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Women MPs at the 144th IPU Assembly in Madrid 2021 (Picture IPU)
Friday, September 30, 2022
Generation Equality: IPU milestones one year on
The IPU has made bold commitments and taken steps towards ensuring women and girls’ voices are heard in decision-making, and that young women are politically empowered. The IPU collaborates with strong partners such as the Generation Equality Forum...
Juliana Mittelbach hopes to be the first Black woman to hold office in Paraná state | Mittelbach campaign committee (Open Democracy)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
More Black women are running for office in Brazil than ever. Can they win?
Juliana Mittelbach, a 40-year-old hospital nurse from the city of Curitiba, Brazil, had long considered a career in politics until the COVID-19 crisis forced a decision. She had noticed it was “mostly Black people” who died. “They were the ones who...
Giorgia Meloni is the great favorite to win the legislative in Italy (Picture Paudal)
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Giorgia Meloni is the great favorite to win the legislative in Italy
The leader of the Italian extreme right, Giorgia Meloni, is the great favorite to win the legislative elections in September, according to the latest polls. If the trend continues, Meloni could become the first woman in charge of the head of...
Blas Llano & Patrick Kemper, Paraguay (IPU)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Do you say yes to youth? 1 year of the IPU’s campaign
On this International Youth Day, the IPU congratulates all the young MPs making a mark in their respective parliaments. They are the future of democracy but with less than 3% of MPs under 30, young people remain severely under-represented....
Kessy Sawang makes history as ninth woman elected to PNG's parliament (ABC)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Kessy Sawang makes history as ninth woman elected to PNG's parliament
Kessy Sawang has been elected as MP for Madang Rai Coast and joins Rufina Peter as the second woman admitted to PNG's parliament this election. Ms Peter and Ms Sawang are just the eighth and ninth women in the history of PNG politics to be elected...
Canada: The barriers facing women candidates (Municipal Campaign School Youtube)
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Canada: The barriers facing women candidates
A conversation between Curt (Wellington) and Diane Ballantyne, councillor for Wellington County about the barriers female candidates face. Click here to access the video.
Municipal elections in Canada: A guide for women candidates (FCM)
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Municipal elections in Canada: A guide for women candidates
In order to promote women’s role in municipal politics, FCM has created a Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government. One of the tools this Committee has created to encourage and support more women in municipal...
Empowerment Series for young parliamentarians: Briefing on youth empowerment and political participation (IPU)
Monday, August 08, 2022
Empowerment Series for young parliamentarians: Briefing on youth empowerment and political participation
Just over ten years ago, IPU Member Parliaments adopted a landmark resolution on youth participation in the democratic process, declaring that achieving meaningful democracy requires the full and active participation of young people and youth...
How to run for office webinars (Picture PoliticsNOW)
Friday, August 05, 2022
How to run for office webinars
Join PoliticsNOW as they dive into their upcoming webinar series. TOPICS INCLUDE: Connecting With Voters Crafting Your Message Canvassing Getting Out the Vote Self-Care on the Campaign Trail Campaign Finances: Fundraising & Reporting All...
Building your audience through social media (Municipal Campaign School)
Thursday, August 04, 2022
Building your audience through social media
An interview featuring Kate (Oxford) talking with Alyssa Humphrey from the Social Factory. About Alyssa | Alyssa is a brand developer and digital media marketer located in Woodstock, Ontario with nine years of professional social media management,...
A woman queues to vote on the Rai coast in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Female candidate Kessy Sawang says: ‘Women shy away from running for elections because of this mindset that it is for men only.’ Photograph: Godfreeman Kaptigau/The Guardian
Tuesday, August 02, 2022
‘Enough is enough’: the fight to elect women to Papua New Guinea’s men-only parliament
In nearly 50 years, PNG has elected just seven female MPs. Money, culture and corruption are all working against the women trying to address the problem. When she first tried for a seat in the Papua New Guinea parliament in 2017, Rufina Peter was a...
Kenya Election 2022: The struggle of women aspirants in marginalised communities (BBC)
Monday, August 01, 2022
Kenya Election 2022: The struggle of women aspirants in marginalised communities
Three Kenyan women from marginalised communities share their experiences running for political office in the forthcoming general election and describe how they are determined to overcome their challenges. They describe their setbacks as unique...
In Vanuatu, women mostly watch the political game from the sidelines (Tracey/Flickr)
Friday, July 29, 2022
Barriers to women’s political participation in Vanuatu
The way politics is played in Melanesian countries has very little national inclusivity about it – in terms of participation by and representation of both men and women at the national level. The role of women is, almost exclusively, to vote, not to...
Photo: Female lawmakers make up 34.57% of Zimbabwe’s Ninth Parliament. Credit: ZimFact
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Why Do Zimbabwean Women Shun Politics?
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (IDN) — Cyberbullying and online sexual harassment are some dilemmas that young women trying to rise in Zimbabwe’s patriarchal and male-dominated political space face. What started as a debate on the opposition party, Citizens...
US: Data on 2022 women candidates by race and ethnicity (CAWP)
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
US: Data on 2022 women candidates by race and ethnicity
The 2022 midterms have led to some new records for women candidates for the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and governor in various race and ethnicity groups, according to an analysis of candidate filings from CAWP. Asian American/Pacific Islander, Black,...
The exterior of the US Capitol is seen on August 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. (CNN)
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Women candidates set records in 2022 midterms as gender becomes a primary theme in national discourse, research group says
(CNN) 2022 marks a record high for women running in gubernatorial and Senate races, but the total number of women running for the House of Representatives fell slightly from previous cycles, according to an analysis by the Center for American Women...
Esther Passaris, women's representative for Nairobi for the Orange Democratic Movement, on the campaign trail in this undated picture. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Photo Courtesy: Esther Passaris
Monday, July 25, 2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse
Women MPs like Esther Passaris face threats, slurs and body-shaming on social media ahead of Aug. 9 vote. Online abuse included sexual imagery and public shaming Some women candidates abandon social media due to abuse Social media platforms,...
Best practices: Promoting gender balanced appointments (RepresentWomen)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Best practices: Promoting gender balanced appointments
To inform our own programming on advancing gender-balanced appointments and to establish a scalable, replicable, transformative model for advancing gender-balanced appointments, RepresentWomen gathered learnings from five similar initiatives around...

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