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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Cook Islands Women Parliamentarians Caucus to Boost Equal Representation
This article was published by UNDP on March 8, 2018. Avarua, Cook Islands - With the establishment of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Cook Islands aims to further advance the effective participation of women at the highest decision-making body:...
Monday, March 12, 2018
IPU celebrates International Women’s Day and calls for action to advance gender equality
Statement by Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union On International Women’s Day, the Inter-Parliamentary Union proudly joins the worldwide efforts to achieve gender equality. As IPU President, I call upon male...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Side Event at CSW 62 on making it safe for women in politics: Seeking institutional solutions
The movement set off by the #MeToo campaign exemplifies the global magnitude of the culture of sexual harassment and assault. Political institutions are among the workplaces where behaviour hostile to women run rampant, and pressure is mounting for...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Parliamentary Meeting at CSW 62: Parliaments deliver for rural women and girls
The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. On that occasion, the IPU, in cooperation with UN Women, will hold its annual Parliamentary Meeting on 13 March 2018, at UN...
Friday, March 02, 2018
Highlights of IPU's Women in Parliament in 2017 Report
Global highlights The year 2017 saw some positive developments in women’s participation in elections, according to the Women in Parliament in 2017: The year in review, released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) ahead of International Women’s...
Friday, March 02, 2018
Women in parliament in 2017: The year in review by IPU
The annual report on women in parliament by IPU provides an update and analysis of progress made and setbacks encountered by women in parliament further to elections and renewals held over a year. Produced every year on the occasion of International...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Monica Mutsvangwa
Monica Mutsvangwa is a Senator in Zimbabwe and Chair of the Women's Parliamentary Caucus.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
A huge 2018 story: More than 500 women are running for major office
WASHINGTON — No matter which party ultimately triumphs in the November midterm elections, here is one thing we know for sure about 2018: It will be the Year of the Woman — supercharged. “As of last week, 325 women were non-incumbent candidates for...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Who runs the House? Women lead major three parties in Canada Commons
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh named NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau the party’s new House leader in last week's shuffle of his party's critics. So for the first time, all three House leaders of the three major political parties are women, including Small...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
For every woman in political office in the United States, there are three men.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, an unprecedented number of women — primarily Democrats — are running for office in 2018. Final numbers will not be available for some time, but Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect Democratic...
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Women's Participation in Local Government
The under-representation of women at any level of governance and decision-making results in a democratic deficit. It has been proven time and again that diverse groups make better decisions. This is particularly true when it comes to a task as...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
Caribbean countries face complex development challenges shaped by socio-political, economic and environmental factors. These are experienced differently by women and men due to gender inequalities that intersect with variables like class, age, race...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Multi-party Caucuses for Gender Equality: A Handbook for Parliamentarians in Latin America and the Caribbean
Parliamentary gender caucuses bring together legislators committed to advancing women’s rights and gender equality to coordinate their efforts and accelerate progress. There is no set form for these groups; rather, they should be designed to...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Lebanon pushes for more women in politics
Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to Parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country’s first women’s affairs minister says. It is a daunting task for a Middle Eastern country that may...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Women slowly changing the face of French politics
The current French parliament has the most women it has ever had: 224 women were elected in June, out of 577 seats. This is mostly due to president Emmanuel Macron, who pushed for more women to run for office. But the rest of the French political...
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized women's successes in overcoming political exclusion
Journeys from Exclusion to Inclusion: Marginalized Women’s Successes in Overcoming Political Exclusion identifies critical factors preventing marginalized women’s inclusion in customary and democratic decision-making structures and describes how...
Monday, January 08, 2018
Women in politics: Invitation to shadow Welsh Assembly member
Young women are being given the chance to shadow an assembly member for the day in an effort to boost female participation in politics. The February event includes a Senedd tour, a question and answer session and a debate about the role of women....
Monday, January 08, 2018
MPs say plans to tackle Westminster sex assault claims ‘too vague’
Campaigners warn it could be months before proposals are finalised, which could leave party whips with too much power. Proposals to tackle sexual harassment and assault in Westminster have been criticised by campaigners and MPs for being “too vague...