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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Fourth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
Inclusion is a foundational pillar for all state activities. It is the very purpose of parliaments. Despite trends towards a more inclusive, mobile and interdependent world, increased pressures to raise barriers between people are challenging the principle of inclusion. The risks of exclusion are...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Fewer women in Iceland's new parliament
The Icelandic general elections took place last weekend. The results show that the number of women as members of parliament decreases. The last government had 47,6% women and they will now be 38,1%, of the 63 elected members. The rate has not been this low since 2007. The rate is very different...
Monday, October 02, 2017
Facebook Live Discussion on the Role of Male Champions in Promoting Women's Political Participation and Leadership
Co-organized by iKNOW Politics and International Gender Champions, this Facebook Live discussion brought together a diverse panel of Geneva-based Gender Champions who shared their experiences and views on the role of male champions in promoting women’s political participation and leadership....
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Facebook Live Discussion on Male Champions for Women's Leadership
Co-organized by iKNOW Politics and International Gender Champions, this Facebook Live discussion will bring together a diverse panel of Geneva-based Gender Champions who will share their experiences and views on the role of male champions in promoting women’s political participation and leadership...
Friday, August 25, 2017
Fresh call for gender equality in local politics in York
Politicians in York have added their voices to calls for better gender representation in local government, after newly-published research about the imbalance. The IPPR North report, published on Monday, highlighted gender imbalance in local authorities like City of York, and combined authorities....
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
From where I stand: “They said that a woman couldn’t run for elections… I proved them wrong”
Coumba Diaw is the only female Mayor in the Louga region of Senegal. She grew up listening to a rhetoric that restricted women from participating in politics and public life. But that didn’t stop her. Today she makes other elected officials aware of the importance of women’s leadership. “They said...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Female Candidates Encouraged to Compete With Male Counterparts
Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged female candidates to fill the gap and compete with their male counterparts. She said the policy can only be implemented if collective efforts are applied in every community and county. Sirleaf said women must canvass as Jehovah witnesses “moving...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Few, but Mighty: Women and Bill Sponsorship in the Pennsylvania General Assembly
Throughout this report, the authors offer a look at the unique strengths that women bring to policymaking and their impact on government is examined. They start by examining women’s representation in government, highlighting the underrepresentation of women both in the Pennsylvania state...
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”
Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Female MPs urge May to review Brexit team's gender balance
Brexit will affect whole population yet there is only one woman in the core negotiating team, Labour MPs say. Theresa May has been urged to review the gender balance of the government’s EU negotiating team in a letter signed by 56 female Labour MPs who say: “Brexit is now becoming just another job...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
France elects record number of women to parliament
France voted a record number of women into parliament, election results showed on Monday, after President Emmanuel Macron's victorious Republic on the Move (LREM) party fielded a gender-balanced candidate list. Of the 577 newly elected lawmakers, 223 were female, beating the previous record of 155...
Monday, May 15, 2017
France: Half of Macron's legislative election candidates are women
The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled the names of more than 400 candidates for the June legislative elections -- and half of them are women. At 39, Macron was sworn in on Sunday as the youngest president in France's history, and he has promised to breathe new life into French...
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Finnish Parliament organizes meeting on gender-sensitive parliaments
The IPU developed both the concept and definition of gender-sensitive parliaments and has been at the forefront of supporting gender-sensitive parliamentary reform. On 20 April, the Feminist Group of the Finnish Parliament held a meeting in Helsinki on gender equality in parliaments. At the meeting...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Filmmaker spotlights Canadian women in politics
The stories of the Fathers of Confederation have been well-told, but many of the women involved in politics and community life before, during and after Confederation remain unknown to all but the most committed Canadian history buffs. A new series of web-based documentary short films to be...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Feminism, Facebook and Fake News: The case for women’s political engagement in 2016
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 thinking my brand of feminism was very different...
Friday, March 03, 2017
From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”
“My sister, who's a lawyer and a woman rights activist, encouraged me to run for local elections. I hesitated at first; even if women are selected, they are expected to be a mere accessory. But I had worked for many years as a volunteer and social worker. I had a grasp on the real issues that my...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Female MP abuse 'puts women off politics' says Diane Abbott
Women may be deterred from entering politics because of abuse suffered by female MPs, Diane Abbott says. The shadow home secretary said she was speaking out about her own experiences after recently receiving a series of threats and insults. In the first week February, Brexit secretary David Davis...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
From Cavewoman to Cyborg: An International Women’s Day Debate
The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is hosting a debate on International Women’s Day “From Cavewoman to Cyborg: How does Technology affect Women and Equality?.”  As our society becomes immersed by information networks and technological advances, the event will aim to explore how this affects equality...