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Friday, March 09, 2007
Walk & Talk: A Guide for Keeping in Touch with Your Voters
This training manual is designed to improve party outreach strategies and encourage direct voter contact. It covers four main topics: new approaches to voter contact, reporting back to voters, image building, and training a campaign team.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Democracy Out of Balance: Civil Society Can’t Replace Political Parties
This article highlights the recent increase in programs devoted to civil society development, and the simultaneous decrease in programs aimed at strengthening political parties and institutions. The author argues that strengthening political parties and institutions is critical to democratic...
Monday, February 19, 2007
Enhancing Women's Participation in Electoral Processes in Post-conflict Countries: Post-election Support
This paper is based on the experiences of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its programme to provide support to women in parliaments of post-conflict countries. It focuses on the question of post election support and assesses the challenges faced by newly-elected women in post-conflict...
Monday, February 19, 2007
The Participation of Women and Men in Decision-Making: The Parliamentary Dimension
This paper focuses on the quantitative aspect of women's participation in parliaments. It provides an overview of the gains relating to women's access to parliaments and executive bodies, and highlights some of the factors that influence women's access to decision-making positions. It was prepared...
Monday, February 19, 2007
Strengthening Women's Participation in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (Excerpt from Implementing Quotas: European Experiences)
This case study examines the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) efforts to promote women’s participation in parliament. It focuses particularly on the use of quotas and the role of international organizations in advancing women's political participation.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Guatemalan Case Study on Enhancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Process in Post-Conflict Countries
This paper was prepared for the Expert Group Meeting on “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Process in Post-Conflict Countries." It analyzes the participation of Guatemalan women in the two elections which took place during the post-conflict period. It focuses special attention on the...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Electoral Processes in Selected Countries of the Middle East: A Case Study
The paper includes three brief case studies of the electoral processes in Yemen, Lebanon and Jordan. It attempts to assess how the electoral process in each of these countries was supportive, or not, of women’s participation. It also identifies the similarities and differences among them to help...
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Urban Governance: Why Gender Matters
This paper explores gender issues as they relate to participation in urban governance, government responsibility and civic engagement. It advocates an increase in women's participation in the full spectrum of human development, as well as the fostering of gender awareness and gender competence...
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Women are Citizens Too: The Laws of the States, the Lives of Women
This working paper discusses gender issues within the broader context of citizenship. It allows for a nuanced analysis and understanding of the tremendous challenges, risks and forms of resistance facing attempts at gender equality in the Arab world.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Strengthening Governance: The Role of Women in Rwanda's Transition, A Summary
This report examines the significance of gender to governance; explores the new structures created by Rwanda's transitional government to increase women's participation in the political arena; and highlights women's contributions to promoting peace through good governance.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Performances of Resistance: Women's Struggle for Political Power in Cambodia
This paper explores how politically engaged Cambodian women build strategies and perform various types of resistance against the male domination of democratic arenas. It investigates possible ways to eliminate gendered hierarchies of power and how to alter the stereotypes of men and women. Two...
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Discussion Paper for the Round Table on Human Rights, Gender and HIV/AIDS
This paper is aimed at stimulating discussions in the round table on human rights, gender and HIV/AIDS. It discusses the human rights and gender targets in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and elaborates on strategies to achieve these targets.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Gender and Energy: How is Gender Relevant to Sustainable Energy Policies?
This paper emphasizes the importance of a gender-based approach to national energy policies. It explains how the differing roles of men and women affect their energy needs and concerns, and how gender equity is essential to sustainable development. It also includes case studies highlighting the...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Gender Mainstreaming in Parliaments: International Best Practices
This paper serves as a guideline for parliamentarians to facilitate the process of gender mainstreaming in Viet Nam by providing examples of best practices employed by parliaments around the world. It highlights the emerging gender issues with respect to the institutional framework of parliament,...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Gender-sensitive and Pro-poor Indicators of Governance
This paper argues that effective poverty eradication measures and pro-poor governance indicators must take into account women's perspectives and needs. It explores the extent to which existing indicators of governance are gender-sensitive and pro-poor, considers how they could be made more gender-...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Gender and Poverty: An Analysis for Action
This paper explores the gendered dimensions of poverty, of poverty-producing processes, and of the methods for formulating gender-sensitive poverty eradication measures within the context of development.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Gender and Poverty
This article examines the various approaches to understanding the relationship between women and poverty. It discusses traditional methods of analysis, which focus primarily on female-headed households, as well as new conceptualizations of poverty and their importance in gender-based poverty...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Fiscal Policy, Accountability and Voice: The Examples of Gender Responsive Budget Initiatives
This paper argues that participatory budgeting and analysis - whether it is pro-poor, environment-sensitive or gender responsive - offers a new and innovative means of encouraging a balanced distribution of public resources and ensuring government accountability to international and national...