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Thursday, April 07, 2016
"iKNOW politics because it provides the platform for discussion, expert advice and real life experiences from leaders across the world on advancement of women in politics". Uday Nagaraju is a Post graduate from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is...
Jennette Arnold Chair of the London Assembly
Monday, April 04, 2016
On International women’s day, iKNOW politics' contributor Uday Nagaraju met with Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly since May 2015. They talked about measures to achieve gender equality in politics at the local and regional levels...
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Dr Lisa Cameron Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Stuart Donaldson Member of Parliament in the UK
Friday, April 01, 2016
Scotland entered into a political union with England in 1707, and as a country within the United Kingdom (UK), it has since then sent representatives to the UK Parliament at Westminster in London. Currently, 59 Members of Parliament (MPs) from...
Thursday, March 17, 2016
In the United Kingdom, of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 459 (71%) and women only 191 (29%). There have only ever been 450 women MPs. The vision and the goal of the 50:50 Parliament campaign is a parliament where men and women...
Seema Malhotra Member of Parliament in the UK, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Founder and President of the Fabian Women's Network
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
iKNOW Politics interview with Seema Malhotra, Labour and Co-Operative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston (UK), Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Founder and President of the Fabian Women's Network, Former Shadow Home Office Minister...
Baroness D'Souza Lord Speaker of the House of Lords of the UK
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
On January 15, 2016, the Fawcett Society published the full ‘Sex Equality: State of the Nation 2016’ report. This report summarizes findings from a poll of 8,000 men and women on attitudes and beliefs on gender equality. The ‘State of the Nation...
Monday, January 18, 2016
The Women, Peace and Equality exhibition will be open to all until April 9, 2016 at the London School of Economics. Focusing on the theme of women and peace, the exhibition explores how women have promoted peace and tried to maintain it. It also...
Monday, January 18, 2016
This article was originally published by The Guardian here. It is written by UK MPs Flick Drummond and Jesse Phillips.   As part of our job as MPs we regularly hold meetings with chief executives, charity and business leaders and campaign groups,...
Monday, January 18, 2016
GAPS (Gender Action for Peace and Security) published a shadow report following as a response to the UK government’s annual Report to Parliament published in December 2015 and which lays out the progress of the country’s National Action Plan on...
Monday, January 18, 2016
The UK’s third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security was launched by the then Secretaries of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Defense and the Secretary of State for International Development in June 2014. This was followed...
Monday, January 11, 2016
Ms. Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, becomes the First Minister of Northern Ireland. This new appointment followed the decision by her predecessor, Mr. Peter Robinson, to step down as First Minister on November 2015. Ms....
Friday, January 08, 2016
British UKIP Politician and Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Louise Bours (see image), made recently a statement against gender quotas benefiting the participation of women in politics. Her statement followed the commentaries of Ms. Harriet...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The London School of Economics have launched a new study concluding that gender quotas to place women in positions of power are needed in order to guarantee gender equality. This quotas would include both private and public sectors and the study...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The London School of Economics have launched a new study concluding that gender quotas to place women in positions of power are needed in order to guarantee gender equality. This quotas would include both private and public sectors and the study...
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
UN Women’s initiative ‘HeForShe’, initiated on September 2014, is currently on tour all over Europe, and today’s stop is the London School of Economics. Everyone can follow the live event here. HeForShe is UN Women’s initiative to engage men and...
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
“We will never be a successful society in which all are able to achieve their potential until we have equality for women”. This is the opening sentence of Mr. Corbyn women’s manifesto entitled ‘Working with women’, published on 28 July 2015 as part...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
When the 2010 parliament comes to an end on 30 March, 10 of the Labour party’s most high-achieving female MPs and former ministers will be standing down. Some of them began their parliamentary careers in 1987, and together they have clocked up 200...
Baroness Sandip Verma
Baroness Sandip Verma Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Energy and Climate Change) and member of House of Lords, United Kingdom
Monday, March 23, 2015
iKNOW Politics volunteer Uday Nagaraju interviews Baroness Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Energy and Climate Change) and member of House of Lords, United Kingdom. (IKP) What are the common issues concerning women in the...
Aung San Suu Kyi, the most well-known of Myanmar’s 28 women MPs. ©Reuters/S. Sukplang
Friday, February 13, 2015
  IPU will be part of a delegation led by the British Group IPU (BGIPU) to Myanmar on a project aimed at strengthening the political participation of women MPs in the Asian country and to promote a gender sensitive parliament. During training from 8...
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...
Harriet Harman,  Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
Sunday, January 11, 2015
  Nearly all progress for women has come from Labour, yet the election may depend on the deputy leader’s efforts to get them to the ballot box. Those who don’t vote don’t get. The young vote least and they get least, so the old voters are showered...
Image: scottish.parliament.uk
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...
Monday, December 15, 2014
It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented at all levels of government, all across the world. In the UK, there are five women in David Cameron’s cabinet,out of 22 positions, and only 22% of MPs are women. The Global Gender Gap report,...
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...
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 “...
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...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
By Bérengère Sim Remember that moment in the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign when Yes pulled ahead of No in an opinion poll? 51% and 49% respectively? You know, when international media finally woke up and turned its undivided (and rather...
Girls Matter
Sunday, September 07, 2014
The Girl Guides once taught young women to cope away from civilisation with camping trips and nature skills. Now, they are more concerned with helping them face the challenges of modern life. The youth group yesterday took its first step into...
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Rebecca Naden/PA Wire When we talk about “gender quotas”, what we really mean is quotas for women. We see the under-representation of women as the problem that needs fixing. So we try to explain why there aren’t more women in politics, then look at...
Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields
Sunday, August 10, 2014
From top left, clockwise: Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields  Photo: PA/Bloomberg A host of young, digitally savvy women are being made peers by David Cameron including the head of telecoms company and a former Google...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Emily Benn, the 24 year-old granddaughter of the late Labour grandee Tony Benn, is poised to become the fifth generation of her family to sit in the Commons. In this article she explains why she's running. "It would of course be silly to suggest...
Monday, July 21, 2014
Theresa May has said it was "crucial" that the Government "do more" to end female genital mutilation as she announced a raft of changes to tackle the practice in Britain. The Home Secretary told the Girl Summit 2014 in London she had decided to...
Monday, July 21, 2014
Women in politics is high on the agenda this week after David Cameron's reshuffle which his own spin doctors rather unfortunately dubbed a ‘catwalk reshuffle’. More women ministers is a welcome development but with just half as many women in his...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Watching glamorous women walk through the doors of No 10 will inspire a whole new generation of young girls to become politicians, Esther McVey has said. The jobs minister said that seeing new female ministers walk "the catwalk" of Downing Street...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Young people in Britain are often characterised as disconnected from the formal political process and from democratic institutions. Certainly their rate of abstention in general election contests over the last decade has led to concerns amongst the...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Are the women of Whitehall and Westminster so hacked off with our degraded way of doing politics that they are finally going to force some revolutionary changes? I’ve never known so many senior women so dismayed by the one-upmanship games of male...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
It is worth saying again: Prejudice against women fulfilling their professional promise is one of the most pernicious discriminations still tolerated in the UK. Even politics, supposedly the bedrock of representation in our democracy, is riddled...

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