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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Georgia’s October 2016 parliamentary elections were characterized by an open political environment, a competitive campaign, overall results that were validated by credible observers, and some underlying problems that need concerted attention. NDI's...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. The effects, or even merely the threat, of violence can undermine the legitimacy of electoral results and broader political...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Through its “Votes Without Violence” initiative, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is developing and testing new strategies to address violence against women in elections. Collecting needed data on this under-reported issue provides...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Is there a new trend in women world leaders? This article tries to give an answer to this interesting question, with inputs from different organizations, including UN Women. Britain’s Theresa May recently took office as the first woman prime...
Monday, March 07, 2016
On March 2, 2016, the National Democratic Institute launched its new Arabic-language e-learning and training platform “Taalam Shaarek”, which means “learn participate” in English. The platform allows citizens to build their civic and political...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Marshall Islands parliament has elected a new president, former Education Minister Dr. Hilda Heine, the first female leader of any independent Pacific island nation. Dr. Heine stands out as the first Marshallese citizen to obtain a doctorate and...
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Violence against women takes many forms and it is a global phenomenon. It is the case, however, that during electoral processes violence against women is generally increased; the reason behind this trend is that the attention that the media pay to...
Presidential aspirant, Professor Remi Sonaiya, has expressed her wish to change the face of politics in Nigeria
Monday, March 23, 2015
Lagos (AFP) - The two main candidates for the governorship of Nigeria's Lagos state took to the stage, making a flurry of promises to the all-female audience at the select Cosmopolitan Women's Club. The men even pledged a 35 percent quota of women...
Monday, December 15, 2014
The wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, has urged Nigerian women to partake in political activities in order to bring positive changes.   Mrs Ahmed made the call at Afon, the headquarters of Asa Local Government Area of the state...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Women have complained about the recent primaries carried out by different political parties in the country saying they did not favour them and they were also cowed and forced into submission to the men. Speaking under the aegis of the 100 Women...
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
By  Malgorzata Bratkrajc, A new European Commission took office on November 1st, 2014. Unsurprisingly, the composition of the new Commission confirmed that the flagship EU initiative of gender balance in decision-making positions is not being taken...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has launched a report and training manual for building the capacity of stakeholders on Affirmative Action in the country. The manual titled: "Sociocultural Determinants of...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Nine Bahraini women have confirmed their candidacy for the upcoming parliament and municipal council elections. However, they said they will reveal their election campaigns closer to the polls, which are expected to take place in November. Six women...
Monday, May 19, 2014
More participation of women in politics will go along way in making democracy in Nigeria an interesting game, even as it would help in stamping out corruption in the political system. This position was made by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi...
Friday, May 16, 2014
First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, recently put forward new perspectives on how to make women's voices heard and make their votes count in Nigeria's political process, ahead of the 2015 general elections. She noted that the time had...
Friday, April 25, 2014
The Gender Section of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has begun the conduct of a string of regional Gender Seminars to encourage Women's Political participation in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election. The first phase of the seminar was...
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Women should have at least 100 of the 444 seats in the next parliament, the National Council for Women said in a statement Thursday. Representation of women should be proportionate to their weight in society and their wide-scale participation in the...
Monday, January 27, 2014
While women in Guatemala have slowly been making political gains, a new report by NDI and UN Women shows that a significant gender gap persists. The report, Between Challenge and Reality: Women and Political Participation in Guatemala, examines the...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Finding out why women’s voices are not being listened to is imperative to increasing the proportion of female political representation in Cambodia, a meeting heard yesterday. The Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP) – which is made up of 12...
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
New laws designed to increase the number of elected women in Kenyan politics had no effect on the 2013 elections because those concerned failed to implement them, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) said. “We have good laws that we are not using...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Peshawar High Court on Monday ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-elections on polling stations of NA-5 Nowshera and NA-27 Lakki Marwat, where women were barred from voting on August 22 by-elections. The court has also...
Friday, July 26, 2013
'Maybe women deserve men setting the agenda," a conservative female politician said Friday as emotions ran high over a study that showed men know more about politics than women, and that the gender gap was wider in Norway than in comparable...
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Two years away from the general elections, Nigerian women who converged under different organizations and auspices at a two-day summit organized by Nigerian Women in Parliament with the support of United Nations Development Programme and Democratic...
Monday, July 08, 2013
Political parties in the country have been asked to ensure that at least 30 per cent of all elected positions at the districts, regional and national levels are occupied by women. The electorate have also been advised to vote for more women to...
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube has defended the inclusion of the party’s secretary-general Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga on the list of women’s quota under proportional representation in Matabeleland South province. In an interview after...
Monday, June 24, 2013
From the next general elections at least five seats in  Samoan Parliament will be occupied by women. Passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2013 this morning made that law. “It’s a new dawn for women,” Speaker of Parliament, La’auli Leuatea Fosi...
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Researchers (TR) under its initiatives - Pakistan Governance Forum (PGF) and Women & Politics in Asia Forum (WPAF) - undertook observation of Election 2013 with a gender lens. This was in pursuance of organizations ten years effort to...
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Women’s Political Participation Team at NDI cordially invites you to a World Affairs briefing: Gender Quotas: Lessons Learned from Kenya to Tunisia Tuesday, April 30, 201312:00pm - 1:00pm 8th Floor Board Room455 Massachusetts AvenueWashington,...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Public Perceptions of the 2012 Elections & Women’s Role in Politics and Government  Findings from a Survey of 1,210 adults over the age of 18 in Ukraine (We invoite our users to read the complete report here)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to give Nigerian women more than the 35 per cent affirmative action they agitated for, considering their contributions to national development and the transformation agenda. Jonathan, who was represented by...
Monday, April 22, 2013
Despite the welcome addition of a woman candidate contesting independently from Bajaur Agency, the overall number of women candidates contesting on general seats of the National Assembly (NA) has stayed much the same since the 2002 election. Even in...
Monday, April 01, 2013
While Kenya’s disputed presidential race continues to take center stage, another race could radically transform politics at the local level: the election of women’s representatives in each of the 47 newly created counties across Kenya. As a result...
A good practices guide to promote women's political participation.
Monday, November 19, 2012
For Burkina Faso’s last election – a presidential poll in 2010 –difficult and confusing requirements resulted in overwhelmingly low voter registration. Only three million of the country’s six million eligible citizens registered. And of those, only...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A striking feature of elected governments in Solomon Islands is the general scarcity of women. Although some community elders are women and women have achieved senior positions in the public service and civil society, very few women have been...
Sunday, October 30, 2011
On Sunday, November 6th, general elections will be held in Nicaragua for president and vice president, in addition to representatives for the National Assembly, departments and Central American Parliament.  Nicaraguan citizens vote beginning at age...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Government structure: Assembly: Nigeria has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 109 seats and the House of Representatives with 360 seats. An absolute majority or at least 25% in two-thirds of the states is required for a...
Thursday, March 08, 2007
This training manual provides women political candidates in Kenya with information and guidelines for building an effective campaign. It discusses topics such as message development, fundraising, budgeting, dealing with the media, public speaking,...
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
This Human Development Report focuses on the implications of the process of European Union (EU) accession for human development in Romania. It argues that while economic integration may bring overall economic and social benefits to Romanian society...