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Saturday, August 03, 2013
New bill to emancipate South African women
The adoption of a new bill, now before Cabinet, would help to fully emancipate South African women, said the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana. "Within the 100 years, a lot has been achieved to attain the total...
Friday, August 02, 2013
Women’s Movement Building: Lessons From Transitions to Democracy
As the world continues to watch the wave of uprisings across Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) nations, AWID and other women’s rights organizations around the world, together with our partners in the region, strategize on how to best hold the...
Monday, July 29, 2013
India: Women contestants for better management of natural resources in Sarpanch elections
Women contestants in the fray for sarpanch elections scheduled for July 31, who are financially not too sound to woo voters with valuables, have taken up a unique stand of highlighting what other candidates failed to promise. All-round development...
Monday, July 22, 2013
Somali Govt Drafts Bill to Protect Women's Rights
The Somali Ministry of Development and Social Affairs is drafting a bill that outlines a new gender policy for the country and safeguards women's rights, particularly in politics and education. The proposed legislation is part of a wide-ranging...
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Nigeria: Women Seek Better Deal Ahead of 2015 Elections
Two years away from the general elections, Nigerian women who converged under different organizations and auspices at a two-day summit organized by Nigerian Women in Parliament with the support of United Nations Development Programme and Democratic...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
90,000 women candidates in Bengal rural polls
 In a country where they have been playing second fiddle to men for centuries, women candidates outnumber men in the ongoing polls to the West Bengal village councils, the third tier of India's electoral democracy. An estimated 90,000 rural women...
Monday, July 15, 2013
Celebrating A Decade Of The African Women’s Rights Protocol
It remains a fact that gender parity is a challenge for women across the globe. Yet the African continent boasts an exemplary legal instrument that guarantees comprehensive rights to women -The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’...
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Summary of E-Discussion on Political Financing for Women
iKNOW Politics organized an online discussion on “Political Financing for Women” in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. The discussions went on for a period of 3 weeks and received contributions from over 70 members from different countries. We...
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Daughter of murdered mayoral candidate wins election, Mexico
 On the same day that she buried her father, Alma Leticia Reyes decided that she would follow in his footsteps and continue his candidacy for mayor of a Mexican town herself, and now - after winning the election - she will have the chance to carry...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Acting Head of UN Women Lakshmi Puri calls for Egyptian women’s voices to be heard without threat of violence
Egypt’s women have been at the heart of the vibrant civil society movement that continues to press for the rights of all Egyptians. Their participation in public life and the inclusion of their needs and priorities in any political solution is a...
Friday, July 05, 2013
Why women win elections, Canada
North American experiments are showing that women have an electoral advantage. In one study in which only the names of a candidate were changed, participants rated the candidate they thought was female as stronger, more honest, and more...
Friday, July 05, 2013
Rwanda: Women Urged to Participate in Forthcoming Parliamentary Polls
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has urged women to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections by turning up in large numbers on Election Day. The polls are slated for September. In a meeting on Wednesday, NEC Chairperson Prof....
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Women ablaze: Australia's fiery gender-war election
Loud, crude, risky, seductive, personal and at times violent, Australia's "gender war" will go down as the legacy of the 2013 national elections, no matter the political outcome. And one of the loudest battles recently, with about two months left...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Political Finance Regulations Around the World: An Overview of the International IDEA Database
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) database on political finance regulation was originally created in 2003 and has since become the leading source of information on political finance regula tion...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Bachmann Showed Female Politicians the Wrong Way to Seem Tough, USA
For a while there in 2011, or at least for a few minutes that August, Michele Bachmann was a real contender for the Republican presidential nomination. The race she ran offers several lessons for women who may be thinking of making a White House bid...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Campaign Management 101 and 102 - Online Course - 6/3/13
Campaign Management 101 and 102 are comprehensive courses delivering instruction on campaign management for women launching careers in politics as campaign managers. The Campaign Management 101 curriculum will cover understanding the roll of a...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: How Women Can Make Their Voices Heard in Politics, USA
"How would you in your current position help foster more female participation and occupation in public service?" Senator Gillibrand: It's certainly no accident that sexual assault in the military has become a front burner issue as we have a record...
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Electoral Financing to Advance Women’s Political Participation: A Guide for UNDP Support
This primer offers an introduction to the intersection of gender and electoral financing. Money is a prerequisite for competing in most political systems today, but patterns of gender discrimination force women candidates to make do with more...

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