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Monday, March 27, 2017
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For women across the world, electoral politics can be a hostile and violent place. Women who stand for office can expect casual sexism and discrimination, ranging from snide remarks about their appearance to being propositioned by their male...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
For over 20 years, Bineta Diop has been a tireless advocate for gender equality in Africa and at the forefront of a gender-sensitive approach to conflict prevention. She is the founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité, which focuses on women-led peace...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all levels. Whilst the advances made in women’s...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
The Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment are inviting applications from dynamic, creative women and men from all over the world to champion women's economic empowerment online and offline in their communities.   To apply please click...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
This study examines how austerity measures may have adversely affected children and women in a sample of 128 developing countries in 2012. It relies on International Monetary Fund (IMF) fiscal projections and IMF country reports to gauge how social...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
African women from 15 countries across the continent gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from April 23rd to the 24th to deliberate and strategize on women's political leadership in Africa. Convened by FEMNET (African Women's Development and Communication...
Sunday, March 02, 2014
The Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Michael Arietti, at the US Embassy in Banjul had said that Africa cannot overcome its problems unless women take the lead. Arietti was speaking Thursday during the closing ceremony of the three-day Young Women's...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Nouakchott, Mauritania - An African Union (AU) observer mission to the Mauritanian municipal and legislative polls, led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, has recommended that the Mauritanian government should create an environment...
Monday, November 18, 2013
SWAZILAND needs to reserve a quota for women and physically challenged persons in the electoral process. This would guarantee full representation of women and marginalised groups in elective positions.The African Union made this recommendation to...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Women in Africa are undeniably participating in the information and communication technology (ICT) revolution and they are doing so in many and varied ways; the changes that the use of these tools have brought about are visible everywhere....
Friday, October 11, 2013
Historically, customs and traditional laws in Africa hindered women's access to education and development, while promoting, to a varying degree, a culture of male dominance across the continent. However, there is now growing recognition of the...
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Rwanda's parliament is now almost two-thirds female, while Malawi, Liberia and Senegal have women at the helm. Western feminists, take note. What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – namely women forming the majority of a...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
“If you want to be influential in the political arena, you need to influence policy,” Ms Betty Murungi, a social justice advocate, recently told female entrepreneurs and corporate managers in Nairobi. A lawyer, Murungi is the director of Urgent-...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Women's political representation is vital to securing greater gender equality, feminists and others argue. Africa has made great strides in electing more women to its parliaments. Four African countries are among the top ten countries with the...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
An interesting contribution in the discussion came from Sarry, who shared an experience from Namibia. Sarry: “Namibia at the moment stands at over 30% women representation and 42% at the local governance level. We are excelling at 42% because most...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Over the past year these reviews have generally shown that Africa has made some progress at all levels. Most countries have developed national gender machineries and policies, but the majority of their strategies have not been implemented. Despite...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The challenges confronting women politicians in Africa were given an airing recently during a press conference in South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg. Four politicians from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Lesotho felded questions Nov. 28 by...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Top female and male leaders from across the continent have launched an Africa Gender Parity Group at the World Economic Forum on Africa. The group of business, government, media, academic and civil society decision-makers are collaborating on ways...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
In light of growing evidence of the central role women play in a country’s development, many African governments have implemented quotas to boost the number of women parliamentarians. The phenomenon dovetails with similar initiatives to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The third Gender and Media (GEM) summit ended in Johannesburg yesterday, Tuesday, 12 August 2008, with a call for the adoption of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that includes strong provisions for achieving gender balance and...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Africa regional review of Beijing +15 focused on progress in the 12 thematic areas, and was drawn from a survey conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa with responses from 41 of the 53 African countries. The review noted that the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) said incidents of violence against women and children in armed conflicts continued unabated in many parts of Africa. AU Commission Gender and Development Directorate presented its report at the AUPSC...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Female representation in government and legislative bodies in sub-Saharan Africa is growing but more women must take political leadership roles in their countries to ensure that laws and conventions protecting their rights are implemented,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
African leaders have been criticised for not taking the issues of climate change and women seriously after the African First Ladies Forum on Climate Change failed to draw the participation of first ladies on the continent. Dr Aminu Zakari of the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
16 April 2012 - Constitutional reforms in many African countries aim to provide more social and political inclusion. In some cases, that means giving greater powers to lower levels of government. They’re getting a greater say in how national...
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
It aims at providing the legislators with the necessary tools that would help them in assessing legislations and proposing them to promote social and democratic change in their countries. The guide highlights and discusses several important topics...
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
In a landmark step, parliamentarians from countries in Central, East and the Horn of Africa, gathering at a conference organised by UNDP and AWEPA on 26-28 November 2003, reached an agreement on a Plan of Action for parliamentarians, aimed at...
Friday, June 05, 2009
In 2008, the UN Security Council recognized sexual violence as a tactic of warfare. Unaddressed in almost all peace negotiations, it represents one of history’s greatest silences. To address this, a group of high-level mediators, subject experts,...
Monday, March 16, 2009
This paper is a comparative commentary on the situation of women’s political leadership in Ghana. The paper highlights progress made in the country, draws attention to areas of retrogression and proposes some immediate strategies for greater...
Friday, October 17, 2008
This group is open to all women who wish to discuss women's political participation in sub-Saharan Africa. The Club of Madrid African Women Leaders Project brought together women from Nigeria, Uganda and Sierra Leone in a conference in Brussels in...
Friday, September 07, 2007
This guide describes violence against women, how it occurs, and where women should seek remedy against it. It provides examples of violence against women in Nigeria and the existing legal framework around each type of described violent act.
Monday, February 12, 2007
This report summarizes the responses of an elections survey launched by UNDP in May 2006. The survey documents the assistance UNDP has provided to various countries, and identifies key strengths and weaknesses in its electoral assistance activities...