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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Regional IPU Conference of Young Parliamentarians of Africa
The Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of Africa will take place on 27 and 28 September 2017 at the National Assembly of Nigeria in Abuja. Jointly organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Nigeria, its theme is Empowering youth: Enhancing political participation for more inclusive and...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Rwanda study tour for African women parliamentarians
A delegation of women parliamentarians comprising representatives from national parliaments from eight African countries are expected in Rwanda next Monday on a week-long study tour.The parliamentarians will share ideas and exchange experiences on the achievements and challenges with their Rwandan...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Reasons women are not participating in politics
Unfriendly political environmental factors, culture, tradition and religious belief, low level of education as some of the barriers militating against Nigerian women’s participation in politics. Barriers, including gender discrimination, marginalised party policies, lack of confidence and self...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Rwanda is proof that more women should work in criminal justice
As the world looks on in horror at the bloodshed in Gaza, Mary Gahonzire brings a unique perspective to the role of women in peacemaking and reconciliation. Gahonzire is deputy commissioner of the Rwanda Correctional Service, which runs prisons in the country that 20 years ago was torn apart by 100...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Report of the Fourth World Conference on Women
Beijing +20 is the process to assess the implementation by governments and other stakeholders of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. These Beijing outcome document provides the most comprehensive global policy...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Rwanda: Kagame - Women Empowerment More Than Just the Number of Women in Leadership
President Paul Kagame has said that women's 64 per cent representation in Rwanda's Lower House should not be seen as an end in itself with regard to women empowerment in the country. He was speaking yesterday on the last day of the summer summit of the Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum at the...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
RADIO SHOWS RAISE PROFILE OF WOMEN ASPIRANTS IN KENYA
In Kenya’s male-dominated political landscape, women face many barriers to political participation, especially when seeking elective office. Aspiring women politicians often struggle with discrimination and lack of coverage by top media outlets, which makes it difficult for them to gain public...
Friday, March 29, 2013
Rt Hon Dr. Margaret Zziwa Nantongo
Interview with Rt Hon Dr Margaret Zziwa Nantongo, Speaker of the East Africa Legislative Assembly during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Rwanda: African Women Lawmakers Want Higher Representation
African women lawmakers on Wednesday robustly pushed for strategies that will see more women supported to assume leadership roles on the continent. They also hailed Rwanda for being an African "miracle" and exemplary in promoting women representation in many spheres of leadership and decision...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Rwanda: Women Parliamentarians Assess Gender Sensitivity
The number of women in parliament is not enough to show that parliament is gender-sensitive. This was said by Honorable Alphonsine Mukarugema, the chairwoman of Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (RWPF) at the occasion of a consultative meeting organized by the forum, which took place yesterday at...
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Rwanda: Women breaking glass ceiling in Rwanda
GINNY STEIN, REPORTER: What is happening in Rwanda borders on revolutionary. Women occupy some of the most important government ministries and make up more than half of the country's MPs. AGNES BINAGWAHO, HEALTH MINISTER: In the beginning we didn't have enough women educated and there was a sense...
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Rwanda: Women Hold Up Half the Parliament
In October 2003, women won 4% of seats in Rwanda’s lower house of Parliament.  Having achieved near-parity in the representation of men and women its legislature, this small African country now ranks first among all countries of the world in terms of the number of women elected to parliament. The...
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Report of the Secretary General: World Survey on the Role of Women in Development
The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development focuses on emerging development issues that have an impact on the role of women in the economy, and is presented to the Second Committee of the General Assembly at five-year intervals.The present report is the sixth World Survey on the Role of...