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Advocacy and Lobbying

Advocacy and lobbying are activities that represent and promote the needs of specific groups in political and social arenas. One such group is women, who can collectively pressure their leaders for legislative reforms to protect and promote women’s rights and concerns. It is the goal of advocacy groups and lobbyists to ensure that both the public and politicians understand and support their cause, so that it gains strength and credibility. Securing rights and gains for women requires coalition-building, funding, civic education, awareness-raising and individuals willing to lead the way.

While the goals of advocacy and lobbying are similar, the processes are distinctly different. Advocacy involves gaining and exercising power to influence a political action. Employing methods such as demonstrations, public campaigns and civic education, advocacy can be the primary mission of international agencies and civil society organizations seeking to influence global and national decision makers. Women worldwide frequently organize themselves for advocacy purposes, drawing on their collective power to affect legislation, official policies and governmental programs. Lobbying, however, refers to influencing the government and its leaders. Lobbyists attempt to sway policy makers and legislators to address specific issues, often by introducing or revising legislation and policy. Lobbying activities may include private meetings with decision makers, public campaigns and demonstrations.

Men in politics as agents of gender equitable change: gender norms and political masculinities

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May 29, 2024

Men in politics as agents of gender equitable change: gender norms and political masculinities

Men in politics as agents of gender equitable change examines why men in politics decide to support gender equality, how they explain and frame their allyship, and how their actions are perceived by women politicians, activists and students.

Men in politics as agents of gender equitable change examines why men in politics decide to support gender equality, how they explain and frame their allyship, and how their actions are perceived by women politicians, activists and students.

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UN Women and Election Commission foster dialogue for gender inclusion in Nepali elections

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UN Women and Election Commission foster dialogue for gender inclusion in Nepali elections

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Constitutional, political, and legal arrangements have increased representation of women in various levels of governance in Nepal. Despite these improvements, there is still a significant gender disparity, with men overwhelmingly dominating leadership positions, especially at the local level. Almost 98 percent of the heads, presidents and ward presidents of the local level are men.

Constitutional, political, and legal arrangements have increased representation of women in various levels of governance in Nepal. Despite these improvements, there is still a significant gender disparity, with men overwhelmingly dominating leadership positions, especially at the local level. Almost 98 percent of the heads, presidents and ward presidents of the local level are men.

Impact Report 2023

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May 22, 2024

Impact Report 2023

The IPU grew in 2023 with the accession of the parliaments of Liberia and the Bahamas, its 179th and 180th Members respectively, as well as many observers and partners signing up to join or rejoin our global parliamentary community. 

The IPU grew in 2023 with the accession of the parliaments of Liberia and the Bahamas, its 179th and 180th Members respectively, as well as many observers and partners signing up to join or rejoin our global parliamentary community. 

Media urged to highlight women's role in politics

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May 21, 2024

Media urged to highlight women's role in politics

KARACHI: The Uks Research Centre (URC) has urged the media outlets in the country to recognise the transformative potential of women in politics and foster a more inclusive media environment for democratic, inclusive, and representative

KARACHI: The Uks Research Centre (URC) has urged the media outlets in the country to recognise the transformative potential of women in politics and foster a more inclusive media environment for democratic, inclusive, and representative

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Rights At Risk: Safeguarding Libyan women’s rights in times of crisis

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Rights At Risk: Safeguarding Libyan women’s rights in times of crisis

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Libyan feminists were in uproar in June 2023 when the government decided to once again introduce a travel ban on women flying without a male chaperone, an action that severely curta

Libyan feminists were in uproar in June 2023 when the government decided to once again introduce a travel ban on women flying without a male chaperone, an action that severely curta

Backsliding democracies and women’s rights in the U.S. and around the globe

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May 3, 2024

Backsliding democracies and women’s rights in the U.S. and around the globe

Can a democracy where women have never been equal ever really thrive? How are attacks on democracy tied to gender equity?

Can a democracy where women have never been equal ever really thrive? How are attacks on democracy tied to gender equity?

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The EU supports empowerment of indigenous communities in Sabah

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The EU supports empowerment of indigenous communities in Sabah

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The European Union (EU) announces the collaboration with PACOS Trust to promote socioeconomic and cultural rights among indigenous peoples in Sabah through the "Empowering Indigenous Communities: Strengthening Capacities, Networks, Advocacy, and Cultural Resilience for the Realization of their Rights" project.

The European Union (EU) announces the collaboration with PACOS Trust to promote socioeconomic and cultural rights among indigenous peoples in Sabah through the "Empowering Indigenous Communities: Strengthening Capacities, Networks, Advocacy, and Cultural Resilience for the Realization of their Rights" project.

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Violence against women in politics worries UN agency

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Violence against women in politics worries UN agency

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United Nations Women (UN Women) has called on local political parties to create a safe space for women participating in politics and swiftly move to address violence against women during elections.

Speaking during the opening of a three-day multi-stakeholder conference in Salima on Wednesday themed ‘Violence against women in elections’, UN Women acting country representative Kebedech Ambaye observed that women experience various forms of violence during elections, including physical, psychological, verbal and digital abuse.

United Nations Women (UN Women) has called on local political parties to create a safe space for women participating in politics and swiftly move to address violence against women during elections.

Speaking during the opening of a three-day multi-stakeholder conference in Salima on Wednesday themed ‘Violence against women in elections’, UN Women acting country representative Kebedech Ambaye observed that women experience various forms of violence during elections, including physical, psychological, verbal and digital abuse.