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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Unexpected and transformative revolutions broke off in North Africa and quickly spread to the Middle East and the rest of the world in 2010 and 2011. Spontaneous, leaderless, youth-driven, and backed by social media, these revolutions called for...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Summary record of the Joint Biennial Meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A game...
Monday, June 06, 2016
This year, for the first time ever, two of the largest neuroscience societies are led by a female scientist: the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), with nearly 42,000 members, and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), which...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
In the 2014 elections in Malawi, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the presidency, and the number of women MPs was reduced from 43 to 33. This decline in women representation came despite opinion polls showing strong support for women’...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Abstract: Though more than 100 countries have adopted gender quotas, the effects of these reforms on women's political leadership are largely unknown. We exploit a natural experiment—a 50–50 quota imposed by the national board of the Swedish Social...
Friday, February 19, 2016
This factsheet, produced by Oxfam, gives a brief overview of the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the themes of violence against women and girls in conflict and women’s political participation and leadership. It...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Arab region ranks the lowest in the world in terms of women‘s participation in parliaments. Recognizing the power of the challenges facing women in politics, this paper examines the political participation of women in the Arab countries and...
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting are fixtures of the debates and documents of the international women’s movement. Politically active women all over the world have developed gender mainstreaming as a strategy to enable them to emerge from...
Friday, January 15, 2016
Written by Miriam Kelberg and originally published here on December 11, 2015.  It’s no secret that throughout the world, women have been historically underrepresented in politics. Even today, there are 37 countries where women hold less than 10...
Friday, January 15, 2016
Written by Louise Bosetti and Hannah Cooper. This article was originally published on November 17, 2016 by the United Nations University's Centre for Policy Research here.   2015 is a ‘year of action’ at the UN in several regards. This summer...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
National action plans (NAPs) are one of the key strategies for realizing the objectives of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. Despite increased emphasis on the importance of NAPs in recent years, major challenges remain. NAPs are typically...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Torild Skard's recent book, Women of Power, has just been awarded the Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by CHOICE, the US Library journal. The author is the former first woman President of the Norwegian Upper House, former Director of the Status...
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
The Global Parliamentary Conference (GPC) is the Parliamentary Network’s flagship event co-organised by the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF (PN), World Bank Group (WBG), and International Monetary Fund (IMF), providing...
Friday, November 20, 2015
Traditional approaches to ending wars—where armed groups meet behind closed doors to hammer out a truce—are falling short in the face of 21st century conflicts. The number of armed conflicts has been increasing over the past decade. In 2014 the...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Fifteen years after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security, Iraqi women and girls are being displaced, abducted, enslaved and made victims of sexual and physical violence as a result of the escalating...
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
How much progress are women really making as public leaders? We’ve gleaned the statistics to find out where women are getting to the top, as both public officials and parliamentarians. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as of 1 January 2015...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Women have traditionally been marginalised from the structures of state that determine political and legislative  priorities. In recent years, Africa has witnessed rapid escalation in female political representation. This paper  illustrates the...
Afghanistan women vote
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Public support for the war in Afghanistan began to wane in 2009 in the United States and even earlier in NATO countries. It was based on war weariness, the cost in money and lives, and the perception that the war had not been worth fighting, the...
Monday, August 18, 2014
2011 was the year where Tunisian history suddenly witnessed a significant turnout by the outbreak of the popular uprising in Tunisia causing the fall of the authoritarian regime. That revolutionary movement led to free elections of the National...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session held on 26 January 2014 did not put an end to disagreements among its members. However, it did represent the culmination of the work done by members. These members were elected by people on 23...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Voters in all 28 member states of the European Union (EU) will go to the polls May 22–25, 2014, to elect representatives to the 751-seat European Parliament. It’s one of the largest democratic events in the world, and the upcoming vote is set to be...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Thursday, May 01, 2014
  The World Bank’s World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development (WDR2012) identified women’s voice, agency and participation as a key dimension of gender equality and as a major policy priority. Agency, as defined in the WDR2012, is...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area in the newer post-communist democracies of Central...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The aim of the present study is to find out whether a quantitative rise in the representation of women in political decision-making can transform into qualitative changes in the participation of women, so that it can pave the way for political...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
This presentation was shown at the side event on "Women in Parliament: Better Parliaments, Stronger Democracies" at the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women by iKNOW Politics expert, Mona Lena Krook, Associate professor of the Department of...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Women legislators are more likely to say that they decided to seek elective office after receiving the suggestion to run, whereas men are more likely to say that the decision to run was entirely their idea. Thus, women candidates more often need to...
Monday, January 06, 2014
A new background paper from the World Bank written by Susan Markham, NDI’s director of women’s political participation, examines the status of women in politics and makes the case for the full and equitable participation of women in public life. The...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Presentation made by Professor Drude Dahlerup of the University of Stockholm at the Conference on Effective and Sustainable Participation of women in elected assemblies, held in Algiers, December 10-11.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Well-targeted public investments that reduce inequality can be self-sustaining insofar as they raise the productive capacity of the economy and thereby stimulate growth. With growth come higher incomes, generating the tax base to fund future public...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Despite the steps towards gender responsive budgeting, the budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment show a decline. Not only has the magnitude of the gender budget as a proportion of the total expenditure of the...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation...
Women in Egypt
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood in response to the UN Commission on the Status of Women draft Agreed Conclusions on violence against women, is nothing short of an assault on their most basic rights as citizens and human beings, says...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
One of the unmistakeable notes of euphoria during the 'Arab spring' uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia came from women proclaiming that they finally felt safe in public spaces in societies where the record of sexual harassment and violence against women...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
When the Beijing Platform came into being way back in 1995 activists in the women’s movement was only just learning about “new” technologies like email and websites – in fact APC‘s women’s programme took a forty-person team to Beijing and gave...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
ICTs are emerging as a powerful tool for gender empowerment in a developing country like India. There has been a rapid growth in the ICT sector since the late 1980s and the use of ICT has dramatically expanded since the 1990s. According to the World...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This paper explores the empowerment of women in the context of knowledge society is understood as building the ability and skills. Those ability and skills of women to gain their insight of actions and issues in the internal and external environment...
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...
Friday, September 20, 2013
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...

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