women to vie for elective positions in 2015. Dame Jonathan said this in Owerri in a message to the inauguration of Coordinators of Women for Change and Development Initiative (...
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Political parties have been urged to field more women candidates in the forthcoming elections if Zimbabwe is to realise gender equity and women’s empowerment by 2015.   (We invite our users to read the complete article published April 24 2013)
Monday, April 08, 2013
The Fiji's Women Forum is a national consultation to discuss the participation of women in the democratization process. Since last year there have been 3 such national forums. The current forum is scheduled to take place between Monday April 8 and...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
From June 18–21, 2012, IFES worked with the Institute of Social Studies and Analysis (ISSA), a Tbilisi–based research organization, to conduct eight focus groups across Georgia to better understand the perceptions, opinions and perceived obstacles...
Thursday, March 07, 2013
This paper discusses Liberian women’s access to formal political influence and representation in the bicameral legislature. Even if women are visible and powerful in Liberian politics, their participation is dependent on government appointments...
Monday, September 17, 2012
WOMEN in the Western Division have been encouraged to become more involved in the electoral process as the country prepares for the 2014 elections. Opening a workshop in Lautoka yesterday, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki highlighted the...
Thursday, November 10, 2011
     FAMILY VOTING AND ELECTORAL RIGHTS: From Understanding the Phenomenon to Eradicating the Practice   UN Women Albania is launching a research project that aims to better understand family voting as a phenomenon and identify policy solutions...
Monday, May 16, 2011
Even though women represent more than half of the voting population in many countries and have been widely incorporated into the economic sphere over the last decade, reality tells us that there is still an important gap between these advances and...
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Future Governance in Somali - The constitution, Election and participation of Women in forging peace and government. Speakers are three Somali Educators from different states. Dr. Hodan Isse from University of Buffalo, Dr. Yusuf Nur from Indiana...
Friday, January 23, 2009
This consolidated response highlights barriers faced by women in Muslim countries in funding their political campaigns and participating in public life. The consolidated response also discusses the impact of existing legislation, political parties,...
Friday, February 16, 2007
The general objective of this study is to gather, systematise, analyse and disseminate in one single text, the main characteristics –both formal and actual– of political funding systems in the 18 countries it covered. Furthermore, it aims to find,...
Friday, February 16, 2007
This International IDEA handbook aims to increase knowledge about the law and practice of political finance around the world in order to encourage reflection on options for regulatory reform. It provides a general description and analysis of the...