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Friday, August 18, 2017
As democracies weaken globally, women fail to win top political posts
By Torild Skard OSLO — The last year has brought troubling events for feminists who are striving to see more women win top political leadership positions. Two female presidents, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Park Guen-hye of South Korea, had to leave office amid corruption scandals. In the United...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Advocacy Handbook on Gender and Electoral Reform in Malaysia
The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. At 106 out of 144 countries, Malaysia’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Index indicates that the biggest inequalities exist in terms of women’s political empowerment. In continuity of National Conference on Gender ...
Monday, June 12, 2017
Armenian women take the political stage
By Karen Cirillo and Jodi Hilton In the small village of Getik, Arpine Gyulumyan runs a bed and breakfast with her family. But she is also an engineer, a social worker, and a community council member. While few residents venture far from their farming and cattle breeding traditions, Arpine left to...
Monday, June 12, 2017
African politics is a man's world – but we women are still blazing a trail, by Evelyn Anite
By Evelyn Anite, Uganda's minister of finance for infrastructure and privatization. When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stands down later this year as president of Liberia, it will mean that for the first time in more than a decade, no African country will be led by a woman. While strong female leaders are...
Monday, May 08, 2017
At least four women in Niue Parliament
Provisional election results in Niue indicate a boost to women's representation in Niue's parliament. At least four women have won a place in the 20 seat legislature after the country went to the polls on Saturday. O'love Jacobsen was one of two women to gain one of the six common roll seats and a...
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Algeria unveils first ever electoral list composed entirely of women
An opposition party in Algeria two weeks ago unveiled a parliamentary electoral list composed entirely of women. The first of its kind in the country's history, the all-female list was drawn up by the Algerian National Front, a "centrist" opposition party led by former presidential candidate Moussa...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Algeria parties ordered to show female faces on posters
Parties in Bordj Bou Arreridj Province had been showing hijabs surrounding blank spaces alongside photos of male candidates. On Tuesday the election authorities gave parties two days to display photos or be removed from the vote. An official said the practice was illegal. "This kind of...
Monday, March 27, 2017
African perspectives on gender equality and political empowerment of women
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having substantive participation of women are some of the...
Friday, March 03, 2017
A parliamentary event organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women at CSW61
The parliamentary event at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held in New York on 17 March 2017. The event, entitled Empowering parliaments to empower women; Making the economy work for women, is hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A Seat at the Table: The Fight for Gender Parity in Kenya and Somalia
For women across the world, electoral politics can be a hostile and violent place. Women who stand for office can expect casual sexism and discrimination, ranging from snide remarks about their appearance to being propositioned by their male colleagues. In some countries, this psychological...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A Framework for Developing Gender Policies for Political Parties
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) has designed this Framework in order to assist political parties and gender equality advocates in their efforts to develop comprehensive policies to advance gender equality within political parties. Political...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Arjun Bahadur Thapa
Contributor Uday Nagaraju met in Nepal His Excellency Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General of SAARC, and discussed SAARC’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality and women’s empowerment. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a Regional intergovernmental...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
All-Women Shortlists: Myths and Realities
Gender quotas have emerged globally as a key solution for improving women's political representation. Yet in Britain—where they take the form of all-women shortlists (AWS)—they remain contentious, both within and outside political parties. In this article, Mary K. Nugent and Mona Lena Krook...
Monday, December 12, 2016
Access to elections for women in the past year
Submitted by Halima Tahirkheli  In southern Mexico in 2016, women were granted the permission to vote in local elections for the first time. Since 1953, women were allowed to vote in the presidential and regional election; however, traditional law in parts of Oaxaca State only allowed men to vote...
Thursday, December 08, 2016
A framework for developing internal gender policies for electoral management bodies
International IDEA has conceptualized this Framework in order to provide an example of the main elements of an internal gender policy for an electoral management body (EMB). Its purpose is to support EMBs in their aspirations and efforts to create their own internal gender policies in recognition...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Abu Dhabi to host Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament in December
By Samir Salama The UAE will host the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament set to be held on December 12 and 13, said Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council. “The world’s largest gathering of women Speakers of Parliament, co-hosted by the FNC and the Inter-...
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
A New Landscape for Women's Political Leadership? Opportunities for Action at the State and Local Levels
The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston invites you to participate in the Public Conversations Series: "Women's Political Leadership and the 2016 Presidential Election,” co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and...
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
A Woman President? Lessons from History's Longest Campaign
The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston invites you to participate in the Public Conversations Series: "Women's Political Leadership and the 2016 Presidential Election,” co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and...