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The iKNOW Politics Team welcomes you to our Library! We have the strong commitment of making available, for free, relevant resources and publications related to the political empowerment of women and support women politicians, practitioners, academics, experts, and the general public alike. Currently we have more than 137 different resources, searchable below by keyword, type of resource and thematic. Interested in region or country-specific resources? Please visit our homepage and use our word map! Please send us your feedback and to connect@iknowpolitics.org. We hope you will enjoy the iKNOW Politics online library!

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Monday, April 10, 2017
To better understand the role of women’s networks, the Women in Public Service Project released the publication "Women's Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change," a research paper and toolkit by Lucina Di...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was the lone Republican participant in a panel discussion on “women in politics” on 23 March 2017, but she was excited by the idea that some of the female Democrats present might join her in city government. “I’m really...
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Established in 2007, iKNOW Politics is a joint project of International IDEA, the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN...
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Child, early and forced marriage is not well understood in the Americas region, although UNICEF estimates that 29% of girls in Latin America and the Caribbean, or almost 1 in 3 girls, are married before the age of 18. Some countries surpass that...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Hundreds of youth activists, representatives from youth organizations, UN and government officials gathered at the United Nations Office in Geneva on November 21-22 to attend the first-ever Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. The...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Belquis Al Lahabi was a leading voice in Sanaa’s Change Square. In this conservative country -- dubbed the worst in the world for women -- the revolution offered feminists like Belquis a faint glimmer of hope. But as the country descends into war,...
Tunisia keeping the promise
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The spark that lit the Arab world aflame in 2010 was lit by Mohamed Bouazizi, a poor street vendor from the town of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, who set himself on fire after being mistreated by police. Or so the story goes. But, there’s a lesser-known...
Friday, November 11, 2016
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote that American women shouldn’t "wrinkle their foreheads with politics." A century and a half later, when Hillary Clinton was born, that attitude still prevailed. That year, 1947, the US had zero female senators, zero...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
In 2013, 31-year-old Aja Brown made history as Compton’s youngest mayor. It was the culmination of a long journey for Brown—her grandmother had been murdered in the California city, and her family moved to another town after the tragedy. She is...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Electoral violence subverts basic standards for democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. The effects, or even merely the threat, of violence can undermine the legitimacy of electoral results and broader political...
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
As part of its ongoing effort to empower Jordanian women to more effectively engage in the political process, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) launched a program on “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Elections.” The program targeted women...
Monday, October 31, 2016
The New York Times’ Mona El-Naggar takes us inside the kingdom and introduces us to three proud and dynamic women, each determined to test the bounds of her society in different ways. The setting is a city council election in Riyadh, where in 2015...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Empower Women Champions sharing their experience on what does it mean to be a Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment. 
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of its efforts to engage youth as champions for gender equality, IWSAW released an...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Getting more women into political decision-making positions has been on the international agenda for decades. In the Nordic countries women now hold about 41% of the positions in parliament, but the world average is still less than 23%, and in many...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Young people in growing numbers from from around the world have a superpower. They have the power to engage and to vote, and NDI is encouraging them to use it. As we celebrate International Day of Democracy, it is important to remember that...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade. Adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel abroad, marry, or be...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
OAS and ParlAmericas Agree to Strengthen Legislative Transparency and Policies of Gender Equality
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Women are chronically underrepresented in U.S. politics. Yet TV shows, fictions, and films have leapt ahead of the electoral curve to give us our first female president(s). What messages about women and power do these fictional representations of...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
On January 30, 2014, the Middle East Program and Global Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Woodrow Wilson Center and CARE hosted an event “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond” with Stephenie...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Returning to Syria after working for the BBC in London, Zaina Erhaim found that all of the citizen journalists reporting on the civil war were men. When she decided to run training sessions for women who wanted to be journalists, she quickly...
Thursday, July 07, 2016
2016 has been a historic year for electing women to public office. In the US, the first woman has become the presumptive presidential nominee from a major political party. In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen became the first female Prime Minister to take office...
Friday, June 24, 2016
A lot has been done by and for women and girls, but there is still plenty to do. Convened by the White House, the United of State Summit celebrated what has been achieved and discussed how to take action moving forward. Watch First Lady Michelle...
Friday, June 24, 2016
This short video features women Members of Parliament, including Anita Vandenbeld, talking about what they wished they knew when they were 20, and encourages young women to apply to Daughters of the Vote. Equal Voice is selecting young women from...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Erin Vilardi is the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead, leveraging technology and training to accelerate the number of women in civic and political leadership. In her Personal Democracy Forum 2016 talk, Vilardi explains how peer-to-peer organizing...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The Better Peace Tool explores the history and evolution of peacemaking in modern times. It considers six common barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them. And it presents a practical four-part framework for the inclusion of women peacebuilders...
Monday, June 13, 2016
With support from the International Geneva Bureau of the Canton of Geneva, the Swiss Press Club hosted a debate around the issue of violence against women. Participants include the Inter-parliamentary Union’s Secretary General Mr Martin Chungong,...
Monday, June 06, 2016
This short documentary is among a series of documentary films, produced by UN Women, titled “We Are Here” that highlight the political, social, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution work of women living in challenging environments across the Arab...
Monday, June 06, 2016
Convened by the White House, the United of State Summit will celebrate what has been achieved and how to take action moving forward. Covering key gender equality issues, the United State of Women will be an important moment for both women and girls...
Friday, June 03, 2016
Labour's Diane Abbott, the SNP's Hannah Bardell and former Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson have revealed the levels of online abuse they received as Members of Parliament. BBC Radio 5 live approached current and former female MPs and asked...
Friday, June 03, 2016
In this special edition of France24’s program “The 51 percent”, the recent Women in Parliament Global Summit that happened in Jordan from 4 to 6 May 2016 is covered. Some 400 women politicians and policy-makers met to discuss ways of closing the...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The media is selling young people the idea that girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not in their capacity as leaders. Boys learn that their success is tied to dominance, power, and aggression. The documentary Miss...
Friday, April 22, 2016
Watch this UNDP documentary highlighting the success stories of 5 women who were elected in 2010 as members of municipal council and as Moukhtara in Lebanon. UNDP Lebanon In Arabic with English subtitles
Monday, April 18, 2016
This animated video was launched by UN Women Jordan, during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence". While highlighting the positive effects of its implementation in the society, the video revises the negative connotations associated...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Approximately 1,809 women serve in the 50 American state legislatures at the beginning of the 2016 legislative session. This means that women make up 24.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide. This represents little change from the 2015...
Friday, April 15, 2016
In the Middle East and North Africa region, gender stereotypes are deeply rooted and affect women’s rights and access to work, political participation, freedom of mobility and safety from physical violence. For International Women’s Day this year,...
Friday, April 08, 2016
Women's participation is key to development. There can be no peace, no democracy, no prosperity, and no progress without the full and equal participation of women. Watch this inforgraphic video, produced by the UNDP, on the discrepancies between...
Monday, March 21, 2016
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs of Botswana, Mr Edwin Batshu gave an audio interview to the UN Radio during the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on gender equality and the struggles facing women representation at all...

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