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Friday, September 20, 2013
Promoting women´s political representation overseas
Women make up over half of the world’s population – but they hold only about one-fifth of the seats in national legislatures across the globe. American foreign policies are pushing to increase this important form of women’s representation, using tactics ranging from training programs for female...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Power of Political Voice: Women's Political Representation and Crime in India
Using state-level variation in the timing of political reforms, we find that an increase in female representation in local government induces a large and significant rise in documented crimes against women in India. Our evidence suggests that this increase is good news, driven primarily by greater...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Men rule: The continued under-representation of women in U.S Politics
  Study after study finds that, when women run for office, they perform just as well as their male counterparts. No differences emerge in women and men’s fundraising receipts, vote totals, or electoral success. Yet women remain severely under-represented in U.S. political institutions. We argue...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World Over
  Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.       When we analysed the data on women MLAs across India, we found that Bihar had the highest percentage of women...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Why Women are Losing Rights in Post-Revolutionary Egypt
A backlash against women’s rights emerged in post-revolutionary Egypt. This paper argues that one of the reasons is the fact that former President Mubarak, his wife and son were the key decision makers when it came to women’s rights. These decisions were reflected in the media so that women’s...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Implementing UNSCR 1325 in the Asia-Pacific Region
In 2009, the Australian Agency for International Development’s (AusAID) Gender Policy and coordination Section commissioned research on ‘Women, Peace and Security in AusAID Partner Countries: Analysis of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325’ (UNSCR 1325). This paper, based on the...
Monday, April 22, 2013
Guaranteeing Equality between Women and Men in the Constitution
A paper on gender sensitive constitution drafting in phases of transition.   (We invite our users to read the complete report here)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Women and Political Leadership
For centuries, women’s political wings were clipped as the public sphere was deemed appropriate only for men. The occasional queen or woman warrior did emerge, but this was the exception. The rule was that men were to rule. In the late 20th century this slowly began to change. In both the developed...
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Women's Political Participation in Libya: Quotas as a Key Strategy for States in Transition
Report on the evolution of women's poltiical participation in Libya and the implementation of quotas. (Report available at: NDI)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
National Elections and Women Candidates in Solomon Islands: Results from the People’s Survey
A striking feature of elected governments in Solomon Islands is the general scarcity of women. Although some community elders are women and women have achieved senior positions in the public service and civil society, very few women have been elected to provincial governments and only one has ever...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Alternative Pathways for Women into Politics (presentation)
This powerpoint presentation was given during the Regional Conference on Women's Political Participation: Charting a Path for Political Equality in Asia, organized by UNDP and the National Committee on Gender Equality of Mongolia. Ms. Rabindranath explored avenues that women can take to get into...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Turkey's Response to the Global Gender Regime
Most would agree that a global gender equality regime has been established (for example CEDAW), but it is less clear how those global gender equality norms ‘travel’ to different localities and interact with local politics, cultural and religious norms. After all, without an understanding of how...
Friday, March 18, 2011
The political representation of women and ethnic minorities in established democracies
The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the persistent obstacles to women’s and ethnic minority representation in politics, and to examine conditions and strategies across various countries that appear to facilitate better political representation of these groups.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Are women really the “fairer” sex? Corruption and women in government
Numerous behavioral studies have found women to be more trust-worthy and public-spirited than men. These results suggest that women should be particularly effective in promoting honest government. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that the greater the representation of women in parliament,...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Women in Arab media: present but not heard
Dr. Leila Nicolas Rahbani provides an in-depth report and analysis on the state of Arab women in the media in the Middle East and North Africa. The new information technologies have allowed women in Arab world to be seen as equal to men in their ability to discuss, investigate, report and present...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Integration of Women in Industrial Development
The history of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) towards the integration of women in its activities is described, from the International Women’s Year in 1975 to the present: the creation of a focal point for women in 1984 and a unit for the integration of women in...
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Gender in the Malestream – Acceptance of Women and Gender Equality in Different United Nations Organisations
The author outlines changing approaches to women’s issues and gender equality in theUN system both before and since the International Women’s Year in 1975 and describeshow different UN organisations followed up the recommendations made by the largeglobal women’s conferences.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Promoting the Status of Women in the UN System: Experiences from an Inside Journey
This article analyzes the efforts and strategies used to make UN institutions change in a woman-friendly way. It also includes lessons learned from the strategies used to advocate for stronger women's participation within the United Nations organizations.