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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Ikram Ben Said is a women’s rights advocate and Founder of “Aswat Nissa” (Voices of Women), a Tunisian nonprofit promoting women’s active participation in the political and policy-making spheres while fighting against all forms of discriminations...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme, “Be Bold for Change”, is a call to forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. In particular, it calls for groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women....
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Poor, populous Uttar Pradesh (UP) was the first Indian state to have a female chief minister–Sucheta Kriplani from 1963 to 1967–but this pioneering effort has not improved prospects for women in elections. As voter turnout has risen, more...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Polls show that Georgians would like to see more women in their parliament. Currently, women make up 12 percent of the Georgian legislature, behind the average of 25.8 percent for European countries and placing Georgia at 147 of 194 countries...
Friday, August 19, 2016
This article was written by Sarah Cooper, the National Democratic Institute.  Election observation initiatives are most effective when their findings are not only valid but also—more importantly—accepted as such by the majority of citizens....
Friday, August 05, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995, with 29 Member States, which aims to support sustainable democracy worldwide and assist in the...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Iranian voters elected a record number of women to parliament since before the 1979 Islamic revolution. The 17 women elected make up 6% of the new cohort of 290 MPs. Only 16 cleric MPs have been voted in, meaning the new parliament will include more...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Approximately 1,809 women serve in the 50 American state legislatures at the beginning of the 2016 legislative session. This means that women make up 24.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide. This represents little change from the 2015...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Following her appointment as Deputy Leader of Samoa’s Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), Fiame Mataafa was named Deputy Prime Minister, the first Samoan woman to hold that position. She is also the minister for natural resources and environment....
Friday, January 08, 2016
Ireland’s Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, has recently declared his intentions to constitute a parity government if he is to continue in power after the next elections. In his own words, ‘I would like to think that we could have an...
Monday, December 07, 2015
Rafik Halouani is Mourakiboun's General Coordinator. Mourakiboun is a leading Tunisian NGO that specializes in the observation and monitoring of elections in Tunisia. Mr. Halouani is one of the four winners of the National Democratic Institute's (...
Monday, November 23, 2015
iKNOW Politics ha entrevistado al ex Presidente del Gobierno de España, J.L. Rodríguez Zapatero. // iKNOW Politics has interviewed the former President of the Spanish Government, J.L. Rodríguez Zapatero.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
For the first time in Saudi Arabia, a country known for neither its elections tradition nor women emancipation, the names of the first female candidates to present themselves in the municipal elections have been unveiled. More than 1,000 women have...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Background UNDP Moldova Programme 'Improving the Quality of Moldovan Democracy through Electoral and Parliamentary Support' (further referred to as 'Programme') is a multi-year institutional development project that aims to support the institutional...
Monday, March 23, 2015
Calls for the integrity of elections urge governments and international actors to attach importance to the professionalism of electoral management bodies, the regulation of political finance and the promotion of equal participation and...
Ruth Colian-Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The first-ever Israeli political party dedicated to ultra-Orthodox women, was unveiled Monday. Heading the party, called “B’Zhutan: Haredi Women Making Change” is Ruth Colian, 33, a veteran social activist and feminist who declared that this was a “...
Friday, December 12, 2014
While on the 10th of December the world was celebrating Human Rights Day, in Bujumbura (Burundi) the International Conference on “Women’s Political Participation and their Role in the Prevention of Electoral Violence in Africa”, organized by Cordaid...
Friday, May 30, 2014
-          Join the growing community of users - register your interest and receive your ERM Tool license today! International IDEA’s Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERM Tool) is developed to strengthen users’ capacity to address political,...
Shailaja Chandra, former Secretary to the Government of India and former Chief Secretary, Delhi
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On 16 May 2014, Narendra Modi the Chief Minister of Gujarat state (in western India) led the Bharatiya Janta party (BJP) to a record victory in India’s 16th national election. BJP’s final tally of 282 seats (10 above the half-way mark in the 543...
Monday, May 05, 2014
INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT: SPECIALIST ON GENDER AND ELECTORAL PROCESSES Location : Port-au-Prince, HAITI Application Deadline : 14-May-14 Additional Category Women’s Empowerment Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International...
Monday, April 28, 2014
This paper tells the story of Mayatai Sorte, who was born into a lower caste in India. It describes her efforts to fight against gender and caste-based discrimination. It also documents her rise to a position of power in the Panchayat Raj,...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In late March, Raveela Gangula rallied a dozen women to stop a drunken man from savagely beating his wife in Muthangi, a village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Although they restrained him and called the police, he was released that...
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Minutes before he was hacked to death by a Hindu mob, veteran Muslim politician Ehsan Jafri reached for his phone and dialled one last number. For the dozens of neighbours also cowering in his home, it seemed like their only chance. At the...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
In 1952, a decade after the Indian independence activist Aruna Asaf Ali hoisted the flag of the Indian National Congress at the Gowalia Tank maidan, India held its first general elections. Women had come out in massive numbers to take part in the...
Monday, April 07, 2014
The women form the majority of the electorate in Arunachal Pradesh but when it comes to contesting elections the numbers are at the odds with their population, with only 6 of them joining the fray for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls and Assembly...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
When it comes to women in the White House, Sarah Palin takes the cake in Americans’ eyes, a new poll found. The Economist/YouGov poll asked participants which female candidate — other than Hillary Clinton — they’d like to see run for the high office...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
“Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” may have been the title of a best-selling book, but it also emphasizes how women have always been depicted differently to men. It also happens in politics. Physical and psychological differences aside,...
Monday, March 17, 2014
Increasing Women’s Political Participation Through Effective Training Programs: Aguide to best practices and lessons learned. The NDI training manual provides key considerations to examine during the program design phase, including an analysis of...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Nepali women had much to be proud of as 172 of them were seated in the country’s newest Constituent Assembly on Jan. 22. They filled almost 30 percent of the 575 seats that were contested during parliamentary elections last fall, despite the...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Nepali women had much to be proud of as 172 of them were seated in the country’s newest Constituent Assembly on Jan. 22. They filled almost 30 percent of the 575 seats that were contested during parliamentary elections last fall, despite the...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
International IDEA's Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERMTool) is now available free online. The tool was launched during the 6th Global Electoral Organization (GEO) Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea in October 2013. Subsequent launches have...
Monday, December 16, 2013
As a growing number of countries at various stages of development consider the use of electronic technologies in electoral processes, they face opportunities and challenges. This Guide was prepared by IFES and NDI to help election authorities, civil...
Saturday, December 14, 2013
“In Chile, the skirt’s in charge,” blared the headline of Santiago tabloid La Cuarta the day after Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei advanced to a second round in the country’s presidential race. Voters today will pick between the two life-long...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Of the more than 12 elections taking place in Latin America over the next year, the upcoming presidential election in Honduras is perhaps the most pivotal. With the highest homicide rate in the world, diminishing economic freedom, and increasing...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Georgia's October 2013 presidential election resulted in the nation's second consecutive peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box. Although women have made strides in political participation during the last decade, they continue to face...
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The four female incumbents in the field of about 30 governors seeking reelection in November 2014 are doing something considered incumbent upon any female executive who wants her job back: playing up their accomplishments. The quartet includes three...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The All Women Action Society (Awam) welcomes the state of Selangor's initiative to make it compulsory to have 30 percent of members of the local council be women, from the Jan 1, 2014. This is a necessary step to even out an uneven playing field as...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
India may boast a woman President, Prime Minister and Speaker, but when it comes to selecting candidates, key political parties still have a long way to go. In the past 10 years, only 7 per cent or 4,148 candidates out of the 62,847 candidates were...
Monday, March 18, 2013
On the occasion of the anniversary of the International Day to End Violence against Women, NDI launched its program to strengthen the capacity of   legislators and representatives, and help women establish cross-party mechanisms for collaboration,...

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