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Samoa Parliament House | Janette Asche / Flickr
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Most women ever elected to Samoan Parliament after Supreme Court ruling
This is a “win for all women.” Samoa's Supreme Court has ordered the nation's Parliamentary Speaker to swear an additional three women to Parliament immediately, a move Ali'imalemanu Alofa Tu'ua'u — one of the new members — says is a "win for all...
Hisila Yami being interviewed by AP about a Maoist garbage removal program in Thamel, Kathmandu, October 8, 2010. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Neil Horning
Friday, May 13, 2022
A long way to go for gender equality in Nepali politics
Nepal has progressive laws and quotas for women’s representation in politics, but patriarchy and gender discrimination run deep and influence the decisions of parties. On April 28, misogyny in Nepal’s politics and society was on full display during...
Lady Camones Soriano
Monday, May 02, 2022
Lady Camones Soriano
Lady Camones is the First Vice President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. This interview was conducted on 6 September 2021 in Vienna, Austria, during the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament. Click on the Settings button for subtitles...
Gambia: Women groups express dissatisfaction over number of women elected to parliament - The Point
Monday, April 25, 2022
Gambia: Women groups express dissatisfaction over number of women elected to parliament
A dozen of women groups have expressed their concerns and dissatisfaction over the number of women that were elected on the 9th April elections as members of the country’s National Assembly. These dissatisfactions were expressed in a statement...
Nepal: Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate - Nepal Live Today
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Nepal: Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate
The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws. The Election Commission has revoked a provision that mentioned that a political party contesting for only the...
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria
Tuesday, April 05, 2022
The Government of Canada and UN Women launched support to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria
Within the context of the ongoing Constitutional Review Process and the background of extremely low participation and representation of women in Nigerian politics, the Government of Canada in partnership with UN Women signed a grant agreement of $8...
Malta: Only 4 women elected, casual election results set to trigger gender mechanism - The Malta Independent
Monday, April 04, 2022
Malta: Only 4 women elected, casual election results set to trigger gender mechanism
Only four women were elected to Parliament in Malta’s general election, down from the eight female MPs elected in 2017. If, once the casual elections are held to replace candidates who were elected on two districts, the number of women does not make...
Special Seats Bill in Nigeria: Balancing representation through constitutional reforms - Punch
Friday, April 01, 2022
Special seats bill in Nigeria: Balancing representation through constitutional reforms
Global trends indicate the slow-paced progress in closing gender gaps across major dimensions of human development in different countries. Nigeria remains one of the poor performing countries with respect to closing its gender gaps, especially under...
A cross section of protesting women at the Lagos house of assembly on March 8, 2022 [File: Ope Adetayo]
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Nigerian parliament rescinds decision on gender equality bills
The lawmakers’ decision on International Women’s Day came hours after simultaneous protests by women in four states. Nigeria’s lower house of parliament has rescinded its decision on three bills that it discarded at a constitutional amendment...
Diversified approaches to prevent violence against women during elections in the Arab region
Friday, March 11, 2022
Diversified approaches to prevent violence against women during elections in the Arab region
International IDEA works to reduce the gap between women's rights as affirmed in the legal texts in the different Arab countries and the low rates of women in decision-making positions. Indeed, the extension of the right to vote to women has...
Nigeria: Reps reject bill for special seats for women in parliament - The Guardian Nigeria
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
Nigeria: Reps reject bill for special seats for women in parliament
The House of Representatives has rejected a bill seeking to reserve special seats for Women at the National and State Houses of Assembly. This followed the rejection of the bill at the electronic voting on the amendment of 1999 Constitution on...
From left to the right: David Fardo (Youth parliament - PJ); Sheila Manjate (Women Forum - FM); Osman Cossing (Institute for Multiparty Democracy - IMD); António Nhantumbo (Mozambican Association of PwD - ADEMO); Roda Mondlane (Friedrich-Erbert-Stiftung )
Monday, March 07, 2022
The contribution of women to and gender issues in the 2021/2022 electoral reform process in Mozambique
After a quarter of a century of democratic experience that followed another 25 years of a revolutionary process that put women’s emancipation at the centre of the revolutionary discourse, women in Mozambique still face social, economic and political...
Constitution review in Nigeria: Committee presents 68 alterations as women protest exclusion from politics - Daily Post
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
Constitution review in Nigeria: Committee presents 68 alterations as women protest exclusion from politics
The House of Representatives special committee on review of the 1999 Constitution has presented the first batch of its report.  The Committee, chaired by Deputy Speaker Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), presented the 68 alterations to the green chamber....
Priorities for advancing women’s equal political leadership in the coming year - Brookings
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Africa: Priorities for advancing women’s equal political leadership in the coming year
By Chiedo Nwankwor Women’s equal participation in government is central to democracy and achieving sustainable development and egalitarian societies. While the struggle to redress the marginalization of women in leadership positions show a measure...
Promoting women's political participation: from quotas to parity - UNW
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Promoting women's political participation: From quotas to parity
This guide is designed to increase the understanding of the legal obligations of countries in the West and Central Africa (WCA) region to achieve gender equality in decision-making. It focuses on strengthening efforts to improve the legal framework...
UN Women and IPU
Friday, February 11, 2022
CSW 66: The role of women’s leadership and gender-responsive parliaments in climate action
Bringing together parliamentarians from all around the world and recognizing the urgency for concrete and bold legislative actions towards women’s political participation and legal and policy initiatives for gender-responsive climate action, IPU and...
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Thursday, February 10, 2022
CSW 66: One decade on: How gender-sensitive are our parliaments now?
To commemorate a decade of Gender-sensitive parliaments and take stock of parliaments’ achievements in transforming their institutions to enable women’s full and effective participation and deliver on gender equality, the Inter-Parliamentary Union...
Esperança Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias
Monday, February 07, 2022
Esperança Bias
Esperança Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias is the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. This interview was conducted on 6 September 2021, in Vienna (Austria), during the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament. Click on the...

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