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Friday, November 20, 2015
Why Women? Inclusive Security and Peaceful Societies
Traditional approaches to ending wars—where armed groups meet behind closed doors to hammer out a truce—are falling short in the face of 21st century conflicts. The number of armed conflicts has been increasing over the past decade. In 2014 the...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Statement of the Iraqi Women Network in Commemoration of 15th Anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325
Fifteen years after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security, Iraqi women and girls are being displaced, abducted, enslaved and made victims of sexual and physical violence as a result of the escalating...
Women in Politics 2015 Map
Friday, March 13, 2015
Women in Politics 2015 Map
The Map, which presents latest data and global rankings for women in politics, reveals a mixed picture on gender equality in executive government and in parliament at regional and national levels.  
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The 10 best and worst countries for female public leaders – in charts
How much progress are women really making as public leaders? We’ve gleaned the statistics to find out where women are getting to the top, as both public officials and parliamentarians. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as of 1 January 2015...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Emerging Trends in Women’s Participation in Politics in Africa
Women have traditionally been marginalised from the structures of state that determine political and legislative  priorities. In recent years, Africa has witnessed rapid escalation in female political representation. This paper  illustrates the...
Afghanistan women vote
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
New threat to Afghan women
Public support for the war in Afghanistan began to wane in 2009 in the United States and even earlier in NATO countries. It was based on war weariness, the cost in money and lives, and the perception that the war had not been worth fighting, the...
Monday, August 18, 2014
Tunisian Women: Political Role, Gains and Challenges (The Case of Parity)
2011 was the year where Tunisian history suddenly witnessed a significant turnout by the outbreak of the popular uprising in Tunisia causing the fall of the authoritarian regime. That revolutionary movement led to free elections of the National...
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.