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The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (foreground right) meets women leaders in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for...
Webinar elected to lead
Friday, September 17, 2021
Elected to lead: A webinar on women and democracy
This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Sweden, practiced for the first time in September 1921. Five women were elected to the Parliament (Riksdag) then, today 46 percent of the members of parliament are women. Women's political...
Women take part in a performance of Las Tesis feminist collective while lawmakers debate and vote on an impeachment motion against Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, in Valparaiso, Chile December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Chile's women shine in constitution vote as more men need leg-up to stay even
Chilean women made such a strong showing in elections to pick candidates to draft the country's new constitution that adjustments to ensure the body was equally split between genders had to be made in favor of more men, elections body Servel said on...
 A woman holds a Chilean flag in Valparaiso last year. In a referendum in October, Chileans voted by a 79% landslide majority in favor of a popularly elected citizen assembly with gender parity. Photograph: Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters
Friday, May 14, 2021
‘A game-changing moment’: Chile constitution could set new gender equality standard
Chileans to elect 155-strong assembly made up of equivalent men and women to set out new framework and enshrine equal rights Women’s rights activists in Chile say that the country’s new constitution will catalyze progress for women in the country –...
Ms Craig said the scale of the problem was such that it was not practicable that the new commission would be able to deal with all individual complaints. Photograph: iStock
Friday, May 07, 2021
Online targeting of women politicians and journalists a ‘real concern’ – BAI
Oireachtas committee hears of abuse encountered by public figures online The online targeting of women politicians and women journalists is a matter of “real concern”, the deputy chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has...
Staff of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists ahead of the upcoming general elections, at the commission's local offices in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on April 6, 2021. - ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Palestinian women still underrepresented on electoral lists
Although the Palestinian electoral law has been amended to raise the quota for women's participation in the Palestinian elections from 20% to 26%, Palestinian women continue to be unfairly represented on electoral lists. RAMALLAH, West Bank —...
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Monday, April 19, 2021
Covid has eroded the gender progress of the last 25 years – bodily autonomy is still a human right
The pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women and girls' access to sexual and reproductive health services, writes Asa Regner, Tabata Tesser and Luna A quarter of a century ago, a historic moment for the rights of women and girls took...
 Chadian women hold political weight in Chad.  -  Copyright © africanews Jerome Delay/AP2008
Friday, April 09, 2021
Chad: Women hold decisive vote in upcoming presidential election
In Chad, women represent more than 50% of the total population and are a decisive electorate -- capable of tipping the scale in elections. Although a law on parity already exists in the constitution, only 30% of women have their rights respected in...
CSW  side event
Monday, March 22, 2021
Gender Justice & The Law Implications of inequality before the law for full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence
This side event during CSW65 would build on the 2020 annual meeting of the Governmental Subcommittee on Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals. The objective of the session would be to: - Introduce the Gender Justice and the Law tool...
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on women's participation in public life
This report contains an examination of global trends, persistent barriers and opportunities with regard to women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender...
Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building
Friday, January 15, 2021
Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building
As Libya struggles with continued political conflict and economic turmoil amid the COVID-19 pandemic, young women who want to contribute to peacebuilding, political processes, and economic reconstruction face serious obstacles. Their marginalization...
Of course it was women who were front and centre – so many had nothing to lose (Picture: LWPP)   Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/12/18/10-years-on-from-the-arab-spring-we-must-not-forget-the-women-13771330/?ito=cbshare  Twitter: https://twitter.com/Me
Friday, January 15, 2021
10 years on from the Arab Spring, I’m remembering the women who gave their lives for change
By Hibbaq Osman, Founder of Karama, a network of women's rights organisations Soon it will be a decade since the smoke from fire raging in Tunisia reached Cairo, the city I call home.  In December 2010, a trickle of protest in a small city in Tunis...
Brookings
Friday, January 08, 2021
The 19th Amendment at 100: Recapping the Brookings Gender Equality Series
The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most consequential in generations: the COVID-19 pandemic devastated lives and livelihoods; millions protested across the country for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd; and the U.S....
Monday, November 02, 2020
Equality in law for women and girls by 2030
More than 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected in multiple ways by discriminatory laws and the lack of legal protections. In response, UN Women, the African Union, the Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation...
Monday, December 02, 2019
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of CEDAW
Background The 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...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Equality in law for women and girls by 2030: A multistakeholder strategy for accelerated action
More than 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected in multiple ways by discriminatory laws and the lack of legal protections. In response, UN Women, the African Union, the Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions. Article 2 of the Law, which was adopted by a unanimous vote, stipulates that: "Parity applies to any...
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Tackling violence against women in politics in Lebanon
Violence against women in politics is a serious violation of human rights and an obstacle to gender equality. Watch this video by UN Women Lebanon. Supported by the Government of Japan.

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