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Thursday, August 10, 2017
This paper considers the emergence of women’s parties, their nature, and development in a comparative framework. Using an original dataset derived from European electoral commissions, statistical offices, national libraries, media archives, party...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is organizing jointly with the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, along with Global Rights for Women and Vital Voices, a...
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...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Union Commission for the European Union Budget and Human Resources   Theresa May and Angela Merkel got there first, but like many in Europe, I was moved when Hillary Clinton stood up and...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Gender mainstreaming has been embraced internationally as a strategy towards realizing gender equality. Gender mainstreaming has a double dimension: it requires both integrating a gender perspective to the content of the different policies, and...
Friday, May 20, 2016
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The European Women’s Lobby task force for Central European, Baltic and Balkan States, together with Kvinna Till Kvinna’s Western Balkans Group, organized on the past 25 April in Brussels, a joint meeting to discuss the challenges for women’s rights...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Equality between women and men is one of the EU’s fundamental values and its promotion is an obligation enshrined in the Treaty. To fulfil this obligation, the European Commission adopted the 2010-2015 Strategy for equality between women and men as...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Promoting gender equality is a core activity for the EU: equality between women and men is a fundamental EU value, an EU objective and a driver for economic growth. The Union shall aim to promote equality between men and women in all its activities...
Friday, April 08, 2016
As part of its Year of Action on Beijing+20, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held its first webinar on the issue of women and the environment, to celebrate World Environment Day in June. Five inspiring presenters were invited to bring different...
Friday, April 08, 2016
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the Women Refugee Commission (WRC) have decided to work together to raise awareness on the situation of women and girls in Europe fleeing conflict. European and national policies are gender blind to the reality...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Lara has always inspired other people. This is her message to everyone out there who wants to get involved in politics to bring about change. You can also become a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
Friday, October 09, 2015
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel (Hamburg, 1954) is sometimes considered as the most powerful women in the world. Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000 and German Chancellor for the last ten years, this doctor in physical...
Minister for Justice and Equality-Frances Fitzgerald
Saturday, April 18, 2015
There are many advocates for gender quotas to help women advance in politics - including front-bench politicians like Frances Fitzgerald. But sometimes events overtake arguments, and the astonishing rise of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women's rights and empowerment and...
Joanna Maycock
Joanna Maycock European Women’s Lobby (EWL) Secretary General
Sunday, February 22, 2015
talks to Malgorzata Bratkrajc, iKnow Politics writer volunteer, about her successful career in development sector, the reasons behind joining European Women’s Lobby, and the challenges lying ahead of the association in the years to come. Find out...
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in Politics? Eleonora Palmero answers (Italy)
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in Politics? Junie Joseph answers
She ran She won
Thursday, February 12, 2015
iKNOW Politics has compiled video testimonies from women parliamentarians from all over the globe to create this video on identifying and overcoming obstacles that women women face when seeking election to parliament.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon/©Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Nicola Sturgeon has been in the job only three months but already she is eyeing her legacy. “Being the first woman First Minister is a big responsibility and I feel the weight of that acutely. I’m determined to use that position to help further the...
Yulia Tymoshenko ex Prime Minister of Ukraine
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Female members of parliament -- a distinct minority -- are more active about introducing legislation than their male counterparts, according to the civil network OPORA. To view the full article published on 6th February 2015, please click here.
Dourou holds the highest-elected office of any woman in Greece-Photo Rena Dourou Official website
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Women are conspicuously absent from the cabinet of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. They have traditionally been underrepresented in Greek politics, but Syriza was different. Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens. "Greek society exhibits one of the...
women in the media
Saturday, January 24, 2015
30 January 2015 at 10:30IDEA, Strömsborg, SE-103 34 Stockholm, SwedenPresentation to be followed by a question-and-answer sessionLunch and refreshments will be provided aInternational IDEA invites you to attend a guest presentation about gender bias...
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Opposition challenger Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has become the first female president of Croatia, winning by the narrowest of margins. She secured 50.5% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted, while incumbent Ivo Josipovic was close behind on 49.5...
Sunday, January 04, 2015
We have a woman who is First Minister if that’s not an example of us reaching gender equality, what is? It’s a statement the Women 5050 campaign, seeking a 50/50 representation of women in Scotland’s public life, hears at least daily. It is indeed...
Nicola Sturgeon
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
 by Lucile Huguet Scotland didn’t get enough Yes to become independent from England. However, the country is at a real turning point of its history. Scotland got its first female politician elected as head of the country. As we know, the No vote was...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
As European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, I am strongly committed to advancing equal opportunities for men and women in the EU. The proposed directive on women on corporate boards is one of my main priorities for gender...
Ruth Sealy
Friday, December 12, 2014
City University London Researcher and Lecturer Ruth Sealy discusses the lack of women at the top of companies, the idea of adding quotas to bring about change and how the U.K. stacks up in its number of female leaders with Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Ukraine’s new parliament has the highest number of female lawmakers in history. There are 50 of them, or 12 percent of the 421 lawmakers. They are also more educated, eloquent and elegant than ever before. All women lawmakers in this parliament have...
Monday, December 01, 2014
Smashing the glass ceiling women face to “smithereens” is an important part of tackling inequality, Scotland’s new First Minister said. Nicola Sturgeon, who is the first female to take on the top job in Scottish politics, pledged she would work to “...
Nicola Sturgeon
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Smashing the glass ceiling women face to "smithereens" is an important part of tackling inequality, Scotland's new First Minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon, who is the first female to take on the top job in Scottish politics, pledged she would work...
Madame Maryvonne Mottin
Madame Maryvonne Mottin Former mayor of Bernières Sur Mer, a town of 2311 inhabitants, from 2001 to 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
  What are the biggest challenges facing women’s access to mayoral offices? The biggest challenge for me was the fight against prejudices. In 2000, when I announced that I would run for this position, one member of the council house staff  retorted...
Younger women and the 2015 election
Monday, November 24, 2014
Should politicians be appearing on programmes like the X Factor to reach new audiences? Or should they be breaking down complex political subjects and putting them in simpler terms to get more potential voters interested? These were some of the...
Kanela Zuko
Thursday, November 13, 2014
SARAJEVO – Sending a message of hope to Bosnian Muslim women, a veiled woman was elected to the House of Representatives in October's elections, becoming the first woman to enter the parliament with the Islamic headscarf. "I think my being elected...
Birgitta Jonsdottir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir Member of Parliament, Iceland
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland about the changing face of politics and how she began her career.
Anette Trettebergstuen
Anette Trettebergstuen Member of Parliament, Norway
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Anette Trettebergstuen, Member of parliament from Norway about including youth and wowmen in parliament and politics at large.
Hege Haukeland Member of Parliament Norway
Thursday, November 13, 2014
iKNOW Politics speaks with Hege Haukeland, Member of Parliament from Norway, about women's political participation, women in parliament and the involvement of youth in politics.
Grabar Kitarovic and Tomasic
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Member of the European Parliament Ruza Tomasic on Sunday supported HDZ candidate Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic in the race for the next president of Croatia, saying that Croatia was ready for a woman president. "Croatia is ready for a woman president and...
Helen McEntee
Helen McEntee Member of Parliament, Ireland
Friday, November 07, 2014
Helen McEntee, the youngest female member of parliament in Ireland speaks about the participation of women and youth in politics.