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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
By Pilar Tello Rozas and Carolina Floru Over the last two decades, important regulatory progress has been made in Latin America on the promotion of women’s political participation. 16 of the 18 Latin American countries have implemented affirmative...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
iKNOW Politics expert Gretchen Bauer submitted the following article to be published on International Women’s Day 2017. In December 2016, Ghana held its seventh parliamentary and presidential elections since transitioning from decades of military...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP The report published yesterday by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women at Westminster is an important contribution to the debate on how parliament and political parties...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
As Hillary Clinton exits the national stage, US women continue to pursue a political life. Will a Trump presidency motivate more women to run for office? The election of Donald Trump delivered a crushing blow to US women's rights activists hoping to...
local elections
Friday, December 23, 2016
By Corinne Roberts It’s midday in one of Dili’s busiest markets. A man pushes a food-cart selling an Indonesian-style soup with spicy meatballs. In an aluminum-roofed market stall, Barbara Garma Soares is shopping for football jerseys. Soares is one...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is working to promote the organization of credible and participatory elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Building on past election experiences, post-election reports and election observation recommendations,...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Women’s rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on 20 September, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous...
Monday, September 19, 2016
Many Canadians are grappling with the prospect of changes to Canada’s First Past the Post electoral system. The current consultation phase represents an enormous opportunity to better understand the limitations and opportunities of electoral systems...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The U.S. isn’t the only country deep into an election season. The former Soviet republic of Georgia, which gained independence in 1991, is heading into parliamentary elections in October. But while Hillary Clinton is busy breaking down gender...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Women are chronically underrepresented in U.S. politics. Yet TV shows, fictions, and films have leapt ahead of the electoral curve to give us our first female president(s). What messages about women and power do these fictional representations of...
Friday, August 05, 2016
New article presents an analysis and implications for women’s political empowerment of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But as she is lauded at home with a historic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is being praised abroad for decades of quiet...
Monday, July 25, 2016
This interview was published in 2013. At the time of the interview, Omezzine Khalife was a member of Ettakatol Party and ran for the Constituent Assembly in Tunisia. She was a member of the Ettakatol’s Women’s Organization. Omezzine speaks here to...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The low representation of women in politics remains one of the most obvious obstacles preventing us from achieving gender equality in the world. In the Republic of Moldova, a medium income country in Eastern Europe that ranks 50th in the most recent...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle. Fueled by boundless curiosity and rigorous research, Cristen...
Monday, April 18, 2016
The Inter-parliamentary Union has recently published a report reviewing the developments made in women's participation in parliaments in the last 20 years, globally, regionally and at the country level. The report shows that the past 20 years have...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Dr. Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University, has published an article in The New Yorker, entitled ‘The Sovereignty of Women’. The article deals with the historical difficulties of women to be fully recognized as political...
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Celebrating its twenty-second year of existence this summer, the Women's Campaign School at Yale University (WCS) is a non-partisan, issue neutral leadership program, whose mission is to improve women’s political participation by increasing their...
Friday, April 01, 2016
The number of women Speakers of Parliament reached an all-time high by the end of 2015 at 49 (or 17.9% of the total number of Speakers), reports the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) in “Women in Parliaments in 2015: The year in review”. That is up...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
‘Women and power: Overcoming barriers to leadership and influence’ is a case study developed as a result of the project ‘Women’s Voice and Leadership in Decision-Making project’. This project run over a period of two years, from 2014 to 2016, with...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Leadership Hand LLC has produced this infographic with key events that have marked the year 2015 in terms of women’s progress in politics across the world. See below for the PDF.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This Workshop Report was originally published by International IDEA here on January 11, 2016. Women continue to be underrepresented in Bhutan politics and following the general elections in 2013 the number of women parliamentarians sank from 14...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Advocacy and Politics Workshop will take place in Dallas, on March 4, 2016. It will include an introduction to advocacy and campaign strategy as well as a Fundraising for Advocates course and Political Fundraising Fundamentals. This workshop is...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Careers in politics Workshop will take place in Miami on February 19, 2016. This four-hour workshop will cover these five highly needed political careers today for women: Strategists, lobbyists, communications, consultants, social media...
Monday, January 11, 2016
This report explores public attitudes about gender and leadership with a particular focus on leadership in U.S. politics and business. The analysis is based on two new Pew Research Center surveys. In addition to the surveys, this report draws on...
Women Suffrage
Monday, April 27, 2015
On February 6, 1918, a select group gained suffrage but it took 10 more years before all women had the same voting rights as men. Yet at the last election, in 2010, more than nine million women didn’t use that hard-won right. As we approach polling...
Women in the USA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
While women in southern New Jersey government agree they haven’t shattered the glass ceiling in politics, fewer of them are getting headaches from bumping up against it these days and several have broken through to achieve historic firsts.   At the...
Monday, December 29, 2014
A new day for women dawned in Taiwan Thursday, with females winning seven of the 22 city and county council speaker positions throughout the country.  The seven are Wu Pi-chu of Taipei, Kang Yu-cheng of Kaohsiung city, Jao Ching-ling of Taitung...
Monday, December 15, 2014
It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented at all levels of government, all across the world. In the UK, there are five women in David Cameron’s cabinet,out of 22 positions, and only 22% of MPs are women. The Global Gender Gap report,...
Friday, December 12, 2014
An interest in the gender gap between the representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two University of Pittsburgh professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three years of research....
Kalthoum Kennou
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In a life spanning colonial rule, war, autocracy and revolution, Tunis resident Halima never saw a reason to vote. A chance meeting in a souk earlier this month gave her one. She was introduced to Kalthoum Kannou, who has three children, a long...
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Women across the country do amazing and powerful things every day, but we have a special superpower right now: Our votes. Why are we so powerful right now? Why are we "Supervoters?" Because in the upcoming midterm elections, control of the U.S....
Thursday, October 30, 2014
This year’s midterm election seems all about the women. More campaign ads than ever feature women or focus on women’s issues. It’s a strategy that makes sense when you consider there are 29,426 registered female voters in Athens-Clarke County alone...
Women's political participation in Pakistan
Monday, October 20, 2014
By Noran Elashi   Women’s political participation and protection of women’s rights has always been a challenge in the Developing countries. Despite the fact that Pakistan is a developing country with a developing economy yet women have actively been...
Une Tunisienne manifeste pendant le Printemps Arabe
Thursday, October 16, 2014
by Sarah Bernolet    A Presidential election will be held in Tunisia on the 23rd of November 2014, a month after the parliamentary election. If necessary, there will be a second round of voting on the 28th of December. This will be the first regular...
Friday, September 12, 2014
This wonderful infographic summarizes all the relevant data on women in all branches of government as well as legislation in place for women's political participation from around the world.
Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Latin America has made considerable progress increasing political representation of women, but more active measures are needed to increase outcomes. With an average of 23.9% in 2014, the proportion of women in lower houses of parliament or single-...
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Women are at the forefront of many of this year’s critical and most-watched races. From candidates for governorships making waves from red-to-blue states, to game-changing senate seats up for grabs, women are making their voices heard now more than...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Today marks the anniversary of a historic day in American politics — the day women received the same opportunity as men to vote for the individuals that represented them. Activists and advocates across the nation are celebrating the 94th anniversary...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The government of Vietnam‬ has set a target of a minimum of 35% women's representation for the 2016 election. Imagining Equality's latest power piece is a clip from a film put together as part of a campaign to raise awareness on the decline in women...
Monday, August 25, 2014
A Comparative Study in Five Southeast Asian Countries: Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste: There were at least two main reasons why a study into women’s representativeness in the parliaments in five Southeast Asian...

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