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Friday, January 12, 2018
Summary of the e-Discussion on Engaging Male Champions for Women’s Political Participation
The e-Discussion on Engaging Male Champions for Women’s Political Participation was co-convened in collaboration with International Gender Champions from 6 September to 12 October 2017. Fourteen participants from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab region, Asia, the Americas and Europe engaged in the...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago elects its first female president: Paula-Mae Weekes
Justice Paula-Mae Weekes has been elected president of island nation Trinidad and Tobago. This makes her the first woman to lead the twin sovereign island in the southernmost part of the Caribbean. She was nominated by the government and endorsed by the country’s opposition leader, Kamla Persad-...
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 women have worked in overcoming barriers to their...
Monday, January 08, 2018
The year of women, in policy and politics
It has been a year of reckoning for women in the United States. It began with hundreds of thousands of women across the country and the rest of the world marching for women's rights. It would close out with powerful men like Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein accused of serial sexual harassment ...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Chile election ends era of female presidents in Latin America
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head of state as it shifts to the right politically. At the start of this decade, women held the top jobs...
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Report on "Regional Organizations, Gender Equality and the Political Empowerment of Women"
Gender equality and the political empowerment of women are key elements for the consolidation of sustainable democracies worldwide. Global and regional organizations play an important role in the development of legal and policy frameworks, as well as in the design of effective action plans to...
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Documentary: When Women Rule
Women account for nearly half of the global population, but only one in four of the world's current politicians are female. That number goes down to less than 7% when it applies to heads of government. In an effort to understand the structural, legal and social barriers women face when entering...
Monday, October 23, 2017
The 7%: Jacinda Ardern joins select group of women in power
New Zealand’s new prime minister is one of 13 female heads of government in the world Almost one month after voting day in New Zealand, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern has become the country’s new prime minister. Ardern’s victory, which was a surprising coup for the country’s left, makes her New Zealand...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand's youngest woman leader
New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country's youngest prime minister since 1856. Her Labour Party came second in September's election, where no party...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Book: Has Democracy Failed Women?
Why are women still under-represented in politics? Can we speak of democracy when women are not fully included in political decision-making? Some argue that we are on the right track to full gender equality in politics, while others talk about women hitting the glass ceiling or being included in...
Monday, October 09, 2017
100 Women: Do female leaders improve women's lives?
"I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet... if there are any girls out there that stayed up late to watch - I may become the next woman president, but one of you is next." The words of Hillary Clinton on becoming the Democrat nominee in July 2016.  In the end she...
Monday, October 09, 2017
Yury Fedotov
1. How do you explain the low representation of women in top leadership positions in intergovernmental organizations? This is a complex, systemic problem, and the contributing factors are many. It may be true that there is generally a smaller pool of female applicants for leadership positions,...
Friday, October 06, 2017
UN Women and partners in Liberia sign agreement on women political participation
Monrovia - UN Women Liberia country representative, Marie Goreth Nizigama has frowned the under representation of women across Liberia’s governance structure. Madam Nizigama believes this participation can be impactful if priority is given to female participation, beginning with the pending 2017...
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Economist Mercedes Araoz Sworn In as Peru’s New Prime Minister
LIMA – Peru’s Second Vice President, Mercedes Araoz, an economist by training, was sworn in on 17 September 2017 as the new head of the Council of Ministers –known as the prime minister–, formed by 13 members of the cabinet and headed to date by fellow economist Fernando Zavala. Araoz, 56, took the...
Monday, October 02, 2017
Facebook Live Discussion on the Role of Male Champions in Promoting Women's Political Participation and Leadership
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 women’s political participation and leadership....
Friday, September 29, 2017
Taking women, peace and security to the next level in Africa
African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, took stock of the achievements and challenges for women building sustainable peace on the continent at a high-level event on 22 September during the...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Somali women’s political participation and leadership: Evidence and opportunities
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 government’s Department for International Development (...
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Facebook Live Discussion on Male Champions for Women's Leadership
Co-organized by iKNOW Politics and International Gender Champions, this Facebook Live discussion will bring together a diverse panel of Geneva-based Gender Champions who will share their experiences and views on the role of male champions in promoting women’s political participation and leadership...