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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
#MoreWomen in Ireland's next local elections
Women for Election is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.  The organisation’s mission is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics. Women...
Monday, August 14, 2017
Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women
In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Scrutinising Legislation from a Gender Perspective: A Practical Toolkit
Gender is a critical dimension of parliamentary scrutiny. Considering laws, policies, programmes and budgets from a gender perspective ensures that they are fair to both men and women. This leads to better decision-making for everyone. This UNDP...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Making Laws Work for Women and Men: A Practical Guide to Gender-Sensitive Legislation
This ODIHR guide looks at the legislative process as a vital entry point for gender mainstreaming, while taking into account the direct and tangible impact of legislation on people’s lives. It is primarily intended for members of parliament and...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Malian MPs discuss SDGs and gender equality
Malian MPs from across all political parties gathered at an IPU seminar in Bamako, Mali, to discuss gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The seminar, which was co-organized with the Parliament of Mali, took place on 25 and...
Thursday, August 03, 2017
UNDP Online Course on Enhancing Women’s Participation Throughout the Electoral Cycle
Promoting the equal political participation of women is a key aspect of achieving inclusive and sustainable human development and achieving the targets set in the 2030 Agenda. The e-learning course ‘Enhancing Women’s Political Participation...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Local Georgian Council Members Complete Women’s Leadership Program
For 14 years the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has worked in Georgia to increase the political participation of national women leaders from across the political spectrum through the Future Women Leaders (FWL) program. In 2015, NDI expanded its...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Kyrgyzstani women leaders organize to pass legislation to protect victims of domestic violence
Women in Kyrgyzstan face stark barriers to full political participation. Despite holding 23 seats in parliament, women reside in few leadership positions in parties. For example, Kyrgyzstan law requires that women make up every third name on a party...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Toolkit: Advancing Women Leaders in Africa
In March 2017, Dr. Joyce Banda launched her paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa” as the crux of her research while serving as a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.  As a woman leader and former...
Friday, July 28, 2017
International IDEA supports debate on planning and public policy for gender equality in Bolivia
By Carolina Floru International IDEA provides support to the policy debate for addressing gender inequality and political violence against women in Bolivia, which has led to formulation of policies to address the issues of violence against women at...
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Youth Democracy Academy celebrates first alumni
By Shana Kaiser The first class of International IDEA’s Youth Democracy Academy graduated on 17 July in a ceremony attended by representatives of organizations who will be hosting the alumni as interns for the next six months and representatives...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Kenyan Parliament hosts gender mainstreaming workshop with IPU
The IPU held a capacity-building workshop for staff of the Kenyan Parliament on mainstreaming gender into parliamentary work. The workshop, co-organized with the Parliament of Kenya on 19-23 June in Nairobi, was a follow-up of a self-assessment...
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Advocacy Handbook on Gender and Electoral Reform in Malaysia
The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. At 106 out of 144 countries, Malaysia’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Index indicates that the biggest inequalities exist in terms of women’s political empowerment....
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Women’s Political Participation in the Commonwealth
A group of 25 people will be attending a workshop on Friday 7 July to discuss the findings of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s studies on Women’s Political Participation in the Commonwealth. They range from civil society expert and election management...
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Expert Group Meeting on gender-sensitive parliaments
Five years ago, the IPU adopted its Plan of Action for Gender-Sensitive Parliaments at its 127th Assembly in Quebec. Since then, the IPU has helped parliaments become more gender sensitive and has developed a self-assessment toolkit self-assessment...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Building skills for youth political participation in Guinea, by NDI
Approximately 60 percent of Guinea’s population is under the age of 24, but young people in the West African nation continue to be underrepresented in politics. Their interests and priorities are largely ignored in policies and electoral strategies...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ready to Run seminar educates women interested in politics
Politically minded women and those looking to get more involved in politics met Saturday morning to talk campaigns, running for office and how to support those who share similar views. The seminar was titled Ready to Run, and was sponsored by The...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
International IDEA promotes women political participation by providing public speaking training to female leaders in Haiti
By Marie Doucey From 23 to 30 May 2017, International IDEA organized three training sessions in oratory for Haiti’s female mayors and parliamentarians. “We loved this way of training people! It is very different from what we are used to, very deep...

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