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Closing the Gender Gap in Politics
BackgroundMore than 40 years after the entry into force of CEDAW and 26 years after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, progress around women’s full and equal political participation has stalled and gender balance remains a long way off. Women only make up 25% of all...
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of CEDAW
BackgroundThe Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the most important treaty on women’s human rights. Adopted in December 1979 and ratified by 189 States, it is a leading tool in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and...
Violence Against Women in Politics
For more than one year, the groundbreaking #MeToo movement and related Time’s Up initiative have broken taboos and sparked an unprecedented global conversation about the sexism, harassment and violence many women face in professional environments.Women politicians have also been saying #MeToo in...
Youth Political Participation
Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men, and while women are often disadvantaged in accumulating experience to run for office, young people are systematically marginalized because of their young...
Violence Against Women in Politics
Recently, elected women from France, Canada, Scotland and Israel, to name a few examples, publicly condemned misogynist and violent political cultures. Not only did they expose acts of harassment and violence in politics, they made the case that violence should not be the price of participating in...
Eliminating Discriminatory Laws and Closing Gender Gaps
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision-making and society at large.Gender discrimination...
Catherine Zainab Tarawally
Catherine Zainab Tarawally
Hon Catherine Zainab Tarawally is a journalist by profession. A member of the opposition party the All people’s Congress Party (APC), she won a seat in Parliament in 2018, representing constituency 037 Kambia District in the Northern Region. She is Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights...
Rebbeca Yei Kamara
Rebbeca Yei Kamara
Hon Rebecca Yei Kamara was a teenage mother who later became a social worker with a BA in Community Development Studies. She is the first woman to become a Parliamentarian in her District, and is among the few women that were appointed as Deputy Chairperson for the lands and environment committee...
INTER PARES Partnership with Niger - Exchange with Women’s Caucuses and Women Deputies
As part of the INTER PARES Partnership with the National Assembly of Niger, a hybrid peer-to-peer exchange on the role and responsibilities of Women’s Caucuses and Women Deputies took place on 19 October 2022.
iKNOW Politics
CSW 67 side-event: Achieving equality in decision-making by 2030: What will it take?
The Inter-parliamentary Union hosted this CSW 67 side-event on 8 March 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The session informed the new General Recommendation of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on Equal and Inclusive...
Bernadette Lahai
Dr. Bernadette Lahai
Hon Dr Bernadette Lahai is Agriculturist by profession. In the 2002 general elections, she was elected to the Sierra Leone House of Parliament under the Sierra Leone People’s Party. She won re-election in the 2007 and in the 2012 Parliamentary elections, with 69.15%. Dr. Bernadette Lahai was the...
The Saturday Paper
Julia Banks on how politics fails women
When Liberal MP Julia Banks quit the Morrison government in 2018, her resignation was cited as an example of how hostile the political environment can be towards women.But Banks’ story and her resignation happened to coincide with a landmark report: Respect @ Work.That report, and the changes...
OECD Toolkit for Mainstreaming and Implementing Gender Equality
This online resource will guide you in implementing the OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality in Public Life. In addition to better familiarising you with the Principles, the Toolkit lets you compare indicators and good practices in use in numerous countries. The self-assessment tools will help...
UN Women
Action kit: Engaging parliaments in gender responsive budgeting
This action kit is a practical tool for unpacking gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and engaging parliaments and parliamentarians in strengthening scrutiny and oversight of gender responsive budget formulation, execution, and evaluation. As a result of their interventions, the budget process can be...
Guide for participatory gender audits of parliaments published by OSCE PA and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE)
Guide for participatory gender audits of parliaments published by OSCE PA and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) today published a “Participatory Gender Audits of Parliaments, a Step-by-Step Guidance Document,” which offers comprehensive tools and detailed steps on how parliaments can fully...
CWP gender-sensitising parliaments
CWP gender-sensitising parliaments
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Gender Sensitising Parliamentary Guidelines: A Seven-Step Field Guide (‘Field Guide’) provides a blueprint for Commonwealth parliaments interested in undertaking a Gender Sensitive Parliament (GSP) review of their institutions with the objective of...
The role of Parliament in achieving gender equality - INTER PARES
The role of Parliament in achieving gender equality
This course, written by Dr Sonia Palmieri, explores why and how to build gender sensitive parliaments. Rich in case studies, it sketches the international framework for action and outlines opportunities for shaping contextually-appropriate parliamentary processes and norms. Click here to...
Gender-sensitive scrutiny: A guide to more effective law-making and oversight
Gender-sensitive scrutiny: A guide to more effective law-making and oversight
Parliaments have a key role in ensuring not only that everyone is properly represented in decision-making, but also that legislation and government actions take account of the needs and experiences of women and men on an equal basis. However, the achievement of gender equality requires more than...

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iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in politics: 2023
UN Women and IPU
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in politics: 2023
UN Women and IPU
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women in parliament 2022: The year in review
Inter-parliamentary Union
Inter-Parliamentary Union
IPU statement on violence in the Senegal Parliament
A session in the Senegal Parliament, CARMEN ABD ALI / AFP

Related Websites

UN Women's Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database
City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres in Brazil
Violence against Women in Politics
E-learning Portal for Parliaments
Women’s Caucus Fact Sheet