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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 670 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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Friday, March 24, 2017
This book is an overview of women’s activism and political struggles in contemporary Africa, and the ways in which the continent's women are shaping the struggle for women’s rights internationally. Throughout Africa, growing numbers of women are...
Monday, March 20, 2017
New York, 20 March - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is joining forces with the Wilson Center to provide extensive data on women’s leadership in public administration for The Center’s Women in Public Service Project.   By collecting...
Monday, March 20, 2017
By iKNOW Politics Expert Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu International Women’s Day (IWD) provides an ideal opportunity to look back on the gains made and the challenges that women of the world continue to face across all regions. Equally important,...
Friday, March 17, 2017
In commemoration of National Women’s History Month, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will host a briefing on preventing and mitigating violence against women in politics. Although many factors constrain women’s political participation...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (IKNOW Politics) is a joint project between the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), International IDEA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Entity for Gender...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
This year, International Women’s Day is devoted to Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Globalization and technology change are driving that change. It’s important that women are able to succeed in this new world of work.  As...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Along with a host of events across the globe, the UN Observance of International Women’s Day 2017 will focus on the theme  of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”, with diverse voices including  António Guterres, UN Secretary-...
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begoña Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is hosting a debate on International Women’s Day “From Cavewoman to Cyborg: How does Technology affect Women and Equality?.”  As our society becomes immersed by information networks and technological advances, the...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The chief minister of India's remote northeastern state of Nagaland has resigned after facing increasing pressure for failing to quell weeks of violent protests by tribal groups opposing a move to give...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled on February 14, 2017 at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030”...
Friday, February 10, 2017
This policy guidance provides a range of good practice options for advancing gender equality in the content of constitutions. It contributes to, and complements, the capacity-building support that United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff in...
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
In 2013-2014, a study was undertaken by UNDP to explore the presence of women in decision-making positions in the countries of the Caribbean Community1,2 (CARICOM), as well as the link between their presence in politics and institutions and the...
parliament south africa
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Members of the public are invited to nominate suitable candidates for the Commission for Gender Equality (GCE), according to the Ad Hoc Committee established to fill vacancies in the Commission. Applications will also be accepted. The public call...
Monday, January 23, 2017
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, is the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges and will guide our development priorities for an entire generation. Young people...
Arjun Bahadur Thapa Secretary General of SAARC
Thursday, January 12, 2017
iKNOW Politics Contributor Uday Nagaraju met in Nepal His Excellency Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General of SAARC, and discussed SAARC’s objectives, achievements and goals in gender equality and women’s empowerment. The South Asian Association...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Given that she is deputy speaker in parliament, the holder of a PhD and has served as an assistant dean at one of Kenya’s leading universities, Joyce Laboso should be eminently qualified to run for any political office in Kenya. However, the central...
Nepal
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Sophie Kemkhadze, UNDP Nepal Country Director Ten years have passed since Nepal ended its decade-long conflict. These last ten years have been not only an opportunity for Nepal to build and maintain peace, but it’s been a time of reflection and...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental...
Friday, December 16, 2016
From November 30 to December 2 leading activists in the field of women in politics from Europe and the US came together to jointly strategise around how we can get more women into elected office. With the rise of right-wing populism on both sides of...
Friday, December 16, 2016
We are sharing the annual message from the Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, Joanna Maycock. Dear EWL Friends and Family, Let me begin by stating the obvious…This has been one hell of a year.  From Brexit, to the US elections, to the...
Guterres
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Rodney Reynolds Antonio Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) who was sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General, will preside over a 71-year-old Secretariat which is badly in need of institutional reforms, including the break...
pakistan
Monday, December 12, 2016
Submitted by Halima Tahirkheli  In southern Mexico in 2016, women were granted the permission to vote in local elections for the first time. Since 1953, women were allowed to vote in the presidential and regional election; however, traditional law...
Sandra Jansen
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Warning: This story contains foul language some readers will find offensive. Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen drew a standing ovation on November 22, 2016 after she rose in the legislature and gave an impassioned speech denouncing the hateful and...
israel
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
By Charlotte England Israel’s parliament has banned politicians, other employees and visitors from wearing miniskirts and short dresses. The revised dress code at the Knesset applies immediately to everyone entering the building, officials said on...
Mmamoloko Kubayi
Mmamoloko Kubayi Member of the South African National Assembly
Monday, December 05, 2016
Mmamoloko Kubayi is a Member of the South African National Assembly and holds the position of Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services. This interview was conducted during the 135th IPU Assembly in Geneva. 
Thursday, December 01, 2016
As per the statues of international IDEA, the Secretary-General reports to the Council of Member States on the overall implementation of the Institute’s activities. In April 2014, as part of the Mid-Term Strategy Review, Member States recommended...
iraqi women network
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Submitted by Basma Al Khateeb On the twenty-fifth day of November, which was endorsed by the United Nations since 1999, the international day for the Elimination of violence against women, the 16 Days campaign against violence against women will be...
Honduras NDI
Thursday, December 01, 2016
“This battle will liberate us; we want to be involved in the decision making process. Women will not continue to be used as fillers,” declared Socorro Torres, coordinator of the Honduras Interparty Women’s Network (Red de Mujeres Interpartidarias de...
ipu toolkit
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
While parliaments vary in their level of gender sensitivity, there is room for improvement across the globe. This toolkit is relevant to all parliaments, whatever political system they adhere to and whatever their stage of development. The self-...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
By Liz Ford The IPU study of 55 female MPs in 39 countries reveals ‘widespread and under-reported problem’, with more than 20% subjected to acts of sexual violence. Physical, sexual and psychological violence against female MPs is undermining...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
While the influx of women into parliament is beneficial for representative democracy, it has tended to disrupt the established order, provoking some resistance. The recent the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) study on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, in conjunction with the U.N.’s 22ndConference of the Parties (COP22) in Morocco (Nov. 7-18). To view the entire series, click here. By Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director of UN...
when is the time yemen
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Belquis Al Lahabi was a leading voice in Sanaa’s Change Square. In this conservative country -- dubbed the worst in the world for women -- the revolution offered feminists like Belquis a faint glimmer of hope. But as the country descends into war,...
Monday, November 07, 2016
The former state official of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, was elected president of this country on past October 3rd in the parliament, Riigikogu. The sole candidate, 81 MPs out of 101 cast their votes in her support. Kaljulaid will serve as the first...
Monday, October 31, 2016
The New York Times’ Mona El-Naggar takes us inside the kingdom and introduces us to three proud and dynamic women, each determined to test the bounds of her society in different ways. The setting is a city council election in Riyadh, where in 2015...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Empower Women Champions sharing their experience on what does it mean to be a Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment. 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
With no political solution on the horizon to end the conflict in Syria, it is clear that humanitarian agencies must continue to prepare for a protracted conflict. In late 2013, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) undertook an extensive literature...

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