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January 15, 2019
Roundtable: Political empowerment of women through ICTs
The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized on 7 December 2018, a Roundtable discussion on ”Political empowerment of women through ICTs”, with the support of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. The aim of the event was to share experiences and views on the availability...
January 9, 2019
America has more female lawmakers than ever — yet it still lags far behind other nations
By Adam Taylor, The United States has never had more women in Congress than it does now. As of last week, when the 116th Congress was sworn in, 23.7 percent of the 535 members of Congress are women — roughly a quarter of the Senate and 23.4 percent of the House of Representatives. While that’s an...
December 20, 2018
Source: IPU
UK Parliament makes ‘steady progress’ on gender equality
The UK Gender Sensitive Parliament Audit, published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too many barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the House of Lords Appointments...
December 20, 2018
Source: Gulf Times
IPU president praises role of Qatari women in society
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Cuevas Barron praised Qatari legislation that ensures the rights of Qatari women and enables them to reach leading posts in all fields. This came during a meeting hosted by Qatar Chamber, in the presence of a number of leading Qatari women...
December 20, 2018
Women and politics: women voters are higher than men but why is female representation in politics still low
Women representation in Indian politics has always been a cause of concern. Despite being accountable for 49% of the country’s population, their representation in political participation is extremely poor. The representation of women in Parliament and in decision making roles in public sphere is...
December 19, 2018
Source: UN Women
“Equality empowers everyone!” call women candidates in Turkey
51 women from different political parties and civil society organizations in Adana, southern Turkey, made a joint statement calling for more gender equality in politics at workshop organized by UN Women. Ahead of the local elections that will take place in March 2019 in Turkey, UN Women is...
December 17, 2018
Source: IPU
Youth representation in parliament nudges up according to new IPU report
The global proportion of MPs under 30 has increased in two years from 1.9 per cent to 2.2 per cent according to the IPU’s biannual report on Youth Participation in National Parliaments published today. Despite this increase, when compared with the half of the world’s population that is under 30,...
December 13, 2018
Let’s talk about money: comparative perspectives on political finance regulations
Money is a necessary component of the democratic process, enabling the expression of political support as well as competition in elections. At the same time, if the funding of political parties and election campaigns are not effectively regulated, money could also undermine the integrity of...
December 12, 2018
Source: News Room
Women MPs reveal death threats, bullying and harassment
Women MPs discuss bullying, harassment and other misconduct during a public panel discussion to mark 125 years of suffrage. Labour’s Ruth Dyson spoke about receiving death threats, as did the Greens’ Golriz Ghahraman, who remembered someone saying: “It’s time to load our shotguns.” New Zealand...