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The iKNOW Politics Team welcomes you to our Library! We have the strong commitment of making available, for free, relevant resources and publications related to the political empowerment of women and support women politicians, practitioners, academics, experts, and the general public alike. Currently we have more than 912 different resources, searchable below by keyword, type of resource and thematic. Interested in region or country-specific resources? Please visit our homepage and use our word map! Please send us your feedback and to connect@iknowpolitics.org. We hope you will enjoy the iKNOW Politics online library!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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,...
Monday, October 23, 2017
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...
Monday, October 23, 2017
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...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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...
Monday, October 09, 2017
"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...
Yury Fedotov Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Monday, October 09, 2017
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...
Friday, October 06, 2017
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...
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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...
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
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...
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...
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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...
Dr Khalid Koser Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Dr Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) and International Gender Champion, gives us insight on how to engage men to work side by side with women on closing the gender gap in top leadership...
Michael Møller Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and International Gender Champion, talks to us about the role and responsibility of men leaders in advancing women's leadership in international organizations and gives us...
Doreen Bogdan-Martin Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department and most senior-ranked woman at ITU, tells us about successful strategies in engaging male champions to work alongside women in shifting the gender disparity in...
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...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a reproductive...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Nirmala Sitharman said her appointment sent a "big message to the world of what's the status of women in India... This country will never stop promoting women".  Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted to the cabinet as the country's next Defence...
Friday, September 08, 2017
By Ingvild Bode  The exhibition “HERStory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations” was held at the Unesco headquarters in Paris this summer, after it made its debut in New York last year. Designed to showcase the contributions of...
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
The history of women in American politics is just as long as that of the nation as a whole. Even in the days before the Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote, many tried hard to make a difference as best they could — and succeeded, not...
Friday, August 18, 2017
By Torild Skard OSLO — The last year has brought troubling events for feminists who are striving to see more women win top political leadership positions. Two female presidents, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Park Guen-hye of South Korea, had to leave...
Friday, August 18, 2017
The WPL Annual Global Summit 2017 will be hosted,  in cooperation with the Althingi – Iceland’s Parliament – and the Government of Iceland, in Reykjavík (Iceland) on 28-30 November. This high-level conference will be a unique gathering of women...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Coumba Diaw is the only female Mayor in the Louga region of Senegal. She grew up listening to a rhetoric that restricted women from participating in politics and public life. But that didn’t stop her. Today she makes other elected officials aware of...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
In March 2017, Dr. Joyce Banda launched her paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa” as the crux of her research while serving as a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.  As a woman leader and former...
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...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
SANTIAGO, Chile — No one relished the milestone more than President Michelle Bachelet of Chile. For a few years, she and two other female leaders presided over much of South America, representing more than half of the continent’s population. Their...
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
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
Christine Todd Whitman single handedly halted Bill Bradley’s presidential aspirations when she nearly beat him in a Senate race in 1990. A then unknown sacrificial lamb against an incumbent Hall of Fame basketball star. She lost by two percentage...
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...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
A women-only-additional-seats system is the most feasible, fastest and least contentious way of accelerating women’s participation in formal politics, says Dr Maznah Mohamad, an academic and a member of the steering committee on gender and electoral...
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...
Monday, June 19, 2017
As a society bound by tradition, change comes slowly to Japan. That includes opportunities for women in politics and government. But lately there's been a shake-up of the old order, with women reaching new heights that could hardly be imagined just...
Monday, June 12, 2017
By Karen Cirillo and Jodi Hilton In the small village of Getik, Arpine Gyulumyan runs a bed and breakfast with her family. But she is also an engineer, a social worker, and a community council member. While few residents venture far from their...
Monday, June 12, 2017
Women are more politically mobilized than ever before — but that’s not enough to get them into office. A POLITICO investigation reveals what’s really stopping women from breaking through. One morning this spring, 80 women of different ages, parties...
Monday, June 12, 2017
By Evelyn Anite, Uganda's minister of finance for infrastructure and privatization. When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stands down later this year as president of Liberia, it will mean that for the first time in more than a decade, no African country will...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
When Bidya Devi Bhandari became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015, cynics dismissed her arguing that she was the widow of a political leader, it was a ceremonial position anyway, and one woman becoming head of state did not change the lives of...
Monday, June 05, 2017
Forum organized by African Union Commission and UN Women, with the support of Germany, outlines roadmap for women in governance, peace and security. (New York, 2 June)—UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany...

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