An interesting contribution in the discussion came from Sarry, who shared an experience from Namibia. Sarry: “Namibia at the moment stands at over 30% women representation and 42% at the local governance level. We are excelling at 42% because most of the issues that are addressed at the local level are bread and butter issues. It is easier for the countries in SADC to reach 50% in local governance because of the role that women play in politics and democracy. In Namibia, the process of training potential candidates, campaign managers and political campaign strategists is underway. As a gender... Read more
iKNOW Politics organized an online discussion on stereotyping portfolio assignments for women in politics, available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. The discussions went on for a period of 3 weeks and received contributions from 13 members from different countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Peru.
This E-Discussion ran from September 9th to September 27th, 2013.
“The principles of gender-sensitive parliaments can be advanced if women occupy leadership positions as parliamentarians and as key members of... Read more
Summary of iKNOW Politics E-Discussion: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Politics (2010). Members identified forms of violence against women in politics and shared measures iniatied to counter the violence, from training of election monitors to the drafting and enforcement of specific legislation against harassment and political violence based on gender. The discussion underlined the need for further collection of evidence on women who have endured violence or threats of violence in the course of their political careers, and it was recommended that a global study on this subject be... Read more
UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) mandates that women in post-conflict states fully participate in all aspects of the transition. The resolution is historic because of the depth of change — in procedure, assessment, delivery and attitudes — necessary for its full implementation. Eight years after its adoption, some progress has been made. Resolution 1325 has been reiterated in various Security Council resolutions and other mechanisms and documents. In 2005, UN Security Council released the ‘Report of the Secretary-General on Women and Peace and Security’, which outlines a system-wide... Read more
Summary of E-discussion on mentorship programs to support candidates and elected female MPs beyond training and study tours
iKNOW Politics hosted a discussion on mentorship programs for women candidates and Members of Parliament during the period between June 6th and July 20th 2014. The discussion received feedback from several different countries including Australia, Canada, Ecuador, India, East Timor, Tunisia, USA and West Africa.
"Whenever I am asked what the missing link is between a promising businessperson and a successful one, mentoring comes to mind; if you are... Read more
Summary of E-discussion on Online Harassment of Women in Politics:
How Online Harassment isn’t ‘Virtual’ For Women
iKNOW Politicshosted a discussion on the online harassment of women in politics from June 6th to July 11th 2014. The discussion received feedback from several different countries including Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, the UK and the USA.
The social media experience that comes across as a liberating tool for women is often equated with a safe space where one could confidently voice opinions in the public sphere. However, recently, a... Read more
iKNOW Politics organized an online discussion on “Political Financing for Women” in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. The discussions went on for a period of 3 weeks and received contributions from over 70 members from different countries. We received feedback from over 40 countries: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Conakry, Haiti, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kosovo, Panama, Paraguay, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Mauritania, Nepal, Nicaragua,... Read more
iKNOW Politics held its first regional E-Discussion in Arabic in December 2009. The following is a summary of the E-Discussion in English. Media plays a crucial role in defining the image of women politicians in the Arab region. Women are portrayed according to stereotypes, and rarely as decision-makers or politicians, which only confirms social prejudices and consequently affects women’s participation and effectiveness in politics.
This e-discussion is a follow-up to the iKNOW Politics Arabic Site Launch, held in Amman in October 2009, entitled “the Role of Media and Technology in... Read more
iKNOW Politics organized an online discussion on the role of women in (post) conflict situations and in peace negotiations, in Arabic, English, French and Spanish . The discussion went on for a period of 3 weeks and received contributions from 18 members on various countries, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the DRC, India, Iraq, Guatemala, Kenya, Kosovo, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Uganda.
This E-Discussion ran from October 10th to November 6th, 2013.
“Wherever there is conflict, women... Read more
Women and men around the world have been using different technology platforms during their political campaigns and to continue dialogue with their constituencies as elected representatives. The recent United States elections and victory of Barack Obama displayed to the world innovative usage of new technologies for political campaigning, mass mobilization and fundraising. Political leaders are catching on to the crowd sourcing possibilities that these technologies offer, many politicians have their own weblogs, facebook pages and twitter accounts. Use of text messages to alert... Read more
In preparation for the First IPU Global conference of Young Parliamentarians, iKNOW Politics hosted an online discussion on the political participation of youth and their capacity to empower women. The discussion received feedback from several different countries including Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, England, USA, China, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Suriname and Uganda. The discussion is still open and we would love to have young parliamentarians join in and share their ideas!
Political institutions have traditionally been created in male... Read more