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May 15, 2020
As women make up only 6% of Parliament, gender equality is still a long way off in Iran
On 21 February 2020, the people of Iran went to the polls to vote for 290 seats in the Islamic Consultative Assembly. The most recent parliamentary elections, held every four years in Iran, resulted in the formation of a parliamentary body with only 17 female parliamentarians, that is nearly 6% of...
May 5, 2020
Source: Grapevine
Katrín Jakobsdóttir highlights COVID-19 gender equality concerns
The Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, participated in a UN conference on the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality and the status of women, Fréttablaðið reports. She highlighted the increased risk of domestic violence, the pivotal role women play in the healthcare system and the...
May 4, 2020
Women in the security sector at the frontline of the COVID-19 response
From patrolling checkpoints to answering emergency calls, women serving in security sector agencies continue to undertake vital work across Jordan alongside their male colleagues, supporting citizens and carefully applying critical mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19. UN Women is...
April 7, 2020
Source: We Forum
Coronavirus: 9 ways you can support gender equality from your home
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way societies function. Social distancing measures have presented physical barriers to activism, but UN Women suggest 9 ways that you can keep up your support for gender parity from the safety of your own home. The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a...
March 27, 2020
Source: Eurasianet
Numbers of women in parliament remain low in Caucasus and Central Asia
The presence of women in parliaments across the Caucasus and Central Asia has risen in the last 25 years, albeit slowly: in most countries in the region, between 15 and 25 percent of their MPs are women. That is the conclusion of a newly released project by the United Nations Development Programme...
March 20, 2020
Source: UN Women
Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic and robust measures around the world attempt to contain its spread, social impact of the Novel Coronavirus is hitting women hard. As well as the health battle, the social impact of the #coronavirus is significant and...
March 20, 2020
Source: NHK
UN: Japan's women in government ratio lowest in G7
An international survey has ranked Japan 113th of 190 countries for the percentage of women in ministerial positions. It is the lowest among the Group of Seven industrialized countries. The report was made by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women. It includes rankings for women in executive,...
March 20, 2020
Source: CBS News
Under-representation of women in power remains the norm, UN says
A report released Thursday by U.N. Women says "under-representation of women in power and decision-making is still the norm." The executive director of the U.N. agency dedicated to the empowerment of women said that men account for 75% of parliamentarians and hold 73% of managerial positions...
March 10, 2020
Source: IPU
In 2020, world “cannot afford” so few women in power
Press Release Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, USA – 10 March 15:00 CET/10:00 ET Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a sluggish pace according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU‑UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data’s...