After two years of research and many in-depth consultations, on 14 May the World Bank team will launch a ground-breaking report, with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
The new report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, focuses on freedom from violence, control over sexual and reproductive health, ownership and control of land and housing, and voice and collective action. It shines a spotlight on the value of enabling women and girls to fulfil their... Read more
Meet former Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, now a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, former MP Ann Cryer, probably best known for her campaigns against forced marriages, and the current speaker in the House of Lords Baroness D’Souza and learn how to follow them in laying down the law.
Women in Politics: Yes We Can! has been organised by the Parliamentary Outreach team to encourage women to consider how they can get involved in politics, Parliament and campaigning.
Find out how you can raise important issues and hear from three experts with unrivalled experience of campaigning on... Read more
The Research, Policy and Advocacy Centre “Woman and Society” from Sarajevo is an independent, feminist, non-governmental and non-profit organisation operating at the level of the State of BiH. The primary goal of the Centre is promotion of women's rights at the national, regional, and global level, and advocacy for gender-sensitive democratisation of the BiH society. Read more
Dear International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics Members:
We are pleased to launch the first moderated Electronic Discussion of the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics on Eliminating Violence Against Women in Politics. Violence or the threat of violence has been identified by members of the iKNOW Politics community - as well as through global and regional meetings of women politicians and their supporters sponsored by iKNOW partner organizations - as a significant impediment to women’s political participation. While crimes of violence against women in politics are... Read more
Voters in the EU will elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament during the European elections of 22-25 May 2014. The new European Parliament, representing the interests of over 500 million citizens, will shape European legislation over the next five years. The election results from all 28 Member States will be announced on the evening of Sunday 25 May - Election Night. This leaflet provides extracts from documents prepared by the European Parliament’s Policy Department on Citizen’s Rights and Constitutional Affairs regarding the European elections from a gender perspective. Read more
A 27-year-old Bosnian Muslim immigrant has been named the new Swedish minister of education, setting a role model for young, active Muslims.
The minister, Aida Hadzialic, was named earlier in October in Stefan Löfven new cabinet as the new Upper Secondary School and Adult Education Initiative in Sweden, IBNlive reported on Wednesday, October 8.
A law graduate from the University of Lund, Hadzialic became the deputy mayor of the Swedish city Halmstad at the age of 23.
Born in 1987 in Foča, Bosnia, the 27-year-old Swedish politician is now the youngest person ever to serve as a minister in... Read more
Are you considering your next career move? Want to advance faster in leadership or compensation? Puzzled by power politics in the office? Accelerate your career and uptick your leadership skills with this innovative, 9 practical women’s leadership “Power Tools” program entirely online. Created by New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of Take The Lead, Gloria Feldt, the course gives fresh insights to the dynamics and positive uses of power. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to maximize their effectiveness as leaders in achieving business or organizational... Read more
As a first of its kind in the OSCE region, this study is concerned with the presence and operation of dedicated women’s parliamentary bodies (alternatively referred to as parliamentary structures for women members of parliament (MPs)) that promote gender equality and women’s representation. Read more
A Practical Guide to Constitution Building provides an essential foundation for understanding constitutions and constitution building. Full of world examples of ground-breaking agreements and innovative provisions adopted during processes of constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
The Guide analyzes the adoption of the... Read more
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area in the newer post-communist democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. In established democracies, researchers have shown that although many young people are increasingly shunning traditional forms of political involvement, suchas voting and political party membership, instead they are turning to more direct methods such as volunteering and protest. Despite evidence that young people in newer... Read more
City University London Researcher and Lecturer Ruth Sealy discusses the lack of women at the top of companies, the idea of adding quotas to bring about change and how the U.K. stacks up in its number of female leaders with Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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In 2008, the UN Security Council recognized sexual violence as a tactic of warfare. Unaddressed in almost all peace negotiations, it represents one of history’s greatest silences. To address this, a group of high-level mediators, subject experts, and women’s rights advocates will assemble to generate technical guidance for, and urge political commitment in, the international community. The event is timed to contribute to discussions on the upcoming Secretary-General’s Report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1820. The Colloquium outcomes will also support other longer-term... Read more
The principle of equal access for women and men to electoral mandates and elective functions has been a constitutional principle since 1999 in France, but the country is lagging behind. Time to legislate and ensure women’s representation in leadership positions, writes Tokia Saïfi.
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Gender quotas have worked to increase the number of women getting elected in politics and should be looked at along with other measures to encourage women to become candidates, Northern Ireland MLA, Anna Lo of the Alliance Party told a Sinn Féin summer school at the weekend.
Ms Lo, who was the first China-born person elected to a legislature in Europe when she was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007, said quotas or other affirmative action steps were not popular and were often dismissed as unfair or demeaning to women.
“There is much we can learn from international examples of... Read more
You will find here the list of MEPs who have already endorsed EWL Manifesto. Let’s get much more until the European elections! Thanks for your support!
As the European Parliament elections are getting closer, we need to make sure that women’s rights and gender equality will be at the core of the policies and work of the new European institutions. Let’s join forces to contact all candidates and make sure that they support the Manifesto of the European Women’s Lobby "Act now for her future, commit to gender equality!".
The more candidates support EWL Manifesto, the more gender equality will be... Read more
The Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment are inviting applications from dynamic, creative women and men from all over the world to champion women's economic empowerment online and offline in their communities.
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Armenian Government approved the bill on Securing Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in the Thursday session to be discussed in the Parliament on second reading.
The bill was elaborated within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy securing Armenia’s obligations fulfillment. Besides, the bill aims to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, documents on the gender equality, the UN Millennium Development Goals' demands as well as obligations fulfillment... Read more
On December 21, the presentation of the “Participation for Change” book and a roundtable on research findings were held, with representatives of political parties, NGOs, research and scientific centers and mass media attending.
Research revealed data which came to prove that the increase of number of female MPs in the would lead to a higher level of consideration and attention towards issues relating to women, children and vulnerable layers of population, social and healthcare problems, as well as to the humanization of politics and decision-making processes.
Armenian parliamentary elections... Read more