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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Young women set their sights on closing the gender gap in Liberia
In 2005, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first elected female head of state in Africa, marking a milestone for the country and the continent. Although a woman occupied the highest elected office for twelve years, Liberian women continue...
Friday, November 16, 2018
India: Kavitha roots for women in politics
Member of Parliament K. Kavitha has pitched for passage of women’s reservation bill in the Parliament as a disruptive short-term solution to reduce male dominance in various sectors, including politics. Inheritance of political lineage, which has...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins, becoming youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress
Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her race for a U.S. House seat in New York’s 14th District on Tuesday, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The 29-year-old political newcomer made headlines nationwide in June when...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Women MPs of the world conference: Strengthening visibility, driving change
To mark the 100th anniversary of the first women in this country winning the right to stand for election to parliament, the House of Commons will host the first ever Women MPs of the World Conference on Thursday 8th November. MPs have agreed it will...
Monday, November 05, 2018
In the words of Halima Askari: “Our victory is our unity”
Halima Askari became the first woman head of the Provincial Council in Afghanistan’s conservative Wardak province in 2017. She is part of a new generation of women leaders who, little by little, are pushing for the transformation of governance. She...
Monday, October 22, 2018
Conceptualizing and measuring women’s political leadership: From presence to balance
This article conceptualizes an innovative understanding and measurement of women’s political leadership, theoretically justifies its application, and analyzes contemporary variation in its patterns through comparative case studies. In recent years,...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Europe
This regional study seeks to take the initial findings of a 2016 IPU report further, focusing specifically on the situation in parliaments in Europe. It is the result of close collaboration between the IPU and the Parliamentary Assembly of the...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Violence against women in politics: Expert group meeting report and recommendations
UN Women, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), and the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (Special Rapporteur), in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the...
Friday, September 28, 2018
Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit
The Gender-Responsive Assembly Toolkit is intended for all actors that drive change within organizations, including Director-/Secretary-Generals, Secretariats, Member States, civil society and staff. We undertake to uphold common standards for...
Thursday, September 27, 2018
New Parline: the IPU’s Open Data Platform
IPU launched New Parline, a new version of its online open data platform on national parliaments. The platform is intended for MPs, academics, civil society, the media, and all those interested in parliaments as the core institution of democracy....
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Gender-Responsive Assemblies – An agenda for concrete action
As #Metoo snowballs into a global movement, there is a growing awareness of the importance of gender parity in all human activities. Assemblies are an important part of the work of any international organization. They set strategic direction and...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses adopts the Dublin Declaration
The International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses took place on 9-10 September 2018 in Dublin Castle, Ireland. The conference brought together parliamentarians from across the globe to discuss issues facing women and how parliamentarians...
Monday, September 10, 2018
ParlAmericas working session: Political Inclusion – Advancing Indigenous Women’s Leadership
From September 9 to 12, 2018, parliamentarians from across the Americas and the Caribbean will attend ParlAmericas’ 15th Plenary Assembly in Victoria, British Columbia. The conference will focus on fostering inclusion as an integral component of...
Friday, September 07, 2018
Rwanda: Women to take 61 per cent of seats in the next Chamber of Deputies
Women will take 61 per cent of seats in the next Lower House of Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) going by the latest results from this week’s parliamentary elections. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) released provisional results from this...
Friday, September 07, 2018
Wind of change in Djibouti
Djibouti’s new legislature is making great efforts to become more representative of the country’s people. Elections in February changed the composition of the National Assembly with an intake of 60 per cent of new MPs. Women are better represented,...
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Women and corruption: What positions must they hold to make a difference?
This paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization - Volume 151 examines in what roles women have an impact on corruption by focusing on female labor force participation and their presence in the parliament. Since much of the...
Friday, August 24, 2018
How the next generation of women lawmakers can change America
In this crazy, politically volatile year, there’s been plenty to worry about. But amongst all the trouble, there’s a sign of hope: more women have won major party nominations in 2018 than ever before. The year and a half since Trump’s nomination has...
Friday, August 24, 2018
Muslim women poised to make political history
NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks with Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, who won her Detroit-area primary last week and runs unopposed in November. She's set to be among the first Muslim women in Congress. LAKSHMI SINGH, HOST: Turning now to politics, we'...