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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Inclusion is a foundational pillar for all state activities. It is the very purpose of parliaments. Despite trends towards a more inclusive, mobile and interdependent world, increased pressures to raise barriers between people are challenging the...
Akbar Khan Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
  iKNOW Politics contributor Uday Nagaraju met CPA Secretary-General H.E  Akbar Khan and discussed CPA’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality, women’s empowerment and political participation. CPA is an association of Parliaments of...
Friday, November 03, 2017
In the wake of the sexual violence allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, survivors across the globe and from all types of industries joined their voices to share harassment and assault stories using the hashtag #MeToo — and women in...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The Icelandic general elections took place last weekend. The results show that the number of women as members of parliament decreases. The last government had 47,6% women and they will now be 38,1%, of the 63 elected members. The rate has not been...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Gender quotas aim to increase women’s parliamentary representation. However, the effectiveness of quotas varies. This article explores this issue further by examining the case of Poland, where gender quotas were introduced in 2011. The Polish case...
Monday, October 02, 2017
Co-organized by iKNOW Politics and International Gender Champions, this Facebook Live discussion brought together a diverse panel of Geneva-based Gender Champions who shared their experiences and views on the role of male champions in promoting...
Friday, September 29, 2017
One-third of the MPs in Tanzania’s parliament are women, making it one of global leaders on women’s representation. The Tanzania Women’s Parliamentary Group (TWPG), a women’s parliamentary caucus, collaborated with the IPU on advancing gender...
Friday, September 29, 2017
The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and it is time for more gender balance in Tongan politics. Siale 'Ilolahia says the early election in November is an opportunity for Tongan...
Friday, September 29, 2017
This report synthesises findings from an eleven month qualitative research project (August 2016 - June 2017), carried out by Social Development Direct and Forcier Consulting, and funded by the Research and Evidence Division (RED) within the UK...
Monday, September 25, 2017
NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buoyed by record gains in last month's elections, Kenyan activists say they hope the nation's top court will enforce women's right to better political representation, following a surprise decision to...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders.  The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says she hasn't done enough to...
Friday, September 08, 2017
The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for parties that do not select enough women as candidates.  The women and...
Friday, September 08, 2017
The Parliamentary Women’s Caucus launched on 25 the of August 2013 represents a political step that aims at enhancing the role of Jordanian women in the parliament through establishing a nucleus for united women’s approach under the dome to promote...
Friday, September 08, 2017
The deputy prime minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says the uncertainty associated with running for office deters Pacific women from entering politics. Fiame, who is the longest serving woman MP in Samoa's Parliament, was speaking at a meeting...
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Research and experience has documented that gender diversity yields better outcomes in political decision-making and that women’s role in local and national political processes greatly improves democratic outcomes. Women’s right to equal voice and...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
A new generation of young women is ready and willing to participate in politics. The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
An old boys’ network in local political parties is deterring women from standing as councillors, a report has said. Only one in three local councillors and one in seven council leaders are women. The gender imbalance has worsened after recent...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he's looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country's parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female...
Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Interregional Seminar on Parliamentary Capacity Building and the Further Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is intended to foster interregional exchanges on SDGs implementation between Asian and African parliaments. The Seminar...
Thursday, August 17, 2017
The 137 th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and related meetings will be held at the Tavrichesky Palace and the Parliamentary Centre in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from Saturday, 14 to Wednesday, 18 October 2017. The Assembly will...
Thursday, August 17, 2017
More women have been elected to Parliament this year compared to 2013, but the 12th Parliament might be plunged into an unprecedented constitutional crisis of meeting the two-thirds gender rule. The full implementation of the two-thirds gender...
Friday, August 11, 2017
Data from the IPU shows the worrisome lack of representation of young people in parliaments. To commemorate International Youth Day 2017 (12 August), the IPU has asked young MPs worldwide to share their views on how to increase youth engagement in...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Gender is a critical dimension of parliamentary scrutiny. Considering laws, policies, programmes and budgets from a gender perspective ensures that they are fair to both men and women. This leads to better decision-making for everyone. This UNDP...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
This ODIHR guide looks at the legislative process as a vital entry point for gender mainstreaming, while taking into account the direct and tangible impact of legislation on people’s lives. It is primarily intended for members of parliament and...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Malian MPs from across all political parties gathered at an IPU seminar in Bamako, Mali, to discuss gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The seminar, which was co-organized with the Parliament of Mali, took place on 25 and...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Women in Kyrgyzstan face stark barriers to full political participation. Despite holding 23 seats in parliament, women reside in few leadership positions in parties. For example, Kyrgyzstan law requires that women make up every third name on a party...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Throughout this report, the authors offer a look at the unique strengths that women bring to policymaking and their impact on government is examined. They start by examining women’s representation in government, highlighting the underrepresentation...
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tunisia’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at ending “all violence against women” in a move welcomed by rights groups. The new law, which is expected to enter into force next year, defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Not one of Papua New Guinea’s 111 MPs will be female when the 10th parliament sits next month despite a record number of women candidates standing in the country’s chaotic general election. One-term MP and Minister for Religion, Youth and Community...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Be confident and don't succumb to "imposter syndrome". Bangladeshi-born British member of Parliament Rushanara Ali offered her advice on International Women's Day 2017 to The Economist. 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This opinion piece was originally published by Times of Malta on 18 July 2017 here. By Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, president of the European Public Health Association and a senior lecturer at the University of Malta. Over the past days, the issue of...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Brexit will affect whole population yet there is only one woman in the core negotiating team, Labour MPs say. Theresa May has been urged to review the gender balance of the government’s EU negotiating team in a letter signed by 56 female Labour MPs...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A recent study found that women legislators in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly — though small in number — are more effective at passing legislation than their male counterparts. Researchers found, during the period they examined, that female...
Friday, July 07, 2017
Party’s 119 women to operate as a parliamentary bloc to press minority Conservative government in variety of policy areas Labour’s female MPs are planning to operate as a parliamentary bloc to force Theresa May’s minority government to pass policies...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
The IPU held a capacity-building workshop for staff of the Kenyan Parliament on mainstreaming gender into parliamentary work. The workshop, co-organized with the Parliament of Kenya on 19-23 June in Nairobi, was a follow-up of a self-assessment...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
A group of 25 people will be attending a workshop on Friday 7 July to discuss the findings of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s studies on Women’s Political Participation in the Commonwealth. They range from civil society expert and election management...
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on Thursday, making history by choosing both the conservative Balkan nation's first female prime minister and its first openly gay leader. Parliament voted 157-55 to approve the government of...
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Five years ago, the IPU adopted its Plan of Action for Gender-Sensitive Parliaments at its 127th Assembly in Quebec. Since then, the IPU has helped parliaments become more gender sensitive and has developed a self-assessment toolkit self-assessment...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) requires more than adopting laws—they need to be effectively implemented. Parliamentarians, NGOs and legal officers met to discuss the issue at a regional conference for Eastern and Central Europe...

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