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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gender-Specific Election Violence: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies
The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tunisia: The Collective Making of a Constitution
Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session held on 26 January 2014 did not put an end to disagreements among its members. However, it did represent the culmination of the work done by members. These members were elected by people on 23...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Why the European Parliament Elections Matter
Voters in all 28 member states of the European Union (EU) will go to the polls May 22–25, 2014, to elect representatives to the 751-seat European Parliament. It’s one of the largest democratic events in the world, and the upcoming vote is set to be...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Egypt women: Rights on paper, not yet on ground
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Women as agents of change: Having voice in society and influencing policy
  The World Bank’s World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development (WDR2012) identified women’s voice, agency and participation as a key dimension of gender equality and as a major policy priority. Agency, as defined in the WDR2012, is...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A Study of Youth Political Participation in Poland and Romania
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area in the newer post-communist democracies of Central...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Political Representation and Empowerment: Women in Local Government Institutions in Bihar, India
The aim of the present study is to find out whether a quantitative rise in the representation of women in political decision-making can transform into qualitative changes in the participation of women, so that it can pave the way for political...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Presentation on Violence against Women in Politics
This presentation was shown at the side event on "Women in Parliament: Better Parliaments, Stronger Democracies" at the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women by iKNOW Politics expert, Mona Lena Krook, Associate professor of the Department of...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Poised to Run: Women’s Pathways to the State Legislatures
Women legislators are more likely to say that they decided to seek elective office after receiving the suggestion to run, whereas men are more likely to say that the decision to run was entirely their idea. Thus, women candidates more often need to...
Monday, January 06, 2014
Women as Agents of Change: Having Voice in Society & Influencing Policy,
A new background paper from the World Bank written by Susan Markham, NDI’s director of women’s political participation, examines the status of women in politics and makes the case for the full and equitable participation of women in public life. The...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Gender Sensitive Parliaments
Presentation made by Professor Drude Dahlerup of the University of Stockholm at the Conference on Effective and Sustainable Participation of women in elected assemblies, held in Algiers, December 10-11.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Financing for Gender Equality: Reframing and Prioritizing Public Expenditures to Promote Gender Equality
Well-targeted public investments that reduce inequality can be self-sustaining insofar as they raise the productive capacity of the economy and thereby stimulate growth. With growth come higher incomes, generating the tax base to fund future public...
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Paradox of Gender Responsive Budgeting (India)
Despite the steps towards gender responsive budgeting, the budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment show a decline. Not only has the magnitude of the gender budget as a proportion of the total expenditure of the...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Culture versus rights dualism: a myth or a reality?
Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation...
Women in Egypt
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A war against women: The CSW declaration and the Muslim Brotherhood riposte
The statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood in response to the UN Commission on the Status of Women draft Agreed Conclusions on violence against women, is nothing short of an assault on their most basic rights as citizens and human beings, says...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Fear and fury: women and post-revolutionary violence
One of the unmistakeable notes of euphoria during the 'Arab spring' uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia came from women proclaiming that they finally felt safe in public spaces in societies where the record of sexual harassment and violence against women...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
ICT for Women’s Rights – APC looks at Beijing +15
When the Beijing Platform came into being way back in 1995 activists in the women’s movement was only just learning about “new” technologies like email and websites – in fact APC‘s women’s programme took a forty-person team to Beijing and gave...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
ICTs and women's empowerment: some case studies from India
ICTs are emerging as a powerful tool for gender empowerment in a developing country like India. There has been a rapid growth in the ICT sector since the late 1980s and the use of ICT has dramatically expanded since the 1990s. According to the World...