After a series of workshops and consultations on the constitution, held beginning in 2013, the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) launches a Charter of Libyan Women’s Constitutional Rights. The...
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, delivered another stirring speech encouraging world and corporate leaders to take action for gender equality during the kickoff of a HeForShe program launch...
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the...
2014 Women PeaceMakers Program
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Women PeaceMakers Application Deadline: May 15, 2013
Peace Writer Application Deadline: May 30, 2013
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego in California, is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM). The WPM program is designed... Read more
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
A year ago, Egyptian politician and women's rights activist Mervat Tallawy defied the Muslim Brotherhood to spearhead the adoption of a U.N. blueprint to combat violence against women. Now she's back campaigning against conservatives to ensure that equality for women remains at the top of the U.N. agenda.
As head of the Egyptian delegation to the two-week meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, which ends Friday, Tallawy said she has been working hard to prevent any rollback on hard-fought gains including international recognition of women's reproductive and sexual health and rights... Read more
Under-representation of women in the Northern Ireland Assembly will be on the agenda during today’s debate. Sinn Féin wants a working group set up to address the issue as well as the broader impact of women’s marginalisation within politics.
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Egyptian women were at the heart of the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Their contribution ranged from work in the labour movement to a female journalist breaking taboos by suing the government for harassment. They walked shoulder to shoulder with men as the Egyptian population demanded the fall of the regime, as did the people of Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. Yet nearly three years later, a poll from the Thomson Reuters Foundation has declared Egypt the worst country for women in the Arab world. So, did the Arab spring lead to a regression of women's rights in the region – and... Read more
As Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf reshuffles his cabinet, trying to placate the boiling Egyptian street with a more representative government, women have started to speak up, demanding greater representation in politics.
Sharaf reshuffled 14 ministers in his cabinet Sunday, replacing ministers of finance and foreign affairs, but retaining the controversial interior and justice ministers. Women's organizations contend that with only one woman is in the new cabinet, International Cooperation and Planning Minister Fayza Aboul-Naga, the new government is far from egalitarian.
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European universities are failing in the way they use human resources. Women are underrepresented at the top levels of academia, and there are good reasons to think that this damages universities.
In the 27 countries making up the European Union, 59% of university graduates are women, but only 18% of full professors are women. And only 9% of universities have a women at the top of the organisation. For more statistics, see the European Commission’s SHE figures.
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A former lawyer at Morgan Stanley will become the first woman to lead a bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Justice, the government said Friday, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to promote women in the workforce.
Kazumi Okamura, currently a prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office, will head the Human Rights Bureau at the Ministry of Justice. Ms. Okamura, a graduate of Harvard Law School who passed the bar in New York state, worked as a lawyer at Morgan Stanley in Japan from 1990 to 2000, according to the prosecutors’ office.
Ms. Okamura’s promotion was part of a wave of... Read more
Newly elected Pakistani National Assembly is effectively in place. The Prime Minister has taken oath of his office; the most interesting feature of this new assembly is the group of women on reserved seats. The idea was introduced by former dictator, General Musharraf apparently to give adequate representation to women, in this male dominated Pakistani society. It was to encourage 52 percent of Pakistani population to have their input in law making, particularly in matters pertaining to women.
The idea was wonderful, and would have genuinely helped women, if we had a better electoral process... Read more
Lisa François Executive Director of the Women's Collective for Women's Political Participation "Fanm Yo La", while commending the efforts of the Government for the numerous appointments of womens to key positions, expressed concern about the lack of women in the Permanent Electoral Council [whose Gabrielle Hyacinthe is the Director General] and appeal the legislative power, whose representatives are not yet been appointed, to meet the quota in its future designations...
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On October 14 through 19, Ibero-American Municipal Leaders Week: "Good Governance and Quality of Local Democracy" and the 10th Congress of the Ibero-American Union of Municipal Leaders were held in Almería (Spain), organized by the the Ibero-American Union of Municipal Leaders (UIM), together with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Almería Town Council, Almería District Council and the Menéndez Pelayo International University.
Over 500 people attended the event, which included four days of plenary sessions, 26 thematic panels and various activities... Read more
iKNOW Politics organized a country launch in Lima, Peru. The theme of the launch was "Are you read for lists? iKNOW Politics and women candidates 2010-2011" and it took place on December 2.
The event was divided into two sessions. The first was closed and aimed to get feedback from participants on the iKNOW Politics website and content, as well as its accessibility. Fifty-three women and men from around the country attended the first session. The second session was public and it was divided in three phases. In the inauguration panel participated Jorge L. Chediek, National Coordinator of the... Read more
Despite the increase in the number of female candidates in the parliamentary elections held throughout Indonesia on April 9, 2014, the country would likely fail to meet its target of increasing womens representation in the 560-seat Parliament for the 2014-2019 period.
Of 6,607 legislative candidates racing for the House of Representatives (DPR) seats in the elections, some 37 percent or 2,467 were women, up from 30 percent in the legislative elections in 2009.
On May 9, the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the official results of the legislative elections, with the Indonesian... Read more
raqi legislator Vian Dakhil on Monday received the Anna Politkovskaya prize for her denunciation of the jihadist group Islamic State over its brutal treatment of Yazidi women.
The award -- handed out by London-based organisation RAW in WAR to honour women working to help those trapped in conflict -- is named after crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was gunned down in Moscow on October 7, 2006.
Vian Dakhil has given "a voice to the many Yazidi and Iraqi women and girls whose voices cannot be heard," the organisation said in a statement.
Dakhil, the only Yazidi legislator in... Read more
Iowa — It was among the first states to legalize gay marriage and served as the 2008 campaign liftoff site for the first black president, but in other arenas Iowa isn't quite so progressive – it's also one of just two states to never elect a woman governor or member of Congress. The other is Mississippi, a fact that causes a certain amount of handwringing among Iowa's political classes.
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The number of Arab women seeking assistance in dealing with sexual assault has risen as a direct result of the intensive media coverage of former president Moshe Katsav's case, according to the Nazareth-based organization Women against Violence.
To read the full article, please visit the Haaretz' Website. Read more
After gaining the right to vote and participate in elections in 1952, one would assume that more female politicians would be taking part in Lebanon’s administrative scene. Women won the right to participate in politics 19 years before those in Switzerland, a neutral European country. But what have they done with this?
The June elections are just around the corner and, while the men continue to argue over the proposed electoral draft law, women in the country are attempting to take a stand. The Coalition for Women in Parliament 2013 is trying to put pressure on lawmakers to approve a 30... Read more
In anticipation of local government elections, much of the discourse in recent months has challenged the laws put forward by provincial governments under judiciary-induced deadlines, including lukewarm lobbying for the greater inclusion of women at the grass-roots level.
At a seminar hosted by Oxfam, in collaboration with several rights and women advocacy groups, party representatives expressed ambivalence over seats allotted to women in the Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
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watch the live stream of the Madeleine Albright-led panel "Governing Democratically in a Tech-Empowered World," at www.ndi.org/live on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. PDT/3:30 p.m. EDT. The panel is part of a two-day conference hosted by NDI in Silicon Valley that will bring together policy experts, academics and tech innovators to explore how technology has changed the way democracies function. Follow the discussion at #tech4dem. 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