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Monday, June 12, 2017
What it will take for women to win
Women are more politically mobilized than ever before — but that’s not enough to get them into office. A POLITICO investigation reveals what’s really stopping women from breaking through. One morning this spring, 80 women of different ages, parties...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Nepal: Call for women’s representation and leadership in local governance
Nepal — "I am contesting the upcoming election with my headscarf on, duly following the advice of my mother-in-law. But I have offered my full support to my daughter-in-law to contest the polls without the scarf" says Kausilya Tharu, 45, who came...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Manual for Incorporating a Gender Perspective into OAS Electoral Observation Missions
The methodology for incorporating a gender perspective into OAS/EOMs presented in this manual provides OAS international electoral observation with the technical tools for a careful examination of equitable participation by men and women throughout...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
European Parliament Tunisian Week - Women Political Leaders Global Forum
In the framework of the ‘Tunisian Week’ which took place at the European Parliament (Brussels) on the 2-4 May, the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Global Forum co-hosted the debate ‘Gender equality and the participation of women in public life‘. The...
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Finnish Parliament organizes meeting on gender-sensitive parliaments
The IPU developed both the concept and definition of gender-sensitive parliaments and has been at the forefront of supporting gender-sensitive parliamentary reform. On 20 April, the Feminist Group of the Finnish Parliament held a meeting in Helsinki...
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Cambodian Political Parties Agree to Shared Goal: Women’s Political Empowerment
In Cambodia, women continue to be underrepresented in politics. Only three of 29 cabinet ministers are women, and there are no women provincial governors. Women make up just 20 percent of National Assembly members— though a higher proportion than...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The emerging strategy for capitalizing on women's unprecedented interest in politics in the United States
Jean Sinzdak could see right away that this year would be different for women in politics. For the first time in her 12 years of running a seminar for women interested in public office, she had to start a waitlist. Registrations for the “Ready to...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Women prepare to take the lead in Cambodia’s local elections
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – In rural Cambodia, the women’s revolution is coming. It’s not happening with pink pussy hats, placards and chanting. Instead, it’s driven by quiet determination and a hunger to learn. They are gathered on the second floor of a...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Liberia: The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election strengthens women's participation in politics
The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) over the weekend completed a week training for 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from across the 73 electoral districts in Liberia. The training was held at the Development...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Canada: New project announced to engage Prince Edward Island women in politics
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Organizers of a three-year project hope to increase the number of Island women engaging as elected representatives and organizers. “Engaging Island Women for Political Action” is a project of the P.E.I. Coalition for Women in...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
More women exploring political careers after Trump's election
For one Chicago woman, the epiphany came just a few days after the presidential election. As Sameena Mustafa processed Donald Trump's victory and the shifting national political climate, she found it was no longer enough to vote, donate money or...
Monday, April 10, 2017
Guide on Women’s Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change
Since 1995, the world average of women in parliament has grown from 11.3 percent to 22.7 percent. Although progress is slow going, multiple initiatives can be credited for building momentum behind equal representation. The Beijing Platform for...
Monday, April 10, 2017
Launch of the publication "Women’s Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change"
To better understand the role of women’s networks, the Women in Public Service Project released the publication "Women's Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change," a research paper and toolkit by Lucina Di...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Somali women leaders embrace obstacles with courage and confidence
Women in Somalia continue to face significant obstacles that limit their political participation. Along with institutional and financial constraints that prevent women from running for office, women also face technical capacity challenges and other...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Cabo Verde: Female parliamentarians deliver documents to ministries to advance gender equality
The Network of Women Parliamentarians in Cabo Verde (Rede de Mulheres Parlamentares de Cabo Verde, RMPCV) has met the Minister of Finance, Dr. Olavo Correia, and the Minister of Education, Family and Social Inclusion, Maritza Rosabal to deliver...
Monday, March 13, 2017
Developing women leaders in Tunisia
By Shana Kaiser and Hamza Amor The members of the new Tunisian government of national unity were sworn in on 27 August, one day after winning the parliamentary vote of confidence. The new government has 40 members (26 ministers and 14 secretaries of...
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
International IDEA: Politically empowering women for democracy
This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme, “Be Bold for Change”, is a call to forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. In particular, it calls for groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women....
Friday, March 03, 2017
A parliamentary event organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women at CSW61
The parliamentary event at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held in New York on 17 March 2017. The event, entitled Empowering parliaments to empower women; Making the economy work for women, is...

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